Amy Lee is, of course, best known for making music, most famously with alt-metal hit-makers Evanescence, but she also loves painting, graphic novels and other forms of visual art. That being the case, her and her band's latest endeavor makes perfect sense: In partnership with Incendium and Heavy Metal Entertainment, Evanescence have launched Echoes From the Void, an Evanescence Graphic Anthology Series, under Incendium's all-new music-focused OPUS imprint.
The fantasy series is comprised of 48-page deluxe comic books, each featuring two or more story adaptations from the Evanescence catalog. Lee oversees the creative direction of the art and narratives. Issue #1, available in limited edition, includes two stories inspired by songs off the band's upcoming album, The Bitter Truth, "Better Without You" and "Wasted on You," with tales written by Carrie Lee South and Blake Northcott (Arena Mode saga, DC's Catwoman). The issue will feature illustrations from Hugo Award-winning artist Abigail Larson and highly-esteemed painter Kelly McKernan. Having kicked off with story themes based on The Bitter Truth, the series is set to culminate in revisiting iconic material from throughout Evanescence's career.
"I am so excited about this project series," Lee commented. "The possibilities are endless. Collaborating across art forms like this is so unique, and it's been fascinating to see how many different lives a song can have, like alternate realities. I look forward to working on this throughout the year and am so honored to break open this new world for our music."
The first print edition of each issue will be released as a prestige format limited-edition collectible comic book, with cardstock covers, specialty foil treatments, glossy pages and individual numbering. Each first printing will be limited to 3,000 copies priced at $18.95. The first issue is available for order now and ships in June 2021.
The art of Echoes From the Void will also be made available to purchase through a series of archival fine art prints, the first of which is illustrated by Kelly McKernan. The print features a blue tint glow in the dark base with a luminous pink UV active overlay, as part of an individually numbered 500-piece collection. Kelly's print is available now, as well.