Last fall, the announcement of the upcoming graphic novel inspired by the titans of thrash metal’s landmark 1987 album dominated the news cycle across the music and pop culture landscape. The Among the Living graphic novel pulls together a who’s who of names from around comics and music for a track-by-track storyline inspired by one of heavy metal’s most iconic albums, with the full creative lineup announced today.
An anthology narrated by longtime mascot “The Not Man” newly designed by Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead) and written by Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn, Blondie: Against the Odds) and illustrated by classic Aliens artist Nelson; Among the Living unites bandmembers Joey Belladonna, Frank Bello, Charlie Benante, and Scott Ian, with writers, artists, and other rock legends in a tribute to their landmark 1987 album, featuring covers by JG Jones, Eric Powell, and a preorder variant from Charlie Benante.
As previously announced, Scott Ian will contribute an original story inspired by the fan favorite anthem “I Am the Law,” featuring the legendary comic book antihero Judge Dredd, in partnership with 2000 AD. This will make official the decades long connection between the character and the band, rewarding comic book fans and metalheads alike, and features art by longtime Dredd artist Chris Weston.
The full lineup can be found below:
1- Among the Living
Writer: Brian Posehn
Artist: Scott Koblish and Alladin Collar
2- Caught in a Mosh
Writer: Gerard and Mikey Way
Artist: Darick Robertson and Diego Rodriguez
3- I Am the Law (featuring Judge Dredd)
Writer: Scott Ian
Artist: Chris Weston and Alladin Collar
4- Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)
Writer: Rick Remender and Joe Trohman
Artist: Roland Boschi and Dan Brown
5- A Skeleton in the Closet
Writer: Corey Taylor
Artist: Maan House
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Freddie Williams II and Andrew Dalhouse
7- One World
Writer: Frank Bello
Artist: Andy Belanger and Tatto Caballero
8- A.D.I./Horror of it All
Writer: Brian Azzarello
Artist: Dave Johnson
9- Imitation of Life
Writer: Rob Zombie
Artist: Erik Rodriguez and Steve Chanks
Anthrax’s landmark 1987 album influenced an entire generation of metalheads, cementing the New York band’s place in the Big 4 of Thrash alongside Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer. The first in a string of certified-Gold and Platinum Anthrax albums amounting to millions of records sold in North America alone, Among the Living ranks high in The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time (Rolling Stone), The 50 Best Metal Albums of the Last 50 Years (Metal Hammer), and The 25 Greatest Thrash Metal Albums Ever (Kerrang!). As recently as March 2020, Loudwire noted that the Decibel Hall of Fame inductee is “now widely regarded as one of the best thrash metal albums of all-time.”
This graphic novel event of the year will be released in finer comic shops and bookstores on May 12 and is available to preorder with your favorite retailer now. Exclusive deluxe and super deluxe editions packaged with special vinyl and more are available to order directly from Z2’s website now, with Charlie Benante’s Judge Dredd variant exclusive to Z2 preorders of the standard edition! Full details of available formats can be found here.