Helloween Team Up With Incendium For “Seekers Of The Seven Keys” Comic Book & Action Figures

Helloween have joined forces with Incendium to create a new comic book, titled “Seekers Of The Seven Keys,” and some new action figures. Pre-orders are available HERE.

The following was said in a press release:

“Helloween and Incendium are teaming up for the launch of “Seekers of the Seven Keys”, a supernatural horror-fantasy comic book that explores the iconic cast of characters depicted on album covers from the legendary German heavy metal band, known as the “godfathers of melodic speed metal.” Incendium is also thrilled to announce a line of collectible Helloween action figures inspired by the bands’ cover artwork and lyrical lore: The Keeper Of The Seven Keys, The Witch, and Jack O. Lantern.

Published under Incendium’s music-focused OPUS imprint, “Seekers of the Seven Keys” is crafted by horror masters, writer Joe Harris (“Creepy”, “The X-Files,” “Rockstars”), and artist Axel Medellin (“Hoax Hunters”, “Elephantman”), and features cover artwork by Santi Casas.

In “Seekers of the Seven Keys”, the mystical Seven Keys have been lost, and the Keeper wants them back. But he’s not the only one looking. And when teenage siblings stumble upon the quest, they embark on a 1980s-style science-fiction, fantasy adventure filled with the horror tropes, campy characters, and throwback humor for which the band is known.

HELLOWEEN guitarist Michael Weikath said, “Obviously, Dr. Stein is not the only one who can come up with funny creatures. We are thrilled to see the characters from the HELLOWEEN universe finally come to life! The team of Incendium did a great job and created an exciting new comic adventure. As we say in Dr. Stein: And their time is right!”

Added Llexi Leon, CEO of Incendium: “HELLOWEEN’s offbeat comic, inspired by their epic music, fuses fan-favorite characters with whimsical fantasy—and a healthy dose of heavy metal! As they are one of the great innovators in the genre, it’s been a joy to revisit their catalog, particularly the ‘Seven Keys’ saga, and lay down the groundwork for an all-new narrative that will appeal to long-time fans of the band and Halloween horror aficionados alike!”

The debut of the comic book comes in the wake of the recent release of Helloween’s self-titled album, which has climbed to the top of the charts across the world. The album is reminiscent of all eras of the band’s history and unites their three vocalists Michael Kiske, Andi Deris, and Kai Hansen. The band’s sixteenth studio album was released by Nuclear Blast Tonträger Produktions- und Vertriebs GmbH in June.

The first print edition of “Seekers of the Seven Keys” will be released as a prestige-format limited edition collectible comic book, featuring cardstock covers, specialty foil treatments, glossy pages, and individual numbering.

The first printing of the comic will be limited to 2,000 copies at $19.95 and is available to order from https://incendium.online/collections/Helloween. It is available to order now and ships by October 31, 2021. The Keeper Of The Seven Keys, The Witch, and Jack O. Lantern action figures are also available to pre-order for $29.95, shipping spring 2022.”

Beartooth To Release “The Journey Below” Graphic Novel

Beartooth have joined forces with Z2 Comics for a new graphic novel called “The Journey Below.” The comic will serve as a prequel to the band’s latest album “Below.”

A press release said the following about the book, which will explore the world of demon overlord Barry:

“The story behind the myths of Beartooth’s album Below is brought to life as Barry awakens corporate drone Lita’s memory of how alive the world once was before the cold forces of the corporate world outlawed rock, reminding her of who she truly was, and who she could be again. Told by #1 New York Times best-selling author Tony Lee with the members of Beartooth, The Journey Below is a powerful tale reminding us of the vital power contained within every chord and beat of a song.

Tony Lee says “I’ve been a fan of Beartooth since Aggressive came out, and I’m over the moon to work with them on this story. The world of Below is a place I’ve wanted to visit a lot during the last year, and now I get to share it with everyone.”

Beartooth will bring their new antihero and mascot Barry to comics this fall in Beartooth: The Journey Below, the official companion to their brand new album, available to preorder now in both a standard softcover and hardcover formats, as well as slipcase, deluxe and super deluxe editions featuring exclusive prints and vinyl.”

Bassist/vocalist Oshie Bichar commented:

“Storytelling has always been something we’ve wanted to dive into as a band. Our goal is to build a universe full of adventure for Beartooth fans to explore.”

