Dead Vengeance #1

Writer: Bill Morrison Artist: Bill Morrison Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: October 7, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8
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It’s 1940, and a phony body on exhibit in a carnival sideshow suddenly springs to life and shambles away. Not so phony after all, he is John Doe, radio commentator and archenemy of Detroit’s notorious Purple Gang! But why did he disappear in 1930, and why did the mayor, the mob, and the cops all want him dead?

  • 10
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Ray W Oct 8, 2015

    If you like horror, crime, and mystery this is straight up your alley with a great story, artwork, colors, and inks. With only a few issues left, Im curious how he ends up in the vat of water. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Mitchell Doig Sep 16, 2015

    Dead Vengeance #1 is dark, campy, funny, and sometimes even a little heartbreaking. The work of the entire team is on point and must a read for fans of stories that put characters first. If this isn't on your pull list, you better have a good reason. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Oct 6, 2015

    Dead Vengeance is probably going to become my new obsession, because it brings together two of my favorite genres, and it does so really well. For anyone who just can’t decide between horror or crime, you don’t have to! Pick up this gem of a book and get to reading! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Karcossa Oct 5, 2015

    Dead Vengeance may not sound like it'll be up your alley, and maybe it isn't but if nothing else you should still flick through the pages when you go to your comics retailer; who knows, maybe you'll be intrigued. This concept " that of a (possible) murder victim solving their own murder " is one that may not be entirely original, it is presented here with a fresh take and enough humour to make it worth adding to your pull list. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Sep 23, 2015

    You may be on the fence on this book. It may look like something "old" and so not for you and all your iconic cover desires, but if you're a true comic book fan then check it out. If you like seeing comics be comics and really use the medium to transport you to another time and era, then Dead Vengeance is that book for you. It's a smart blend of new and old, but every bit of it is entertaining. If all of this isn't enough to get you to read it, then I'll say that I got a Darkman vibe from it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Zac Kandell Oct 9, 2015

    No, the story in this issue hasn't been the most original, but it's still off to a good start. It has some characters that I really want to see more of, and some other elements that really appeal to me, so I know I'll be back to read the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Dan Leicht Sep 10, 2015

    Issue #1 of Dead Vengeance sets up a great story, one filled with a lot of mystery and tension. Will Dover end up returning to the mission he started all those years ago? Exactly how far did he get before becoming a “Preserved Human Corpse”? Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Oct 6, 2015

    Overall, while it features an undoubtedly strong premise and some lovely artwork, Dead Vengeance doesnt quite manage hit the ground running in this first issue, stumbling on its way out of the blocks and providing a disappointingly flat first issue as a result.  Hopefully now that the exposition portion of the story is out of the way the series can start to build some momentum, but in terms of serving the main purpose of an opening issue to hook the reader enough to make them want to read the rest of the series this one feels more like the body in the tank than the reanimated man. Read Full Review

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