We’re becoming more accustomed these days to hear about music groups getting involved in comics, whether as co-writers, or with branding crossovers involved, but it’s still surprising each time a big band jumps into the fray and wants to play in the comics sandbox.
Marvel have announced that will.i.am from The Black Eyed Peas will be producing an all-new original graphic novel titled Masters of the Sun – The Zombie Chronicles this summer with artist Damion Scott (All-New Ghost Rider, Marvel’s Hip-Hop Variants).
According to Marvel, the comic will mix “LA Gang culture, B-Boy-ism, and Egyptology”, and through a fusion of music and comics will “tell the complete tale of a retro futuristic zombie thriller, mixed with action, suspense, and horror”. Wow. That Egyptology is an intriguing add-in but explains the “Masters of the Sun” in the title and may well give the comic some interesting mythological depth.
The premise of the comic runs like this:
Los Angeles is under attack from an ancient alien God sent to earth to turn its inhabitants into zombies. With a deep love of the Hip-Hop culture, Zulu-X and his crew go head-to-head with a nefarious ancient order to settle a score thousands of years old. What happens next can only be described as the perfect blend of ancient wisdom and street-smarts all rolled into one epic adventure.
Perhaps most surprising, though, is that will.i.am says that The Black Eyed Peas have been working on this story “for years”, which is a great testament to their commitment to the project. The book has also been described by Marvel as a “powerful social allegory”. It sounds like a book to check out to see how various media of pop culture can come together through storytelling.
This trade paperback format OGN is written by will.i.am and Benjamin Jackendoff, penciled by Damion Scott, and has a cover by will.i.am.
It is going to carry a parental advisory and arrive in July with the following ISBN: