Death Sentence follows Verity, Monty, and Weasel, three people infected with a new virus that grants them incredible powers – but which will kill them in six months.
"Death Sentence is a graphic novel about the state of the world today, reflecting adult concerns and themes," Nero says.
"We approached the story from the characters' perspective, with the themes and plot first, and then rethought superpowers in a way that added something new to the core drama."
"This was one of the first scenes I visualised. Just this vignette of an ordinary girl going in for hospital tests and getting arrested, which triggers her powers."
"Whenever I write a scene I think, 'What haven't I seen before? How can we do this in a fresh way?'"
"For similar reasons, when Monty takes power for himself, he does it through the royal family, rather than a hoary old military coup."
"There’s a lot of action in Death Sentence, but it’s all handled in an interesting way."
"This is the culmination of that sequence, with Verity on the right and Monty on the left."
"We raise the stakes here, as the US-led task force steams in. We’ve seen this kind of thing play out on the news, with Iraq and so forth."
"Verity’s being treated against her will at this point. She’s depressed, and not creating anything."
"I’m a big fan of imaginative and well-timed swearing."
"Monty’s story illustrates the logical progression of completely freeing yourself from any sense of peer review."
"Verity takes the lead throughout, she's the hero. My view is that women are generally a lot more capable than men."
"If you look at evolution from the perspective of the gene, rather than the human being, it makes a lot more sense."
"You have to strike a balance between giving people a relatable setup, so they can get into the story, and delivering new concepts to blow their minds."
"The next story picks up from the moment the first story ends, in the same style."
Death Sentence Vol. 1 is out now from Titan Comics. Artwork reproduced here with permission.