The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #1

Writer: Ram V Artist: Filipe Andrade Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: April 21, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 42
9.6Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

* A powerful new series for fans of The Wicked + The Divine  and The Dreaming from Ram V (Justice League Dark) and Filipe Andrade (Captain Marvel) that explores the fine line between living and dying in Mumbai through the lens of magical realism.

* With humanity on the verge of discovering immortality, the avatar of Death is fired and relegated to the world below to live out her now-finite days in the body of twenty-something Laila Starr in Mumbai.

* Struggling with her new-found mortality, Laila has found a way to be placed in the time and place where the creator of immortality will be born...

* But will Laila ta more

  • 10 - Nicole Drum Apr 21, 2021

    The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #1 does something that too few comics do. It presents an elegant, richly human story told in a steady, poetic voice with equally elegant and poetic art that speaks to a larger sense of the living experience. Read Full Review

  • 10
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Apr 21, 2021

    This charming debut issue grabs on tight and never lets go till reaching the final page, taking the reader on a stylistic gorgeous, and thoughtful ride. Concepts and tropes that we know all too well are given new life and brought forward in compelling and engaging ways that give the exploration of life and death new dimensions. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Brandon Mudd Apr 27, 2021

    The Many Deaths of Laila Starr was sold out before it shipped and is already being reprinted, for good reason. This book feels like one of those special gifts, the kind of comic sitting outside the norms of the genre while reminding us why we love comics in the first place. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Ingrid Lind-Jahn Apr 23, 2021

    With eternal life just around the corner, Death is downsized and not happy about it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    BGCP - Michael Lennox Apr 19, 2021

    This will be a hot title, if you haven't already added it to your subscription you'll be paying through the nose on reseller sites for the first print of it. If you are lucky to be getting it this week you'll be glad you added a few weeks ago. If you're even luckier to get the variant covers you might want to read it wearing gloves before you send it off to be graded! Read Full Review

  • 9.9
    Comic Watch - Ariel Bee Apr 21, 2021

    Wake up, don't sleep, you do not want to miss out on this one! Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Apr 12, 2021

    The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #1 is an absolutely gorgeous comic built on a firm bedrock of emotive artwork and melodic prose. Come for a concept steeped in life and death, stay to witness two mighty talents executing their craft on stunning levels. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Apr 21, 2021

    This is not the first time we have seen a divine being descend to Earth, but it might as well be because Ram V and Andrare manage to breathe new life into the trope (pun very much intended for better or for worse). The Many Deaths of Laila Starr is a strong introduction to the world that leaves a lasting impression and paves the way for a fantastic story that I will be following very closely. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Apr 21, 2021

    Ram V and Filipe Andrade are a really good team. Its difficult to imagine the story being drawn by a different artist, and its equally difficult to imagine a different writer working with this same premise in quite the same way. The overall idea is weird, but not in a way that compromises an overall sense of tension that could easily serve as the basis for a long-running series if V and Andrade were interested in taking a long journey with Laila.  Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Multiversity Comics - Kobi Bordoley Apr 23, 2021

    This is a beautiful story full of drama, comedy, and superior art, all in equal measure " get this on your pull list ASAP. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Geek'd Out - Anelise Farris Apr 21, 2021

    Despite this being another entry amongst a slew of comics about gods and mortals, The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #1with its compelling storyline, singular focus on Death/Laila, and Hindu roots make it worth your time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott Apr 21, 2021

    Andrade's traditional drawing style is combined with the colorful panels in a style reminiscent of watercolors. The mainly blue and purple tones are entrancing. And I felt completely in tune with the changing moods of the story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Dan Spinelli Apr 21, 2021

    Writer Ram V and artist Filipe Andrade's magisterial debut issue is as fun to read as it is to think about. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Jason Flatt Apr 21, 2021

    The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #1 is a solid start to a new series. The way that the South Asian/Indian setting is incorporated into the story is very entertaining and appealing. The characters and world they have built are definitely captivating, though. I just hope the story finds ways to be surprising given the title and the first issues ending set up. Read Full Review

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