Dark Horse are pleased to announce upcoming August series This Damned Band, written by Paul Cornell with art by Tony Parker for the month of August. What's it all about? The title is, of course, a clever pun (though it still took me a few minutes to get it initially) in that it pursues the rise of a 70's band, and they are, in fact, involved in some kind of occult dealings. Get it?
This August, from Paul Cornell (Wolverine, Action Comics) and Tony Parker (Mass Effect: Foundation) comes a darkly hilarious adventure of black magic and classic rock!
So you'll get your Rock 'n Roll. You'll get your black magic. It's a natural combination. In fact, Bleeding Cool Magazine #17, our San Diego Comic-Con issue, is coming out in late June including an interview with Cornell about the title. In that interview, Cornell explains:
I'm interested in the enormous power and wealth of successful rock bands in the 1970's, something that's nowhere near as much the case now, and how that power and wealth often went alongside a certain lack of self-knowledge. Here were people who could do anything, who were willing to entertain wild new concepts, who were often brought up in very conventional households in a very austere time. They could do anything, often they did, some of them worked out who they were and some of them never did.
Add the occult to that and it's hitting people who are trying to do one thing with something utterly at an angle to their world, and with many of this lot insisting they know all about the supernatural, that's quite delicious. I wanted to do a dark comedy, Ghostbusters with a couple of notches more archness and cruelty, where the threat is real and taken seriously.
So there you have it, our dark comedy coming up in August with a dose of social critique. Here's some preview artwork for the series: