Alice Cooper Vs Prince Of Darkness, Rodney Barnes' New Graphic Novel

Alice Cooper returns to comic books for a new project written by Rodney Barnes of Killadelphia and his new comics publisher Zombie Love where he is working with Snoop Dogg and Xzibit. But this book is coming from Dynamite Entertainment instead, drawn by Edu Menna, and represents Alice Cooper's return to the medium.

In 1979, Alice Cooper starred in the Marvel Premiere #50 loosely adapted his From The Inside album. Neil Gaiman and Michael Zulli created a comic for him a few decades later for The Last Temptation Of Alice Cooper, and he also write a story for the Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror comic, a special Monsters of Rock issue that also included stories plotted by Gene Simmons, Rob Zombie and Pat Boone. Now he is back in comics from Dynamite.

Alice Cooper Vs Prince Of Darkness, Rodney Barnes' New Graphic Novel

Alice Cooper states "The Graphic Novel medium is perfect to give new angles to the fans. There is so much more you can do in the form of a comic than you can do onstage, and the Dynamite team help take ideas to new levels. It's just a great vehicle for storytelling, and it really has almost limitless possibilities. I had such a great experience with Dynamite on our last story, that I'm looking forward to working with them on more. We're hoping to stretch the existing boundaries of the comic medium again, and doing it with the same theatrical, sinister sensibility that comes with the name 'Alice Cooper.' What else can I say but Welcome to my new nightmares!"

Alice Cooper is an American rock singer whose career spans over 50 years and who specializes in a theatrical stage show that features pyrotechnics, guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, and dueling swords. But the singer of hits like "Poison," "School's Out," "Hey Stoopid," "Feed My Frankenstein," and "No More Mister Nice Guy" is no stranger to the comic book world. He made his first appearance in four-colored print in the pages of Marvel Premiere #50 in 1979. He's also been the star of Alice Cooper: Welcome to My Nightmare written by Joe Harris and Brandon Jerwa and of course he co-created the graphic novel The Last Temptation with legendary writer Neil Gaiman and artist Michael Zulli.

"I'm honored to be adding a tale to the storied history of Alice Cooper in comics," said writer Rodney Barnes. "Excited to see how the fans react to Alice facing his most powerful opponent to date!"

"Alice Cooper is a living legend, who has not only been a trendsetter, but has inspired musicians the world over," said Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO and Publisher. "Our first series was an incredible one, and we needed the right creative team before tackling a new one. That team began to come together when Rodney Barnes agreed to be the writer on the series. Rodney is an extremely talented writer both in comics and in TV and movies, from Image Comics' Killadelphia to HBO's Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty. And Rodney put his all into this great series! We were able to bring in Edu Menna to illustrate, which complements Rodney's scripts perfectly. The icing on the cake is we were able to bring in Rodney's Killadelphia partner and incredible cover artist Jason Shawn Alexander, with Stuart Sayger, and Andrew Mangum. It's a great series, and we can't wait for fans to read it!"

With his background as a screenwriter and producer in Hollywood, Barnes has contributed to The Boondocks, My Wife and Kids, Everbody Hates Chris, Marvel's Runaways, American Gods, and is currently an executive producer/writer on HBO's Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty which follows the 1980s "Showtime" Los Angeles Lakers. Within comics, Barnes is the creator of the Eisner Award-nominated Killadelphia, and has written Falcon and Lando (Star Wars) for Marvel.

Rodney's co-creator and collaborator on Killadelphia, Jason Shawn Alexander, joins on for the lead cover, alongside other other artists like Stuart Sayger and Andrew Mangum set to contribute.

 

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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