2011 Stumptown Comic Art Awards Winner: Best Letterer; Nominee, Best Cartoonist
Named Comic of the Year by LA TACO
2009's Prison Pit was an unadulterated smash hit upon its release at the 2009 Comic-Con International, and the balls-to-the-wall series returns with more action and mayhem like only Johnny Ryan can deliver again starring CF, the shirtless outer space barbarian antihero who remains damned to the Prison Pit (a vast wasteland beneath the crust of a barren planet, populated by the worst of the worst, where violence is the only law and evil creatures roam free). In this second volume, CF tries to get revenge against the evil behemoth that took his arm, and then winds up playing an unwilling participant in an elaborate escape attempt from the Pit.
Prison Pit blends Ryans fascination with WWE wrestling, grindhouse cinema, first person action video games, Gary Panters Jimbo comics, and Kentaro Miuras Berserk Manga into a brutal and often hilarious showcase of violence like no other comic book ever created.
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"The blood, bodily fluids, entrails, and to reiterate blood of Prison Pit, v.1 geyser back into action with this equally brutal continuation. [...] Vile? And how. But the furious black-and-white scratchings have serious underground authenticity, and the pointless plot and bare desert setting give it that pure-energy feel of boys beating their toys to death in the backyard. A most acquired taste." Daniel Kraus, Booklist
Praise for Book One:
#23, Best Comics (First Run or Definitively Collected) of 2009, The Comics Reporter
"It may be one of the best comics ever. It actually makes me want to stop drawing comics, as if Ive been going about it all wrong." – Michael Fiffe, The Daily Cross Hatch, "The Best Damned Comics of 2009 Chosen by the Artists"
"Just pure bloody mayhem and fun." – John Isaacson, The Daily Cross Hatch, "The Best Damned Comics of 2009 Chosen by the Artists"
"Perhaps the best and also craziest comic Johnny Ryan has made yet. Definitely adults only. There's no hidden meaning, deep metaphor, life lessons, etc. just crazy, funny action adventure. I hope he does 1,000 pages of this and it comes out as a huge weird omnibus." – Jeffrey Brown
"With nowhere near as much potty-mouth dialogue as in Ryans ridiculously scabrous Angry Youth Comix and Blecky Yuckerella, this combat-fantasy jape is a verbal pussycat in comparison, but that is offset by the nauseating blood, guts, and excretions splattered all over its ludicrously crude action. For splatter-movie fans and anyone trying to grok the splatter-movie ethos, not to be missed." – Ray Olson, Booklist