This news comes after the band recently announced that they will be playing a livestream show on July 14. That event will carry the same name as the graphic novel.

KISS Return To Comics In New Dynamite Series “Phantom Obsession”

Dynamite have announced a new KISS comic book series called “Phantom Obsession.” The first issue will be released in August 2021. The comic was written by Ian Edginton and it also features contributions from artist Celor, colorist Valentina Pinto, and letterer Troy Peteri.

Here’s a description of the comic [via Blabbermouth]:

“As a young man in 1978, Darius Cho attended a concert of his favorite band, a memory that has stuck with him to this day. Now he is a massively wealthy tech giant, but mysteriously reclusive. Some even believe he may not exist at all, simply serving as a ghostly facade for an endless consortium of corporations. At least until KISS receives an all-expense invitation to play an exclusive concert for him. Playing for an audience of just Cho, his assistant and a crowd of “Westworld”-style androids invented by the mega-billionaire, everything seems a little off… Especially when the band wakes up in luxurious accommodations, but with no way to leave, and their powerful talismans stolen from them!”

The following was also added:

“In addition to a concert scene, of course, and the band’s fight to break free from Cho’s captivity, Edginton is tackling some serious questions in the series. Delving into science fiction territory with an exploration of humanity and identity by way of the androids. Which ties right into the band’s famous identities involving masks and makeup. Also featured will be a romp through a theme park, with reference and influence from major parts of Japanese culture like Godzilla and the horrific manga works of Junji Ito. But ultimately, Edginton confirms, ‘It sounds deep, but it’s mostly about robots, monsters, and blowing shit up!'”

Edginton further commented:

“It was 1977, in the U.K., and I was 14. I actually discovered KISS in issues #12 and 13 of Marvel’s Howard The Duck! I didn’t know who the hell they were, but loved the look. A friend of mine who knew his metal played me the ‘Love Gun’ album and I was hooked, which is why ‘Love Gun’ (song and album) has always been my favorite!”

Several covers will be available including ones created by Celor, Jae Lee, Stuart Sayger, and Tim Seeley.

Z2 Comics To Release New Graphic Novel Inspired By Queen’s Freddie Mercury

Z2 Comics, Universal Music Group, and Mercury Songs Ltd have teamed up to create a new graphic novel inspired by the late great Freddie Mercury (Queen). The comic, which is called “Freddie Mercury: Lover Of Life, Singer Of Songs,” can be pre-ordered HERE.

The following was said about the comic in an official press release:

“Z2 Comics is proud to partner with Universal Music Group and Mercury Songs Ltd for ‘Freddie Mercury: Lover of Life, Singer of Songs,’ the first-ever graphic novel paying tribute to one of the greatest figures the music world has ever known.

For the first time in comics format, ‘Freddie Mercury: Lover of Life, Singer of Songs’ will be a journey through Freddie’s life; from his childhood in Zanzibar and India, through his formative years in England, to become the rock star, known and loved by millions around the globe. The story is told in his own words, with each chapter giving a glimpse into the many facets of his life.

Written by Tres Dean (All Time Low Presents: Young Renegades), the graphic novel will give a true insight into the many experiences that helped shape the young Farrokh Bulsara and his compelling existence, both on and off stage—that was the life of Freddie Mercury, Lover of Life, Singer of Songs.

Following up on the tremendous success of the Oscar-winning 2018 film ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ and inspired by the book ‘Freddie Mercury: A Life, In His Own Words,’ compiled by Greg Brooks and Simon Lupton, this upcoming graphic novel will be another essential addition to the bookshelf or coffee table of fans new and old, sumptuously illustrated by Kyla Smith, Robin Richardson, Safiya Zerrougui, Tammy Wang, and Amy Liu, with accompanying cover painting by David Mack.

‘Freddie Mercury: Lover of Life, Singer of Songs’ is available for preorder in standard 136-page softcover ($19.99) and hardcover ($29.99) editions, released in finer comic shops, book and record stores in November. Available exclusively through Z2 in a special hardcover deluxe edition for $99.99 complete with an exclusive vinyl LP, as well as limited edition prints by Sarah Jones, Kyla Smith, and Sanya Anwar. Reserve your copy today!”

