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Death and The Man Who Would Not Die #1 (of 4)

Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2007
By: Martijn Form



Writer: James Patrick
Artists: Se7enhedd, Jim Ringuet (colors)

Publisher: Silent Devil


Plot: Death follows a man on horseback, who tries to outsmart his own dying.

Comments: Do you love reading comics not published by the mainstream publishers like Marvel and DC?

No?

Sure you do! And if the reason you don't is because you are on a tight budget, then drop some books whose titles begin with "X" or "Super," "Spider" or "Bat."

So my assignment for today is to convince you to take a look at Death and the Man Who Would Not Die at your comic store and buy it. Silent Devil deserves your hard earned money for this one. It's a story told in only four issues, so just let some of those World War Hulk tie-in books pass you by.

This is the sequel to the first Death series that contained three issues, but not to worry you donít need to have read the first series to get a kick out of this one.

Call me a sucker (which I am!), but I missed the first three issues too. But after reading this issue, I now got to get my hands on the first volume.

If the name Se7enhedd is a mystery to you, well you are in good company, because I never heard of him either. But after checking some websites, I am more than convinced that this guy has a successful career ahead of him. Se7venhedd could easily be the next comic sensation.

This artist's talent is reminiscent of fan favourites Ashley Wood, Ben Templesmith and Bill Sienkiewicz. Of course, this guy has a long way to go, but his talent is right in your face. His art is very expressive like Sienkiewicz. His art lines are rough, without lacking detail. The use of shadows perfectly create a mood more suitable for horror than a western, but itís working. The panel placement, the composition and the angles itís all high quality. Although the art is rough, characters' emotions are expressions are still distinct. The cover of this book is lovely, but I can point out several different panels that easily would have made a terrific cover. Look at the splash page of the man-who-would-not-die shoot some punk. Or the page of men hanging by their necks from trees like ripe apples. This page is a good example why artist Se7enhedd and colorist Jim Ringuet are a perfect match for this story.

Talking about storyÖ

James Patrick is a gifted story-teller. It takes him five widescreen panels to drag me into his fable. And when this scene was over I knew I was hooked. The next scene is amazing. The dialogue, the pacing, and more importantly, the captions create a compelling tale set in the Wild West.

Ooh, did I forget to mention that itís a western? And you donít like westerns? Good, then go read this one. Did you think Loveless (Vertigo) and Jonah Hex (DC comics) are the toughest books in the Wild West? Think again.

The Saint of Killers from the Preacher books can finally retire because Death is here.

For more information about this reviewer, go to www.martijnform.com



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