Judas Priest To Release “Screaming For Vengeance” Graphic Novel

Judas Priest have teamed up with Z2 Comics for a new graphic novel based on their 1982 album “Screaming For Vengeance.” Pre-orders are available HERE.

Here’s an official press release:

“Z2 Comics proudly announces that one of the biggest acts in the history of heavy music will team with the rapidly growing entertainment brand for an original graphic novel to be released in 2022, in time for the anniversary of their highest selling album of all time, the indisputable classic: Screaming for Vengeance.

Teaming with writers Rantz Hoseley (Comic Book Tattoo, The Heroin Diaries) and Neil Kleid (Savor), and artist Christopher Mitten (Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.), the multi-platinum selling Metal Gods bestow upon their generations of fans their first-ever graphic novel!

500 years from now, a ring of cities orbit high above the surface of a dead world, controlled by a ruling elite that maintains power through manipulation and brutality. When a naïve engineer inadvertently threatens the status quo with his vital scientific discovery… A BLOODSTONE… he is betrayed by those he trusted and cast out to the broken planet below. In the wreckage and desolation of a broken world where every day is a battle for survival, he must choose between accepting his new life in exile… or SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE.

“I cannot overstate what an inspiration Judas Priest has been to me, personally.” said Hoseley. “I was already a fan of the band when Screaming for Vengeance was released, but no one was ready for the impact it had. That incredible cover art? Those songs? That album became my daily soundtrack and creative fuel, to the point where I wore the cassette out in my car. To be able to contribute to a project inspired by these songs that mean so much to me? Well, that is an honor and a responsibility I take very seriously.”

To further celebrate the creative legacy of this monumental album and landmark anniversary, the graphic novel includes an extensive interview with original cover artist Doug Johnson in which he discusses the process of creating the award-winning album cover design, and the origin of the metallic bird of prey, now known as “The Hellion.” Additionally, as part of the expansion of Z2’s product offerings, newly appointed Z2 Vice President of Collectibles and Aggronautix founder Clint Weiler has designed a detailed Hellion statue, with working “electric eyes” in celebration of both the original album design, and the dramatic conclusion of the story in the Screaming for Vengeance graphic novel.”

Certified double platinum in the United States, Screaming for Vengeance was released in July of 1982, and marked the beginning of the band’s success in North America, transcending the “new wave of British heavy metal” sound they had come to define, and moving them into the mainstream despite a heavier-than-ever sound. The album’s first single “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming” would prove to be one of the biggest hard rock hits in history and continues to inspire fists in the air around the world to this day. The album was ranked #3 on Rolling Stone’s 2017 list of “100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time,” and is celebrated throughout the world as one of the genre’s most defining moments, ushering in the success of heavy music in the 1980s up through today.

Judas Priest: Screaming for Vengeance will be released in both softcover and hardcover formats in finer bookstores, comic shops and record stores everywhere in July 2022, with special limited deluxe and super deluxe versions featuring an exclusive anniversary vinyl LP, prints and more available to preorder now exclusively through the Z2 website.”

Mötley Crüe To Release “The Dirt: Declassified” Graphic Novel

Mötley Crüe have joined forces with Z2 Comics to create a new graphic novel called “The Dirt: Declassified.” The book is expected to be released in April 2022.

The following was said about the comic in a press release:

“Mötley Crüe may be responsible for blazing a path of hard rock and chaos for the past 40 years, netting seven platinum and multi-platinum albums alongside global album sales exceeding 100 million. But this spring, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, and Mick Mars come in from the cold to reveal their greatest accomplishment of all: protecting the world at all costs as covert government agents.

