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Valiant’s Doctor Mirage Comes to Life in Second Lives, A Sound of Thunder Heavy Metal Concept Album Now on Kickstarter

Washington, DC area metal band A Sound of Thunder and comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment are teaming up for “Second Lives” – an all-new EP inspired by the paranormal investigator known as Doctor Mirage!

The “Second Lives” 5-song EP is being offered exclusively via Kickstarter as a companion to A Sound of Thunder’s new album “It Was Metal.” The EP features original cover art by The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage series artist Roberto de la Torre. Fans have until November 13th to pre-order the CD, which will be a limited numbered and autographed edition.

Doctor Mirage talks to the dead, but the only spirit Shan Fong-Mirage couldn’t find was that of her late husband, Hwen. After a perilous trip through the underworld, the two have been reunited, but Hwen is still an intangible spirit of the dead…incapable of opening a spell book or even touching his wife. Now, Valiant’s investigators of the occult and arcane use their gifts to solve homicides, bring peace to the recently bereaved, and look for answers to the mystery that haunts them most: how to restore Hwen’s solid form…

In September 2015, Valiant and A Sound of Thunder teamed up for a concept album inspired by New Orleans’ nocturnal guardian… Shadowman!


Dark Nights: Metal Gets a Soundtrack

Fans of both rock music and comic books received a double shot of awesome at New York Comic Con as DC Entertainment announced an upcoming collaboration with Warner Bros. Records to produce a soundtrack featuring songs inspired by Dark Nights: Metal, this year’s blockbuster comic book event reuniting the best-selling Batman talent team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo.

The record will be a six track EP.

Production of the soundtrack will be guided by two of the recording industry’s brightest stars, Tyler Bates and Mike Elizondo. Bates has produced and composed music for movies, including Watchmen, 300 and the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, as well as television and video games.  He is also the lead guitarist for the rock band Marilyn Manson. Mike Elizondo, Senior Vice President of A&R at Warner Bros. Records, will co-produce the soundtrack with Bates. Elizondo has worked with some of the most prolific artists in hip-hop, most notably Dr. Dre and Eminem. He has also collaborated with popular music acts such as Twenty One Pilots, Muse, Mastodon and Avenged Sevenfold.

Black Canary Releases a Second EP

“From Gotham to Apokolips, songs for broken gods and superwomen.”

In March 2016 Black Canary dropped a 3-track EP via Bandcamp, a great marketing tie-in and something fun for fans of comics and quality music.

Today, a second 3-track EP dropped with three all-new songs for fans of the band to enjoy (and listen to while reading the comics featuring the band). The new EP helps celebrate 70 years of the character.

EP2 features three new songs, “Get in The Car,” “Lost Art,” and “Last Days,” all can be bought as a track or the whole album for $3.50.

The release is the combined awesome of Black Canary writer Brenden Fletcher along with Michelle Bensimon, Joseph Donovan, Ryan Morey, and m van ark. The cover art is by Annie Wu.

You can read about the adventures of the band now in Black Canary Vol. 1: Kicking and Screaming and Black Canary Vol. 2 New Killer Star.

The Archies Meet CHVRCHES

When Riverdale’s upstart rock group The Archies run into trouble during their first tour, they’ll turn to Scottish synth-pop band CHVRCHES for guidance in the new opening arc of The Archies ongoing series!

After completing their first show in May’s The Archies One-Shot, Archie, Jughead, Betty & Veronica, and Reggie hit the road together in October’s The Archies #1 and will learn first-hand that the rock star lifestyle isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Riverdale’s rockin’ teens find themselves at a critical point while on tour in November’s The Archies #2 when they come across CHVRCHES’ frontwoman Lauren Mayberry and instrumentalists Iain Cook and Martin Doherty, who look to set them on the right path.

Writers Alex Segura & Matthew Rosenberg are no strangers to mixing the real-life world of music with the colorful fantasies of Archie and the gang.

CHVRCHES will be the first real life musical act to have their comic book counterparts meet Archie and the gang in the new ongoing series beginning with a cameo appearance in The Archies #2 and a guest-star role in December’s The Archies #3.

The new series debuts in comic shops and on digital platforms just in time for New York Comic Con on October 4th, 2017 and features artwork by Joe Eisma, colorist Matt Herms, and letterer Jack Morelli.

The world of music is crossing over in the pages of your favorite comics – who do you want to see meet The Archies next?


