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Death Sentence

Montynero (Author), Mike Dowling (Illustrator), Titan Comics (publisher)

> Review by Emil J. Novak Sr.

To say Brit comic book writers have a flair for the dramatic would be a gross understatement. A better description would be something like, “WTF! Where did that come from?” There wasn’t much buzz about Death Sentence when it was initially released. Still, when word got out about the original series from English publisher Titan Comics, the first three issues sold out. Finally, the trade hardcover hit the stands and what a read this book was! In Death Sentence, a new sexually transmitted virus called “G-Plus” is on the streets. While the disease spikes your creativity to superpower level, it also kills you in six months—and there is no cure, i.e., a death sentence. Seem simple enough? It’s not that easy. Along the ride, we spend time with three infected individuals, a junkie rocker named Weasel, a creative and scared woman named Verity Fette, and a piss-ass cocky bastard, stand-up comedian called Monty. The three players coming to terms with their short lives are distant from each other, but not for long. “G-plus” has a nasty way of bringing it all together. Meaningless sex, drugs and violence are some of the mechanisms these emotionally damaged people use to cope with their problems. With the world on the precipice of extinction, you can even feel a sadness vibe for millennials in the story. This book is original and outrageous, rude and foul-mouthed. It’s 100 percent British, and worth the read.

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