Joan Jett Teams Up With Z2 Comics For Graphic Anthology

Joan Jett and Z2 Comics will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of “Bad Reputation” and “I Love Rock n’ Roll” with a new graphic anthology. That book, which will be available this fall, was put together by various female creators including Tara McPherson.

The following was said about the release:

“‘Joan Jett And The Blackhearts – 40×40: Bad Reputation/I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll’ is written and drawn by some of the most renowned female creators from around the world, and is available for preorder now for a fall release in softcover and hardcover editions at finer comic shops, book and record stores worldwide. Exclusively available through Z2’s web site in limited quantities are the deluxe and super deluxe versions, packaged with exclusive vinyl, art prints and much more. To celebrate this 40th anniversary, a ‘platinum edition’ is available in an extremely limited quantity of just 40 units and includes a new Epiphone guitar, gig bag and signed certificate of authenticity.”

Carianne Brinkman, president of Blackheart, commented

“When we began working with Z2 Comics on ‘Joan Jett And The Blackhearts 40 x 40’ for the 40th Anniversary of ‘I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll’ and ‘Bad Reputation’, we reflected on all the rejection and opposition Joan faced from the industry as a woman with a guitar, especially at the beginning of her career. Luckily, she blocked out the noise and showed the doubters she could do it herself. The comic world, much like the rock ‘n’ roll world, is fairly underrepresented in terms of women, particularly in the mainstream. We thought this was a great opportunity to celebrate comic writers and illustrators who happen to be women, and who, like Joan, are constantly being asked what it’s like to be ‘a woman…’ in their respective industries. We are so excited to bring these amazing artists and writers together to celebrate this milestone anniversary.”

McPherson added:

“Joan Jett is the epitome of a rock ‘n’ roll icon and a powerful force of a woman. When I was young and teaching myself how to play bass and starting bands, she was such an inspiration to me, and I know to so many other girls as well. She’s a fierce woman making no apologies, showing females they have a place in rock!”

[via Blabbermouth]

Joe Satriani To Release Issue #2 Of “Crystal Planet” Comic Book Series In June

Joe Satriani has launched pre-orders for the second issue in his comic book series “Crystal Planet.” That effort will be released in June.

The following was said in a press release [via Vents Magazine]:

“After the extremely successful launch of Joe Satriani’s debut comic book series, Crystal Planet in January, issue #2 is now set to release this June. Created by Joe Satriani and Ned Evett the series is released in conjunction with Incendium and Heavy Metal Magazine under the all-new music focused OPUS imprint. Issue #2 is available for pre-order now, with limited quantities of Issue #1 still available while supplies last, here. Due to fan demand, an exclusive limited-edition bundle is also available to purchase, now. It features issue #1 signed by Satriani plus a sublimated hat, an art print of issue #2’s cover and an enamel pin. Only 250 sets are available, fans can order the bundle here.

Issue #1 introduced us to Satchel Walker, a man out of time who finds himself caught between desperate factions as they battle for resources in the perilous orbit of a dying star in this vivid space odyssey. In a bold and brutal saga of sentient storms and Wingsuit armies, it’s music, and more importantly the power and emotion that music can conjure, which could bring an end to the conflict, restore harmony to the timestream, and reveal Walker’s true place in the universe. Issue #2 opens with a death in the family that raises even more questions for Satchel Walker as he takes his first perilous steps on the journey to Crystal Planet. Racing through the night in a banged-up station wagon with his father’s old guitar and lifelong friend Sarah Fortune at the wheel, their world is about to change forever, and the swarm is hot on their trail.”

Satriani added:

“Satchel Walker’s world is about to be turned upside-down in ways he could never have imagined. Issue #2 will bring his futuristic, battle-torn nightmares closer to reality and re-unite him with his father’s strange and powerful guitar.”

Marvel’s “Thor” Wears Amon Amarth Shirt In New Comic

Marvel‘s “Thor” can be seen wearing an Amon Amarth shirt in issue #1 of the “Heroes Reborn” series. The band posted the below photos from the comic on Twitter:

[via The PRP]

Disturbed Team Up With Incendium And Heavy Metal Entertainment For New Comic Book Series

Disturbed have teamed up with Incendium and Heavy Metal Entertainment to create a new comic book series based on their mascot “The Guy.” The five-part series will be called “Dark Messiah” and its first issue will be released in July.

