Iron Maiden have announced details of their first ever comic book series. Set to be released by leading US science fiction, fantasy and horror publishers Heavy Metal Publishing, the 5-part comic series will be based on the band’s hit mobile role playing game, Iron Maiden: Legacy Of The Beast, where players battle as Maiden’s undead mascot Eddie across the different worlds of Iron Maiden’s discography.
Iron Maiden: Legacy Of The Beast is written by Llexi Leon and Ian Edginton, with art from Kevin J. West, Jason Gorder, and Santi Casas. The first issue goes on sale worldwide everywhere on October 11, and is available to pre-order online now. The comic is the latest addition to Maiden's legendary merchandise which includes Trooper beer, lush vinyl reissues and highly collectible shirts. Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has also recently unveiled details of his upcoming autobiography.
Speaking about the comic, Jeff Krelitz, CEO of Heavy Metal said: “As a lifelong fan of Iron Maiden, it is a privilege to publish the first official comic giving a narrative to their iconic mascot, Eddie. Heavy Metal’s near half-century-long history of either working with or launching the careers of only the most accomplished artists continues here with the amazing team Iron Maiden has working on this series.”
Llexi Leon, interactive creative director, Phantom Music Management, added: "After 40 years of unbridled creativity, innovation, and attitude, Heavy Metal has always been a home to the greatest talent in sequential storytelling and fantasy art. With a natural affiliation to the heavy music genre, it's a nexus point for counter culture and alternative arts. I can think of no better partner to explore Iron Maiden's Mythology and expand the Legacy Of The Beast!"
The LOTB Volume 1 release schedule is as follows:
Issue #1 - October 11, 2017
Issue #2 - November 15, 2017
Issue #3 - December 13, 2017
Issue #4 - January 17th, 2018
Issue #5 - February 14th, 2018
You can watch the video of Eddie playing the Legacy Of The Beast video game below: