Tipton, Denton (Ed.) -Exodus-Tales Of The Damned (Book Review)

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Reviewed: February, 2022

Published:  Incendium/Opus 2021

Rating: 3.5 /5

Reviewer: JP

A whole new little sub-genre seems to have sprung up, Metal based comics and it is going full tilt.  The fine folks at Incendium are leading the charge and the new Exodus comic is one of the latest.

In terms of presentation and design this comic is very well done. It has a heavy card stock cover, thick, glossy paper and bright, sharp colours.   There is also an reflective ink design and each one is numbered.  In the case of the first Exodus run it is 1500 copies so it is destined to be a collectors item, if it isn’t already.

My initial thought when I read about the Exodus comic was that the main concept was a bit thin.  How could the creators spin the character from the cover art of one Exodus album, TEMPO OF THE DAMNED into a whole story?  If the nameless (?) evil composer dude had been the mascot of Exodus for several albums I could see it fit.  Incendium has titles about Disturbed who have a strong mascot, Cradle Of Filth who has the succubus/demonic femme fatale character and even the Joe Satriani Crystal Planet comic cross-over was an original story by Joe. However, Exodus has never had a long-running, identified mascot like Eddie or Vic Rattlehead so I was curious how they could make it work.  I think they were mostly successful.

For future issues I could see, I’ll call him ‘evil composer’ for now, him being a bridge character between stories, sort of like The Crypt-Keeper’.  I don’t think he would not directly be the hero/protagonist or anti-hero but more like the narrator or guide across multiple stories based on the lyrics of Exodus.  I don’t think the evil-composer character is developed enough to carry a full story on his own.

The art is big and bold and the writing is engaging. The story is a simple, but effective modern day horror story with a twist. It is a simple story so I don’t even want to explain it for fear of spoilers but the band Exodus, for the record’ do not appear in the story.   It’s aimed at teens or later but certainly not explicit or graphic. The story flows nicely and left me wanting more.  The story at 24 pages maybe could have used some fleshing out.

This was a promising entry in the ever-growing Incendium catalogue.  I’m not sure if this is a one-off or the start of a cool horror- anthology series, we will have to see.  Either way it is worth grabbing.