More details were shared in a press release:

“Disturbed, Incendium, and Heavy Metal Entertainment announce the launch of Dark Messiah, a five-part comic book series. Published under Heavy Metal Entertainment and Incendium’s music-focused OPUS imprint, the story was conceptualized by Incendium CEO Llexi Leon and Tim Seeley (Nightwing, Hack/Slash) and written by Seeley, with illustrations by Ángel Hernández (Arrow, Star Trek), and cover artwork by Ryan Christensen.

Dark Messiah takes place in the not so distant future, as firefighter Griffin DeSanto finds himself a man out of time, stumbling into a harsh world of poverty, automation, and subjugation. Technology rules and a tech empire built on suffering keeps the population in check through surveillance and mechanized policing. Though lost, Griffin is never alone. He was brought here for a reason, and The Vengeful One is his guide.

The iconic character and beloved mascot “The Guy” has been the faceless “face” of Disturbed for over 20 years. This will be the first dive into The Guy‘s power’s, history and lore, as we see him as The Vengeful One. “The Guy” has been featured in multiple Disturbed music videos, including starring in Todd McFarlane’s Disturbed: Land of Confusion animated music video, and in cover artwork for the band.

The Guy’s origin was in album artwork for Disturbed’s 2000’s The Sickness, shown as a creepy smile with big teeth. After that, his first full-blown appearance was in the album artwork for Ten Thousand Fists, where he was shown as a character with the same creepy, smiling face, cloaked by a hood, with an outfit made up of torn cloak and multiple chains, pumping his fist into the sky.

“Ever since ‘The Guy’ made his debut 20 years ago his evolution and transformation has only grown. We are excited to take ‘The Guy’ to the next level and bring his story to the forefront via both the comic book series and action figures. We can’t wait to share this next chapter with all of you,” the band Disturbed said in a statement about their Disturbed: Dark Messiah series.

Writer Tim Seeley, who is also the editor-in-chief of Heavy Metal Magazine, added: “the guys in Disturbed have a lot of the same influences I do…horror movies, 90s superhero comics, punk music, and an interest in humanity and the fight against oppression. So, we’ve teamed up to give a story to ‘The Guy’, and it’s going to be a savage horror epic about heroism, hope and a whole lot of teeth and chains.”

“Disturbed’s powerhouse of a mascot was destined for comics and we’re thrilled to be developing the dystopian world of their immortal anti-hero, exploring the roots of his power, and digging into the rich history that’s been teased to date through the bands iconic album artwork and music videos. With flames and chains in abundance, ‘The Guy’ action figure was also a must have, so we’re realizing that out of the gate alongside issue one!” said Llexi Leon, CEO Incendium.

Dark Messiah begins as a 5-issue comic series; the first print edition of each issue will be released as a prestige-format limited edition collectible comic book, featuring cardstock covers, specialty foil treatments, glossy pages, and individual numbering https://incendium.online/collections/disturbed. The first issue is available to order now and ships in July 2021.

Disturbed’s Dark Messiah will extend beyond the printed page into toys, apparel, and collectibles, including an action figure of “The Guy”.

The Vengeful One, The Dark Messiah, The Guy! A cosmic demon born of ancient magic, his spirit was bound to our world and buried deep beneath the sands, awaiting a suitable host with a righteous cause. Soon his vengeance will be unleashed, swift retribution is coming for the corrupt and powerful that plague our society.

FigBiz officially licensed action figures are the perfect addition to any collection, inspired by the ultimate era of Saturday morning cartoons!

Accessories Include:
•12 points of articulation.
•Ancient Chains of imprisonment
•Chain Whip
•Rune Base
•Second set of hands

Ages 15 and up.

Please note this item is for pre-order and will ship October 2021!”

King Diamond To Release “Abigail” Graphic Novel

King Diamond has joined forces with Z2 Comics to create a new graphic novel based on “Abigail.” The comic will be available in October and pre-orders can be found HERE.

More details on the graphic novel were shared in a press release:

“Z2 Comics, the leading publisher of music-inspired graphic novels, reveals this fall’s jewel in the crown of the “king” of heavy metal himself: the first-ever comic written by the one and only KING DIAMOND. White Noise Studios scribe Dan Watters and October Faction artist Damien Worm team with The King himself for a chilling new version of the story of Miriam Natias and Jonathan LaFey and an inheritance far more terrifying than even the haunted mansion in which it’s discovered.

