DC’s greatest ghost is back, and this time he’s haunting the halls of an entirely different genre. Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love is a brand new gothic romance series from DC Comics, and we’ve got an exclusive look at some beautifully eerie pages from this week’s first issue.
Though classically a more mystery-oriented superhero character, in this new book, Deadman will be swept up in a chilling tale of romance, joined by another protagonist, Berenice, a young woman who can see ghosts. Berenice moves into a gothic mansion with her boyfriend and best friend and finds out that like all good gothic mansions, this one is haunted.
Deadman is an underrated DC character, though he’s a mainstay. He first appeared in 1967’s Strange Adventures #205, created Arnold Drake and Carmine Infantino. The spirit of a trapeze artist named Boston Brand, Deadman was trapped on the ethereal plane by the goddess Rama Kushna and forced to wander the world searching for his own killer. He is unseen by normal people, but can possess the bodies of the living in order to interact with the physical world. Recently a core member of Justice League Dark, Deadman hasn’t had many series of his own—the last being a barely-recognizable Vertigo version ten years ago—so it’s great to see this classic hero back in the solo spotlight with a new twist.
Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love is written by Sara Vaughn, who cut her weird romance teeth on Alex + Ada at Image, and will be drawn by Lan Medina, who certainly knows how to draw romance and fantasy after his legendary Eisner-winning run on Vertigo’s Fables. José Villarubia will be providing the series’ moody colors, and it will all be wrapped up in striking covers by Stephanie Hans.
Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love will consist of three extra-long 48-page issues, the first of which is out this Wednesday, October 5th, making it the perfect comic to kick off the Halloween season!