CLiNT 2.1 features “Death Sentence” by writer Monty Nero and artist Mike Dowling. Death Sentence exists in a world where the killer STD, G+, give you 6 months to live but instead of 6 months of pain and misery, it’s six months with superpowers. However it’s not necessary the powers you were hoping for. The series isn’t set in a super hero universe. It is set in a world very much like our own. And the carriers of the virus have to deal with the virus, their powers and eventual death in much the same way you or I would.
Death Sentence deconstructs the super hero mythology and shines a harsh light of our current celebrity culture on it. At the same time Death Sentence demonstrates what governments would do with people they can’t control.
We follow to three twenty-something characters who were trying to find their place in the world when they were given their “Death Sentence”.
Verity Fleet is a young lady who hates her job, and quits with a monologue everyone wishes they could give to a boss they hate. But what will she do to survive for the next six months? What happens when her powers become explosive?
Monty a comedian uses his power to build his celebrity, and advance he personal desires.
Daniel Weissel is a musician who hopes the virus give him musical ability. He finds out the hard way he has the ability to become intangible but he sill lacks the musical ability.
It’s a gritty and compelling story with enough realism to satisfy mature readers, while presenting the fantasy/science fiction elements in a way that advances the story without making it cliché.
The story takes up the 22 of the 100 pages of CLiNT but it leaves you wanting more and early waiting for the next issue.