Z2 Comics Teams Up With Flatbush Zombies For ‘3001: A Prequel Odyssey’

by Richard Bruton

Another new music-related release from Z2 Comics – teaming up with Flatbush Zombies in the origin story 3001: A Prequel Odyssey.

Another day and another new project announced from music-related comics publisher Z2 Comics, this time teaming up with Brooklyn’s best-loved Hip Hop act, Flatbush Zombies, for an original graphic novel inspired by their 2016 debut album – 3001: A Laced Odyssey.

“Erick, Meech, and Juice were just three friends from Flatbush with the power to really move a crowd—until a supernatural crystal changed everything! Now, dark forces are invading the neighborhood to unleash a nightmare entity at Brooklyn’s world-famous West Indian Day Parade…and only the Flatbush Zombies stand in their way.”

The new graphic novel, 3001: A Prequel Odyssey, written in partnership with Flatbush Zombies, is written by Rob Markman (Marvel’s Voices; Solo) and drawn by interior artist J.J. Lopez, with a cover by David Nakayama (the artist on the original album cover).

“Comics and music are my passions and bringing both together with The Zombies is a dream come true. Like Meech, Juice and Erick; I’m from Flatbush, Brooklyn, so the stars couldn’t align more perfectly on this story. – Rob Markman (writer, 3001: A Prequel Odyssey)

“I’m ecstatic to be a part of this project. I mean, Rob wrote an awesome story. The Flatbush Zombies have such a raw, contagious energy, and I think we’re delivering that here. I can’t wait for everyone to join us and the Zombies on this epic adventure!” – J.J. Lopez (artist, 3001: A Prequel Odyssey).

Flatbush Zombies (FBZ), one of Brooklyn’s best hip-hop crews, have been responsible for delivering great tracks channelling the best of the ’90s East Coast scene on their music since 2010.

Formed by Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice, and Erick Arc Elliott, FBZ’s first official release was 2012’s ‘Thug Waffle’, with their first mixtape, ‘D.R.U.G.S. (Death and Reincarnation Under God’s Supervision)’, coming soon after. Underground grew to overground with the formation of the Beast Coast collective, alongside The Underachievers and Joey Bada$$’s Pro Era crew, touring the US in 2013, with a second mixtape from FBZ in September 2013, the drugged-out epic ‘Better Off Dead’, followed by a collaborative FBZ/Underachievers EP, ‘Clockwork Indigo’, in 2014.

FBZ’s debut album hit in 2016, with Meech, Juice, and Erick releasing 3001: A Laced Odyssey, which got to number ten on the Billboard 200. Two years later, they returned with their critically acclaimed second album, Vacation in Hell, which peaked at number nine on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop chart. 2019 saw the first Beast Coast album, ‘Escape from New York’, followed by the latest FBZ EP in 2020 with ‘Now, More Than Ever’.

Flatbush Zombie’s first album – 3001: A Laced Odyssey – art by David Nakayama

And now… a few words from Flatbush Zombies

“Collecting trading cards and reading comic books was always a way for me to tap into my imagination as a youngin’. Now that I’m an older man, I still have those memories (which I’m grateful for) and will always pose as a means of pulling inspiration when I’m fresh out of them. To be featured in my own graphic novel is a pretty remarkable feat, I’m super proud to be part of it [but] I’m even more proud that we are representing our city!
Erick the Architect” – Flatbush Zombies

“Never thought we would be immortalized with our own graphic novel, and to highlight where we come from. That means everything to me. Special thanks to everyone involved who helped make this a reality. I couldn’t be more proud of the art that was created.
Zombie Juice” – Flatbush Zombies

“Picture this: Lil Meech in the early early 90s. This was around the time my parents split and just before my pops left the crib to start a new chapter, he gave me his comic book collection. Listen, some of them shits was soooo old I was scared to even touch em’. Mint condition…first issues …fuckin flawless. Pretty impressive looking back at it. A lot of them were given to him by his stepfather before, so there’s some history. Then, in the late 1990s, my Uncle Dean leaves to join the army, but before the wars, he dumped a big stack of comics on my bedroom floor, and I still have some of these comics till this day. Knowing that I can now contribute something to the collection, something I was part of crafting…is a wilddd Feeling. Hopefully I can pass ‘em down to the next litter.” – Meechy Darko (Flatbush Zombies)

Flatbush Zombies (from left): Erick Arc Elliott, Zombie Juice and Meechy Darko. Photograph: Noam Galai/Getty Images

Flatbush Zombies- 3001: A Prequel Odyssey will be released in comic shops and bookstores in October, with multiple editions available for preorder through Z2 Comics right now, including a deluxe and super deluxe edition.

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