I hate it when an actor starts a band and decides he can sing and write music. Typically this transition is painful. I do admit to sort of enjoying Kevin Bacon’s rock duo The Bacon Brothers, but for the most part, listening to Kevin Costner yodel a country music melody is nearly unbearable.
I am not easily dissuaded on this subject of talent crossovers. Michael Jordan is an amazing basketball player but an awful baseball player. Kenney Rogers is not a good actor. Just because you are good at one thing does not mean you will be good at another.
There is one exception. I would never have believed it, but I must at least admit to it. Musicians make good comic books. Maybe it’s their childlike mentality. Maybe it’s their drug addled and alcohol ravaged cerebrums. I can’t say for certain. The fact is they make good comics, which makes Billy Martin’s new book a topic of interest.
Here’s the scoop right off the wire:
Good Charlotte guitarist Billy Martin can now add another accomplishment to his already impressive résumé. A graphic artist, clothing designer and guitarist, Martin will now turn his considerable talents to comics. IDW Publishing is proud to announce VITRIOL THE HUNTER, an all-new comic book series co-written by Martin and Brent Allen, featuring interior art by Martin.
“This book has travelled everywhere I have on tour over the last few years,” Martin said. “I’ve had a light table and art supplies set up on countless busses and hotel rooms across the world.”
Scheduled to launch in early 2013, VITRIOL THE HUNTER is co-created by Martin and Allen, and draws on the folklore and old monster myths prevalent in today’s society, twisting them into a macabre-style story reminiscent of classic horror movies crossed with futuristic fantasy. A self-proclaimed vigilante, Vitriol embarks on a mission to protect his homeland from the malicious monsters that have overtaken it, led by a brutal tyrant vampire.
Additionally, Martin is producing a soundtrack inspired by VITRIOL THE HUNTER. Under the name Villain, Martin has been creating remixes, as well as writing and producing music for other artists. This will be his first official release of original music as Villain, showcasing his dynamic mix of electronic music with traditional film score. The special soundtrack for VITRIOL will be available for free download inside the comic.
“Billy and I have done numerous writing projects together and this is definitely our best work to date,” Allen said. “Being from Baltimore, Edgar Allan Poe is a hero of mine, and I can only hope to step foot in part of his shadow on this project. We are both really excited to hear how the readers take to the world we created.”
Set in the fictional city of Basilika in 2127, VITRIOL THE HUNTER chronicles our hero’s journey as he encounters werewolves, hordes of hellions, and other walking myths. This new horror series is slated to run for six issues.
“The best part of working with Billy over the past several years has been watching him grow as an artist,” series editor Denton J. Tipton said. “You could tell he had tremendous talent from the start, but he’s really honed his style and absorbed the techniques of graphic storytelling. Taking our time with this series has really paid dividends, but we can’t wait for everyone else to see the results!”
VITRIOL THE HUNTER #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in early 2013.