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Choices, Consequences, and Death in The Dying & The Dead #1!

Written by Tim Midura on Wednesday, January 28 2015 and posted in Reviews

Choices, Consequences, and Death in The Dying & The Dead #1!

How far would you go to save the one you love?

The latest collaboration between Jonathan Hickman and Ryan Bodenheim, The Dying and The Dead, is published this week from Image Comics. This massive, over-sized issue features a cover in line with other creator-owned projects from Hickman, with generous use of whitespace balancing the title against a red and blue shot of our protagonist.
Jonathan Hickman uses the page count to his advantage, taking his time to build the story, fleshing out the massive worlds he’s known for. There are a few different narratives happening simultaneously, which are easy to follow, thanks to Bodenheim and colorist Michael Garland. 
Ryan Bodenheim’s art is immediately striking and life-like, which carries through the entirety of this 60 page issue. Each panel is intricately detailed using his trademark thin line style, whether it’s an enormous wedding reception full of guests or an obscene amount of chest hair. Michael Garland shines here using a restricted color palette, limited each page to a certain color theme. The wedding murder scenes effortlessly see lavender and pink, carried from earlier pages, contrasted with red blood and wine. Bodenheim’s double page splash of The City is gorgeous and complex, yet remains clean. My only art complaint is that some members of The City are highly reminiscent of Death from Hickman’s East of West
Following up their last collaborations on A Red Mass For Mars and Secret, Jonathan Hickman and Ryan Bodenheim once again come together for a powerhouse of a debut issue. Hickman smoothly works the meaning of the title into the story, enriching the purpose of it, and wastes no time, hitting the ground running on his latest look into choices, consequences, and death.


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Born in the frozen tundra of Massachusetts, Tim Midura has long possessed a love for comic books and records. After stealing the beard of Zeus and inventing the pizza bagel, a much more heavily tattooed and bearded Tim Midura has finally settled in San Diego. He's the world's first comics journalist who doesn't want to become a comics writer. Find him on twitter, facebook or by email.

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