Uniting with Z2 Comics, the premier publisher of music-based graphic novels, MÖTLEY CRÜE’S THE DIRT: DECLASSIFIED unearths the classified exploits of these rock pioneers as they navigated an international web of moles, sleepers, spooks, and plants. Building from the New York Time bestselling book and subsequent Netflix movie The Dirt, Leah Moore (Morrison Hotel) documents the quartet’s twisting journey with interior art from John K. Snyder III (Suicide Squad, Grendel) and J.M. Beroy (Deadman, Star Trek). Armitano (Batman Eternal) joins with dossier art alongside cover artist Dan Panosian (Canary, Slots).”

Nikki Sixx continued:

“Playing arenas overflowing with tens of thousands of fans was just a front for our true mission. The reality is that we were infiltrating [REDACTED] in a globe-hopping sprint to [REDACTED]. But that doesn’t even include the disaster at [REDACTED] or near fatal heist in [REDACTED]. We have a lot to say and it’s time the people knew.”

Z2 Senior Editor Rantz Hoseley added:

“Mötley Crüe remains the one group whose live show in the ‘80s felt truly dangerous. Now that I know the truth about the band, it’s obvious why. We’re proud to have gained the trust of these live wires to tell the secrets they’ve been forced to cover up for decades… we guarantee you aren’t ready for the madness and mayhem in this graphic novel.”

Pre-orders can be found HERE in the following options:

STANDARD EDITION SOFTCOVER – $24.99

STANDARD EDITION HARDCOVER – $39.99

RETAIL EXCLUSIVE HARDCOVER – $39.99

DELUXE EDITION OVERSIZED HARDCOVER – $99.99

• Oversized Hardcover Deluxe Edition graphic novel encased in butcher paper

• Operation C.R.Ü.E Lockbox slipcase

• Mötley Crüe UV Spy Pen (allowing you to reveal secret UV messages within the book)

• Four exclusive Mötley Crüe dossier art prints

PLATINUM EDITION OVERSIZED HARDCOVER – $299.99 (limited to only 999 units)

• Oversized Hardcover Deluxe Edition graphic novel encased in butcher paper

• Operation C.R.Ü.E Lockbox slipcase

• Four Mötley Crüe Security Clearance Badges

• Four exclusive Mötley Crüe dossier art prints

• One Mötley Crüe UV Spy Pen (allowing you to reveal secret UV messages within the book)

• One Mötley Crüe Secret Dossier (A top-level security envelope of papers, spy photos and redacted imagery of Nikki, Tommy, Vince and Mick’s career exploits)

• One Mötley Crüe UV Spy Map of Los Angeles, CA

Twelve Foot Ninja Announce New Album, Book, And Graphic Novel

Twelve Foot Ninja will be releasing a new album, titled “Vengeance,” on October 15. The effort will be released alongside a new “high fantasy” novel, titled “The Wyvern And The Wolf,” and a graphic novel, titled “Vengeance.“

The book was written by Nicholas Snelling and the following was said about it in a press release:

“Set in a grim and savage world, ‘The Wyvern And The Wolf tells the tale of an orphaned samurai boy named Kiyoshi who is adopted by the ruthless leader of a clan of ninja. Much more than a mere origin story, however, the novel is a tour de force in fantasy fiction and world-building, and represents a unique partnership with Snelling. Published by The Venn Gents, the novel can be pre-ordered now from www.twelvefootninja.com. The original story of the Twelve Foot Ninja was conceived by [guitarist, Stevic] MacKay and his partner Fiona Permezel. It was that concept which first inspired ‘The Wyvern and The Wolf.’”

The following was also added about the graphic novel:

“Also available now from the band’s website is the graphic novel ‘Vengeance,’ written by Mackay with artwork by George Evangelista. The graphic novel sees the band’s namesake, the Twelve Foot Ninja, journey through alternate dimensions to take on an evil alien entity.”

Guitarist Stevic Mackay commented:

“This is an exorcism of content that’s spent a decade in gestation. ‘Catharsis’ is close to what it feels like to finally share Kiyoshi’s story; and I guess respond to all questions pertaining to our name; All this time, so many have thought ‘Twelve Foot Ninja’ was tongue-in-cheek, when in actuality, the story’s genesis occurred a year before the formation of the band. I really hope our fans enjoy the vastness of what we’ve created, and we’re able to continue to surprise people with new methods of storytelling.”

