A bleak and moody tale of experimentation on convicts in a remote maximum-security prison. Scientists perform unauthorized experiments on inmates to unlock the secrets of the human genome. Instead they unlock a doorway to a world of unimagined terror that changes the world forever.
Written by Chuck Dixon. Art by Jorge Zaffino.
Presented for the first time since it’s debut over ten years ago, Chuck Dixon’s Seven Block is a bleakly moody tale of experimentation on convicts in a remote maximum-security prison. Scientists perform unauthorized experiments in hope of unlocking the secrets of the human genome. Instead they unlock a doorway to a world of unimagined terror that changes the world forever.
John Tanner, a Native American man down on his luck, and Jilly Martinez, a Puerto Rican girl who always lands herself in trouble, find themselves in Ocean County Maximum Security Prison after a seemingly unstoppable chain of poor decisions. There, they are posed with a choice: face their enemies in the general prison population, or voluntarily opt in for medical experimentation in the infirmary – Seven Block. With few friends, no family, and no other options to speak of, John and Jilly both decide that the safety and mild discomfort of the infirmary has to be better than risking their life in general pop. They soon discover that what they thought would be a safe haven may actually be far more dangerous than rival gangs and white supremacists.
What starts as crime drama quickly turns into horror tale as John and Jilly find themselves at the mercy of Officer Wyoscki and the doctors Carbonaro and Belsen. What the convicts believe to be harmless tests are actually steps toward creating a bio-weapon for the United States military, their good doctors are more mad scientists, and something doesn’t seem quite right with the guy in the cell down the hall.
After grueling tests and crude operations, the scientists discover that their experiments have actually worked. The glory of discovery is short-lived, however, as John and Jilly have transformed into pissed-off superhumans with a bone to pick! With some bloody assistance from their cellmate and fellow former test subject Dwayne, John and Jilly make a daring prison break, unleashing themselves out into an unsuspecting and unprepared world.
Seven Block plays with many different blood-soaked tones and crosses equally edgy genres to pose the extreme version of a compelling question: when people slip through society’s cracks, where do they belong? Or rather, can they belong at all? When mass incarceration is at a historic high will cells really provide any solutions or do they only serve as a portal to something much darker?