BABYMETAL have achieved a lot over the last few years. They’ve sold out biggie-sized venues in Japan and abroad. They’ve gone viral with their videos. They’ve met dozens of heavy metal legends. And now, the J-pop trio is making the jump into the printed world. A post on the group’s website today announced a graphic novel centered around BABYMETAL will come out this Fall.
Titled Apocrypha: The Legend Of Babymetal, the 144-page graphic novel promises to show readers “myth of the worldwide music sensation BABYMETAL.” The announcement goes on to say “Tasked with defeating the forces of darkness and division, the metal spirits must travel through a variety of eras of time, assuming different forms and identities. What we are seeing is not the BABYMETAL of the present. It's the original story based on BABYMETAL you've never heard before.” So this is basically the prequel to BABYMETAL.
The credited author of this book is The Prophet of the Fox God, which is quite the pen name. Tasked with telling the origins of the group in visual form is Greg Chomichuk. The author and illustrator has worked on a variety of projects, while also spearheading many of their own works, too. Chomichuk is already getting newfound attention because of the news.
The graphic novel is currently available for pre-order on a variety of online retailers, including Amazon. Several retailers will also offer special versions featuring different covers. Get more info on that here.
A lot of BABYMETAL news has arrived over the past week, yet the most intriguing bit of it all remains a mystery. On April 1, the group shared a cryptic video hinting at the arrival of “seven metal spirits.” What exactly that means has yet to be revealed. Here’s hoping we don’t have to wait until the graphic novel to find out.
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