Stone Island is a horror series appearing within the British weekly comic 2000 AD. It’s written by Ian Edginton, with art by Simon Davis.
The story is fully painted and is ready in a prison called Long Barrow Maximum Security Prison where the main character, David Sorrel, has been sentenced to life, following the murder of his wife and her lover.
1 Plot 1.1 The Harrowers
2.1 The Otherworld
Dartmoor. David Sorrel has been sentenced to life in Long Barrow Maximum Security Prison following the murders of his wife and her lover, who are also beheaded. He is put in a cell with Harry Rivers, who tells him that if he wants to maintain safe in Long Barrow he must some reputation, and that he might be tested by some of the dangerous inmates as well. David is tested almost straight away when he bumps into Nathan Grice, who picks a fight with him. David wins it despite the fact that Grice cheats by utilizing a small blade that he was carrying in his pocket, to cut his face somewhat.
David is dreaming in regards to the night that he murdered his wife and her lover, in which he grins an insane smile, one which resembles the monster Grice’s. His cellmate Harry Rivers wakes him up and David tells him about that exact night that got him locked away in the primary place. He says that when he was arrested he couldn’t tell the police a thing.
Hell is breaking loose in Long Barrow Prison as a guard runs through the blood-splattered corridors before being decapitated by one of the monsters. Within the ventilation ducts Harry and David watch. They are looking for their way out of the prison and Harry seems to know where they’re going, so David asks how. Harry tells him that he was allowed to jot down a book concerning the prison once, giving him access to the internet where he discovered facts in regards to the ventilation system, cellars and exits. They continue through the ducts when David stops him, realizing it is just too quiet. Harry looks out of a vent only to search out two of the creatures staring at him. Harry holds them off as David climbs higher up the ducts. Harry follows quckly and so they decide to get out of the ducts but David is hit by a guard, mistaking him for one of the creatures.
David is having another flashback where it is revealed that the lover of David’s wife is none apart from his best friend. Outside the house David is grabbed by some form of claw. On the prison the woman begs David to help her and Harry. David says that they needs to be grateful they’re alive and says that David Sorrel now not exists. He’s The sunshine and the way in which and is crucified inside out while the creatures experiment on him. Harry, however, undergoes a transformation just like the monsters themselves. He manages to fight it off a bit and tells them both that the creatures are aliens. He tells them about their origins and that his blood is what caused the infection. He died of a broken heart and has returned to unmake the world.
David reveals that there are more of the alien-like creatures in other places like prisons everywhere in the world. He reveals that he only murdered his wife so he could get inside. Suddenly he feels pain and shouts to the aliens for air. Some type of gas is revealed and evidently the unknown woman is about to be killed by Grice. But luckily the horribly mutated Harry has managed to fight off the transformation and kills him with a pole and tells the woman to make a run for it.
The story picks up some time after the events of the primary story, with Sara (the Woman) living in a house near the destroyed prison. The ‘otherworlders’ have broken into our world despite the incident at Longbarrow and appear to have changed, or at the very least there are several types of them. She is attacked by them, but Harry is protecting her, but would not get there in time to save lots of Sara’s dog. Once Harry shows up and kills the last otherworlder, the military show up and request that the two include them.
Suddenly, they realise the Sheeny has transformed into a creature and is trying to wreck the bio-weapon they brought with them to attempt to kill the TDI’s. They gun her down, and find out that she is, in actual fact, a transvestite. Briggs tells them that most of the damage is might be easily repaired, but a swarm of the creatures is approaching the tower, and he doesn’t have enough time. Harry and Walker throw themselves on the horde to slow them down, but Walker is killed and so is Harry. They fire the bio-weapon successfully, and use the spare rocket propellant as a rudimentary missile, and use a parachute to get to the underside of the tower safely. They reach the situation where they arrived, and use a communicator scavenged of Carmody’s remains to call home. The base refuse to open the gate because the risk is to great. The horde of creatures is getting closer, but Harry emerges from the, now missing an arm, rejoins the group. Just when it looks like their doomed to a horrible death, something that resembles snow falls from the sky and shreds the creatures. Four beings fabricated from light appear and finish of the remaining creatures. Considered one of them reveals itself to be the ‘soul’ of David Sorrel.
He tells them that the Otherworld was created by extra-dimensional intelligences to try and force the creatures to evolve from their physical form to depart their Universe. However, the creatures degenerate instead of evolve and so they discover a physical way to leave rather than a meta-physical one. However, it turns out that human beings could make this evolutionary jump, and Sorrel tells them that he and the other light-beings will destroy all trace of mankind in the Otherworld to cover this fact from the additional-dimensional entities. He opens up a portal, but Harry chooses to remain in the Otherworld. Sorrel gives Sara what looks like a snow globe, to destroy all of the creatures in our Universe. They leave, and Sorrel confirms Harry’s suspicion that he will have to be killed, to hide all evidence of mankind in the Otherworld, though he goes onto tell him he will probably become a light-being like himself.
David Sorrel has murdered his wife, who was cheating on him with another man. He has now been sent to Long Barrow Maximum Security Prison where he has made friends with Harry Rivers and a rivalry with Nathan Grice, who has now mutated right into a monster.
Harry Rivers is an older inmate of Long Barrow and has had David Sorrel thrown in his cell. Why he was imprisoned we are yet to seek out out. In his cell is an escape route behind a poster as in the Shawshank Redemption that has been used to flee from the mutiltated monsters.
Nathan Grice is certainly one of Long Barrow’s more dangerous inmates and has been in a fight with David Sorrel, during which he seems to have caught something causing him to show into some type of monster.
George Fenton is the guard who first witnessed Grice’s mutation and escaped his clutches. Now he seems to have suffered a complete mental breakdown and has attacked David and Harry, mistaking them for the monsters. Now he, Harry, David, Jon and Sara are preparing to flee from Long Barrow.
Jon Prentiss is another guard who has survived the chaos along with Sara. We do not know if anything happened to him but we all know that he is calm but appears to be taking orders from George.
Sara McCandless isn’t named in the unique, but is revealed as Sara in a later story. She seemed to appear with Jon after Sorrel and Harry escaped the prison into the outside area.
The sunshine & the best way is the leader of “The Otherworld creatures”. It also controls David Sorrel.
In response to “The light & the way”, “there may be a skinny, mean world that exists between life and death. They prey upon transitory souls like salmon spawning upstream”. Split into drones, workers and warriors, the creatures of this world appear to be twisted zombies. Cramming their advanced technology into Sorrel when he died of Carbon monoxide poisoning to invade Earth, but failed when Jon Prentiss sacrificed himself.