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This Damned BandThe weekend is almost here! What geeky things are folks doing? Anyone going to any conventions? Sound off in the comments below!

While you wait for the hours to wind down and work to end, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web!

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The Hollywood Reporter – Paramount Says ‘Star Trek’ Fan Film Lawsuit Lives On – Until a deal is made, it’s not over. And shocker! The lawyers want it to continue! Ka-ching!

CBR – Future Of DC-Based Video Games Addressed by WB Games President – Sounds like lessons have been learned!

The Beat – Analysis: Bankrupt bookstore chain Hastings owes Diamond $1.6 million – Ouch.

Panels – America, Bunker, and LGBTQ+/Latinx Visibility: Affirmation in Tragedy – A very good read.


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Comic Attack – Black Eyed Kids #3

Comic Attack – Civil War II: X-Men #1

IGN – Dark Knight: A True Batman Story

Comiconverse – The Spire #8

ICv2 – This Damned Band

Review: This Damned Band #2 (of 6)

tdb2Perhaps the best way to describe this series would be to liken it to a comic version of  This is Spinal Tap. The band Motherfather is starting to wonder if maybe the whole “pretending to worship Satan” thing wasn’t such a good idea, especially after it turns out that there may have been more truth than they realized behind the pretense.

Mixing classic rock with black magic, Paul Cornell captures the excesses of the rock and roll lifestyle as they have been romanticized them with hindsight, and tales from the autobiographies and interviews given by those rock stars who survived through that time period. The way in which this story has been told thus far is reminiscent of the fly on the wall style of filming that filmmaker’s use when following musicians around, and it continues to work to great effect here again.

Tony Parker has drawn the panels in such a way that when combined with how Paul Cornell is telling the story it puts the reader into the comic; not as a reader who is really enjoying the story, but as a participant within the story itself. Several scenes take place with characters either just entering the frame beginning a conversation, or being halfway through the discussion until the notice you standing there and stop talking. Whether that’s because the fictional reader is holding a camera or microphone, Tony Parker has drawn a couple of scenes from our perspective. Doing this allows Paul Cornell to have the characters voice their thoughts about what has been happening so far into the series by having them talk to the camera; without talking to themselves, as it may seem at first, they’re actually talking directly to you, the character, and not you the reader. It’s a fantastic device that works very well without breaking the fourth wall.

As a stand alone comic, you could read and enjoy This Damned Band #2, but when read as it is intended to be – the second part in a six issue series – the comic really shines, and that’s what the scores below are based on. Yes, you can still enjoy this issue by itself, but if you can track down the first issue, then do so; this is a refreshing take on the excesses of rock music that continues to be an absolute delight to read.

Story: Paul Cornell  Art: Tony Parker
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9
Recommendation:  Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy a FREE copy for review

Review: This Damned Band #1

This Damned Band #11974: the world’s most famous rock band thought they were “worshiping Satan,” only to find they were actually . . . worshiping Satan.

From Paul Cornell and Tony Parker comes a darkly hilarious adventure of black magic and classic rock! This Damned Band is a hilarious documentary-style thrill ride of black magic and rock music!

Rock ‘n’ roll, has always seemed to have a slight bond to mysticism and the occult. That may have been added in the flower power movement of the 60’s. This books plays on that idea, using the big rock bands of the 70’s. You can see that some of that bands members appearances were based real people. Especially the lead singer. He looks a lot like old pictures of Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin. Even their drummer looks a little bit like John Bonham.

If the story was set anywhere else, I find it doubtful it would work. The are blends wonderfully with the slight psychedelic elements of the story. In contrast there is a realism that exists outside in heavy contrast to the world. Basically it is what rock ‘n’ roll is stereotyped to be about. Music, sex, and drugs.

I would recommend this for people who are fans of quasi-realism. Mixing that with a humorous Spinal Tap documentary style for music, makes this amusing as well intelligently written.

Story: Paul Cornell Art:Tony Parker Cover Art:Tony Parker and Lovern Kindzierski
Story: 8.5 Art:9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Read

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Midnighter #3 CoverWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.


Top Pick: This Damned Band #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – A fun and trippy start of a series that mixes the fun of rock and roll with ghosts. This is Spinal Tap meets Ghostbusters, and it works in an awesome way. By the end of the first issue, you won’t be sure what is supernatural and what is drug induced, and that’s half the fun.

Bower Boys Our Fathers HC (Dark Horse Comics) – The webcomic is collected in print. The series focuses on Tammany Hall and Union busting, but it’s so much more, it’s about the relationships we have with our fathers. The fantastic story is backed up by beautiful artwork.

The Bunker #13 (Oni Press) – The time bending series continues its fantastic ways. In this issue we get some more info on what the deal with Heidi is including where she’s been the last three months, and more importantly who she’s been with.

