THIS DAMNED BAND

The Devil’s Mu­sic

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

re­leased OUT NOW! Pub­lisher dark Horse Comics

Writer Paul Cor­nell

Artist Tony Parker

With the psy­che­delic cov­ers and in­vented discog­ra­phy, Paul Cor­nell and Tony Parker are hav­ing a hell of a lot of fun on this mu­sic-themed six-parter.

Exquisitely crafted, it cen­tres on Mother­fa­ther, ’70s rock­ers re­sem­bling a more out­landish Black Sab­bath, whose deal with the devil turns out to be con­sid­er­ably more real than they ex­pected. It takes the form of a mock­u­men­tary, with the cam­era crew ex­pos­ing the ar­ti­fice be­hind the ex­ag­ger­ated roles that the in­creas­ingly un­sta­ble band­mates play. While the quar­tet in­gest all man­ner of mind-al­ter­ing sub­stances as they de­scend into mad­ness, their much-ma­ligned groupies and wives are poignantly cast as the moral heart of the story.

With its apoc­a­lyp­tic vi­sions glanced in the bot­tom of teacups, Cor­nell’s deft script chan­nels Grant Mor­ri­son’s oc­cult-tinged work, but it’s Tony Parker’s ex­cel­lently var­ied art that really im­presses. It brings to mind Garry Leach and Alan Davis dur­ing the more re­al­is­ti­cally ren­dered, mun­dane sec­tions, but he adopts a more fluid, car­toony style for the more fan­tas­ti­cal mo­ments. With a se­quel ruled out, let’s hope Cor­nell and Parker re­unite soon. Stephen Jewell

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