The complete Death Duty: Renegade, an all-action SF adventure comic by John Freeman, Dave Hailwood, Brett Burbridge and Ken Reynolds is available now from DriveThru Comics, in print or digital download.
Edited by Dave Hailwood, the Death Duty: Renegade collection is published by Crucible Comic Press, a new comic imprint established by the team behind the comics web site downthetubes.net, in partnership with Biomekazoik.
In a war-torn future, crime and disloyalty to the Terran Empire are punished with conscription into mercenary law enforcement squads: soldiers consigned to do or die in order to prove their commitment to the common good.
Those who serve out a full year are entitled to a bonus and financial rewards for their work – and even the opportunity of early amnesty.
Of course, very few survive what is known as Death Duty: the average life expectancy for a recruit is four months…in some cases, much less!
Dissidents in the Terran Empire are put on the infamous List – tracked down by Death Duty squads and terminated for their rebellion with extreme prejudice. A termination mission could take place anywhere – on alien worlds, Martian cities or aboard a rebel spaceship or station.
Described by some as ruthless assassins working with the worst of intentions, Dutymen – and women – see themselves as simply being paid to kill to keep the Empire safe. For most of them, exactly who they kill doesn’t matter – until one of their number, Travis Wilson, begins to question the missions they’re assigned and goes AWOL… a wanted man.
The first in a trilogy of stories based on a character created by John Freeman and Alan Burrows, Renegade stars Travis Wilson and Rourke (a character created by John Freeman and Liam Sharp) and is written by John Freeman (Doctor Who, Judge Dredd Megazine, “Black Ops Extreme”) with Dave Hailwood (100% Biodegradable, TOXIC), drawn by Brett Burbridge (Octal, 100% Biodegradable) and Ken Reynolds (Cognition, Sliced Quarterly)
Death Duty: Renegade collects the first full length Death Duty strip first published in acclaimed digital anthology 100% Biodegradable, and includes the “lost” first episode planned for an unpublished WarWorldz anthology comic mooted back in 2003, drawn by Alan Burrows (Dan Dare, Commando).
WHAT THE CRITICS SAID:
“ A ripping yarn that’s hitting all the right beats”
– A Place to Hang Your Cape
“Death Duty has a real throwback feel to it, like a cross between David Lloyd and vintage Alan Grant, which helps 100% Biodegradable feel more like classic comics like Warrior and of course vintage 2000 AD.”
– Pipedream Comics
Death Duty: Renegade
Written by John Freeman & Dave Hailwood
Death Duty created by John Freeman & Alan Burrows
Art and Cover by Brett Burbridge
Lettered by Ken Reynolds
Featuring additional art by Alan Burrows and Bill Storie
Copies are also on sale in First Age Comics, Lancaster or direct from creators at events
Death Duty © John Freeman & Alan Burrows | Death Duty: Renegade © John Freeman, Dave Hailwood, Brett Burbridge and Ken Reynolds
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. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 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.