Dead Man's Run #1


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Dead Man's Run #1


  • Words: Greg Pak
  • Art: Tony Parker
  • Colors: David Curiel
  • Publisher: Aspen Comics
  • Price: $3.50
  • Release Date: Jan 18, 2012

Greg Pak and Tony Parker launch their new series in earnest, and things quickly turn out not how you'd expected.

Issue #0 of this new series hit more than a month ago, and while it might not be the freshest comic in people's minds come mid-January, it was a notably enjoyable precursor to a book with a quality pedigree. Greg Pak's a solid writer, and Tony Parker is an interesting variant for Aspen, whose artists often follow the Michael Turner school of "tall women with perfect swimmer builds."

In a fast manner, Pak throws out what the introductory zero issue led you to believe the premise of the series would be. Instead of the people who defend the literal Hell on Earth, forced to go inside to quell problems, Dead Man’s Run instead turns into a monstrous version of Prison Break. More questions are laid out than answers, which drastically changes what you'd have come to expect based on the first zero issue.

Parker's art, as said, adds a very welcome and different feel to the Aspen brand. His style’s got a very nice flow, and he draws moving vehicles quite well, something not every artist can do convincingly.

What isn't the best break from regular Aspen fare is the change from Peter Steigerwald to David Curiel on colors. While Curiel can do fine with flesh tones, too much of the other work is just a blur. Walls are a mix of grays and browns with little delineation, and when Parker doesn't draw a background, there's just not one to be had in any case. Mood lighting is one thing, but characters in space with colored backgrounds just give a lack of location. Throughout the book, there's too much brown and gray, and while it may be because of the setting, it makes the book blander for it.

Although Dead Man's Run has already changed the hand readers thought they had been dealt, it’s going to be interesting to see where Pak and Parker take this book next. If you want something different than what you generally expect from Aspen, this is the book you should get.

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