Ice Nine Kills & Z2 Bring More Meta Carnage In New Graphic Novel Sequel – Inked In Blood II: Once Upon A Crime

by Richard Bruton

Heavy Metallers Ice Nine Kills & Z2 Comics bring you Inked in Blood II: Once Upon A Crime, with Ice Nine Kills’ frontman Spencer Charnas joining co-writer Ryan J. Downey and Artists Giorgia Sposito and Nino Cammarata for a new Tale of Murderous Twins.

Ice Nine Kills—Inked in Blood II: Once Upon a Crime Standard Cover Art by Mike Cortada.

Due for release in Fall 2023, Z2 is once more collaborating with metal band Ice Nine Kills for Inked in Blood II: Once Upon A Crime, the sequel to last year’s slasher thriller.

This second volume mixes the real-world journey of the theatrical metal band with what they’re describing as a “claustrophobic, adrenaline-doused dose of serial-killer slayings.”

Ice Nine Kills’ frontman Spencer Charnas shares the writing with Ryan J. Downey, working with artists Nino Cammarata and Giorgia Sposito, as well as cover artist Mike Cortada, the artist who’s responsible for the album artwork behind Ice Nine Kills’ most recent albums The Silver Scream and Welcome to Horrorwood: The Silver Scream 2.

Z2 Comics’ PR for this one runs like this…

“Ice Nine Kills—Inked in Blood II escalates the tension from the first volume, introducing Max Charnas—the identical twin brother of INK mastermind Spencer Charnas—who hatches a plan to blackmail, frame, and destroy his sibling. The new volume ignites at The Silver Scream Con, the real-world Massachusetts gathering that debuted last August, where the blood and power chords continue to fly. The resulting thrill ride packs more crunch and hooks than an Ice Nine Kills breakdown, with serial killers and doppelgängers cleaving a bloody path from panel to panel.”

Z2 and Ice Nine Kills present Inked In Blood II: Once Upon a Crime is released, as are all Z2 books, in standard hardcover and deluxe hardcover editions, set for release in Fall 2023. The deluxe hardcover will come with a print triptych by Phillip Sevy, art prints and a two-sided Spencer Charnas collector’s coin.  And then there’s the oversized platinum edition that come slipcased, signed by Charnas, include the triptych art prints and the collector’s coin, plus and exclusive purple splatter Ice Nine Kills double LP of Welcome to Horrorwood: The Silver Scream 2

Preorder it here at Z2 Comics.

“I’m bloody honored that Spencer asked me to take a stab at telling this story with him. He’s one of my favorite people, even if I half expect to find him lurking outside my window some rainy night.” – writer Ryan J. Downey

“We’re stoked to be teaming up again with Spencer and Ice Nine Kills. Nobody does heavy riffs and brutal twists better, and Inked in Blood 2 begs for even more carnage.” – Editor Camilla Zhang

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