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Dead Man’s Run #5 [Aspen Comics] Review

Posted on May 31, 2013 AT 10:00pm

While it’s been a bit further and farther between than most readers would have liked, Dead Man’s Run is back, and after this one, is one issue away from it’s stunning conclusion. Sam Tinker and his group of damned souls are continually working their way though Hell as Sam is attempting to rescue the only innocent in Hell, his sister Juniper. This… is not going well as former prison guard Frank Romero and the higher ups at the prison are working on something sinister of their own.

Sam and his team are definitely struggling as they attempt to get Juniper and get out of there. While they begin to make progress and Sam gets some help from a friend, the outcome looks bleak for his crew as Juniper is still captured and Sam is running into more problems than he is solutions, even with his superior mapping skills.

Greg Pak is a well known writer working on this book, and his fame might be the reason for the delay, as his workload may just be too much to be able to handle monthly duties for this book. That being said, Pak does a great job of bringing in the action as this series moves to its conclusion. While the time between issues three and four makes it a bit difficult to keep track of developments, reading an issue or two back lets it all make sense as Sam and his team battle against Romero and the rest to get the hell out of…well, Hell.

Tony Parker is a top notch artist as well, and while he’s following the company style of character over background, he does a terrific job getting the characters and the details of Hell down just right. There is still quite a lack of background work in this series, as much of the aesthetic behind the characters is a black background or something much similar. Wes Hartman took on the coloring duties on this issue, and while it’s done very well, there is a bit of overabundant shadowing done in the issue. The Hell concept is taken a bit too far with the dark colors, but once that issue is addressed mentally, the issue looks great.

Summary:This is a fun book as it explores a different kind of Hell, but the length between issues is a major turn off for the series. The art looks good and the plot is interesting, but not being able to get it monthly for the time between issues three and four makes following the series a bit more difficult than other books.

Pros: Interesting Premise, Talented Creative Team

Cons: Hard To Follow, Lack Of Backgrounds

Grade: B-

Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for He's also awesome. If someone looked up "awesome" in the dictionary, his picture wouldn't be there, but that's because he's too busy being awesome to pose for a photo.

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