Writer/Artist Daniel Warren Johnson
Colors Mike Spicer
Letters Rus Wooten
Jake and Murf were left in shambles after their encounter with Magnum. Having left his guitar and therefore Murf broke in two. Being saved by the Tokyo Philharmonic, they meet General Stapleton from the US Okinawa Military base and Kitori Ito of the Tokyo Musical Defence Force. They’ve been tracking down and gathering instruments imbued with the heavy, and are here to ensure Brooticus finishes its first tour. First things first though, Jake needs his guitar repaired.
The time is now! The forces of Magnum Khaos and the Veldarr menace need to be stopped by blowing the horn of the dead. Its location currently occupied by Magnum himself. With a joint task force of musicians and military. It is time for the last stand. Brooticus has one last location for their first and I will say world-shattering tour.
A final issue worthy of a standing ovation. This will go down as one of my favorite series of all time. Between the homages, the jokes, the references to the metal culture in general this has come out to what I would call a masterpiece. The art and writing complement each other in a manner that I feel is only possible when you have a one-person artist and writer combo.
Daniel Warren Johnson is a thematic genius. Taking heavy metal and using it with this comic to show the world what it means to him and the community as a whole. Illustrating in these eight issues the catharsis that metal and more importantly music give us all. A way to channel all of life’s pain and shout back into the uncaring void that is our existence. Defying the very rules we live by that seem to keep beating us down, making us want to give up. I must admit the very end of the issue had me in tears. This man has reached out and effectively touched a legion of dejected people in the razor-sharp, fast-paced, expansive, and wholly loving world that is the angry-sounding genre of music is.
Rainbow In The Dark – Dio