Nothing More Digitally Release Extended Version Of “Tired Of Winning / Ships In The Night”, Announce “Spirits Vol. 1” Graphic Novel

Nothing More have digitally released an extended version of their song “Tired Of Winning / Ships In The Night.” The track will appear on the band’s new album “Spirits“ (out October 14) and the soundtrack for the upcoming film “The Retaliators” (out September 14).

In other news, the band have also announced that they have teamed up with Z2 Comics for a new graphic novel titled “Spirits Vol. 1.” The book, which was written by Dan Watters and illustrated by Christian Rosado, is expected to be released in spring 2023. Jonny Hawkins commented:

“The comic book focuses on four of the Spirit Types. As we were making the album, I came up with the concept for the Spirits Test. Imagine if the zodiac had a baby with the Meyers Briggs personality test, and that baby came out with a fascination with cryptic iconography and metal music… that is this test. Each of us has a Spirit Type and this comic book is an artistic expression of how those Spirit Types come to life in a world very much like our own.”

Mark Vollelunga added:

“I set forth on this collaboration with Z2 comics, and our manager, Will Hoffman, with the idea to expand the Nothing More world and allow the reader to dive deeper down the rabbit hole and elaborate on what these Spirit Types mean; where they came from and why they exist. We wanted to write stories that invoke a compelling sense of empathy and wonder while maintaining a very personal connection to Nothing More songs.

Dan Watters was the perfect dude for the job. He’s such a brilliant, captivating writer. Both of us shared inspiration from shows like The OA and Sense 8 and we wanted to accentuate the differences all people have when something in your life wrecks you… and that even though these differences may seem polarizing, we all still need each other. It’s because of these differences that you learn to survive and grow. This story shows that great strength and mutual respect come to those who learn how to embrace one another despite such differences.”

Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider Teams Up With Z2 Comics For New Graphic Novel “He’s Not Gonna Take It”

Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider has joined forces with Z2 Comics for a new graphic novel called “He’s Not Gonna Take It.” The effort, which can be pre-ordered HERE, will focus on the frontman’s fight against censorship and the PMRC.

Here’s a description of the comic:

“The name of Dee Snider is synonymous with the battle for freedom of expression in the arts. This new graphic novel will follow the impact of it throughout Dee’s life. From a childhood where he was frequently silenced, through the early efforts to stifle his band’s music, to the open warfare of the PMRC hearings in Washington DC, and his current efforts on social media, ‘HE’S NOT GONNA TAKE IT’ tells the story of why free speech is so important to this man who has fought for it. Even when it endangered everything that was important to him.”

Snider commented:

“When I look back on that historic day, I think, ‘How did I fit balls that big into those skin tight jeans!?.’ Then I reflect on the fact that I still stand for everything I stood for all those years ago…and I’m ready to do battle again.”

Editor Rantz Hoseley added:

“Unless you grew up during the PMRC hearings, I don’t think you can really understand what a massive impact it had as teenagers watched Dee testify before congress about the importance of freedom of speech. Metal and rock preached rebellion and fighting back in the song lyrics, but here was the only frontman who was walking the walk. In a world where you thought that adults said one thing and did another, it was the moment where you could believe… Yes, there are people out there who will fight for what is right, against all odds, no matter what the cost. It’s a story that is more vital today than ever.”

Halestorm Team Up With Z2 Comics For New Graphic Novel “Hyde Manor”

Halestorm have teamed up with Z2 Comics to create a new graphic novel titled “Hyde Manor.” The comic is expected to be released on Halloween (October 31) and it can be pre-ordered HERE.

Here’s a description of the book:

“This Halloween, Z2 Comics and Grammy-winning rock band Halestorm will transform the group’s barbed riffs and evocative narratives into sequential art for ‘Hyde Manor,’ a harrowing descent into one woman’s fight with the darkest parts of herself. Twins Brittany and Brianna Winner (the Twin Soul series), artist Sara Scalia, and colorist DJ Alonso weave a tale of the celebrated group as they seek refuge in the titular ‘Hyde Manor’—a sprawling gothic estate perched on the remote end of the Oregon Coast.

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the 2012 EP ‘Hello, It’s Mz Hyde’ and its ensuing LP, ‘The Strange Case Of…,’ the ‘Hyde Manor’ graphic novel depicts the members of Halestorm encountering sinister doppelgangers of themselves. Within the decrepit halls of Hyde Manor, mirror reflections independently talk back and photographs transform to reveal sordid prophecies, leading the band to slowly succumb to madness while recording a new album. The tale creaks and twists with doom-filled revelations, perfectly tied to Halestorm’s scorching discography.”

Frontwoman Lzzy Hale commented:

“I’m so incredibly excited that this is finally happening. We are releasing a graphic novel! Penned by our beautiful badass friends the Winner twins and featuring a few of our favorite artists, the story takes you down a rabbit hole of good and evil. An epic battle of Darkness vs Light. Is it truth? Is it fantasy? You decide!”

Brianna Winner continued:

“We’ve enjoyed Halestorm’s music for many years; being entrusted to co-create a world and story based on their work is truly an honor. We wanted to create a story that reflects not only their music, but also their individual personalities.”

