This Damned Band #2: Something Sinister Approaches

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Cover for This Damned Band #2

  • This post contains explicit language

Some of the biggest influences in rock music came from the seventies/eighties/early nineties. Ask any musician and they  will most likely reference Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, and the list goes on. These bands were big for reasons of their own and some will even say they must have signed a deal with the devil. What if one band did?

This Damned Band #2, written by Paul Cornell , follows a band called Motherfather. With the comic panels arranged like a documentary , the viewer/camera crew, follows behind the scenes to the gross nature of the band.  Kev, Alex, Clive, Robert, and Justin make up the band Motherfather. The band is highly successful with legions of fans ready to whip out their undergarments. Behind the scene, the band is a decaying cesspool. Rampant orgies, drug use, hallucinations, and unprotected sex make up their landscape.

There was an incident in the first issue, that no one really cares to talk about however. Since most of the witnesses were wasted, there is an unclear picture of what happened. Some whisper the devil appeared but that’s been dismissed. Only a devoted groupie is picking up on the little signs that something isn’t right. She’s just a groupie though, so the band doesn’t care to hear her talk.

By the end of the issue, the suggestion of something sinister shows up again with a mysterious kidnapping. The band may be oblivious but that doesn’t mean they are invincible.

After reading London Falling by Paul Cornell, I am pretty sure this is going to take a disturbing paranormal turn at some point. London Falling scared me to tips of my toes. Cornell doesn’t do outright  flash horror or gore. It’s the subtle horror, the sense that the characters are being herded into a situation that doesn’t exist in our reality. Their blindness to the situation makes it more agonizing for whatever evil is happening, it’s coming up fast.

Another characteristic style of Cornell are the characters themselves. His characters are individuals that you can either admire or loathe. His stories are not about forgiveness or watching someone grow from their pain. It’s pretty much: these people have got themselves into a shitty situation, now lets watch. Honestly, I really want to see these guys suffer. So far, they have shown themselves to be complete jerks.

The art is done by Tony Parker and it encapsulates everything about a band during the seventies, from the mannerisms, the fashion choice, and the expressions. It’s all done in a documentary style. This should be difficult but it’s really not hard to follow along. It does make me wonder, are the viewers catching this as it happens or is this found footage?

Cornell is not without his random humor. The anime-like panel with the misspelling of Satan joke was hilarious. The humor is sprinkled throughout and helps to break up the tension of the story a bit, though some did go over my head.

At this point, I am anxious to see what kind of horror will be unleashed upon this band. If it is the devil that they signed a deal with, what were the terms? Will the world be safe? Am I never to venture out to a rock concert again?

Catch This Damned Band #2 at your local comic book retailer.

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