Comic fans warned over G+ virus dangers after Rich Johnston explodes*

Death Sentence #1 Cover

We’re getting unusual reports of a strange virus circulating among comic press reporters, so serious they’re being referred to a special North London-based clinic run by one “Dr R. Mapra” for testing.

According to a source at Titan Comics, the virus seems to have become active among some comics journalists after reading Titan Comics Death Sentence by Monty Nero and Mike Dowling, although its usual method of infection is a bit more ‘adult’…

Luckily, although there are unconfirmed reports that Bleeding Cool’s Rich Johnston exploded after receiving yet another Doctor Who Lost Episodes rumour*, no  British comics journalist has tested positive for the mysterious “G+ virus”, but if you develop any of the following symptoms, contact your doctor.

What is G-Plus?

G-Plus is a fatal virus. Individuals infected will display extra-normal abilities. There is currently no cure or effective treatment for G-Plus. The virus is most prevalent in the major cities of America and Western Europe.

How can G-Plus be transmitted?

G-Plus is most commonly transmitted through unprotected sexual activity. Those most at risk include young people within the 16-25 age group, sex workers and MSM.

Symptoms

INCREASED SEX DRIVE
Individuals with G-Plus may experience an increased sex-drive. This is often accompanied by an unusual discharge from the fingers and eyes.

ENHANCED PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES
You may become smarter, stronger, or faster – or exhibit unusual or extra-normal abilities.

NUCLEAR MELT-DOWN (EXTREME CASES)
Rare cases have been reported of G-Plus carriers spontaneously manifesting highly-incendiary combustion as a result of severe psychological and physical stress. These catastrophic incidents (often accompanied by violent green light) are dictated by the DNA of the individual carrier.

To witness affects on susceptible individuals, see the below footage: –

LIVING WITH G-PLUS

Life expectancy for individuals with G-Plus is six months from the date the virus becomes active. The virus can incubate for some time before this period. Individuals can expect to feel energetic and physically well until the final weeks, though depression or extreme swings in mood are not uncommon.

LEARN

It is important to register and monitor each person with G-Plus to stop them becoming a danger to themselves or others. Failure to register is a criminal offence. Counseling and assistance are available at your local G+ Testing Clinic or hospital.

If you would like to know more about the G+ virus and its effects, please read on…

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*A lie, sorry. Rich Johnston is alive and well and soon on his way to New York Comic Con.

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What would you do with superpowers – and six months to live? 

That’s the dilemma facing three people who’ve contracted the G+ Virus, through unprotected sex.

What can graphic designer Verity, failing indie guitarist Weasel and roguish media personality Monty do in the time they have left? Fade away – or go out in a blaze of glory?

By turns funny, dark, sad and spectacular, Death Sentence by Monty Nero and Mike Dowling is an emotional thrill ride through celebrity, loss, passion and creativity. It’s the jaw-dropping next stage in superpowered storytelling!

Packed with unforgettable shocks, quotable dialogue and the character finds of a generation, this is an unmissable debut by two striking and confident new voices!

Death Sentence #1 is on sale 9th October 2013 in all good comic shops.  The series will also be available to read day and date on the iPad, iPhone, Web, Android and Kindle Fire, exclusively through the comiXology app and comiXology.com

• For more information about Death Sentence, visit: www.Titan-Comics.com

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.



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