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The Damned, Vol. 1: Three Days Dead

(The Damned #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  447 ratings  ·  116 reviews
During the prohibition era, gangsters grew rich on our vices, and rivalries between criminal organizations resulted in open war. But unknown to the masses, a more sinister power controlled the crime cartels, using greed, gluttony, lust and other sins to fuel a much more lucrative trade: mortal souls. The long-standing feud between two of the families is about the come to a ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 20th 2010 by Oni Press (first published July 17th 2007)
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I received a copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Bizarre occult noir at its best with sleek, chiaroscuro art.

A mobster who is cursed to always be reanimated after he dies is caught in the midst of a gang war between demons.
The Damned is a creative cross-breeding of lurkers in the dark, 1920's gangster film aesthetics and a grungy urban underbelly. The mystery is fast-paced and intriguing, if a little disjointed - at first it can be hard to keep up with what's going on,
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was short so I thought I'd give it a try.

The story is about two very influential crime bosses that fight for power during the prohibition era. The twist? Both are demons so their commodity is souls. Other than that, this is a typical crime noir story. After both sides decide to be nice, their mediator goes missing so in order to prevent one side from blaming the other, the mystery of the mediator's disappearance / possible murder needs to be solved, which is why a guy named Eddie is brought
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, horror
Now this was different. Very well done.

During the Prohibition Era two crime families- the Aligheri and the Roarke families are planning on a truce. A high level broker from out of town is coming in to broker the meeting. But this isn't an average crime story. The Aligheri and Roarke "families" are all demons. So is the broker. While human gangsters ply alcohol and fight over money-the demons trade is souls. A peace would be mutually beneficial, but the broker goes missing. Enter human fixer Edd
Jennifer (Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー)
Gangsters, demons and broads
"When it comes to demons, there's always blood"

Eddie has a bit of a problem. Or an advantage, depending on how you look at it. Eddie just can't die.

And oh, he works for a demon. If you think about it, an immortal human could be pretty damn useful for demons. Eddie works for Al.

But Al is double-crossing Eddie and Eddie's doing the same to Al. Eddie's also friends with this "guy" called The Worm.

Like any good prohibitionist gangster era piece of work, there's back-sta
Sam Quixote
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Before The Sixth Gun there was an earlier collaboration between Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt: The Damned. Instead of the wild west, it’s prohibition-era America with gangs of demons trafficking in the souls of humans, in particular two crime families who have been warring for years. Except when peace is finally brokered, the emissary for the two is kidnapped along with a ledger containing deadly secrets that’ll bring down both houses. It’s up to Eddie, a cursed small time fixer, to come back to l ...more
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

How do you make a Roaring Twenties setting filled with demons boring?

Follow this book's tired outline:

1) Pick a by-gone era that isn't the 70's

2) Pick a horror classic

3) Get a good artist that can draw your horror classic well

4) Create a generic "dude" with one mildly interesting ability

5) Throw in a cheesy "whodunnit"

6) Write some action scenes with old-timey guns

7) Have a woman tossed in for the dude to bone at one point


It could have been worse, but it also should have bee
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After reading the summary I was hoping for some exciting read. Combination of demons and Mafia sounds like a really cool concept. Maybe I was expecting too much, because I feel a little disappointed,
The plot is confusing and many things are not clear, for example why Eddie sold his soul. I'm also confused by his ability. How exactly is this working, is he coming back from dead when he is touched by living person? He's interesting character but there is too much unanswered questions. I hope that
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Damned, Vol.1: Three Days Dead by Cullen Bunn is the kind of independent comic book that reminds us why the independent market is so important in the wave of popularity that comic books are once again enjoying. It is now, when the market is so hot, that the big publishing houses, DC and the Evil Empire (Marvel), flood the shelves with big name titles that lack depth and story. So instead they come up with gimmicks, like embossed or variant covers and characters changing their race, sexuality ...more
The Damned is a graphic novel mash-up of gangster noir with horror comics. Set in gangland-era Windy City Chicago, it features dudes in trench coats with guns, comic book crazy demon families, and other crazy monsters, as well as a guy who keeps coming back from the dead, nightclubs, and bordellos. The artwork is compelling. The storyline is a little hard to follow.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a really cool concept and I loved the art but the story was pretty average all things considered. It's basically just your average bland male gangster/detective character solving a 'classic' old timey murder mystery. And of course the only woman to be seen for miles is his love interest. Sigh. The demons were cool and it was fun in a really superficial way but these kinds of things could be so much more
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Eddie was lying dead in a ditch for three days before Big Al dusts him off and put his convenient curse of returning from the dead to good use.
In the Prohibition era, two demonic crime families are ready to stop their internal feuding for the greater good of consolidating power. The bookkeeper who is set to broker the deal goes missing under suspicious circumstances and Eddie is appointed to find him before war starts again.
Old fashioned noir with a new spin including demons dealing in mortal so
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More 3 1/2 but rounding up. Solid storyline where the mob is run by demons. Eddie's already lost his soul and his life numerous times so he's just the guy to send out to find out why a deal shit the bed.

*Digital review copy provided by NetGalley and the publisher.
Stefanie Rls
I was wandering around, looking for some comic/graphic novel with a dark twist and this got my attention. Thought it would be right up my alley and it was at the beginning ... . It started off quiet mysterious and dark, but then I got the feeling I missed out on things. The story went from on scene to another without a real connection. Also the background story of Eddie was all over the place. It felt like the author knew it all, but forgot the readers don't. A pity!
Furthermore am I not a fan of
Wayne McCoy
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
'The Damned, Vol. 1: Three Days Dead' by Cullen Bunn with art by Brian Hurtt is kind of a weird alternate world where prohibition era gangsters are ruled by
demonic overlords.

