Creator/Artist/Writer + Letterer Daniel Warren Johnson
Colorist Mike Spicer
Letterer Rus Wooton
Associate Editor Arielle Basich
Editor Sean Mackiewicz
Jake comes across his old bass player Johann while fighting a Veldar in the city. With their long history, it wasn’t very hard to convince Jo to fight evil using the powers of the heavy. Jake, Jo, and Murder Falcon find themselves in a lava-filled cave, looking for a specific bass for Jo to use to fight the Veldar. They retrieve the bass just in time to fight a Veldar that has just shown up to stop them. In a valiant effort and quick trip down memory lane, Jake and Jo are able to summon the beast linked to his bass. Playing the first song they learned together (which can’t be anything else but Painkiller by Judas Priest) they summon the mammoth named Halford. Defeating the Veldar and saving the day.
Any decent metal band needs a drummer worth their sand. Jake’s band is certainly not an exception, seeing as his music holds the fate of his world from the brink of eradication. Being a man of sense, Jake goes to find his old bandmate Jimi. The one he appeared to be the closest with, now turned strangers since Jake left the band. She’s surprised to see him of course but much more thrilled to find out they have a drum set for her to play in their band to save the planet. Jake is ready to fight some more monsters, but sometimes, the drummer needs a solo.
These issues are getting closer and closer to my heart as I read them. Not only does it have the over the top visuals you’d expect, but it also is wonderfully unexpected as we have not one, but two people of color rocking it in a metal band. As a person of color and also a metal head I find it almost surreal that we live in a time where it’s not strange to be into such things and be of color. The artwork remains phenomenal, my favorite panel, in particular, is when Jimi is squaring off on her drumset against her first Veldar before she just shreds it out. This book is just so metal and I cannot get enough of it. I’d almost say some folks aren’t metal enough to read this, but I want everyone to read this series.