Welcome to the first installment of "Dumpster Diving". What is Dumpster Diving, you ask? Well, even if you aren't asking, I'll tell you anyway. This is when I go back through some comics I either haven't read yet, or I read them a LONG time ago and forgot about them.
I tend to have a memory that contains the most recent week's information, so I don't remember much.
We will grade these on 2 different scales. If I have read an entire story arc, we will do a simple 1-10 rating, with 10 being high. If I did not read the whole arc (as is the case with this entry), we will employ The Regret Scale.
The Regret Scale is similar to a 1-10 scale, with 1 meaning I saved myself from a hell so real and complete, that I want to take time out to smell the flowers, do charity work, hug my loved ones, and do all I can to improve the world around me. A 10 grading means that I want to walk off of a cliff because I did not continue on with the storyline.
Deathblow #1-2. The cover date is December of 2006 and January of 2007. Why did I sit on this for so long?? Our creative team features a story by Brian Azzarello and art by Carlos D'Anda. Let's give it up for them!
These two issues find Mr. Blow being rescued by the U.S. military, as he was missing and presumed dead for 6 years. GREAT splash page with the helicopters.
Upon his return, I think I am supposed to walk away believing that he has been mentally re-programmed or some such nonsense. He is reunited with a family that he does not remember, talks to a talking dog (WTF), and seems to go apeshit by the end of issue #2.
I feel like the premise of the story was pretty good, and had I continued reading the story, it would have probably made more sense. As it stands, since I was not roped in right away, I will leave my Deathblow collection at #1 and #2.
Artwork: very solid. Some of it was pretty awesome, yet very dark, and I get it, it's a dark book.
The Regret Scale: 6. Take it or leave it. Had I read it when I was buying them, chances are high I would have continued.