Writer/Artist/Letterer Daniel Warren Johnson
Colorist Mike Spicer
Letterer Rus Wooton
Hjelmdar joins the band. Brooticus now has a lead on how to stop the Veldar, The Horn Of The Dead. With coordinates in hand, the band winds up in Japan, where a mysterious island has appeared that has been scaring the locals.
It’s never that easy though, of course. Magnum Khaos is already there. Anticipating that Jake and co. would be there at some point in time. He launches a surprise attack that leaves Jake and Murf firmly in his clutches.
Hjelmdar managed to save Anne and regroup. There they came to an understanding that they are much more alike then Hjelmdar knew at first. The pain of losing his own bandmates eating at his heart, causing him to lash out.
In their moment of bonding, Hjelmdar gives Anne the microphone of Whisperwood’s vocalist. Anne seems reluctant and fearful, that is until Brooticus’s new guitar player lets her on the secret to metal and music in general. Its all about channeling your pain and not one person said you have to sing.
Using that knowledge and enough depression to drown a fish. Anne and Hjelmdar save Jake and Murf before MK starts to torture them. But at the cost of Hjemdar.
We are approaching the end of this series here folks. I’m sad to see it if I’m being honest. However, this story is unfolding in the greatest way I never knew I even wanted. Brooticus is getting orchestral backing and I couldn’t be more excited.
The band meets Shohei Takahashi with the Tokyo Philharmonic. Just in time to get a wounded Jake and Murf to safety before the next coming battle. They learn that Japan has been preparing and arming itself with its own music for the Veldar. That these horrors won’t be taking Earth as they please. That this world will be fought for.
This is gearing up to be one of the most epically illustrated serenades in comics. It just keeps delivering great character development, on top of well-done conflict. Whether it be internal or external, this series knows quite well how to drive up the tension. Revealing that this series isn’t only about metal, but how it helps us headbangers through our depression and despair. Comic says it best. Shouting into the void, defying it.