Following last fall’s announcement of a graphic novel based on their legendary Anthrax album Among the Living, comes the news that all of the lineup will be contributing to the project. The book will be an anthology with the band’s mascot, “The Not Man” being reimagined by iconic FX master, Greg Nicotero. Singer Joey Belladonna will be writing the foreword, while the other three band members, Frank Bello, Charlie Benante and Scott Ian will be penning stories based on songs from Among the Living. Ian, of course, is no stranger to horror comics, as fans may remember his 2010 DC release, Lobo: Highway to Hell.
The Not Man will be narrating the stories in Among the Living, guiding the reader through stories by other well-known contributors including genre comic favorites like Jimmy Palmiotti, Rick Remender, Dave Johnson and Eric Powell. Also contributing will be Rob Zombie, Corey Taylor and comedian Brian Posehan, all of whom have had their own foray into the comic world.
Among the Living is considered to be one of the most influential thrash metal records off all-time and a landmark for Anthrax. According to bassist Frank 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.” To celebrate the upcoming release, Z2 Comics has partnered with ESP guitars to give away a stage-played Among the Living bass (1/200 produced) signed by Frank Bello himself. Z2 will throw in the Super Deluxe graphic novel package which includes 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 your name.
Due out from Z2 Comics, the Among the Living graphic novel is set for release in the spring of 2021.