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CALABRESE
CALABRESE
Issue # 1
(28 pages, full colour, written in English)

If you consider yourself a fan of "the world’s greatest Horror Punk band" CALABRESE and additionally also enjoy reading comic books, you definitely gotta make sure to order a copy of the first issue of CALABRESE's very own little creation in this department. Even though it's not exactly necessary to understand the storyline (which is quite simple anyway), it definitely increases the fun part of it if you're familiar with Marvel Comics as well, since there's quite a lot of entertaining hints included. A tough, cigar smoking fella who looks pretty similar to Marvel's Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. (in this case he's from R.O.C.K., which stands for "Responders to Occult Crimes and Killings") sends the CALABRESE brothers on a mission to Northern Europe in order to take actions against the new ruler of Tombstadt, Count Aleksandr von Tomb, a vampire, who's visually kinda like a mixture of Wolverine and Nightcrawler (he even disappears with the Nightcrawler typical "BAMF"). Von Tomb has taken over the country from a "good doctor, who claimed to have a PHD in doom..." (needless to say that we're talking of Doctor Doom here, the ultimate Marvel villain and usually ruler of a similar country named Latveria). When it comes to the choice of weapons, drummer Davey picks up Sais, which are usually being used by Marvel's Elektra (quote from the comic: "Their weight makes them impossible to throw accurately... unless you're Jennifer Garner...").  I won't give away any more details about how this story continues / ends here, but I gotta tell you that famous Marvel authors Rob Liefeld (and his series X-FORCE) and Joe Quesada and "Wolverine: Origins" also get a mention in it. The cover of this issue was drawn by Canadian artist Andrew Barr, who already did the band's album cover for "13 Halloweens" and the slogan "Approved by the Comics code authority", which you usually find on American comic books, was changed to the more CALABRESE related "Approved by the young American mystic cult of Horrors". The artwork of the comic is pretty simple and not exactly what I would consider great (no surprise since I'm a big fan of legends like Jack Kirby, John Romita Sr., John Byrne, John Buscema and the likes), but somehow it fits the whole story nevertheless. For all further info and ordering details go here. More info on CALABRESE you'll find at www.calabreserock.com

Frank Stöver

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