The Black Eyed Peas are creating an original graphic novel called Masters of the Sun — The Zombie Chronicles being distributed by Marvel Comics, Billboard is exclusively announcing.
Benjamin Jackendoff and artist Damion Scott are responsible for the artwork, while Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am penned the story about a new movement set in a futuristic world.
The saga begins with the city of Los Angeles under attack by aliens, while humans are morphing into zombies. The main character, Zulu-X, who also has a penchant for hip-hop, is thrust into the middle of the action-packed adventure, fighting a nefarious ancient order with the combination of wisdom and street smarts.
“Few artists have done more to embed hip-hop in popular culture than will.i.am and the Black Eyed Peas. So we are thrilled to present this deeply personal story that speaks directly to hip-hop aficionados, comic book fans and the intersection of those communities,” Marvel editor Axel Alonso tells Billboard.
Blending music with comics, Masters of the Sun embodies real life social allegories that include L.A. gangs, hip-hop and street dance culture.
“Working with Will and Ben was a blast. From start to finish, they were both very involved in making the best comic possible,” adds Damien Scott. “It was awesome getting a chance to work on a book about hip-hop music.”
The seven-time Grammy award-winning and multi-platinum musician also expressed his enthusiasm about this latest venture. “The Black Eyed Peas and I have begun a new journey,” says Will.i.am. “We’ve been working on this original story for years and partnering with Marvel to bring this book to life is more than a dream come true.”
The graphic novel is set to drop in July. See the artwork here: