First Look: A Cynical Convict Turned Reluctant Hero In ‘Dead Seas’ #1

by Brendan M. Allen

IDW Publishing has revealed a first look at Dead Seas, their six-issue miniseries written by author Cavan Scott and artist Nick Brokenshire, releasing on December 21st, 2023.

Part Poseidon Adventure, part The Haunting of Hill House, Dead Seas is a supernatural thriller that reunites the Star Wars: The High Republic writer-and-artist team for a tale of specters, prisoners, pirates, and disaster on the open ocean. Issue #1 follows a cynical convict turned reluctant hero after he finds himself trapped on a sinking prison ship swarming with ghosts. Can he unite desperate criminals, pirates, and brutal guards as they try to escape a watery grave?

‘Ghosts are real and dangerous. But they’re also valuable, their ectoplasm capable of curing countless diseases. There’s only one problem: harvesting the wonder drug can be just as deadly. Prisoner Gus Ortiz is willing to take the risk in return for a reduced sentence—anything to see his daughter again. All it will take is a few months at sea scraping ectoplasm off the walls of the Perdition, a floating prison containing the most vicious ghosts on Earth. Surrounded by dark waters, Gus soon realizes that angry spirits are the least of his worries.’

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