To celebrate this unprecedented pairing, Z2 Comics will offer an exclusive brand new Abigail graphic novel picture disc edition of this incredible album, featuring the front cover of the graphic novel, and on the back side, you will find both the original Abigail cover and an alternate cover painting by artist Torbjörn Jörgensen, available only with the deluxe and super deluxe graphic novel package, exclusively through the Z2 website, and available for pre-order now.

“A graphic novel based on one of my stories is a dream come true for me. Working with a company like Z2 and the writer Dan Watters, and the graphic artist Damien Worm, is making this project the highest class one could wish for. Not just our own fans, but any fan of the horror genre, will enjoy the darkness and creepiness of this project. I simply can’t wait to personally be able to present this to you once we get closer to Halloween. Abigail has risen again.”

The haunting saga of King Diamond‘s Abigail brought to stunning and horrific life by Dan Watters, Damien Worm, and King Diamond himself! Adapting the storyline of one of heavy metal’s most celebrated concept albums, this new graphic novel will reward both longtime fans and horror hounds alike with a story made even more chilling in comic book form!

Publisher Josh Frankel says, “King Diamond is as his name would imply, heavy metal royalty, and we are all his servants. I couldn’t be more honored to reward fans of comics and heavy music with what will most likely be one of the highlights of the year, and a high watermark for Z2‘s direct artist collaborations overall.”

With 12 albums released as King Diamond, millions of albums sold worldwide, with over 175,000 of 1987’s Abigail in the US alone. The second album under the King Diamond banner, Abigail, is an undisputed classic and considered his true breakout release, setting the stage for over three decades of devoted fandom. With the new album announced, 2022 will truly mark “the return of the king.”

King Diamond‘s Abigail graphic novel will be released in standard softcover and hardcover editions in comic shops and bookstores alike just in time for Halloween in October 2021, with special deluxe and super deluxe editions available for pre-order now only through the Z2 website, which include a special exclusive one-time variant cover vinyl edition in a strictly limited edition of 3,000 copies!

A very unique and sinister piece of dark art will be made available for pre-order, as a companion to the graphic novel on King Diamond‘s personal request. Details will be available on the Z2 website”

Evanescence Announce “Echoes From The Void” Graphic Anthology Series

Evanescence have teamed up with Incendium and Heavy Metal Entertainment for a new graphic anthology series titled “Echoes From The Void.” The series will be released through the music-focused imprint Opus and pre-orders are available HERE.

Here’s a description of the comic:

“Echoes from the Void is a fantasy Graphic Anthology Series, begins with story themes based on songs from their upcoming March 26th release The Bitter Truth. This comic is available in limited-edition, includes two stories inspired by the songs “Better Without You” and “Wasted On You,” from the forthcoming Evanescence album with tales written by Carrie Lee South and Blake Northcott (Arena Mode saga, DC’s Catwoman). The issue will feature illustrations from Hugo Award-winning artist Abigail Larson and highly-esteemed painter Kelly McKernan.. [Issue 1 of 5]

SHIPS JUNE 2021

First Print Edition Features:

– Limited to 3,000 copies
– Individually numbered
– Exclusive bonus content
– Specialty foil treatment
– Cardstock cover
– Glossy pages
– 48 pages”

A series of art prints from “Echoes From The Void” will also be available. The first one, which can be found HERE, was illustrated by Kelly McKernan and it “incorporates iconography and symbolism drawn from across the band’s discography.”

Amy Lee commented:

“I am so excited about this project series. The possibilities are endless. Collaborating across art forms like this is so unique, and it’s been fascinating to see how many different lives a song can have, like alternate realities. I look forward to working on this throughout the year and am so honoured to break open this new world for our music.”

Llexi Leon, CEO of Incendium, added:

“Reflecting Evanescence’s distinctive output, Echoes From The Void is equal parts haunting and whimsical; the pages are filled with beauty, loss, struggle, and triumph. It’s a fantastical journey that debuts a host of original characters and imaginative worlds that have been a joy to realize, and thanks to Amy pushing the envelope with every conversation, we’ve been able to curate a unique body of work that defies expectations of the medium.”