Megadeth Team Up With Heavy Metal For “Death By Design” 35th Anniversary Graphic Novel

Megadeth have announced that they will be releasing a 350-page graphic anthology titled “Death By Design.” The book, which was curated by Dave Mustaine and Heavy Metal, will be available in four different editions at comic stores on June 5 and it will feature various stories inspired by songs on the group’s new greatest hits compilation “Warheads On Foreheads” (out March 22).

Mustaine commented:

“I have always fantasized about Megadeth doing something this gloriously electrifying and gruesome. I hope everyone will enjoy the graphic novel as much as I enjoyed working with Heavy Metal to put it together for you.”

Jeff Krelitz, CEO of Heavy Metal, added:

“Since I was old enough to buy records, Megadeth has been one of my favorite bands, not only for the great storytelling in the music, but the world building imagery on the album covers. This opportunity to meld the two worlds together and tell stories inspired by their songs is a privilege that we are excited to present to the fans.”

Songs, Writers, & Artists:

* “Rattlehead”: Dan Fogler & Andy Belanger
* “Mechanix”: Ben Meares & DAF
* “Killing Is My Business”: Alex de Campi & Mack Chater
* “The Conjuring”: Llexi Leon & Kevin West
* “Wake Up Dead”: Tony Lee & Gyula Nemeth
* “Devils Island”: Sebastian Girmer & Esau Escorza
* “Good Mourning / Black Friday”: Leah Moore, John Reppion & Ben Templesmith
* “Set The World Afire”: Diego Agrimbau & Agustín Alessio
* “In My Darkest Hour”: David Baille & Conor Boyle
* “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due”: Tim Seeley & Ignacio Calero
* “Hangar 18”: Brendon Small & Belén Ortega
* “Tornado Of Souls”: Patrick Kindlon & Marco Turini
* “Rust In Peace…Polaris”: Hector Lima & Garrie Gastonny
* “Five Magics”: Johnathan LaMantia
* “Take No Prisoners”: ML Miller & Carlos Granda
* “Skin O’ My Teeth”: PM Buchan & John Pearson
* “Angry Again”: Homero Rios & Anton Kokarev
* “Symphony Of Destruction”: Justin Jordan & John Bivens
* “Sweating Bullets”: Sean Lewis & Axel Medellin
* “A Tout Le Monde”: Llexi Leon & Richard Friend
* “Train Of Consequences”: James Harvey
* “Reckoning Day”: Jeff Burandt & Jason Gongour
* “Trust”: Frazer Irving
* “She-Wolf”: Curtis Pires & Antonio Fuso
* “Wanderlust”: Abraham Martínez & Patricio Delpeche
* “Dread and the Fugitive Mind”: Jonathan Land & Andrea Mutti
* “Blackmail The Universe”: Haylar García & Abel
* “Washington Is Next!”: Haylar García & Kevin Enhart
* “Head Crusher”: R.G. Llarena & Danijel Zezelj
* “Public Enemy No. 1”: John Ostrander & Miguel Mora
* “Kingmaker”: Brian Wood & Riccardo Burchielli
* “The Threat Is Real”: Joe Keatinge & Anand Radhakrishnan
* “Poisonous Shadows”: Chistine Larsen
* “Death From Within”: Alex de Campi & Wilfredo Torres
* “Dystopia”: David Baille & Simeon Aston

[via Blabbermouth]

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Skillet To Release “Eden” Graphic Novel

Skillet have teamed up with Z2 Comics to create “Eden: A Skillet Graphic Novel.” The book is based on an original story by frontman John Cooper and it will be released in late summer. The singer is working on the book with writers Alex Paknadel and Dan Watters and artist Chris Hunt.

Cooper commented:

“I am beyond thrilled about ‘Eden.’ It has always been a dream of mine to create a comic. Comics are still an important part of my life today and I can now share that love with my children with the release of this book. In many ways, this graphic novel is a natural extension of SKILLET’s career. It is about perseverance, unlikely heroes, and faith in what you believe. I hope that the fans love it.”

Josh Frankel, CEO of Z2 Comics, added

“We are very excited to join forces with John Cooper and the entire SKILLET team to create ‘Eden.’ This unique story idea and John’s innate love of comics made this a natural partnership for us. We can’t wait to share this with the world. This further cements Z2 Comics’ reputation as the premier home for artists, musicians and their exclusive graphic novel projects.”

Here’s a description of the comic:

“The story of “Eden: A Skillet Graphic Novel” follows the two main characters of John and Korey (based on the real-life Coopers). To save their family and town, they must uncover the mystery of what lies behind the dreams of a prophecy that threaten to consume them. They set out on a quest that will take them through the barren wastelands and gleaming cities of a near-future Tennessee. Bandmates Seth Morrison and Jen Ledger are also focal characters in the story about survival, determination and strength of personal beliefs.”

“Eden: A Skillet Graphic Novel” will be available as a standard edition and as a deluxe edition. The deluxe version, which is limited to 1000 copies, is autographed by Cooper and it will come as a large, coffee table bound edition with four exclusive prints.

