When Alex washes up on a beach, she has no memory of who she is or where she came from. She joins a militia group hoping to eventually regain her memory, but along the way she meets super soldiers who have bizarre powers and learns that the military group is behind it all. Are their intentions good or evil? Find out by reading The Refuge; A story about true love, destiny, and the darkness of man.



Alex wakes up with no recollection of her former identity. After limping through the woods, banged and battered, she stumbles across a small faction of soldiers from a company called Phoenix Tech. Their lieutenant, Kash, takes her in and cleans her up. He brings her back to their base and recruits her for their special agent training program.



The Refuge began as a Pokemon fan story back in 1997, and was born from a class assignment to build a webpage. That webpage became one of the largest Team Rocket fan sites on the net with an active fan club in the thousands. This is where Chelsey met Alex as well as many of the other contributors to The Refuge’s plot. They formed a solid bond and began to develop the story beyond the realm of their love of Pokemon.


It took years to refine the story into a feasible enough plot, and even when that happened, they wanted everything to be PERFECT, so they refused to actually release the comic until nearly 15 years later. Their art galleries are chock full of illustrations depicting the unfolding story that they worked on secretly, documenting the evolution of the story and art itself.


They began to officially release The Refuge on December 1, 2013 and are determined to see their collective life’s work through to the end.



The Refuge is written and illustrated by Chelsey Rockwell-Román & Alex Román, a married couple of artists and the founders of Iron-Gibbet Comics (previously Studios). Though they still credit the others who helped to inspire the characters in their stories.

For more information about Iron-Gibbet Studios, visit the staff page at Iron-Gibbet.com



This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.