Z2 Comics previously announced Among the Living, a graphic novel inspired by Anthrax’s 1987 album of the same name. The publisher has now revealed that all four members of the classic Anthrax lineup will be contributing to the book. Frank Bello is writing a chapter inspired by the album’s track “One World” and Joey Belladonna is handling the foreword. Scott Ian was already onboard to contribute an original story inspired by “I Am the Law” featuring Judge Dredd, in partnership with 2000 AD.
“I’m truly excited about this graphic novel,” said Bello. “‘Among the Living‘ was a very special record for Anthrax, and this is a great way to celebrate it while having all the amazing people adding their talents to it. I had a blast writing a chapter for it and letting my mind go to the dark side.”
“It is quite neat to be able to turn an album from years ago into a very special graphic novel.” added Belladonna. “It’s got cool stories and artwork from extraordinary people, good friends, artists and musicians who have joined us for a unique venture through Among the Living.”
Among the Living is narrated by the band’s longtime mascot “The Not Man,” newly designed by Greg Nicotero. It brings bandmembers Joey Belladona, Frank Bello, Charlie Benante, and Scott Ian together with writers Brian Azzarello, Grant Morrison, Jimmy Palmiotti, Brian Posehn, Rick Remender, Corey Taylor, Joseph Trohman, Gerard and Mikey Way, and Rob Zombie, with more to be announced. Roland Boschi, Maan House, Dave Johnson, Scott Koblish, Darrick Robertson, and Erik Rodriguez, and more are contributing artwork. It features covers by Charlie Benante, JG Jones, and Eric Powell.
Z2 Comics has partnered with ESP Guitars to giveaway a stage-played Among the Living bass (1/200 produced) signed by Frank Bello along with a Super Deluxe graphic novel package including the oversized hardcover graphic novel, slipcase featuring Greg Nicotero’s zombie “Not Man,” exclusive vinyl picture disc, limited edition “Not Man” NECA Madball toy, limited edition “Not Man” t-shirt, five Among the Living-inspired lithographs, and exclusive Among the Living Gold Record Plaque custom-monogrammed with the winner’s name.
All editions are available to pre-order directly from Z2 Comics right now.