More Musical Partnerships From Z2 Comics: Australia’s Hip Hop Royalty – Hilltop Hoods – Make Their Comic Book Debut
by Richard Bruton
Z2 Comics are doing it again, teaming up with Australian Hip Hop group Hilltop Hoods for their first comic, Noctis.
Z2 Comics are dominating the world of the comics-music scene, with every new week bringing at least one new project either from musicians or some form of music biography. They really are making waves, with both internationally famous and relatively obscure acts featuring in comics form.
Case in point, how many of you have heard of Hilltop Hoods? But this Australian Hip Hop act? Probably not many of you outside of Australia or those of you deep into your hip hop.
But Hilltop Hoods are a big deal in Oz, one of Australia’s biggest musical groups, pioneers of larrikin-like style of Australian hip hop, and now they’re delivering their first comic book adventure in Hilltop Hoods Present: Noctis, coming in October 2021 and available for pre-order through Z2 Comics right now, with multiple editions available, including a deluxe and super deluxe edition with limited edition art prints and more.
“Welcome to space station Noctis! Grab your standard-issue Normality Normalizer™ and hang on to reality for dear life! Pressure, Suffa & DJ Debris are the Hilltop Hoods and Noctis’ newest inmates—er, recruits—when an anti-space incident infests the base with demonic aliens from another dimension! With the barriers between realities breaking down, it’s up to the Hoods to reverse the bleed before a nightmare god takes hold!”
Hilltop Hoods teams the band with writers Scott Dooley and Andrew Archer, and artist Jeff Nice (Archer and Nice already have a working relationship, being co-creators of The Tokyo 5).
“Getting to work with Z2 on a comic is the realization of a childhood dream. I grew up reading Deathlok, X-Force, Spawn and a host of others, I never thought I’d be able to play a part in putting a comic together, and Z2 have been so generous with their knowledge, resources and time. As for the writing and illustrations – I’ve been a fan of Tokyo 5 since it’s inception, Nice’s artwork is stunning, and Andrew Archer writes like someone who really understands how comic book universes should be constructed. Teaming them up with comedian Scott Dooley, who injected his sense.” – Suffa from Hilltop Hoods
“Ever since I saw the Parade of the Dead concert I knew the Hilltop Hoods would be down for anything; in the comic we throw monsters at them, we drown them in interdimensional ectoplasm and we blast them across a planet in a rocket car. They read our story idea, nodded their heads and said “We love it”. It’s been an absolute dream.” – Andrew Archer
“Suf had reached out to see if I’d be interested in helping write a comic and I jumped at the opportunity. The Hoods and I had known Andrew for a few years and really loved what he was doing so being involved was a no-brainer.” – Scott Dooley