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‘The Damned #8:’ Advance Comic Book Review

Mobsters and demons mesh together in Cullen Bunn’s newest undertaking, The Damned.

The hero of this journey is Eddie, and he’s cursed. Ya see, he can’t die. Well, he can, but he can come back if someone touches him. They die in his place. He’s the owner of a swank night club who keeps getting in over his head, leaving him dead on multiple occasions. Every time that he dies, he sees visions of a place with lost souls, including his dead mother.

In the first story arc, we saw Eddie try and help out a friend with a magical key. It didn’t end so well for everyone, but now that he has seen his dead mother, he’s intent on bringing her back. Only, he needs help. Thus, we are introduced to his younger brother, Morgan. Younger, but also bigger. Meanwhile, a crime family of demons has just about had it with Eddie and plans to end his career of being alive once and for all. This lively issue kicks off the next story arc. Now’s the time to jump in and get caught up!

Bunn is an incredible writer – one of the best comic writers around. He knows how to incorporate the simplest of story crafting lessons that most people can never seem to get right: Show, don’t tell. It’s one of the simplest things you can do, and it’s so difficult. Show through conflict. Don’t just give me exposition; wait until it’s important to the story to do so. I don’t know how many drafts Bunn goes through, but in the final product, everything seems so effortless. Characters drive the story, and story drives the character. He balances everything so carefully.

He also does a great job of teaming up with just the right artist. Here, that artist is Brian Hurtt, whose square-jawed tough guys and wide-eyed dames bring to life the 1930s art deco and gothic mobster gravitas. It’s almost too perfect a fit to drop demon mythology into that era.

Cullen Bunn is one of those writers that keeps comics interesting – always at the forefront, always pushing other creators to do better, just by simply doing what he does. Join me on this wicked ride while it’s still early on.


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