Z2 Comics’ Murder Ballads Gets a Single and a Preview

Z2 Comics has published the eagerly anticipated Murder Ballads original soundtrack by bluesman Robert Finley and Grammy-Award winner Dan Auerbach and the graphic novel by writer Gabe Soria and artists Paul Reinwand and Chris Hunt, now on sale wherever books are sold. The Murder Ballads Original Soundtrack includes Finley and Auerbach’s cover of the classic Leadbelly song “In the Pines” and four original songs—“Bang Bang,”“Butter Sandwich”, “The Empty Arms” and “Three Jumpers”—created specifically by Finley and Auerbach to accompany the Murder Ballads graphic novel about the music industry and redemption. The standard edition Murder Ballads graphic novel includes downloadable codes to the original soundtrack.

Z2 Comics has released the single “Bang Bang” from the Murder Ballads original soundtrack, which is only available with the purchase of the graphic novel and will not be sold separately:

A meditation on music, obsession and how far someone will go to see their vision become real, MURDER BALLADS follows the fall and reinvention of Nate Theodore, the dead-broke and deadbeat owner of a failing record label who is on a cross-country drive in the dead of winter, fleeing the wreckage of his business and trying to save his crumbling marriage. Nate is given an unexpected chance to reverse his fortunes when, during a stop in a desolate rust belt town, he “discovers” Donny and Marvell Fontweathers, two African-American brothers who play a raucous brand of doom-laden country blues.

Later this fall, Mondo will also release a Limited Edition Murder Ballads Original Vinyl Soundtrack and Graphic Novel which will retail for $200, featuring original album cover art by Jon Langford. Langford’s the acclaimed visual artist by and large best known for his striking portraits of country and rock music icons including Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley. In addition limited edition prints by Tyler Boss will be released.

Me Like Bees Teams with Image Comics in New Music Video

Music and comics are being tied together more and more and we have another example. Me Like Bees is teaming up with Image Comics for a soundtrack for the new comic series The Realm.

A music video for the first of five singles “The River Divides” has been released. You can watch it below.

The Realm is a post-apocalyptic high fantasy comic series about a group who are coming to grips with a hostile new world. They also struggle with their checkered pasts that pale in comparison to the horrors they are forced to survive daily.

The Realm is out in comic shops September 13. The series was co-created by Seth M. Peck and Jeremy Haun. It also features colors by Nick Filardi and letters by Thomas Mauer.


Cee Lo and Teen Titans Go!, a Musical Combination That Falls Flat

The Night Begins to Shine” by B.E.R. is some 80s-inspired electro-soul music that’s well know to Teen Titans Go!, the popular cartoon geared towards kids. The song, a favorite of Vic Stone aka Cyborg, is the heart of a four-part Teen Titans Go! special that kicked off on Cartoon Network this week.

To promote the episode, three new versions of the song along with two other B.E.R. songs heard in the special, are being released through WaterTower Music. One of those new recordings is by Cee Lo Green, a musical artist with a troubling past in actions and words, and one musician a show aimed at kids shouldn’t be embracing. The singer has had legal issues including drug charges, accusations of rape, and a defence of rape of which he had to walk back (and that was also to defend Bill Cosby).

In August 2014 the singer pleaded no contest to one felony count of “furnishing a controlled substance – a charge stemming from a July 2012 incident in which a woman accused the singer of slipping ecstasy into her drink.” He was ordered to complete 360 hours of community service.

But, that “controlled substance” charge was the tip of the iceberg as the woman he slipped the drug too also accused him of rape after waking up naked in the singer’s bed not remembering anything. The prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence to file rape charges of an intoxicated person (some reports say the prosecutors found it to be consensual).

Then the singer defended the action Tweeting:

If someone is passed out they’re not even WITH you consciously, so WITH implies consent. People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!

The singer then apologized for the Tweet with:

I truly and deeply apologize for the comments attributed to me on Twitter. Those comments were idiotic, untrue and not what I believe.


I do realize in retrospect that it was highly sensitive, what I tweeted – highly irresponsible. It did stem from emotion causing some involuntary action, and I do believe that, maybe just possibly, we could all give each other a margin for human error.

The year of those charges Cee Lo quit the popular television show The Voice to avoid being fired, which rumors indicate all revolved around his legal troubles at the time. NBC called it a “mutual decision.” He was booted from at least two concerts and TBS cancelled his television show The Good Life over the charges.

Flash forward to 2017 and Green is on a rehabilitation tour attempting to deflect from past issues and rebuild his career and that apparently includes providing music for a kids show. There’s something chilling and nauseating about seeing an accused rapist rehabilitate his reputation and career and partially doing so through a venue aimed at kids is even more sickening. We shouldn’t be enabling this as consumers and shame on WaterTower Music for being complicit in it all and allowing a toxic personality to be involved in something that’s for kids.

