[Editor’s Note: This review may contain Spoilers]
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Riley Rossmo
For the last few days since meeting Antonio Luna, Val has been gallivanting around the world. Everywhere they went, Luna’s friends, family, and enemies had been murdered. Some were merely shot, others had their head’s caved in or hearts cut out.
In Paris, Luna and Val attend the funeral of Maggie Mars, a saint. She had dedicated her life to help the poor at any cost. During a brief period of her life, she knew Luna. They fought an alien army in Nevada, slaying the monsters. After that, the woman proposed to him and they spent two amazing weeks together making love and enjoying each other. By the end of the two weeks, Maggie decided to part ways to preserve the memory of the time they spent together.
Her son and friends, wouldn’t hear it. They couldn’t believe the audacity of Luna and his self-importance. They attacked him and forced both of them out. The whole affair had Luna questioning his own importance and how everyone has their own story to tell, even after they leave his.
The visual presentation of Death Bed is amazing. Rossmo and WIlliamson have created a wonderful world in this series. There are segments depicting the death of Luna’s friends, in which they are alive in the first and dead in the second panel. In that second panel they are shown in a more noir looking setting with grey scaled colors. The draining of color from the panel as their life was drained looks stunning, especially compared to the vibrant colors throughout the rest of the book.
There is also a segment depicting Maggie and Luna preparing to make love. On the two page spread, each section of the splash has ever so slightly more undressed until both are naked in each other’s arms. The flow of the scene are perfect. It never feels sluggish, they simply flow into each other naturally.
There are no negatives worth mentioning in this issue.
Deathbed #2 pushes the concept of this series up another notch. This time adding a more thoughtful component into the series, taking Luna down a peg from his high horse.