“The Dead Reserves follows the strange adventures of Leonard Lime and his team at the Post Life Adjustments Agency, taking on cases for the living using the expertise of the dead.”
The Dead Reserves is an idea I had that most directly appeals to my love of the buddy cop genre. That mixed with a love of innovative revenge tales or satisfying justice, served with a slice of dark humor. I love the type of cunning and well constructed payback that’s usually impossible for the average person. But maybe not for a group of people who can connect with and make use of their dead reservists.
It’s an idea that will hopefully make for all manner of crazy stories and relationship frictions. Especially when said people group together to put their gift to use as part of their job description. The idea of a Post Life Adjustments agency, an agency where different people are outsourced to tackle things that are too dangerous, too weird or too unconventional for any other agency, was a no-brainer.
People in the employ of Leonard Lime (Idris Elba would be my ideal casting for my fantasy movie) and Ronnie Hattridge (I was thinking Terrence Stamp,) working strange cases and using a vast array of spirits they would call on for help – all with unique personalities, skills, stories and legacies. Not all of them getting on. Some of them having to be persuaded or bribed. Others only too keen to get their hands dirty. And others not even Human.
Imagine for instance you were trapped in a safe leaking water, plummeting to your doom on the ocean floor and had the Ghost of Harry Houdini to get you out of it. Or you were caught in a brawl with ten hard case enforcers and could call on Jack Johnson to have your back. Imagine you had a pocket full of rodent bones and could call ghost rats to work their way past an intricate security system and you could walk right in the front door.
It’s tantalizing stories that would spawn from thoughts like these that made me want to explore the idea of The Dead Reserves as small two panel outings. Fun stories, some with a social theme and all with a different artist I’m aiming to work with for each one.
These collaborations will be a fun way to showcase everyone’s work, and with some luck they’ll hopefully read okay too.
The adventure is just beginning, dear readers.
I hope you’ll join us.