Tim Seeley, the mastermind behind Hack/Slash, joins forces with artist Fran Galán to bring us The Roadie, a trade paperback that is packed with nostalgia, redemption, and demons.
This horror saga explores what happens when a former heavy metal roadie is called back into his old profession of exorcist to take down something even bigger and darker than before. If you’re intrigued by tales of rock and roll and the supernatural, buckle up for a wild ride.
The story follows a former roadie for a heavy metal band who is living a quiet life as a family man until he is called back into action. His assignment is to rescue his daughter, who has been kidnapped by a Hellspawn. As a former exorcist, he is their only hope in saving her. The story takes us on a journey of beliefs and redemption as the former roadie comes to terms with his past and the consequences of his choices.
The tone of this book is dark and gritty, with haunting illustrations that perfectly match the narrative. While there are themes of horror and gore, it’s not just mindless gore. Instead, the demons symbolize the struggles the protagonist must overcome. Overall it’s a well-written captivating story that draws you in, and the art beautifully enriches the narrative.
What sets this story apart from other horror stories is the unique angle of the protagonist. Rather than being a musician in the band, he is the overlooked roadie. It reminds us that every member of a band has an integral role, but not all get the same recognition. It’s relatable as it touches on the concept of identity and the notion of being defined by our role or career.
The Roadie is a well-crafted story about redemption, family, and the consequences of our choices. It explores a unique perspective in the world of music and horror that sets it apart from other stories. The Roadie trade paperback hits local comic book shelves on May 17, 2023 and book stores everywhere on June 20 from Dark Horse Comics.