Strange, Funny, And Occasionally Morbid: Previewing ‘The Many Deaths Of Laila Starr’ #1

by Brendan M. Allen

BOOM! Studios has revealed a preview of the first chapter of its new series The Many Deaths Of Laila Starr, dropping this Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Aimed at readers of The Wicked + The Divine and The Dreaming, the new original series written by Ram V and illustrated by Filipe Andrade, explores the fine line between living and dying in Mumbai through the lens of magical realism.

‘With humanity on the verge of discovering immortality, the avatar of Death is fired and relegated to the world below to live out her now-finite days in the body of twenty-something Laila Starr in Mumbai. Struggling with her newfound mortality, Laila hatches a plan and soon discovers a way to be placed at the time and location where the creator of immortality will be born. . . 

But will Laila take her chance to permanently reverse the course of (future) history, or does a more shocking fate await her within the coils of mortal existence?’

Series writer Ram V says

The Many Deaths Of Laila Starr is a strange, funny, odd and occasionally morbid comic about death, love, innocence and the human condition. Where I come from, gods are flawed, perhaps more so than people. Life is an endless cycle of trying to get things right, and death? Death is only the beginning. Judgments are few and far between and all things are rife with contradictions as they should be.

Series artist Filipe Andrade adds

The Many Deaths Of Laila Starr is a story about love and connection, but also about the beauty and cruelty of it. Ram writes beautiful words touched by a mystic and exotic perfume. I want to transport and involve the reader in this trippy and vibrant world.

Featuring main cover art by Andrade and variant covers by David Mack and Anand RK, The Many Deaths Of Laila Starr #1 hits spinner racks Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Check out the preview images below.

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