Next week Dark Horse Comics will release The Roadie #1. The first issue of the four-issue heavy metal horror miniseries comes from the creative team of writer Tim Seeley, artist Fran Galán, and letterer El Torres. Today The Beat is pleased to present an exclusive preview of the series’ debut issue.
Here’s how Dark Horse describes The Roadie #1:
More than thirty-five years after his heyday, a former heavy metal roadie must return to the backroads of America to do a job he thought he’d retired from: exorcist. But this time, he’s not saving groupies and drunk bassists. He’s trying to save his daughter.
The Roadie is the latest Dark Horse Comics work for writer Tim Seeley, whose previous series for the publisher include Sundowners, which he wrote and artist Jim Terry illustrated, and Ex Sanguine, which he co-wrote and illustrated with co-writer Josh Emmons. It’s the first collaboration between Seeley and artist Fran Galán, whose previous Dark Horse credits include Lucky Devil with writer Cullen Bunn.
In a statement back when the series was first announced, Seeley described his inspiration for the book and its main character:
“I wanted to tell the story of the ‘unsung hero’ of the 80s Satanic Panic era…,” Tim Seeley says, “the roadies who supported all those metal bands, not only by tuning their guitars, but by casting out the horrific demons they accidentally summoned with backwards lyrics and screaming riffs. Joe D. is the seventh son of a seventh son, and though once he stood next to greatness, he now wallows in obscurity…. until he gets called upon to return to a past he thought he’d left far behind. THE ROADIE is part Hack/Slash, part Revival, and all heart, with Fran Galan doing some absolutely rockin’ art.”
Check out the exclusive preview below. The Roadie #1 (of 4) is due out in stores and digitally next Wednesday, September 28th.