WHAT’S IT ABOUT: Sam wakes up in a seedy motel room with no memory of who he is; he gets a phone call warning him to run, and Sam bolts through a strange city he doesn’t recognize. Captured by his pursuers, he is forced to join a gang that has need of Sam’s criminal expertise. Sam rebels, which leads him to a lady named Maia who offers revelations about who Sam is and the city in which he is stranded.
WHO MADE IT: Christopher Sebela wrote it; Chris Visions provided the art. Ruth Redmond is the colorist, and Steve Wands lettered the comic; the comic was published by Boom! Studios.
WHAT MATT FRACTION HAS TO SAY ABOUT IT: “DEAD LETTERS #1 is a GREAT first issue. And the hook on its first page is only surpassed by the hook on its last page. BOOM! might just have the next PREACHER on its hands. Even better, they have the first DEAD LETTERS on their hands. “ – Matt Fraction
WHAT I THINK: Who am I to disagree with comics genius Matt Fraction? I would if I thought he was wrong, but he’s spot on about this comic. Okay – I respectfully disagree about Dead Letters being the next Preacher; Dead Letters is stylistically very different from Preacher. But the comic has an interesting premise, and Visions creates a strange, captivating setting with well-rendered characters and a lot of kinetic action.