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Judas Priest's Screaming for Vengeance will turn 40 next summer, and to commemorate the milestone, the NWOBHM titans have teamed with writers Rantz Hoseley (Comic Book Tattoo, The Heroin Diaries) and Neil Kleid(Savor), and artist Christopher Mitten (Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.), to channel the classic album into their first-ever graphic novel.
"500 years from now, a ring of cities orbit high above the surface of a dead world, controlled by a ruling elite that maintains power through manipulation and brutality," read the official synopsis. "When a naive engineer inadvertently threatens the status quo with his vital scientific discovery ... A BLOODSTONE ... he is betrayed by those he trusted and cast out to the broken planet below. In the wreckage and desolation of a broken world where every day is a battle for survival, he must choose between accepting his new life in exile ... or SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE."
To further celebrate the trailblazing album, the forthcoming graphic novel will include an extensive interview with original cover artist Doug Johnson in which he discusses the process of creating the award-winning album cover design, and the origin of the metallic bird of prey, now known as "The Hellion." Additionally, deluxe editions of the graphic novel will feature a new limited vinyl pressing of Screaming for Vengeance and a detailed Hellion statue, with working "electric eyes."
"I cannot overstate what an inspiration Judas Priest has been to me, personally," Hoseley commented. "I was already a fan of the band, when Screaming for Vengeance was released, but no one was ready for the impact it had. That incredible cover art? Those songs? That album became my daily soundtrack and creative fuel, to the point where I wore the cassette out in my car. To be able to contribute to a project inspired by these songs that mean so much to me? Well, that is an honor and a responsibility I take very seriously."
Judas Priest's Screaming for Vengeance graphic novel is due out July 2022 and available for pre-order now.