Z2’s fall lineup continues to be revealed throughout the month, with some of the publisher’s most anticipated projects yet, crossing genres both musically and conceptually. This week’s announcement brings news that GRAMMY-nominated rockers Skillet will return to the post-apocalyptic world of Eden, as established in their 2019 graphic novel debut of the same name. Loudwire unveiled the first look at cover art today with Hollywood Reporter previewing an exclusive early view of the inside pages.
“I am so excited to go back into the world of Eden,” comments lead singer and co-author John Cooper. “Eden 2 gives us more of what we like from the first book: more action, more surprises, more suspense.”
“Working with the entire Skillet family was one of the most rewarding experiences of this past year; one of unprecedented success for our company” says Z2 publisher Josh Frankel. “The band, their fans, and the organization around all of it is unique and passionate. Their energy is infectious, insping, and comes through in everything they do. We are absolutely thrilled to be working with them again.”
Eden II: The Aftermath pairs Random Shock Studios with Skillet frontman John Cooper and his Eden artist Chris Hunt in October of this year. Two editions will again be available; both the standard and limited deluxe edition, the details of which will be revealed within the coming weeks. The deluxe edition is formatted to sit perfectly next to the previous volume on the bookshelf of every discerning rock fan or comic book reader. Both are available for preorder now through the Z2 website.
Last month Skillet premiered the music video for “Save Me” on their YouTube channel, and hosted a Q&A with over 10,000 fans. The video has already garnered 2.5 million views. While joining most of the world in isolating at home, John and Korey Cooper have also been creating some acoustic performances for their fans of late and posting them on their social accounts, including a piano version of “Anchor,” and an unplugged version of the fan favorite “Whispers in the Dark,” “Never Surrender” both of which have been incredibly popular.