KISS’ “End Of The Road” Tour Gets A Tie-In Comic

Dynamite Entertainment have announced that they will be releasing a new comic book series called “KISS: The End.” The series will tie into KISS’ “End Of The Road” tour and a description for it can be found below:

“A young man finds himself possibly dead and wrangling with some of life’s most eternal questions. It’s a good thing he runs into Death, who sets him on a path to track down their own demon offspring. His prophetic guides in this quest are none other than the otherworldly KISS — The Starchild, The Demon, The Spaceman and The Catman. Their help will be needed, with plenty of peril along the way.”

Writer Amy Chu (“Red Sonja”, “Poison Ivy”) is working on the series with artist Edu Menna (“Twilight Zone”, “ZNation”) and letterer Troy Peteri (“Amazing Spider-Man”, “Witchblade”). There will also be multiple covers done by Stuart Sayger (“Vampirella vs. Reanimator”), Jorge Fornés (“Batman”, “Magnus”), and Denis Medri (“Red Hood/Arsenal”). A fourth cover with KISS photos from the group’s library will be available as well.

Chu said the following:

“I’m totally stoked to be back on KISS, especially for the final tour. And to be working with Edu Menna who drew my friend Craig Engler’s ‘ZNation’, it’s pretty awesome. I’ll be incorporating parts of the actual tour and KISS history into the storyline, and expect lots of Easter eggs, just like in the previous ‘Elder’ run!”

Menna added:

“I’ve listened to KISS since my teenage years and their ‘Unplugged’ album is a favorite. I’ve followed Amy’s work and have had ‘envy’ of artists who partnered with her…finally my turn arrived! I always try to bring something new for each project. In this work I want to use my style combined with the elegance of the European masters. I hope fans enjoy what we’re putting together.”

Editor Kevin Ketner also commented:

“A lot of books have rock and a lot of books have roll, but none of them are going to combine the two like we are with this one. This is the first comic that is going to make your ears ring. So go hydrate, do some stretches, and get your LCS to pre-order your copy.”

“Kiss: The End” #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ February 2019 Previews catalog and it’s expected to be released in April 2019.

[via Blabbermouth]

GWAR Announce New Graphic Novel “GWAR: The Enormogantic Fail”

GWAR are planning to release a new 96-page graphic novel titled “GWAR: The Enormogantic Fail” in June 2019. You can pre-order that HERE. The book was written by Matt Maguire and Matt Miner and a description for it was shared in a press release:

“The Master is at it again in a fierce battle against Cardinal Syn. To get into the Master‘s good graces, the Destructo brothers have trapped GWAR in order to interrogate them to find the key to destroying Cardinal Syn once and for all. Will Sawborg and Bozo Destructo get the answers they need? Can GWAR escape their clutches? Will Cardinal Syn destroy them all? And what really happened when GWAR were banished to earth?”

Babymetal To Release New Graphic Novel “Apocrypha: The Legend Of Babymetal”

After previously posting a teaser, Babymetal have revealed that they will be releasing a new graphic novel called “Apocrypha: The Legend Of Babymetal.” The book is a collaboration between Kobametal, Amuse Group USA, and Z2 Comics, and it is expected to be released in October.

Here’s a description of the book:

“Discover the myth of the worldwide music sensation BABYMETAL. Tasked with defeating the forces of darkness and division, the metal spirits must travel through a variety of eras of time, assuming different forms and identities. What we are seeing is not the BABYMETAL of the present. It’s the original story based on BABYMETAL you’ve never heard before. The long-hidden metal spirit’s apocrypha of the METAL RESISTANCE will emerge.”

On another note, The Hollywood Reporter are also reporting that Amuse Inc. and Warner Bros. have teamed up to develop a cartoon based on the band as well.

Raven Black To Release New Album “13” In May

Raven Black will release their new album “13” on May 10. You can pre-order that HERE. The first single “Monster” is available in digital outlets now. Furthermore, pre-orders have also been launched for the band’s new comic book “A Dark Metal Carnival: The Beginning.” You can get a copy HERE.

“13” Track Listing:

01. “Monster”
02. “Sticks n Stones”
03. “Nothing”
04. “Spider”
05. “Dollhouse”
06. “Break the Box”
07. “The Nobodies”

KISS To Celebrat Valentine’s Day With Release Of Vampirella Comic Book

A new KISS / Vampirella 144-page comic book will be released on February 14. You can pre-order that HERE, and read an official description below:

“L.A. is a strange town on the best of days, but in the summer of 1974, the City of Angels feels especially demonic. As temperatures soar and wildfires burn, all sorts of strange creatures are drawn to town, including Vampirella. While Vampi goes out and hunts down monsters all across La La Land – defending humanity from evil – she’s also killing it every night on stage as a member of the all-girl rock group Witchkraft – defending rock ‘n’ roll from a dying scene. Help arrives in the form of four creatures who’ve just flown into town: The Starchild, The Demon, The Spaceman and The Catman. Away from their home turf and trying to record their new album, KISS discovers that all their favorite L.A. bands have mysteriously broken up, disappeared, sold out, or gone crazy. Led by a driver who moonlights in the occult and haunted by satanic strangers dressed in black, KISS finds themselves drawn into a web conspiracy that threatens to kill rock ‘n’ roll itself.”