Do you have favourite tracks for favourite comics?
Top British comics creator Pat Mills, whose latest creator-owned digital comic, Requiem Volume 8: The Queen of Dead Souls, is out now via Comixology, has always encouraged the inclusion of rock n roll in comics, both metaphorically and literally in his strips – but do you listen to music as you read your comics, and what tracks most inspire you?
“Inspired by both musicians and their music, I often find ways to sneak in to my stories song references, or even snippets of lyrics,” he says, “So I asked my wife, Lisa, to compile a playlist for the digital edition of The Queen of Dead Souls.”
Here’s what she came up with:
- Intro sequence, New York City, 1919: Bach – Cello Suite No 5 in C Minor
- Back in Necropolis, a short exchange between Black Sabbat and Inspector Kurse: Future Sound of London – Ill Flower
- Fight in Otto’s dungeon: Darkthrone – Transilvanian Hunger
- Black Sabbat & Ape of Thoth… and a very special belt sword: Dead Can Dance – The Host of Seraphim
- The Blood Tower” The Orb – Really hard to narrow it down, but pretty much anything from Orbus Terrarum.
- More crazy fighting in Otto’s dungeon: The Prodigy – Funky Shit
- Vlad Bridge zombie attack and General Salem’s party-pooping activities at the Reine de Joie: Leftfield – Open Up
- Leah, AKA Ape of Thoth, a magnificent chopper, some dirty flirting, and a mind-blowing finale: Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin – Je T’aime Moi Non Plus
The Queen of Dead Souls, the latest volume of Requiem from Pat’s own publishing house, Millsverse, is set in New York City in 1919. Occultist Aleister Crowley is holding a soirée, a group of followers gathered to witness the consecration of his mistress, Leah. Non-believers beware!
In Necropolis City, Requiem, Rebecca and Otto continue to slog it out, using Otto’s prize collection of exquisite antique weaponry: medieval shield with sword blade, holy water sprinkler and volley gun, crossbow with wheel-lock firearm…and a piano gun?!
What about the red snow plague? General Salem’s troops repel the bubonic-infected zombies storming Vlad Bridge, just as the killer rats stop laughing – and their boils erupt…
Requiem is also internally battling Thurim, who’s very keen to take over his body and rejoin Necropolis as a non-living member of vampire society. As Thurim gains supremacy, his enormous libido lands him in a very compromising position with the Ape of Thoth. It gets ugly and, uh, hairy.
Yep – definitely a story that needs a backing track. What’s yours?
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.