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Dead Won't Rise
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Previous Comic Dead Won't Leave
Next Comic Dead And Gone
Publisher(s) Wildstorm Productions
Writer(s) David Lapham
Artist Kevin West
Colorist Carrie Strachan
Letters Wes Abbott
Editor Ben Abernathy
Assistant Editor Kristy Quinn
Cover Artist(s) Frederico Dallocchio & Jonny Rench
Genre Graphic Novel, Action
Released June 9, 2010
"All that he was, everything he held dear, was gone. There weren't no Riley anymore. Just a dead man. A dead man with a mission."
— The man remembering his friend.

Dead Won't Rise is the fifth comic book in the Modern Warfare 2: Ghost series published by Wildstorm Productions as a companion to the main series game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.


At the school, the man explains that Riley was now tagged as the most dangerous man in Britain, that family was dead, his commander was dead and his friends were staying at R.A.F. Bonnington, a joint American and British airbase which would be quite a task to sneak into.

Just then the leader of the terrorists bursts into the room wielding a shotgun and reminds his comrades that they only have a quarter hour left until they kill a child. The man pretends not to be disturbed by this and continues his story.

Riley, now a man with nothing to lose, enters Bonnington by clinging to the underside of a passing military truck that was heading for the airbase. When the truck reaches the checkpoint he jumps into the back of the truck and hides there when the guards do a quick check. When the driver parks the car in an empty parking lot, he knocks him out to prevent from being seen as he exits the vehicle. He sneaks into the administration building and uses a computer there to find where in the base his two targets are. He finds their names in a roster for the occupants in Barracks 12 and sets off.

He finds the two sleeping at Barracks 12 and slits the throat of Washington and wakes Sparks up. He keeps him quiet long enough to get get him into a car and drive him to his house. In the living room there, he binds Sparks hands together and starts scolding Sparks on how heartless he was to kill an entire family, especially a kid. He then tells him how horrible it is that Riley can't grieve for his family because all he can do is laugh. So instead, he'll just take revenge on Sparks in the worst possible way. He mentions getting a morphine drip to make Sparks tolerate the pain and he goes into the kitchen where the two won't be able to see each other.

Using this opportunity, Sparks takes a scalpel from his pocket and cuts the ropes from his wrists while pretending to plead for his life to not be heard. After his hands are free, he grabs a fire iron from the fireplace and approaches the kitchen. When he reaches the door, Riley appears with his face painted as a skull and a gun in hand. Sparks, paralyzed by both things, is shot by Riley in the mouth. He switches their tags and set the house on fire.

Back at the airbase, Washington's body is being examined. The knife Riley used to kill Washington turns out to be Sparks' knife so it is believed that Sparks was the murderer. The soldiers want to alert the C.I.D. but the commanding officer, Colonel Barber, refuses to and says that he'll just go look at the security footage of that night.

Meanwhile, at Boys Town, Coahuila, Mexico, a group of Americans had just had a grand night but when they exit a bar, their leader is shot followed by everyone else. Roba's right-hand man stops firing and laughs at how the Americans think they can just move their businesses to Mexico without a fight. He enters the bar and orders a tequilla from the bartender who's cowering in the shadows. When he sits down and is given the tequilla, he looks at the bartender and sees Riley's face painted as a skull. Before he can shout for help, he gets knocked out.

Riley brings him to his former cell in Roba's abandoned brainwashing facility where he asks his hostage where Roba is. Roba's man just laughs and that he will never tell because even if he dies, Roba's plans will still go on smoothly. Riley takes him into the room where "Stage Three" of the brainwashing process takes place. It is a room with walls that were pleasantly decorated with palm trees, and a chair in the middle. He shoves him into the chair and ties his limbs to it. He opens up a panel on the wall and presses a few buttons. Colorful lights beam around the room and illusions of dancing women are seen. He pulls out a selection of injections that he said were psychedelics, opiates, temazepams and benzilates and proceeds to stab Roba's man in painful places.

Back at the airbase, Barber has just finished reviewing the footage and has called his superior, and lied that Washington and Sparks where just fighting over a girl and that the C.I.D. don't need to investigate. He hangs up and talks to a footage of Riley walking around the compound, saying that Riley is dead and nobody cares. Almost as if the Riley in the recording hears this, he turns around and looks at the camera. Barber laughs and says and continues to taunt.


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