Midnighter #3 (DC Comics) – Punching corporations! Seriously, this series is violent fun, that shows the struggle of a man designed to hurt attempting to figure out who he is. Steve Orlando is killing it (and a lot of people) in this series.

Nailbiter #15 (Image Comics) – One of my favorite series that has a few folks attempting to discover why a small town has produced so many serial killers. We’re getting closer and closer to finally getting an answer… I think and hope.



Top Pick: The Fox #5 (Archie Comics) – I picked issue #1 up on a whim, and this series has fast become one of my favourites. I love the fun, almost cynically innocent take on the superhero genre, and I cannot wait to get my grubby mitts on the final chapter of the opening arc.

Detective Comics #43 (DC Comics) – I’ve been surprised at how much I’ve been enjoying Mecha-Batman, and while I expect the original to return eventually, I’m enjoying this while it lasts.

We Stand On Guard #2 (Image Comics) – The first issue of this comic took me by surprise when it came out last month. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this as much as I did, and whether it is the underdog nature of the story or the Great White North setting, this is a series I’m looking forward too.



Top Pick: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad #5 (Marvel) – This all ages comic has not been on many people’s reading list, bust it proves that some minds at Disney are still interested in creativity.

Morning Glories #47 (Image Comics) – The standout series continues by weaving in new plots to the old. Every answer continues to create five new questions.

Groot #3 (Marvel) – This series has only run two issues thus far but has been unexpectedly amazing. The story is simple enough, but executed flawlessly.

Ms. Marvel #17 (Marvel) – One of Marvel’s stand-out series gets the Secret Wars treatment. It is nearing the end before Marvel relaunches and it remains to be seen how that will affect this series.

Red Skull #2 (Marvel) – It is the Suicide Squad of the Secret Wars as Red Skull takes on the role of Deadshot.



Top Pick: The Humans #7 (Image Comics) – Apesploitstion biker madness continues! I love this series so much I have a lenghthy personal essay about it coming out this week. This month’s issue features even more sex and violence and drugs and rock and roll and vengeance and period accurate hair and the color orange and oh my god the lettering! The lettering!!! All the important things in art, really.

Top Pick: The Wicked + The Divine #13 (Image Comics) – At last an issue about the mysterious goddess Tara jokingly called “goddess of who knows what” because there are so many deities with that name that it’s unclear who she’s supposed to be. I’m not sure which real world pop stars the character was inspired by. Beyoncé?

One thing is for sure, the new art by Tula Lotay is stunning!

Kaptara #4 (Image Comics) – This charming sword and sorcery in space comic won my heart. It’s saturated in lurid colors and riffs on He-Man but it doesn’t get in the way of being a very human story about a scientist who really needs a hug. And a date. Do you know any nice single men for Keith to date? I worry that Manton the warrior may take a while to come around.

Midnighter #3 (DC Comics) – Last issue our hero started to square off with the corporate powers that be. I’m really looking forward to a comic that tackles Monsanto. At least that’s where I think this is heading. Also, Midnighter punched a steak through a killer’s head. A dinner steak.

This Damned Band #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – What if Led Zeppelin really did sell their souls to the devil? It’s a brand new series from the ever funny and inventive and very British Paul Cornell (art by Tony Parker). I simultaneously love over-indulgent boomer rock and I also find it hilarious and worth deflating. This comic seems to be doing the same– both reveling and lovingly mocking the 70s rock pretentious and conventions. But with the actual Devil.


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Top Pick: Green Lantern #43 (DC Comics) – I’ve really been enjoying this Hal on the run as a bounty hunter storyline and now that they’ve thrown Black Hand back in the mix, it should only get even better. Proof that he doesn’t need the most powerful weapon in the universe to still be a bad ass, this title is still providing bright days!

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #3 (Marvel Comics) – Back in black and the marriage still intact? Let’s see if the removal of Spidey’s bright colors bring the foot out of the grave on this one. I really want to like this Mr. Slott, don’t disappoint me please. I’ve waited a long time for this.

JLA: Gods and Monsters: Wonder Woman #1 (DC Comics) – Having seen the movie, Wonder Woman was my favorite part. I hope they delve even deeper into her loss and betrayal. I really enjoy the twist on the New Genesis vs. Apokolips War. Should be a good one! Plus that boom tube sword is just epic. DC make a replica now!

TMNT: Color Classics Series 3 #8 (IDW Publishing) – Turtles, Shredder, April, Eastman, Laird. Isn’t that enough right there?



Top Pick: Age of Apocalypse #2 (Marvel) – Fabian Nicieza and Gerardo Sandoval took me right back into the Age of Apocalypse that I remember from so long ago; great story and fantastic art make this one of my favourite Secret Wars books, and I’m looking forward to seeing Magneto give Apocalypse’s forces the smack down!

