Series Profile: DEATH SENTENCE! (Updated)

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First on our radar from Mark Millar’s rave recommend on his site on publication, Monty Nero’s and Mike Dowling’s apocalyptic superhuman romp grabbed critical acclaim and rave reviews. Now, with artist Martin Simmonds, Death Sentence is back and zooming in on London (as if it hadn’t been f***ed up enough already ;)) C - Death Sentence London Cover_A
Mind there’s always that concern of that ‘awkward second album’, especially with a change of band-member – not to worry here though: Martin Simmonds is knocking it out of every park in the big city!

Anyway, while we tend to focus on graphic novels / collected editions of comics, we are particularly keen to see crazy stuff happening to the city of our residence; so here’s our profile of what’s here, coming and been in the world of Death Sentence and Death Sentence: London!


We just couldn’t resist getting straight in with what’s happening now and would advise you not to skimp on watching the trailer. Issue One is, at time of writing, recently out on June 10th – here’s the description from Titan followed by some interior pages from August’s #3. And below that check out the details of and praise for volume one, available now in collected form!

From Titan Comics:

Death Sentence: London continues the phenomenal critical and sales hit rampant with sex, drugs and superpowers!

June 10 sees the return of Titan’s sex, drugs and superpowers smash with the debut issue Death Sentence: London #1 by Montynero (X-Men Annual, Vertigo CMYK) and rising star Martin Simmonds! 

Created by writer Montynero and artist Mike Dowling, Death Sentence was a hit with reviewers, retailers and readers the world over. With Death Sentence: London, the scope is bigger, the action bolder, and the storyline more controversial than ever!

The cataclysmic effects of Monty’s G-positive super-rampage through London are still being felt… but where are series icons Weasel and Verity?! And what happens when the Americans – and special agent Jeb Mulgrew – get involved?! 

Interiors from #2:

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Interiors from #3:

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Interiors from #4

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Interiors from #5:

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Death Sentence Vol 1
Monty Nero, Mike Dowling
Titan Comics
SEX, SUPERPOWERS AND SIX MONTHS TO LIVE! Verity: frustrated artist. Weasel: struggling guitarist. Monty: rogue media icon. Three people infected with the G+ virus, which grants them incredible powers – but which will kill them in six months! Will they fade away – or go out in a blaze of glory? From the streets of London to the North Atlantic, from muses lost to futures thrown away – Death Sentence is the jaw-dropping next step in superpowered storytelling! Funny, fearless and frightening, this collection of the hit series is an unforgettable comics debut

Praise for Volume 1:

“BRILLIANT! Genuinely Original” – Mark Millar

“One of the best hooks I’ve ever heard for a comic” – Comics Bulletin

“A striking new voice in the superhero genre.” – Comic Book Resources

“Death Sentence is different, sexy, funny, dark and mature. This is a comic worth picking up!” – Comic Book Resources

“The characters are well-developed and lively and Dowling’s design work is impressive – his art has a great, Sean Phillips-esque feel to it. I’m fascinated to see where they go.” – Brian Cronin, Comics Should Be Good, CBR

“Nasty, dirty and oh-so-wonderfully-wrong – and a hell of a lot of fun.” – Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin

“An edgy, moody feel, with plenty of mystery and fear in the air. The premise and unique characters are intriguing.” – Danica Davidson, CNN, Los Angeles Times

“A smart, raw and relevant spin on the superhero genre.” – MTV Geek

“It’s a brilliantly original concept, and a features an incredibly smart script by Montynero, highlighted by fantastic character work and strong dialog. Mike Dowling has a great grasp of what colors work best in a scene, and how to use light sources to the best effect. The characters he draws for this story are all fully realized and seem to have their own personalities, which just jump out of the page.” -Newsarama

“DEATH SENTENCE is one of the truest representations of superpowers appearing overnight. What I realized after absorbing all six issues, and the bevy of extras like a Q&A with the team dissecting pivotal moments, was that DEATH SENTENCE was going to transcend death to also unveil the meaning of life. Mission accomplished, gents.” – Aint It Cool

“It s like X-Men meets The Dallas Buyers Club, except on crack.” – Nerd Reactor

“Fun to read and hard to put down.” – Examiner

“Superbly written with visuals (Mike Dowling illustrates) that send shock through the reader, Death Sentence is a book to fall in love with.” – Horror Novel Reviews

“The art is spot on, paced well and highly detailed. Mike Dowling has outdone himself here.” -Adventures in Poor Taste

“This is a book you won t want to put down even if you are a little disturbed at times.” – Games Fiends

“This is a book you won’t want to put down.” – LoveReading

“If you love the idea behind stories such as Strikeforce: Morituri, The Nazz or Rising Stars but wished those old school tales had a touch more social relevance and a bucket load more swearing and sex in them then you ll want to check this out.” – Starburst

“Top quality British adult comic material with the potential to be a long running series” – SF Crowsnest