It’s been almost 35 years since the release of Among the Living, the album that put Anthrax on the pop culture map. Now the group is revisiting this landmark work in a whole new form as an original graphic novel. And none other than living comic book legend Grant Morrison is one of the creators involved.
IGN can launch an exclusive preview of the history of Morrison and artist Freddie E. Williams II, based on the track “Indians”. Check it out in the slideshow gallery below:
Each chapter of Among the Living is inspired by a different album track. Morrison and Williams are just two of the main creators involved in this comic reimagining the classic heavy metal album. Among the Living also features the work of Anthrax members Scott Ian, Joey Belladonna, Frank Bello and Charlie Benante, as well as Rob Zombie, Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Gerard and Mikey Way of My Chemical Romance. Creative programming also includes writers Brian Posehn, Jimmy Palmiotti, Brian Azzarello, Rick Remender and Joe Trohman and artists JG Jones, Eric Powell, Darick Robertson, Scott Koblish, Erik Rodriguez, Maan House, Roland Boschi, Steve Chanks and Dave Johnson .
As if that weren’t enough, the book also features a new zombie take on Anthrax’s iconic mascot, the Not Man, designed by The Walking Dead’s Greg Nicotero.
If a graphic novel adaptation of a heavy metal album sounds like an odd twist, it’s worth remembering that Anthrax often took inspiration from other pop culture tracks for their songs. Several tracks are directly inspired by Stephen King stories like The Stand and Apt Pupil, and the band has also paid homage to everything from Judge Dredd to Lost.
Anthrax: Among the Living is published by Z2 Comics and is scheduled for release on Tuesday, July 6. You can pre-order the graphic novel on Amazon.
This will actually be the second graphic novel based on the album Mikey Way worked on in 2021. Way recently released Electric Century, a graphic novel based on the album of the same name.
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