It may be the greatest album title since Kirsty Macoll's Electric Landlady. But Megadeth's upcoming 35th anniversary ultimate greatest hits record Warheads On Foreheads will be accompanied by something brand new.
With Heavy Metal Magazine, they are putting out a 350-page graphic novel – okay, graphic anthology rather – featuring new comic book stories by some very familiar names, inspired by the songs on the album.
The graphic anthology is titled Death By Design and Bleeding Cool has the exclusive news of both the graphic novel – and who's working on it.
The project, carefully curated by Megadeth's co-founder Dave Mustaine and Heavy Metal Magazine aims to give both insight and understanding into the universe of Megadeth and its harrowed mascot, Vic Rattlehead. The creative teams include Ben Templesmith, Tim Seeley, Alex de Campi, Leah Moore, John Ostrander, Frazer Irving, Dan Fogler, Brian Wood, Joe Keatinge and more. And the cover above by John Gallagher. In fact, we have the entire comics creative teams, and the songs they have taken on, to share:
Rattlehead – Dan Fogler & Andy Belanger
Mechanix – Ben Meares & DAF
Killing Is My Business – Alex de Campi & Mack Chater
The Conjuring – Llexi Leon & Kevin West
Wake Up Dead – Tony Lee & Gyula Nemeth
Good Mourning / Black Friday – Leah Moore, John Reppion & Ben Templesmith
Set The World Afire – Diego Agrimbau & Agustín Alessio
In My Darkest Hour – David Baille & Conor Boyle
Holy Wars…The Punishment Due – Tim Seeley & Ignacio Calero
Hangar 18 – Brendon Small & Belén Ortega
Tornado Of Souls – Patrick Kindlon & Marco Turini
Rust In Peace…Polaris – Hector Lima & Garrie Gastonny
Five Magics – Johnathan LaMantia
Take No Prisoners – ML Miller & Carlos Granda
Skin O' My Teeth – PM Buchan & John Pearson
Angry Again – Homero Rios & Anton Kokarev
Symphony Of Destruction – Justin Jordan & John Bivens
Sweating Bullets – Sean Lewis & Axel Medellin
A Tout Le Monde – Llexi Leon & Richard Friend
Train Of Consequences – James Harvey
Reckoning Day – Jeff Burandt & Jason Goungor
Trust – Frazer Irving
She-Wolf – Curtis Pires & Antonio Fuso
Wanderlust – Abraham Martínez & Patricio Delpeche
Dread and the Fugitive Mind – Jonathan Lang & Andrea Mutti
Blackmail The Universe – Haylar García & Abel
Washington Is Next! – Haylar García & Kevin Enhart
Head Crusher – R.G. Llarena & Danijel Zezelj
Public Enemy No. 1 – John Ostrander & Miguel Mora
Kingmaker – Brian Wood & Riccardo Burchielli
The Threat Is Real – Joe Keatinge & Anand Radhakrishnan
Poisonous Shadows – Chistine Larsen
Death From Within – Alex de Campi & Wilfredo Torres
Dystopia – David Baille & Simeon Aston
Says Dave Mustaine: "I have always fantasized about Megadeth doing something this gloriously electrifying and gruesome. I hope everyone will enjoy the graphic novel as much as I enjoyed working with Heavy Metal to put it together for you."
Jeff Krelitz, CEO of Heavy Metal tells us "Since I was old enough to buy records, Megadeth has been one of my favorite bands, not only for the great storytelling in the music, but the world building imagery on the album covers. This opportunity to meld the two world together and tell stories inspired by their songs is a privilege that we are excited to present to the fans."
Megadeth: Death By Design is 350 pages is 12.25" x 12.25" prestige albu" format and comes in four different editions:
- Leather bound slipcase edition with 4-clear vinyl set of WARHEADS ON FOREHEADS and DEATH BY DESIGN graphic novel signed by Dave Mustaine
- FYE Exclusive Leather bound slipcase edition with 4-clear vinyl set of WARHEADS ON FOREHEADS and DEATH BY DESIGN graphic novel signed by Dave Mustaine
- Leather bound slipcase edition with 4-clear vinyl set of WARHEADS ON FOREHEADS and DEATH BY DESIGN graphic novel
- Standard hardcover edition of DEATH BY DESIGN graphic novel.
It will be in comic stores on June 5th. And, retailers, it is going to FOC this weekend…