BLACK METAL by Rick Spears and Chuck BB

WARNING: IF YOU DO NOT LIKE HEAVY METAL (ESPECIALLY HEAVIER, DARKER SUBGENRES LIKE BLACK OR VIKING METAL) DO NOT READ THIS BOOK. YOU WILL NOT GET THE JOKES OR ANYTHING ELSE IN IT.

This is something that all metalheads should read. PERIOD. Nothing will make you laugh better or make you feel better than this. It’s straight up amazing. Funny, romantic (for a black metal book), action packed, violent, creepy, and odd. AND FILLED WITH REFERENCES OF BLACK METAL SUBCULTURE, in ways only the fans would get. AND IT’S A COMIC BOOK. TRULY, TRULY EPIC. IM DEAD SERIOUS.

The plot: Two brothers, Sam and Shaun Stronghand, are notoriously violent and odd and worship old school Norse Gods. They’ve been kicked out of several schools, and live with their foster mom and little foster brother in a suburb of the U.S. and A. Pretty much, the only thing that makes them happy is black metal. After getting kicked out of another school, they find a CD that reveals that they are the true masters of hell. With the help of a cute goth girl and a crazy guy who goes to their school, they end up having to fight for their own scraps of the underworld to win their rightful place.
How do i put this? THIS IS AN AMAZING (comic) BOOK. SERIOUSLY. I don’t read a lot of comics, but this was awesome. It’s funny, and all the others things I already mentioned above. and more. Understand: this book would make the guys from venom proud. AND THAT WOULD BE HARD TO DO. Whether you’re old school and more into the hardcore and less into the new stuff, read it. It’s beautiful. At least in my rotten metalhead opinion. HAIL SATAN! (or, for my fellow vegetarians, seitan).

Review by JohnnyP

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