Praise to the Elder Gods, our dark prayers have been answered! This summer, Heavy Metal will unleash an Iron Maiden comic book and it looks awesome. Metal music and comic books have a long history of intertwining, so teaming up one of the genre’s most iconic bands with one of the industry’s most innovative publishers is a no-freaking-brainer.
Based on the mobile role-playing game Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast, the comic is set to feature the band’s longtime mascot Eddie battling through the worlds of their albums. Does this mean we’ll get an issue dedicated to Powerslave? We can only hope!
So, what do we know about the series? Quite a bit, it turns out. As Heavy Metal told us, “Eddie’s immortal soul is shattered and strewn across the cosmos.” Okay, yes, we are onboard for that–go on. “Now, Eddie must journey across space and time to battle the twisted legions of The Beast, seek out the lost shards of his soul, and bring order to the realms.” Stop right there. We’re sold. We’re gonna put on a copy of The Number of the Beast and read the hell out of this thing.
There have a been a slew of metal and rock comics lately–stuff from Slayer, KISS, and GWAR comes to mind–but none of these bands have the sort of mythos that Iron Maiden brings to the table. Their albums are big and often tell a story. Looking at their album covers feels like you are journeying into a grand narrative. Really, this comic is 35 years in the making and heavy metal fans should be seriously fired up.
“As a lifelong fan of Iron Maiden, it is a privilege to publish the first comic giving a narrative to their iconic mascot, Eddie,” Heavy Metal’s Jeff Krelitz said of the project. “When we discussed the potential of coming together on this project it was immediately clear that there was no better home for Iron Maiden than Heavy Metal. Heavy Metal’s nearly 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.”
The story goes…
‘When dark forces conspire to corrupt the fabric of reality, Eddie’s immortal soul is shattered and strewn across the cosmos, his unbound essence corrupting countless worlds!
Now, a weakened, primal Eddie must journey across space and time to battle the twisted legions of The Beast, seek out the lost shards of his soul, and bring order to the realms.
With each victory, and with the aid of old friends, Eddie will restore his fearsome powers as he draws ever closer to facing the Unholy foe behind his fall – and thwarting a plot to unravel all of Creation!
The first official Iron Maiden comic series, based on the band’s hit mobile role playing game, Iron Maiden: Legacy Of The Beast, where players battle as Eddie across the many worlds of Iron Maiden’s discography, from the ancient sands of Powerslave to the far future of the Final Frontier.’
This was originally reported as happening back in June, with fans awaiting for more details to show, issue one will have three different variant covers, with Forbidden Planet offering a subscription for the whole series for the UK , available here.