In other news, the band have also shared the track listing for “Vengeance.” You can check that out below:

01. “Start The Fire”
02. “Long Way Home”
03. “Vengeance”
04. “IDK”
05. “Shock To The System”
06. “Gone”
07. “Culture War”
08. “Dead End”
09. “Over And Out”
10. “Tangled”

A new video for the record’s latest single,“Start The Fire,“ can be found below. Mackay said the following about that:

“‘Start The Fire‘ drew lyrical inspiration from Todd Phillips and Scott Silver’s portrayal of the Joker. When you start treating people according to broad prejudice, they’re left with little reason not to become what they’re supposedly guilty of already being. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.

The video concept revolves around the threat of total annihilation. The strung-up band is being injected with a copper-based enzyme that, when mixed with human blood, can be extracted to power up current collector fuel cells (purposed for reanimating Primordian bio-technology). The band’s performance is a shared, mutual delusion. It’s all pretty straight-forward, really.”

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.

Simon & Schuster To Release “Motörhead: The Rise Of The Loudest Band In The World: The Authorized Graphic Novel” In September

Simon & Schuster have announced a new Motörhead graphic novel called “Motörhead: The Rise Of The Loudest Band In The World: The Authorized Graphic Novel.” The comic was written by David Calcano and Mark Irwin and it will be available on September 7.

The following was said about the book on simonandschuster.com:

“Dive into the world of Motörhead’s wild 40-year career with this officially authorized, fully illustrated graphic novel crafted by award-winning animation studio Fantoons.

Spanning 144 pages packed with stunning illustrations, Motörhead: The Rise of the Loudest Band in the World tells the legendary story of Motörhead’s frontman Lemmy Kilmister and the band’s meteoric rise to becoming one of the most influential rock bands of all time.

From Lemmy’s early days working at a riding school in the English countryside to the recording of the band’s iconic album and first major international success, Ace of Spades, this Motörhead graphic novel chronicles the extraordinary story of the famous frontman’s incredible journey as the leader of the “loudest band in the world.”

With this essential piece of Motörhead history and lore, fans will learn more about the band that heavily influenced well-known groups like Metallica and Foo Fighters, and discover the fascinating tale of the legend himself, Lemmy Kilmister!

Born to Lose. Live to Win.”

Anthrax To Release “Among The Living” Graphic Novel In July

As previously reported, Anthrax recently teamed up with Z2 Comics to create a new graphic novel inspired by their 1987 album “Among The Living.“ Now, the band have confirmed that the book will be released on July 6. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

A press release offered the following description of the graphic novel:

“Since the first announcement of the upcoming graphic novel inspired by the titans of thrash metal’s landmark 1987 album, the project has remained one of the most anticipated releases of the year. Today, it is announced that the Among the Living graphic novel will be released in stores everywhere on July 6. In an effort to support the comic book specialty market, which had been hardest hit by the COVID-19 health crisis of the past year, Anthrax and Z2 shipped a surprise limited number of copies early that stores could make available for sale this week.

“I grew up with Marvel and DC, and they were part of my life from the time I was four or five years old,” said Anthrax‘s Charlie Benante. “My mom worked at Primrose Bakery on Tremont Avenue in New York, and when I’d go to work with her, I’d sit in the back with the bakers. I’d read and draw the superheroes from the comics she would buy for me from this little shop just a couple of doors down. I’ve loved everything about comic books and the neighborhood comic book stores ever since.”

The project pulls together a who’s who of names from around comics and music for a track-by-track storyline inspired by one of heavy metal’s most iconic albums, with all four members of the classic Anthrax lineup contributing.

