Publisher: Image Comics
Writer/Artist: Daniel Warren Johnson
Colours: Mike Spencer
Letterer: Rus Wooton
Release Date: 10th October 2018
Life’s a funny old thing. You find something you love that you’re good at, maybe even find someone you love too, and you’re rocking it higher than you ever thought possible. But then you get thrown a curve ball and it all comes crashing down. You push those close to you away, you lose interest in what used to give you the most happiness and, as the punk band the Ruts used to say, “you’re in a rut, you gotta get out of it!”
How best to do that, you ask? Well obviously by being saved by a cyborg monster killing falcon from another dimension who is fuelled by heavy metal!
Jake is your average 20 something who’s suffering through a bad patch of the road of life. After a personal loss he has walked away from his band and any potential that came with it, living a life of contempt. And, in spite of all of his friends being there to offer help, Jake has no desire to accept any of it. However, on one of the many nights returning to his lonely flat he’s greeted with an opportunity to not just get back in the game but to potentially save all of humanity with the power of rock.
I enjoyed the hell out of this comic. It feels like Daniel Warren Johnson’s interpretation of a Tenacious D album mixed with lashings of Bill and Ted and a dash of One-Punch Man, full of action, ridiculousness and a bloody cool concept. It hits the sweet spot for readers who either have a sense of ‘80s nostalgia or a love for rock or metalocalypse, combing the love of head banging with over-the-top heroes and gory space aliens.
Mike Spicer’s right colours make the action and characters really pop against the well-known comic onomatopoeic phrases covering the page, and that’s how they sneak attack you with some great heart-warming writing. Because while it first seems like a bit of fun the story underneath carries a serious message to it.
It shows how we can all feel what Jake feels sometimes, like we just want to shut ourselves off and wallow in our emotions for a bit. It’s a bad pit to fall in, and while the story shows just how many people are there for him Jake doesn’t seem to notice how much he needs them until something falls right in front of him. And, while we don’t all get a Murder Falcon to give us an epic quest the story is a great reminder of how we always have people who are there for us, and we always have the Metal!
A great book for metalheads, monster fans and every bonkers misfit in between.
The writer of this piece was: Indiana “Indy” Marlow
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