We know that Marvel has been embracing hip hop with their variant covers and they have now have teamed up with The Black Eyed Peas to give us the graphic novel ‘Masters of the Sun: The Zombie Chronicles.’ Specifically, the publisher has teamed up with seven-time Grammy award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist will.i.am to deliver a unique zombie tale. They’ve teamed up with Damion Scott to mix “LA Gang culture, B-Boy-ism, and Egyptology” in order to provide a unique new story.
The idea of “a retro-futuristic zombie thriller, mixed with action, suspense, and horror” sounds fun though Marvel isn’t the first publisher I would picture this being released through.
According to Marvel Editor-in-Chief, Axel Alonso:
“Few artists have done more to embed Hip-Hop in popular culture than will.i.am and the Black Eyed Peas. So we are thrilled to present this deeply personal story that speaks directly to Hip-Hop aficionados, comic book fans and the intersection of those communities.”
will.i.am spoke about the project by saying that:
“The Black Eyed Peas and I have begun a new journey. We’ve been working on this original story for years and partnering with Marvel to bring this book to life is more than a dream come true.”
The book takes place in Los Angeles where an ancient alien god who is turning humans into the undead. Here we see Zulu-X and his crew go head to head in order to stop an ancient order. It is “the perfect blend of ancient wisdom and street-smarts all rolled into one epic adventure.” I think that we’re going to be in for something special here though really am still a bit surprised that we see it come from Marvel.
Are you looking forward to checking out ‘Masters of the Sun: The Zombie Chronicles’? Will this kind of self-contained original graphic novel be a new ongoing feature from Marvel or just a one shot? Share your thoughts below True Believers!
‘Masters of the Sun: The Zombie Chronicles’ is set to be released this July.
Stuart Conover is an author, blogger, and all around geek. When not busy being a father and husband he tries to spend as much time as possible immersed in comic books, science fiction, and horror! Would you like to know more? Follow him on Twitter!