Z2 Comics and Swedish Metallers In Flames Announce New Graphic Novel, ‘The Jester’s Curse’
by Richard Bruton
The latest release from Z2 Comics, out April 2023, comes from Swedish Metal legends In Flames – with a post-apocalyptic tale (aren’t they all these days?) for their new graphic novel, The Jester’s Curse.
The Swedish metal band are joined for The Jester’s Curse by writers Blake Armstrong, Ben Laverock, and Scott Bramble, and with art from Scott Dewey and Armstrong.
The Jester’s Curse expands the post-apocalyptic fantasy behind the quintet’s world, following the band’s grim mascot, Jesterhead, as he emerges from the Wasteland. He soon finds himself trapped in Dead Eternity — a distorted reality where worlds collide and nightmares thrive. The tortured figure attempts to recover his lost memories… but the devious Whoracle Queen wants him first.
We’re passionate fans of the comic book medium. We’re proud to contribute to that tradition with The Jester’s Curse. This is your first descent into our dark fantasy universe, based around our trusty mascot—the Jesterhead! Get in and get lost!
– In Flames
Founded in 1990 in Gothenburg, Sweden, In Flames will release their 14th studio album, Foregone, via Nuclear Blast on February 10, 2023, and the new single Foregone Pt. 1 is out right now.
“The Jester’s Curse has been my dream project for nearly a decade. After all these years, I believe we finally found the perfect artistic collaboration to give readers a book that lives up to the music and world of In Flames. The epic continuation that Scott Dewey and Ben Laverock have created is beyond what I could have imagined for this story, and I only hope it will connect with fans the same way In Flames’ music has connected with us.” – Ben Armstrong
As is usual with Z2 Comics, In Flames present The Jester’s Curse is available in both standard hardcover and deluxe hardcover editions. The deluxe hardcover will come with a print triptych by Blake Armstrong. Oversized platinum editions will come signed by In Flames with a slipcase and the triptych art prints.
Z2 Comics will also exclusively release the single “The Great Deceiver” in a crystal-clear 7-inch vinyl with etched B-Side, limited to 500 copies, as well as a limited-edition Jesterhead Action Figure. All of items are set to release in Spring 2023.