I’m a huge Led Zeppelin fan. In fact if you ask me who was greater, The Beatles or the Stones I will always answer “Zeppelin”. It wasn’t just the music but the mythos that surrounded them that made them so appealing. This Damned Band is quite obviously and appealingly an homage to that mythos.
Motherfather is the biggest band in the world. So big in fact that they have a documentary following them around on their current tour. They have the usual mix of sex, drugs and rock and roll plus they make it clear they dabble in the occult to achieve their success, which is of course de rigeur for a rock band in the 70s. Off the record they slip up and make it clear it’s all lip service until they discover they may have danced a little too often with the devil, he’s become quite the fan.
This Damned Band is so much fun. Writer Paul Cornell describes it as, “This is a black comedy featuring hopefully realistic characters, a depiction of how extreme the life of a touring band was back then, with some big emotions at its heart” (This Damned Band By Paul Cornell on May 13, 2015), which is exactly the vibe I got from it. It reminded me of when I used to sink into band biographies like “No One Here Gets Out Alive” and “Hammer of the Gods” and gave me a number of chuckles because of the familiarity. The art is perfectly done to get across the cinema verite style of the story telling, along with artist renderings of the more drug induced moments that allows the artist to have a little more fun.
I’m giving This Damned Band #1 five out of five stars. It’s a rollicking good time and a fantastic parody of a time in music where business and metaphysics intertwined to form marketing powerhouses. I’m looking forward to seeing how the boys of Motherfather deal with their discovery that it’s not all shadows and mirrors.
This Dammned Band
Writer: Paul Cornell
Artist: Tony Parker
Colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
Cover Artist: Tony Parker
Genre: Humor, Horror
Publication Date: August 05, 2015
Format: FC, 32 pages; Miniseries
UPC: 7 61568 25799 1 00111