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by on Jul.29, 2010, under Comics

How could I not get the comic called CBGB OMFUG with a cover by Jaime Hernandez? How could you not get it?

Okay, so Jaime Hernandez didn’t do anything on the inside. Doesn’t matter.

What is inside are two vignettes, each written and drawn by a separate pair of creators, about the early days of punk at CBGB. I’m guessing that since this isn’t advertised as a one-shot, each new issue will bring us a new pair of vignettes and the series will build up a local history of punk.

The first story tells about the club’s first days, in 1974, and features a music historian and a mythologist as dueling ghosts of punk past. The mythologist argues that CBGB was punk’s birthplace, while the historian claims it’s more accurate to say it arose in several places independently. It’s the kind of argument that’s pleasant to overhear because it doesn’t really matter.

The other vignette, set in 1979, has a teenager learn from the CBGB bartender that his recently deceased uncle was “The Helsinki Syndrome,” a one-man band that played one show—the single most “punk fucking rock” show the bartender had ever seen.

I like that BOOM is letting journeyman writers and artists create these things. None of them necessarily has the polish of a Jaime Hernandez, the One True Comics Bard of punk’s allure. (Who does, though? Seriously, there’s something wrong with you if you can read early Love and Rockets and not want to join Maggie and Hopey’s band.) But it’s more punk fucking rock that way.

PDF preview here.

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