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Monday, June 24, 2013

Comic Review: Death Sentence #1 (ARC) by Montynero Dowling

Death Sentence #1 (of 6)
Writer: Monty Nero
Artist Name: Mike Dowling
Cover Artist: Mike Dowling
Number of Issues/Volumes in Series: 6
Page Count: 32 pp
Retail Price: $3.99
Street Date: October 9, 2013

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What would you do with superpowers – and six months to live?

That’s the dilemma facing three people who’ve contracted the G+ Virus, a terrifying new STD.

What can graphic designer Verity, failing indie guitarist Weasel and roguish media personality Monty do in the time they have left? Fade away – or go out in a blaze of glory?

By turns funny, dark, sad and spectacular, Death Sentence is an emotional thrill ride through celebrity, loss, passion and creativity. It’s the jaw-dropping next stage in superpowered storytelling!

Packed with unforgettable shocks, quotable dialogue and the character finds of a generation, this is an unmissable debut by two striking and confident new voices!

AIDS doesn't exactly come with a silver lining, none that I'm aware of at any rate. So imagine a sexually transmitted disease that gave you--albeit fleetingly--increased physical and mental abilities. You feel stronger, smarter, more creative. Great, especially if you're a struggling musician with record producers hounding you for a hit album. And once you're dead, those record sales are bound to skyrocket.

G-Plus is just such a disease in the world envisioned by Montynero Dowling. The disease is cutting a swath through London and around the world, but before some people succumb to the disease's deteriorating effects, they're capitalizing on its preternatural gifts. Monty, a egotistical rockstar turned self-appointed voice of the ages, may be infected with G-Plus, but he's not letting it stop him from bedding everything that moves--including a nun, if you can believe that.
Keeping with the rock and roll theme, there's Weasel. A junkie with a lot of money riding on his success as a rock musician. If only the G-Plus will kick in and fire up his creative juices, since his benefactors are a little fed up with him, not to mention the drug dealers whom he owes.

Then there's Miss Flett (didn't catch her first name anywhere in the book) and her life's alarmingly rapid descent following her G-Plus diagnosis. She quits her job, finds her bank account empty, and her doctor has notified some rather menacing government agents.
All attitude in this first issue, but a helluva lot of potential for future issues. Three interesting, albeit not entirely likable, characters to serve as viewpoints into this world. The first issue doesn't quite find its footing, trying hard to balance introducing characters and plot, not quite delivering in full on either. But, it's only one issue in, and I'm hoping that there's enough gas in the tank to carry this series even further into the dystopic expanse Dowling has set up.

4 Sheep

Guest Reviewer: Gef Fox

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