Dark Horse Comics offers up another musical crossover in comics, a story to accompany Stone Sour’s double album, “House of Gold & Bones.” It is written by the group’s lead vocalist and lyricist, Corey Taylor. Art is by Richard Clark. Colors are by Dan Jackson. The cover art is by Jason Shawn Alexander. If you enjoy the gritty world of hard rock, and even if you haven’t tried it all that much, this story is appealing. Think of it as a hard rock fantasy about a dude and ghosts and hell. Everything is screwed up. The dude is lost. The dude has to find his way home. It’s that basic and that cool.
This four-parter, begins with “The Overture,” and sees our hero trying to make sense of where he is and what’s happened to him. It sure looks and feels weird, wherever he is. The artwork and coloring are working really well with the script and the hard rock vibe. You could almost do away with any words. But the added details from the script are essential. There’s a lot going on. The dude is not just a dude. He’s called “the human” by some devilish character named, “Allen.” These two have met before, for sure. They’re twins. But it’s not clear yet how that came about.
For added enjoyment, of course, read this comic along with Stone Sour’s double album. Check them out here.
As a bonus, at the end of this comic there’s an excerpt from Corey Taylor’s new book, “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Heaven,” due out this July by Da Capo Press, and which is far from heavenly. The excerpt shares the start of a frightful childhood memory about the local haunted house. Check that out here.
“House of Gold & Bones #1” is available as of April 17. Visit our friends at Dark Horse Comics here.