One crime family is run by Big Al, a red and horned demon. In order to find a missing bookkeeper, he brings a guy named Eddie back from the dead. Eddie can't die, but that doesn't mean he can't be killed. Every time he is, he spends some time in a weird shadowy world where things make even less sense than in his world. He f
I've been literally searching for this book for years! I bought it when it was first released in trade, and fell in love with the rich black and white art. I thought the story was great, too!

But then it disappeared from my collection! I must have lent it out and forgot who borrowed it. But I couldn't remember the name or author or artist or anything, and I've been trying to figure it out ever since.

Then it appears on NetGalley! What a crazy coincidence.

And it's in color, too.

I'm not sure how
Thanks to Netgalley for the digital ARC.

This was 2 stars for me; the third star is pretty much for Brian Hurtt's art, which is reminiscent of his work in Queen and Country.

This didn't have anything that bugged me about it, but I just didn't find it engaging whatsoever. The Damned didn't contain any of the feeling of dread that I've enjoyed in the past in Cullen Bunn's horror titles, and it just felt like a gimmick that there were demons in this attempt at Prohibition-Era noir tale. I remember t
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What if the mobs during Prohibition were actually controlled by demons? Well then, we'd have The Dammed. Eddie is a cursed man working for Big Al. The demon brokering a peace between two rival gangs has gone missing and there will be war is Eddie can't find him. Can you really go wrong crossing noir with the supernatural?

Received an advanced copy from Oni and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
TJ Shelby
Apr 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Call me a chump but I really liked this book. Tough guys, mobsters, demons from hell and the undead, mix in a few criminally inspired monsters and how could I NOT like this book? On top of a great premise was great storytelling and fun black-and-white noir-style artwork. Soul-trafficking demons in a prohibition era setting, this was Goodfellas meets Hellblazer.

I can't wait for volume 2.
Matt Garcia
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was really cool. It's essentially a gangster movie with demons. The artwork was grim, gritty, dark, and dreary. It suited the tone of the story perfectly. The character of Eddie is an interesting guy and I'm interested in learning more about his backstory. This was a lot of fun and mixed the horror and action genres seamlessly. Good stuff.
Nick Kives
Jun 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
After reading this and Sixth Gun, I have become a fan of Cullen Bunn. This is basically a detective comic, but with demons involved who run the under world crime syndicate of the city. If you like demons, and like detective/crime comics, then check this out.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of these fine creators and weird comics
Recommended to Brent by: Oni Press
I really enjoy artist Brian Hurtt's work, so finding a used copy of this was a treat. The story involves a lot of demons and gang warfare; just look on it as an opportunity for great cartoon storytelling.
Highly recommended.
Thank you, Netgalley. I received an ARC for an honest review.

This is more a 3.5. It's basically a mob story that tries to do something different but essentially I'm not sure it really does. Maybe this 1st volume is setting the stage for the next one but to get the next one you have to care about one of the characters and I'm not sure I actually did.

Eddie's curse is interesting and you can see its benefits and its drawbacks. The place he goes to when dead is interesting and I wonder if we will le
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy:

Demons, dames, a horrid curse, more demons… What’s not to love? THE DAMNED: THREE DAYS DEAD is a spooky, Mike Mignola-esque romp through the prohibition era excesses. Only half the men aren’t men at all but demons from hell in tight, sexy 20s style suits.

Our main character isn’t a hero. He’s a crook with a curse that makes him very useful for the local demon-mob families to keep around. Eddie sold his soul a long time ago, and has managed to avoid gett
Jul 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
meh mafia demons...really?!? uh wtf...smh
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was interesting at first but that's about it.
Full review to come!
Rick Hunter
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of crime noir and/or supernatural stories
Shelves: netgalley
It was within the last year that I heard of Cullen Bunn for the first time. The first work of his I ever read was when he started writing for one of the X-Men series at Marvel. I guess since he's becoming such a big name now someone decided to republish one of his earlier works in a colorized version. (The original publication was in black & white.) I stumbled upon this and thought I'd give it a shot since I've enjoyed what I've read from him so far.

This story takes place in pr
Jan 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Noir, hard case and horror fans
1930’s-set supernatural noir horror, gotta love that combo. This is one of my top two favorites of the many good titles I discovered at the 2007 ComiCon. I look for more Damned every time I visit a comic shop.

My blog has a full review, with images.
Sep 10, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: monsters to be pitied
Shelves: comix-novel
Everybody's doing the crime novel with monsters boogie these days. Here's another one and it ain't bad but nothing astoundingly different. It's the Prohibition gang war with devils shooting it out with creepazoids. The artwork reminded me of Joe Orlando in his Mad Magazine heyday. C+
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is a very entertaining crime comic mixing gangsters and demons during the prohibition era. The tough guy period dialogue is pitch perfect and the black and white art is a great mix of creepy and cartoony. A nice surprise.
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Cullen grew up in rural North Carolina, but now lives in the St. Louis area with his wife Cindy and his son Jackson. His noir/horror comic (and first collaboration with Brian Hurtt), The Damned, was published in 2007 by Oni Press. The follow-up, The Damned: Prodigal Sons, was released in 2008. In addition to The Sixth Gun, his current projects include Crooked Hills, a middle reader horror prose se ...more

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