Title: Manticore #1
Published By: Rosarium Publishing
Creator/Writer: Keith Miller
Art: Ian Gabriel

The premise: Simon, a white-collar criminal, is a new transfer to Pensacola Federal Prison Camp. He’s having a hard time adjusting to prison culture, and his newfound “friends” aren’t all that interested in making his new life any easier. Everyone in the PHU has his own agenda; alliances are, at best, temporary; and even the notion of friendship is laughable. But all that is about to change. This brutal yet familiar life they’ve all grown accustomed to is about to come to an end as a mysterious stranger is transferred to their unit and these hardened inmates start to die… Horribly. One at a time.

Creative team: The writer and creator of this tale is Keith Miller of Rat Ronin Studios who recently joined the Rosarium Publishing team with this new title.  The illustrator, Ian Gabriel, really does a great job in his first professional comic book gig.

 

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What we love: Keith has really taken his writing to another level with this title.  I didn’t even know “prison horror” was a genre! I immediately identify with the main character Simon and easily immerse myself in the world Keith has so carefully created. It’s like Orange is the New Black for Hell Boy fans.

Ian Gabrial’s art really complements the story well. It has a Richard Corben-esque feel to it that effectively sets the tone of the book.

Download a copy HERE for only 1.98 and check out more of Keith Miller’s work HERE.