Aspen Comics Review – Dead Man’s Run #0

Aspen Comics is on a role.  I’ve really dug the last few things I’ve read of theirs, and had no idea what to expect going into reading Dead Man’s Run #0 which is out this week.  For about three-quarters of the comic I’m expecting a fairly normal prison story, waiting for what made it different.  There’s obviously something up with the main character, but other than that, I really had no idea what the twist was.  Then it hits you what the prison is.  It houses the denizens of hell.  Ok, so that was a twist I wasn’t expecting.

In a future where hell exists as an underground prison for the reanimated dead, a young man named Sam Tinker enlists a team of the damned to escape and save his innocent sister. It’s a prison break from hell. Literally.

This first issue hints and a heist comic.  Other parts hint at a gauntlet type run.  There’s other parts that hint that it’s about a prison break.  So, even after this zero issue, I still have no idea what to expect in the first issue, and that’s pretty cool.  The art is pretty damn solid (pun intended) and the story has a feel about it that’s just action packed.  It feels like something that could work in a comic or on the big screen.  There’s a reason the comic got such a positive reaction at New York Comic Con, it’s a really entertaining comic book.

There’s a lot set up here in this “first issue” and we have to wait until January to see how it all unfolds, but it looks like Aspen has another solid series on their hands.

Writer: Greg Pak Art: Tony Parker Cover: Parker, Peter Steigerwald and Micah Gunnell Publisher: Aspen Comics

Story: 8.75 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Aspen Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review