Civil War #2 (Marvel) – Steve Rogers and Tony Stark; opposing sides in this world of Civil War have been pushed further apart after an assassination attempt has left a proponent for peace dead at their feet. I really enjoyed the first issue of this book, and I’m excited to see if the two sides come together…or tear each other apart.

Siege #2 (Marvel) – I really loved this story of the SHIELD, the wall that separates Battleworld from the zombies and robots that would destroy the planet. Not to mention Abigail Brand is calling the shots, so that alone has me hooked.

Spider-Island #2 (Marvel) – The Spider Queen has turned almost everyone in this area of Battleworld into human/spider hybrids…including the heroes…and they all serve her. Flash Thompson is one of the few not affected, and with his resistance force, has managed to help some former colleagues break from the Spider Queen’s control…but will what he’s turned them into be a help or a hindrance? This was a fun first issue and I’m excited to see how Venom’s newly freed friends help him out.

Review: This Damned Band #1 (of 6)

thisdamnedbandBilled as Spinal Tap meets Ghostbusters, and set in 1974 This Damned Band #1 is the opening act of a miniseries written by Paul Cornell (Wolverine, Action Comics) with art by Tony Parker (Mass Effect: Foundation) that promises to tell the story of the rock band Motherfather who thought they were “worshiping Satan,” only to find out they were actually worshiping Satan.

Although I’m usually a superhero kind of guy, This Damn Band is comic is appeals to me on more levels than I realized it would, but in the interests of remaining as spoiler free as possible, all I will say is that I loved this comic, and I’ll be picking up a copy when it’s released on August 5th.

The story is told in a style that evokes This Is Spinal Tap, and if the first issue is anything to go by, then the entire This Damned Band mini series promises to be an awesome ride, and a ride that will be well worth the cover price. The first issue reads like an excellent parody of the worst excesses of the rock n roll lifestyle portrayed in almost every movie about rock ‘n roll since the 80’s, and Paul Cornell is ever so coy about having the band let us in on the joke.

This Damned Band really is a fun comic.

The fly on the wall documentary style with which Paul Cornell tells the story meshes so perfectly with Tony Parker‘s art work to really draw you into the comic’s story. By utilizing the documentary style for its story telling the comic almost has you as an active participant in the story, even witnessing events that you later tell other band members about off panel, which is an inspired touch.

The first issue of This Damn Band is a must read not only for fans of Paul Cornell’s writing, or fans of rock music, or comic books, but also for anybody who wants to experience comic book story telling in what promises to be a unique and interesting way.

Add This Damn Band to your pull list today. It’s well worth it.

Writer: Paul Cornell  Art: Tony Parker
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.5  Overall: 9.0 Recommendation:  Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: This Damned Band #1

This Damned Band #1Spinal Tap Meets Ghostbusters

1974: the world’s most famous rock band thought they were “worshiping Satan,” only to find they were actually . . . worshiping Satan.

Comics about musicians have gotten a bad rap from critics and readers for years, as comics about musicians like Kiss to comics where they have fascinating characters that take on features of say someone like Prince as in The Wicked and The Divine, have proven that comics about musicians can not only be fun but interesting. So When I heard about This Damned Band, I was definitely intrigued, as the press release from Dark Horse, indicates, they are a rock band who actually unbeknownst to them, were very much worshipping the devil.

As many of us have heard through the years, the connection between the devil and rock music, have some long known legends in rock and roll history, which the writer, Paul Cornell takes full advantage of. The band is called Motherfather, which is hilarious in and of itself while the front man, Alex, looks very much like, Roger Daltrey, which I am pretty sure, was intentional. The dialogue itself is a thing of beauty as he possesses panache for settings and mood, and lives very much in the vein of these rock stars, so much so, you feel as though you were watching a better version of Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park. The band gets into all the debauchery you would expect forma rock band, unknowingly they are creating a debt only they can pay the devil. While on tour in Tokyo, one night they take mushrooms, and either are hallucinating off of what they ate or have encountered all of what hell brings.

The art by Tony Parker is reminiscent of John Romita Sr., and very much compliments this story.

Overall, a solid beginning to what seems to be a very interesting concept.

Story: Paul Cornell Art: Tony Parker
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Cornell and Parker Take Center Stage in This Damned Band

From Eagle Award–winning, New York Times number-one best-selling author Paul Cornell and artist Tony Parker comes a darkly hilarious adventure of black magic and classic rock!

1974: the world’s most famous rock band thought they were “worshiping Satan,” only to find out they were actually…worshiping Satan.

This Spinal Tap meets Ghostbusters miniseries presents a documentary-style thrill ride combining the dark arts and legendary musicians. This is The Exorcist…turned up to eleven!

This Damned Band #1 is on sale August 5 in comic shops everywhere!

Fans eager to hear more about the series can catch Paul Cornell and Tony Parker at Phoenix Comicon, May 28–31, at Dark Horse Comics’ signings and panels!

This Damned Band