Game and comic writer William Harms will be signing copies of his Top Cow book 39 Minutes at The Escapist on October 19. Harms, who’s written for everyone from Marvel to 2K, received IGN’s “Best Story of the 2009” award for the PS3 title InFamous. In the world of comic writing he’s released a number of independent titles including Impaler and Bad Mojo and has lent his pen to established properties that include Captain America and Wolverine. In August, Top Cow released the hardcover trade paperback of Harms 2010 title 39 Minutes. The title was the company’s 2010 winner of their “Pilot Season” competition where fans determine which one-shot will be developed into a series. Harms will be signing at Escapist, 3090 Claremont Avenue in Berkeley, starting at 3 p.m. The description of 39 Minutes is below:
Robbing a bank is easy – it’s the getaway that’s hard. The bank’s surrounded by police officers, alarms are blaring, customers and employees are screaming, and the streets are blocked off. So what’s the solution? Kill everyone in town. John Clayton is rotting in the Disciplinary Barracks of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas for doing the right thing. As a the leader of a Marine special forces unit in Iraq, Clayton stumbled upon a private security contractor unit doing something horrible. Unwilling to look the other way, Clayton and his unit tried to stop the private group and a firefight broke out. When the smoke cleared, the security contracts with powerful contacts in the Defense Department lay dead, bleeding out in the desert sand, and Clayton took responsibility for the incident.
The sad story doesn’t end there however,because Clayton’s men weren’t about to accept their fate at the hands of their commanding officer or the corrupt bureaucrats of the US government. Led by Clayton’s former second-in-command Paul Bishop, the elite special forces team has decided to take what restitution they see as rightfully theirs for services rendered to their country. The group has begun tearing through small towns in the MidWest robbing banks. But these aren’t your run-of-the-mill amateur thieves, these are highly trained professional soldiers. And the cleanest way to ensure a clean getaway and no complications is to execute each and every person in their way. Bank tellers, security guards, customers, police, and random folks who wander by mistake; they are all going to die.
Special Agent Poole has no choice but to turn to the one man, who knows Bishop and his crew better than any other — John Clayton. The deal he’s offering Clayton is simple, track down and stop Bishop and his men and John is free man. If he refuses, he’ll be retried on four counts of first degree murders, convicted, and executed. Next stop — McCook, Nebraska.