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Exclusive First Look: Three Pages of Death Dreamer, the Graphic Novel by Carnifex’s Scott Ian Lewis

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Comics and metal go together like blood and guts; something about the dark, twisted worlds depicted within both art forms has always meant that metalheads love comics and vice versa. The next to jump into the world of gory imagery from a career of orchestrating moshpits is Carnifex vocalist Scott Ian Lewis, who becomes the latest in a long line of successful metal musicians to take his talents to the illustrated page.

Speaking of dark and twisted, how’s this? Death Dreamer — Lewis’s debut graphic novel — was inspired by his work as a funeral directory at a mortuary. While that’s appropriately gruesome, so is the cast of characters he’s assembled to help bring his written word to life: illustrator Chris DiBari (Hoax Hunters, Magdalena), colors by Simon Gough (G.I. Joe: Snake Eyes, Ringside), lettering by Taylor Esposito (Red Hood & The Outlaws, Babyteeth) and a cover by Chris Shehan (Prometheus, Deadbeat), which you can see above.

Explains Lewis:

Death Dreamer is a world that’s lived in my head for years. First existing on that page as a television script and now it’s grown into a graphic novel brought to life by an incredibly talented team of artists. Christian, Simon, Taylor, and Chris have really elevated the characters in a truly amazing way. This book has been created completely independently, from writing the script on tour buses in eastern Europe to finding our amazing artist’s through Twitter.”

The Death Dreamer crowdfunding campaign will run for 38 days (June 11 – July 18) up until San Diego Comic-Con, where Lewis is set to premiere the finished graphic novel with a slew of signings. Fans who partake in the crowdfunding campaign will have the chance to pick up their signed edition in person all weekend long. For backers not able to attend SDCC, fulfillment will happen the same week.

Below, MetalSucks has an exclusive first look for you of pages eight, nine and ten of Death Dreamer. It looks spectacularly brutal, the kind of thing metalheads are gonna wanna get their hands on right away.

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