Saturday, January 07, 2006

Deadman is Cool

Why don't we never see Deadman nowadays? I know he's not the most popular of heroes, but Deadman is cool. I recently got ahold of some older stories with him in them (in my effort to explore more of DC's Pre-Crisis history). And I've got to say that I have new respect for Deadman. Here are five reasons why Deadman is cool:

1. Deadman's power makes him cool. Sure, Deadman's "power" is being dead -- but that doesn't make it any less useful. He's one of the few superheroes who can make villains foil themselves. How great is it to see a pimp/drug dealer/extortionist with the gall to call himself "Stallion" tackle his own thugs? And then toss incrimnating evidence to a guy on his way to the cops? Thanks Deadman!

2. Deadman's origin makes him cool. Deadman was a circus aerialist murdered by an assassin. But that's not the best part about his origin. He was granted the to power to stick around the mortal plane by Rama Kushna, the "peaceful death goddess of a minor Eastern religion." How many superheroes work for mysterious death godesses?

3. Deadman's costume makes him cool. Just look at it. Pale white face juxtaposed with dark red. And the collar! I don't think I need to say anything more.

4. Deadman's name makes him cool. And I'm not talking about "Deadman." (though that's a great superhero name) Deadman's real name is Boston Brand. Boston Brand just has a quality that rolls off your tongue. Go ahead. Say it aloud. "Boston Brand." You know it's cool.

5. Deadman makes Deadman cool. I couldn't think of a fifth reason, but that doesn't make the above four any less valid. Deadman is cool.


At 10:04 AM, Blogger CalvinPitt said...

They did some story a couple of years ago where he was involved in the deaths of several DC characters, or trying to prevent them anyway. The problem was, he could never possess any of the villains.

He couldn't possess Anit-Monitor to save Barry Allen, or the Joker to save Jason Todd or Doomsday to help Superman, he did help Hal Jordan beat Mongul in the city that was built over the remains of Coast City, but Neron (who he was opposing) was actually happy because it meant Jordan would go on to become Parallax and cause much death and suffering.

It was kind of a waste of Deadman now that I think about it.

At 10:37 AM, Blogger Diamondrock said...

Sounds like it. The earliest Deadman stuff is the best -- the stories where he's searching for his own killer and can't help but help other people along the way.

At 5:00 PM, Blogger Captain Infinity said...

Deadman put in an appearance in this week's Day of Vengeance Special. An "appearance" is about all you can say about it, though. He only showed up in the splash page group-shot and then wasn't seen again.

At 10:54 PM, Blogger Ragnell said...

I think the last time I saw him was the last issue of Solo, first story. Preetty damned good, actually.

At 10:58 PM, Anonymous David Lawson said...

He's appearing in one of the new JLU episodes this spring.


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