An anthology narrated by longtime mascot “The Not Man” newly designed by Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead) and written by Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn, Blondie: Against the Odds) and illustrated by classic Aliens artist Nelson; Among the Living unites bandmembers Joey Belladonna, Frank Bello, Charlie Benante, and Scott Ian, with writers, artists, and other rock legends in a tribute to their landmark 1987 album, featuring covers by JG Jones, Eric Powell, and a preorder variant from Charlie Benante. Additional interior art and chapter breaks by Sawblade, Brian Ewing, and Josh Bernstein.

Scott Ian will contribute an original story inspired by the fan favorite anthem “I Am the Law,” featuring the legendary comic book antihero Judge Dredd, in partnership with 2000 AD. This will make official the decades-long connection between the character and the band, rewarding comic book fans and metalheads alike, and features art by longtime Dredd artist Chris Weston.

The full lineup can be found below:

1- Among the Living
Writer: Brian Posehn
Artist: Scott Koblish and Alladin Collar

2- Caught in a Mosh
Writer: Gerard and Mikey Way
Artist: Darick Robertson, Phillip Sevy and Alladin Collar

3- I Am the Law (featuring Judge Dredd)
Writer: Scott Ian
Artist: Chris Weston and Alladin Collar

4- Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)
Writer: Rick Remender and Joe Trohman
Artist: Roland Boschi and Dan Brown

5- A Skeleton in the Closet
Writer: Corey Taylor
Artist: Maan House

6- Indians
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Freddie Williams II and Andrew Dalhouse

7- One World
Writer: Frank Bello
Artist: Andy Belanger and Tatto Caballero

8- A.D.I./Horror of It All

Writer: Brian Azzarello
Artist: Dave Johnson

9- Imitation of Life
Writer: Rob Zombie
Artist: Erik Rodriguez and Steve Chanks

Anthrax‘s landmark 1987 album influenced an entire generation of metalheads, cementing the New York band’s place in the Big 4 of Thrash alongside Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer.

The first in a string of certified-GOLD Anthrax albums amounting to millions of records sold in North America alone, Among the Living ranks high in “The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time” (Rolling Stone), “The 50 Best Metal Albums of the Last 50 Years” (Metal Hammer), and “The 25 Greatest Thrash Metal Albums Ever (Kerrang!).”

As recently as March 2020, Loudwire noted that the Decibel Hall of Fame inductee is “now widely regarded as one of the best thrash metal albums of all time.”

Check with your local comic shop for the availability of the standard TPB edition, with all editions available to order directly from Z2’s website now, with Charlie Benante’s Judge Dredd variant exclusive to preorders.”

Alter Bridge To Release New Graphic Novel “Tour Of Horrors”

Alter Bridge have teamed up with Z2 Comics to create a new graphic novel called “Alter Bridge: Tour Of Horrors.” The effort will be released in November and it can be pre-ordered HERE. There are various options available including deluxe editions with a red vinyl pressing of “One Day Remains“ and more.

Here’s a synopsis for the book:

“When one of Alter Bridge’s roadies goes missing, they find a GHOULISH replacement! And what better way to pass the time between gigs than with four terrifying tales that are sure to keep you up all night! Join Alter Bridge, writer Emily Ryan Lerner (Marvel, HBO) and artist Annapaola Martello (Captain Marvel), along with Clay McLeod Chapman (Venom), Nelson Blake II (Spider-Man), Lalit Kumar Sharma (Daredevil), Beni R. Lobel (Blacklist), and Carlos Olivares for a spine-tingling ride through the supernatural!”

Alter Bridge added:

“After 17 years making music and touring the world, there aren’t many opportunities for a rock band to do something they’ve never done before. After partnering with Josh and the whole Z2 staff to create ‘Alter Bridge: Tour Of Horrors‘, we can now check create a horror comic off our bucket list. We can’t wait for people to read this original story we came up with. It is equally exciting we are finally getting to release ‘One Day Remains‘ on vinyl thanks to this incredible partnership.”

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!”

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”