Death Sentence: London issue 1 by Montynero and Martin Simmonds

Death-Sentence-London 1Death Sentence: London
Issue 1
A creator owned project
Created by Montynero and Mike Dowling

Published by Titan Comics
10th June 2015

Writer: Montynero
Art: Martin Simmonds
Letters: Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt & Albert Deschesne

Cover: Montynero

I covered the release of the original miniseries that was released on 9th October 2013. That series was 6 issues long and has been collected in one volume as well as translated in to French.

The story followed three characters who had separately contracted a terminal STD called G-Plus. Verity, Weasel and Monty were all facing certain death in six months. They’re reactions were very different and came to a head when Monty named himself King of England.

This ongoing series follows straight on from the miniseries. There is a ‘Previously in Death Sentence…’ article on the inside front cover and the page facing it.

Well the wait was well worth it. I’ve been looking forward to this ever since I first heard about the sequel. I ran a couple of articles about this new series and interviewed incoming Martin Simmonds.

Firstly I’ll mention the art, I usually start with the script. The art from Mike on the first series really set a high standard. Monty had met Martin previously and knew he’d be a good fit in the team. Mike was simply too busy to draw the first story arc in this ongoing series, he’ll return for another arc at some point.

Montynero is an Artist as well as a writer so he really knew what he was looking for. I was thrilled when I saw some unlettered pages, you can see them in the interview with Martin. You can see this is the same world that Mike was drawing but he isn’t a clone.

Actually I can see a few hints of Duncan Fegredo among the art.

The story telling is great and panel layouts very pleasing. Colours are used in an interesting way to give mood and in places to help evoke motion.

The script introduces new characters in London and Texas with very little from Weasel. There are some very big developments early on which very much looks like a shift in power. There are politics and secret agencies involved. just as last time.

And the dialogue given to the politicians is marvelous with tired repeated phrases from real UK politics liberally sprinkled. This really helps with grounding the story so that the more unusual parts of the story are easier to swallow.

All the characters are carefully crafted and we can expect some decent developments from the old and new.

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