New From Z2 Comics: Modern Metal Pioneers Spiritbox Give You ‘Eternal Blue: A Spiritbox Graphic Novel’
by Richard Bruton
Announced this week, Z2 Comics’ music graphic novels latest release is a haunting new graphic novel from Nu Metallers, Spiritbox: Eternal Blue.
One of the breakout bands of 2021 comes together with writer Jim Krueger and artist Amilcar Pinna for the surreal story behind their debut LP, Eternal Blue.
The Canadian quartet, formed by husband and wife duo guitarist Mike Stringer and vocalist Courtney LaPlante in 2017, blends a very different sort of heavy metal with electronica. As is sometimes the way with these Z2 announcements, they were a new name to me, but after a quick You Tube, I’m impressed.
Z2 Comics does have a knack of mixing the legends of music (Grateful Dead, Public Enemy etc.) with a healthy number of new or esoteric bands when it comes to their graphic novel releases and Spiritbox: Eternal Blue definitely fits into the latter. The new graphic novel is described by Z2 as one that “unspools the eerie tale of Eva, a brilliant painter on the verge of unbelievable acclaim and success. But her inability to reconcile her public perception with her true self allows a Spiritbox—a device used to communicate with the dead—to transport her to an ethereal world. Here, she finds herself trapped in a realm where false shadows become real and dangerous.”
“I am in love with this story and artwork. I cannot wait for you to discover Eva and the world that she has been thrust into. It truly is an extension of my feelings and the state of mind I held while writing our album, Eternal Blue, and the lyrics that resonate with me still. Although we are very different, I can’t help but let a lot of myself seep into Eva’s personality and experiences. I care about her so much. Jim and Amilcar are brilliant and we are so happy to share this with you after keeping it to ourselves for so long.” – Spiritbox vocalist Courtney LaPlante
Z2 and Spiritbox present Eternal Blue: A Spiritbox Graphic Novel by writer Jim Krueger, artist Amilcar Pinna, and colorist Treonna Farrell will be available in both softcover and hardcover formats, with covers from Justin Cherry. But, as is always the way with Z2 releases, you’ll find the standard graphic novel supplemented by various limited and deluxe editions, including one with its own, fully functional, Spiritbox replica.
You can pre-order from the Z2 website.
“Spiritbox has such a precise concept of their aesthetic, and how it ties into their music, that it makes the process of collaboration and creative exploration a joy. The result is an ambitious and haunting journey that pulls you down through the Eternal Blue darkness into a surreal realm of deeply personal exploration. For me, this is one of those books where it’s thrilling to get to read the story before everyone else, and I cannot wait for everyone to be able to experience Eva’s journey.” – Editor Rantz Hoseley.
“When I took on this job, I had no idea what it was going to become. I loved the poetry and metaphoric mysteries of Spiritbox (the band). I loved their music and the chance to finally work with Z2. But, again, I was unprepared for the magic that happened creatively with this one. Or the places I was going to be allowed to go. And the art, the art. I cannot wait for people to see this. But grab one quick—I might be buying all the copies.” – Writer, Jim Krueger.