Published by Titan Comics
9th September 2015
Art: Martin Simmonds
Letters: Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt & Albert Deschesne
I’m behind reviewing this series. I’ll be honest I’m behind quite a bit on reviewing…
Death Sentence was a smash hit when the first mini series came out in 2013, the 1st issue debuted on 9th October (my 46th birthday). My blog was still pretty new then really, just in to the second year. In fact my first Comic review was in December 2012. So from that respect my blog wasn’t even a year old.
Montynero had really caught my interest well before publication and I pre-ordered issue 1. It was one of the two comics I’d ever pre-ordered at a Local Comic Store (LCS), the other was Department of Monsterology. I’d ‘reserved’ comics at Newsagents before, but only mainstream UK comics like 2000AD. You don’t get Death Sentence in any Newsagent in Rawdon…
That first series really delivered. I met Montynero and Mike Dowling at Thought Bubble that year. I’d already interviewed Montynero before Death Sentence launched. It was great putting faces to names.
Since then I’ve also interviewed Martin Simmonds, artist on this current version of Death Sentence.
Death Sentence centres on sufferers of G+, a terminal STD that has rather singular side effects. Superpowers… plus an increase in any creative ability.
This series has two characters carried over from the miniseries, Verity and Weasel. Already introduced in issue 1 of Death Sentence: London is a non-sufferer, Jeb. Jeb Mulgrew is an FBI computer specialist who thinks he is happily married; his wife might not be quite so sure.
In this issue we meet Roots, ayoung woman living in Brixton, London. Street smart and dealing in her own home-grown weeds… She butts up against the leader of an organised unit, Retch.
Montynero’s script has a great balance of reality and suspension of disbelief. I don’t know if he has had a dialect coach for the scenes with Roots, it all seemed real enough to me.
Mike Dowling had done a great job on the original miniseries but wasn’t able to continue due to his success here. He will be back for later arcs I understand. Monty found a super-sub in the form of Martin Simmonds. Storytelling that is done to a spectacular level. Plus characterisation that shows every mood that he is asked to deliver. This is pencils, inks and colours by one artist. That is pretty normal in the UK, just imagine the length of time it adds to the production of a monthly comic.
An amazing series that explores what it means to live as much as it confronts death.