The Damned 2 (November 2006)


Hurtt gets really gross this issue. Not so much in the first half. The first half is all demons and bigger demons and Eddie being all beat up. The second half has a multi-eyed demon with all his eyes torn out wrapped in barbed wire. Then there’s the Worm, who Bunn first mentioned last issue. It’s a gigantic, multi-eyed worm thing. Its human sister is Eddie’s love interest.

It’s very disquieting. Especially since the demons look like something out of a Disney movie. They aren’t scary. Unfortunately, it’s also hard to keep them apart. Thank goodness for the narration identifying them.

Bunn’s got a lot in this issue again. He only introduces one more major character (wait, two, the Worm). But he’s talked about both before, so Damned has room for them.

It’s a serious, unpleasant book. Hurtt’s art just makes it even more striking.

It’s great stuff.


Writers, Brian Hurtt and Cullen Bunn; artist and letterer, Hurtt; editor, Randal C. Jarrell; publisher, Oni Press.


The Damned 1 (October 2006)


It’s amazing how much Bunn fits into this issue. It really shows what a comic can do without ads to worry about.

He does a cinematic opening of the protagonist—Eddie—being resurrected. Then he has Eddie meet up with one gangster (all the major gangsters are demons, not sure Bunn ever bothers explaining it), then another, then he goes off investigating something, then there’s a big conclusion.

Also there’s a girl.

The comic probably has fourteen scenes. All of it with beautiful Hurtt art. He’s doing a thirties gangster picture, only with the occasional horror sequence. Oh, wait, I even forgot Eddie’s memories of the afterlife.

Bunn introduces a bunch of material, a complicated situation, a half dozen characters and gets the reader familiar enough with all of them he’s able to bring even more information.

It’s a beautiful comic. I love Hurtt, but Bunn’s script’s the key here.


Writers, Brian Hurtt and Cullen Bunn; artist and letterer, Hurtt; editor, Randal C. Jarrell; publisher, Oni Press.

The Damned 0 (October 2006)


This prequel slash teaser slash ashcan ran as a backup in other Oni titles and online. I’ve read The Damned before and… although there’s some nice Hurtt art here (there’s a double page spread, not a lot of action, but the art is beautiful), it’s not a very good preview.

Bunn sort of introduces the premise–but it’s just not long enough so it doesn’t work. It’s not confusing (though, one might wonder why a demon shows up at the end–the opening demon, the protagonist’s friend, isn’t sensational enough), it just doesn’t work.

The protagonist narrates his sequence, explaining he can’t die without coming out and saying it. As written narration, it’s good Bunn doesn’t go too far. It wouldn’t make any sense to be so expository. But as a teaser for the series….

Teaser stories are rarely beneficial to the eventual narrative. Even Bunn can’t escape that fact.


Three Days Earlier…; writer, Cullen Bunn; artist and letterer, Brian Hurtt; publisher, Oni Press.

Dark Horse Presents 96 (April 1995)


I’m not sure if Presents has ever had such a good issue. They may have… but this one’s rather excellent.

Brubaker and Gaudiano’s Here and Now is a detective story, but one with an introspective, lost in his thoughts not his cases detective. Gaudiano’s artwork is fantastic–it’s basically a guy walking around most of the story, but he makes it compelling. Brubaker’s writing narration for the first half, then introduces a bunch of plot. It’s great.

Rennie and Langridge’s Kabuki Kid is a strange sort of samurai comedy. I’m hesitant to say samurai because Rennie throws in some Chinese stereotypes too (but Langridge doesn’t into the art). It’s violent and funny, with Langridge making his seemingly static panels fluid.

Then Campbell’s excellent Doreen Grey continues with two minor surprises and one major one. Lots of character stuff–I almost thought the Eyeball Kid was going to get a girlfriend.


Here and Now, Part One; story by Ed Brubaker; art by Stefano Gaudiano; lettering by Sean Konot. Kabuki Kid, Part One, A Pot Full of Noodles; story by Gordon Rennie; art by Roger Langridge; edited by Greg Vest. The Eyeball Kid, The Picture of Doreen Gray, Part Three; story by Eddie Campbell; art by Campbell and Peter Mullins. Edited by Bob Schreck and Scott Allie.

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