Captain Romero is the head of security at Andrew Jackson Federal Corrections Facility. By his own admission he is not a good man. Captain Romero is a highly decorated former soldier with a dark past of killing people he shouldn’t have. In Dead Man’s Run #0 from Aspen Comics by Greg Pak and Tony Parker, Romero will lead his team of guards into the fires of Hell.
Andrew Jackson Federal Corrections Facility is not just a prison it is literally Hell. Captain Romero’s mandate has been to keep whatever is in there from reaching the surface and getting out. The mandate changes and he must charge into the fires of Hell where corruption and temptation reign supreme.
Writer Greg Pak is defining a new kind of Hell. It is a place where the ultimate justice is served. Instead of a mythological place ruled by a man with a pitchfork, this Hell is a prison in the California desert.
The characters Pak introduces are compelling. In this first story he sets up the personality of three major players in the world of Dead Man’s Run. Captain Romero is the hardened combat veteran with an unspeakable past. Sam Tinker has fewer miles on him than Romero and shows a sense of innocence which will come in handy in Hell. Then there is the mysterious Warden who operates the prison from below the surface, in the very pits of Hell. Pak gives all of them an interesting personality that makes you want to read more.
Artist Tony Parker’s depiction of the prison both above and below the surface is outstanding. On the surface he draws a standard maximum security prison, but once the guards descend down their ropes into the City of Corruption, the fires of Hell come up to meet them. The twisted nightmare world is shown on the pages as the guards engage the denizens of this world in a fire fight.
The decision: Dead Man’s Run is setting up to be the ultimate in prison break serialized fiction. Issue 0 builds the Hellish prison as a character in the story like Captain Romero or Sam Tinker. Pak sets the stage of the ongoing series by introducing interesting characters and an intriguing mystery to keep you hooked. Parker’s art is beautiful and highly detailed which gives the story its gravitas and instantly makes the world recognizable.
The Culver City based Aspen MLT, Inc. is an entertainment publishing company founded in January 2003 by superstar comic artist Michael Turner. Priding itself on producing entertainment properties of the highest quality visual and storytelling elements, Aspen MLT, Inc. quickly carved its mark on the comic book industry.
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