Dead Man’s Run #0
Written by Greg Pak
Illustrated by Tony Parker
Colored by Peter Steigerwald
Lettered by Josh Reed
Covers by Tony Parker, Peter Steigerwald, Micah Gunnell
Release Date: November 2, 2011
Cover Price: $2.50
When the first page of a comic has someone buying beer, you just know it’s going to be a good read. Dead Man’s Run #0 has just that…of course, there is way more to it than that. It’s the prison break from Hell, literally. Our main guide through this short ride is Captain Romero, a man who is definitely no saint. Many references to his past are made, but none explain it. Mysterious, ashen-faced female Wardens and demonic Generals also add to the Hellish scene that we witness within the City of Corruption, located under the Pyramid. Sadly, the story pauses just as it gets started…but we all expect that in issue #0, right?
Greg Pak‘s storyline is interesting but not too revealing. We meet a few of the players here and get a vague feeling of what’s happening but it definitely make the reader curious about what happens next. Tony Parker and team give some pretty standard art with a few panels that really shine. I daresay the full-page pieces and the close-ups received a lot of attention but many of the other panels seem plain or unfinished…just lacking details, I suppose. Hopefully we see a more finished product when the first full issue hits shelves.
I came away wanting to read more of them and I look for the next issue to create some coherency to the mini-plots that I read here. And since it’s from Aspen Comics, I’m pretty sure the series will entertain me in the long run. I even enjoyed the moral at the end of this comic. Greed is a Deadly Sin for a reason. Go ahead and pick this one up, it’s less than the price of some Junior Mints at your local AMC, and it’s better for you!