Brittany Winner added:

“The graphic novel will be a dark, paranormal mystery starring the band members as the main characters. The journey that unfolds will mirror their individual artistic journeys, so each of their personalities will really be able to shine.”

Pantera To Celebrate 30th Anniversary Of “Vulgar Display Of Power” With New Graphic Novel

Pantera and Z2 Comics will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of “Vulgar Display Of Power” with a new graphic novel. The anthology is expected to be released in September and it can be pre-ordered HERE.

Frontman Phil Anselmo commented:

“We’re really happy and excited to have this graphic novel come out for the fans, and to be a part of something special, as it pertains to its artists and creators.”

Bassist Rex Brown added:

“Check out our killer new Vulgar graphic novel, can’t wait to check all of it out!! And neither will you!!”

The following artists contributed to the book: Alan Robert (Life Of Agony), Eric Peterson (Testament), Burton C. Bell (Ascension Of The Watchers, ex-Fear Factory), Keith Buckley (Every Time I Die), Steve Niles (“30 Days Of Night”), Tony Lee (“Beartooth: The Journey Below”), Brian Ewing, Ryan J. Downey, Erik Rodriguez, Ryan Kelly, Steve Chanks, Kevin Mellon, John Pearson, and Danijel Zezelj. Paul Booth also designed the cover. He said the following about that:

“I’m not sure I can even express what a tremendous honor it has been to work on this project for Pantera. The first music tour I ever went out on, Pantera headlined. That was back in ’94 with Sepultura and Biohazard. To this day, I still compare every tour I’ve been on to that one as it really was the most special for me. This project has been an awesome experience and I greatly thank everyone involved.”

Spiritbox To Release “Eternal Blue” Graphic Novel

Spiritbox have joined forces with Z2 Comics to create a new graphic novel inspired by their debut album “Eternal Blue.” The book was written by Jim Krueger and it will feature illustrations by Amilcar Pinna and a cover by Justin Cherry. The effort is currently expected to be released in June and pre-orders can be found HERE.

The following synopsis was shared:

“Eva is a popular painter on the verge of unbelievable acclaim and success, but her inability to reconcile the public perception of who she is, versus her actual self, allows the Spiritbox to transport her to a surreal world, where she finds herself trapped in the realm where all our false shadows become real and dangerous.”

Singer Courtney LaPlante also commented:

“I am in love with this story and artwork. I cannot wait for you to discover Eva and the world that she has been thrust into. It truly is an extension of my feelings and the state of mind I held while writing our album … and the lyrics that resonate with me still.

Although we are very different, I can’t help but let a lot of myself seep into Eva’s personality and experiences. I care about her so much. Jim and Amilcar are brilliant and we are so happy to share this with you after keeping it to ourselves for so long.”

Evanescence Announce Second Book In Their Graphic Anthology Series

Evanescence have officially announced the second book in their “Echoes From the Void” graphic anthology series. The latest comic, which is titled “The Revolution Of Cassandra,” takes a story written by film director Eric D. Howell and connects it to the band’s song “Use My Voice.”

Here’s a description of the book:

“In ‘The Revolution of Cassandra,’ a liberal, astrology-loving humanitarian is caught in the crossfire of a raging civil war and must save her sister from the firing squad of a brutal dictator. She beseeches help from a gun smuggler and inadvertently starts her own revolution. Cassandra stands up to be a light in the face of a cynical, unforgiving and brutal world, pulling everything she believes into question. Racing through minefields, above the jungle canopy and going head-to-head with an army, Cassandra has the stars and moon on her side — or so she believes.”

Frontwoman Amy Lee said the following:

“A few years back, my friend and video director Eric Howell sent me a screenplay he was writing called ‘The Revolution Of Cassandra’. This time, instead of a film, he wanted to make it into a graphic novel. As I read it, I kept hearing this song I’d been working on, ‘Use My Voice’, over and over in my head, because it felt like the song and Cassandra lived in the same world. The power of love, and truth, and sisterhood, standing up to the broken machine. Hanging on to the belief that humanity is worth fighting for. Eric later directed the ‘Use My Voice’ music video, which was truly a feat to accomplish during the height of the pandemic. Now it’s our turn to shine the light on to ‘The Revolution Of Cassandra’, the piece of art that helped fuel and inspire ‘Use My Voice’. This book in our ‘Echoes From The Void’ series will be completely dedicated to both projects, connecting the song and story just as Eric and I feel they were meant to be.”

Howell continued:

“‘The Revolution Of Cassandra’ is a story about a badass woman standing up for her beliefs in a cynical and hostile world. As one of my early readers, I asked Amy to write the forward for the graphic novel if she connected with it in any way. She had a strong response to the material and immediately sent me the sketch of a song she’d been working on. She really identified with a central idea in the story of ‘being for something, not against everything.’ The song and the story had this thematic echo as if we were each grabbing onto the same muse in the same moment — frankly, it was a bit of magic.”

Llexi Leon, CEO of Incendium, added:

“‘Use My Voice’ is such a powerful anthem, and when Amy explained the connection to Eric’s novel, I knew we had to showcase it as part of the anthology. ‘The Revolution Of Cassandra’ is a beautifully executed and compelling saga, I’m delighted to have the opportunity to offer this exclusive prologue in print for the first time.”

Pre-orders can be found HERE and they are expected to ship in December or January.

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!”