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Created by writer Michael Fleisher and artists Steve Dillon and Kevin Walker, The New Harlem Heroes debuted in 2000AD prog 671 (and are not to be confused with the original Harlem Heroes by Tom Tully and Dave Gibbons).
Patrice is a computer and electronics whiz. A former director of internal security for one of the country's mightiest megacorps, he rebelled against the power of the megas when he discovered that they were responsible for using street gangs to distribute passivity-inducing illicit narcotics to unsuspecting masses. Diverting funds from megacorp to outlaw organisations, Patrice was caught and sentenced to life with slave labour in Subterranean Penal Colony 14.
Patrice's expertise is infiltration, trouble-shooting and inventing AI systems, computer networks and taking control of any type of electronic equipment.
The New Harlem Heroes are all criminals serving time in SPC-14, the worst subterranean penal colony on the planet. Here, beneath the dull glow of the halogen arcs, a motley horde of hardcore criminals, politcal dissidents and deviants of every description toil in the mines until they drop dead from exhaustion....
Escape is impossible, but Silver, Slice, Patrice, Trips and Deacon all think overwise - becoming the New Harlem Heroes they want out!