Paul Oakenfold Creates a “Wonderful World” With New Graphic Novel

Paul Oakenfold is one of the progenitors of electronic music, a platinum selling artist and of one the greatest DJ’s of all time, and this fall he’ll tell the “not quite true” story of his life with his first ever book, a graphic novel. Oakenfold is collaborating with a roster of renowned indie graphic novel artists, including Tyler Boss, Chris Hunt, Ian McGinty, and Koren Shadmi for The Wonderful World of Perfecto: With Paul Oakenfeld and Friends, which will be published on November 21, 2017 by Z2 Comics. To accompany the graphic novel, Oakenfold is composing an original soundtrack which will only be available with the purchase of the graphic novel.

2017 marks the 30 year anniversary of Paul Oakenfold’s famed trip to the white island of Ibiza,  sparked the creation of club culture as it is known today as well as his legendary DJ’ing career. The Wonderful World of Perfecto: With Paul Oakenfeld and Friends charts his historic career rise to fame, fortune and musical nirvana and each of the artists collaborating with Oakenfold will illustrate a different time period in the DJ’s life, from his residency at Cream to drinking absinthe with Hunter S Thompson and touring with U2.

The Wonderful World of Perfecto: With Paul Oakenfeld and Friends is part of a new initiative by Z2 Comics to publish graphic novels about music, with each book accompanied by an original soundtrack. This month, the publisher will release Murder Ballads, the highly anticipated rock’n’roll noir graphic novel about the music industry and redemption by writer Gabe Soria and artists Paul Reinwand and Chris Hunt, and and the Murder Ballads original soundtrack, featuring music by bluesman Robert Finley and Grammy-Award winner Dan Auerbach.

The Wonderful World of Perfecto: With Paul Oakenfeld and Friends will be on sale in comic book stores and bookstore on November 21, 2017 and will retail for $24.99.

Panels To Chords #1: Queer N’ Roll with Kim & Kim

Welcome to the second episode of Panels To Chords. We’ll be talking about our song choices for the summer 2016 hit from Black Mask Studios. Joining Ben and Madi are Elana Brooklyn and Logan Dalton, fellow comic critics at Graphic Policy and elsewhere.


Writer: Magdalene Visaggio, Artist: Eva Cabrera, Colorist: Claudia Aguirre, Letterer: Zakk Saam, Editor: Katy Rex, Covers: Tess Fowler w/ Kiki Jenkins, Devaki Neogi.

“Kim & Kim are twentysomething besties out to make a name for themselves in the wild world of interdimensional cowboy law enforcement. In a massive “screw you” to their parents and the authorities, they decide to hijack some high stakes bounty — and end up in way over their heads. Kim & Kim is a day-glo action adventure that’s bursting with energy and enthusiasm. It puts queer women and trans women front and center, with a story that embraces the absurd alongside realistic pathos.

“Blending the punk exuberance of TANK GIRL with the buddy adventure wackiness of SUPERBAD (if Michael Cera was a trans woman and Jonah Hill a queergirl partner in crime), Kim & Kim focuses on the power and meaning of female friendships as engines of validation. A bright, happy, punk rock sci fi adventure that is queer as shit.”

–From Black Mask Studios’ website



Check Out Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye’s Spotify Playlist

DC Comics has tipped us off as to the official Spotify playlist for Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye Vol. 1: Going Underground, curated by Jon Rivera and Michael Avon Oeming! The new playlist coincides with the release of the debut collected edition for the new series from DC’s Young Animal, curated by My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way. Rivera and Oeming’s playlist is an eclectic mix of classic rock, electronic jams and punk that’s almost as trippy as the book itself.

Rivera and Oeming’s playlist is an eclectic mix of classic rock, electronic jams and punk that’s almost as trippy as the book itself.

The playlist matches the books many moods, including Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd for Wild Dog, Creedence Clearwater and Moonage Daydream—it’s all here.

Cave Carson is an absurdist action-adventure story unlike any other!

Cave Carson has done it all: survived countless adventures below the Earth’s surface, met the love of his life, and gotten a cybernetic eye…somehow. Now, newly widowed, Cave tries to piece his life back together when a knock on the door of his secret underground lab pulls him back into a past that he and Eileen thought they had left buried deep within the Earth.

In these tales from issues #1-6, Cave must determine if his recent hallucinations are the work of his mind or his mysterious cybernetic eye. (Spoiler: It’s the eye.)

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