Fi­nal Count­down

The last word on su­per­heroes con­tin­ues

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“What would you do with the rest of your life?” With its cen­tral trio given only six months to live af­ter de­vel­op­ing su­per­pow­ers thanks to the sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted G- Plus virus, Death Sen­tence’s high con­cept per­fectly fit­ted its ini­tial six- is­sue span. But ac­cord­ing to au­thor Monty Nero, there’s so much more to tell as Ver­ity, Wes­sel and Monty are re­turn­ing in new on­go­ing monthly, Death Sen­tence: Lon­don.

“To start with, we learn more about them, as they be­come more pow­er­ful and danger­ous,” re­veals Nero, who will be joined by artist Martin Sim­monds. “So we’ll see the ef­fect of the virus on the wider pop­u­la­tion, and the Amer­i­can re­sponse with new char­ac­ters like Jeb Mul­grew, an un­der­cover FBI agent.”

As the sub­ti­tle in­di­cates, the English cap­i­tal is at the heart of the story. “There’s a lot of stuff in­flu­enced by the Lon­don ri­ots, and some new char­ac­ters such as a Lon­don mayor you may recog­nise,” says Nero, who will also look at the wider global pic­ture. “We’ve al­ways got mul­ti­ple threads in­ter­weav­ing so events in Lon­don are in­ter­cut with what’s hap­pen­ing else­where as the virus pro­lif­er­ates.”

With Weasel re­sem­bling Peter Do­herty, Nero will con­tinue to mesh pop cul­ture with su­per­hero ac­tion. “It’s about our cul­ture, our val­ues, and our lives,” he ex­plains. “We live in crazy times, and su­per­pow­ers are sim­ply a fun way to talk about it.”

Death Sen­tence: Lon­don # 1 is pub­lished by Ti­tan Comics on Wed­nes­day 10 June.

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