Mafia Meets Magic in Bone Parish Vol. 1 by Cullen Bunn, Jonas Scharf, Alex Guimaraes


A necromantic horror series about an upstart crime family trafficking in a new designer drug that’s just hit the market made from the ashes of the dead.

A new drug is sweeping through the streets of New Orleans—one made from the ashes of the dead. Wars are being fought over who will control the supply, and the demand is rising. While the various criminal factions collide, users begin to experience terrifying visions of the dead coming back to life…through them. Eisner Award-nominated author Cullen Bunn (Harrow County, The Empty Man) and illustrator Jonas Scharf team up for Bone Parish, a haunting blend of horror and crime that takes an unflinching look at how we connect to—and disconnect from—the world around us.


My Thoughts

I loved this story.

Mafia meets magic. The story begins with a man in the street under the influence of a necromantic drug that allows you to see or live the life of the dead body the drug is made out of. In other words, you inhale this necromantic powder and POOF you are a warrior, or a thug or whatever. The drugs are created with different purposes. So, the drug supplying mafia family needs different types of bodies with diverse backgrounds to make them. The story is dark, atmospheric and gloomy. Very fitting for the source material. The first book of the series has a typical story arc, the mafia family is generally good but has a tragedy caused by their evil deeds, strikes revenge, wins, sniffs the charred remains of their enemies as they are driven before them, and tacos. Just kidding, no tacos.

This is a winner of a book, good story, great art, interesting and inventive take on mafia families. Check it out. 


  1. What do you think of necromantic drug selling mafia families?
  2. Do you like tacos?


Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this story in exchange for my open and honest review. 

About the Author – Cullen Bunn

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 series from Evileye Books; The Tooth, an original graphic novel from Oni Press; and various work for Marvel and DC. Somewhere along the way, Cullen founded Undaunted Press and edited the critically acclaimed small press horror magazine, Whispers from the Shattered Forum.

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