Comic books and music seem to go hand in hand and this has been the case for many more years than I can remember. Back in the Golden Age of the medium we often found artists like The Beatles being referenced and sometimes even getting their own books like The Monkees did in 1968. For me the magic of these two passions of my youth coming together was when KISS got their own adventure story published in the very first issue of “Marvel Comics Super Special”. This issue came out in 1977 and featured the face-painted New Yorkers in epic battle against Doctor Doom and Mephisto – Killer stuff for sure. Needless to say it only increased my youthful belief in the magic of KISS as something bigger than mortal men and most likely helped contribute to the collecting passion that I got involved in for years in terms of comic books. In today’s Metal music scene we find a lot more bands taking part in comic book writing, publishing or guest appearances. It’s really a great time to be a Metal head and someone that loves comics since both things are viewed as really cool as opposed to be the stuff of utter nerd dom. Let’s face it, do you think anyone is going to give crap to Glen Danzig for his comic book line, or Rob Dukes (from Exodus)? I hardly think so.
With that being said, I had the opportunity to get my hands on the first three issues of a series entitled “Eternal Descent” and since I had been out of the regular collecting mode for a few years l was not as up on this as I would have liked to be. Until now that is. The premise of the comic is that of an “Urban Gothic Fantasy” and it’s the brainchild of musician/writer Llexi Leon. Leon is the founder of a label called Incendiary Records and he has created the virtual band Eternal Descent to tell his stories. Over time he realized that music would not be able to deliver the stories in the same fashion as the comics and here we are. It’s an epic fantasy and mystery that pits good against evil and does so with some of the Metal world’s biggest stars as guest characters along the way. I got my hands on the first three issues of the title and offer up some overviews on each of them along with some cover art. I’ll begin with issue #1, Enjoy. Continue reading An Overview Of IDW Publishing’s “Eternal Descent” Issue #1