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The Dead Reserves follows the global adventures of the members of the Post Live Adjustments agency. A team of talented people, all of whom can channel the dead to aid them in the various cases they’re working, by using totemic artifacts connected to the deceased.

 

 

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Emma Campbell was raised solely by her mum from she was an infant when her dad left them just after she was born. She wasn’t popular at school. She was a sickly youth and life was hard. It was about to get harder.

When Emma turned fourteen she was suddenly and near fatally diagnosed with acute liver failure. Close to death Emma experienced her first viewing of the afterlife in the hospital surrounding her. She put the ghosts she’d witnessed down to delirium until her life was saved by a last minute transplant from a last minute donor.

Lucky for Emma she awoke with a fully functioning liver. Not so lucky, she was permanently bonded to the spirit of its previous owner; Phil ‘The Haggis’ Hogarth. No ordinary Joe, Phil was once Scotland’s greatest ever wrestler. But in his old age he’d become senile and reclusive.

Rejuvenated in the afterlife by his totemic bonding with Emma (via a shared liver,) Phil has in death, learned how to live again, and Emma has got a new chance at life.

Emma lost her father and Phil grew old never having a family, yet despite their bickering Phil is the dad Emma never had. Emma is the daughter Phil never had.

Embracing their odd situation as freelancers for the PLA, together they are the unstoppable duo of Haggis and the Hen!

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Prologue

Old age pensioner Milly MacCallan has lived in Craghill housing estate in Glasgow all of her life. When the next generation of delinquents go on a joyriding crime spree that leaves Milly’s best friend Marge in hospital and her dog Tam in the vet’s, she fears the worst. Worse than that Marge has visited Milly in phantom form, warning that the hoodies hazardous activities are knocking the housing estates centuries old ley-lines out of whack in what threatens to be a supernatural cataclysm.

Contacting ghost expert super-branch the PLA for help, Leonard Lime sends two local legends to derail the hoodie joy-riding epidemic. The Haggis and the Hen are on the case:

Writer: W.D. McQuaid

Art and Letters: David Yeh

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#3

The Dead Reserves follows the global adventures of the members of the Post Live Adjustments agency. A team of talented people, all of whom can channel the dead to aid them in the various cases they’re working by using totemic artifacts connected to the deceased.

Andy Forson used to be a paramilitary. He grew up in a housing estate where the fastest way to succeed was to join the local gang, work your way up from the bottom and eventually you’d be an affluent pillar of the community.

That was the plan anyway.

Andy went to jail for attempted murder and spent five years at her majesty’s pleasure before getting an early release under the Good Friday Agreement. It was never about politics for Andy. That’s just what you said to make all those illegal dealings sound pious, backed by a cause.

When he got out Andy planned to go back to his wicked ways only to find he’d inherited the gift of the sight.

He could see the dead.

And consequently he could see all the people his friends with the balaclavas on had murdered. All the folk whose deaths had been a consequence of his shady dealings.

Sick with guilt, Andy moved to Scotland for ten years. To escape his past. That’s where he met then director of the PLA William Hattridge. Hattridge recruited Andy and now Andy’s back in Belfast under an alias in order to care for his ailing mother Agnes who’s suffering from cancer.

While he’s not the nicest or the brightest or the least xenophobic person on earth, Andy is trying to change. He’s got a good heart and he feels a need to make amends for his past. He’s not quite there yet though. Which leads us to …

 

When an old friend asks Andy to look into drug trafficking in his area that’s so far seen a local activist and his daughter go missing in a crime the (bought off) police aren’t treating as suspicious, Andy reluctantly becomes involved and inevitably gets more than he bargained for.

Instead of the local paramilitary groups Andy finds the drugs are coming off the boat from China. The triads, co-distributing with the Russians are shifting uncut heroin and sending girls back home in crates to fuel Asia’s underbelly sex trade.

When you have triads shooting at you on a case you never wanted, you better hope your Celtic warlord totem, one Vercingetorix (though Andy calls him Vinny,) is going to help you out.

Sadly for Andy the Triads aren’t the only ones he’s annoyed lately with his backward thinking ways …

 

Story: W.D. McQuaid

Art: Dunc Vaughan

Letters: Dunc Vaughan

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