Updated on 16 October, 2021
In late 2021, Z2 Comics released Murder Ballads, a new graphic novelette by Gabriel Soria and Paul Reinwand. This time around, the book is centered on a pair of unlikely heroes, musician David Runny and his former girlfriend Melodie Hunter. The two were in deep trouble when their ship was boarded by pirates. The storyline follows their struggle to find strength and hope as they are forced to take on a group of pirates with plans to rob them blind.
The cover of Murder Ballads, which you can see on the cover of the trade paperback edition, features a very graphic account of what happened to the two musicians as they attempted to flee their sinking ship. The graphic depicts a blood-soaked Runny lying on a beach while holding a piece of the woman's hair. His own severed head can be seen hanging from a rope near his feet. His ex-girlfriend Melodie rests a final bullet in her mouth just before he gives his life for her. The title of the graphic in the trade paperback describes the plot in simple, but fitting words.
Gabriel Soria, an acclaimed illustrator and comic book writer has previously created music-related graphic novels such as Nighthunter: The Wake, Black Ice: An Exiled American Girl, and the ongoing solo series Hellraiser: The Dark Horse. Paul Reinwand is a freelance writer who has written comics for DC, Marvel, Dreamwave, Image Comics, and Top Cow. He is currently the writer/lead artist for the ongoing animated series Hellraiser: Hellraiser. These are two talent teams that clearly have potential for greatness.
The team started writing the Hellraiser franchise with the original novel Hellraiser. They followed it up with the well received second novel, Dead Man Walking. Then they returned to produce the super deluxe edition of the novel, Hellraiser: Vengeful Dead. This collection features all of the stories from all seven films in the series. It also includes the first part of the graphic novel, Vengeful Dead, which introduced the characters to the world.
The main characters in the Hellraiser franchise are played by Kevin Dunn and Jennifer Welsh. The actors are fantastic at bringing the creatures to life. The combination of their voices is reason enough to keep readers enthralled with these great comic books. People who love this type of superhero action will enjoy this rare opportunity to purchase a copy of these deluxe minis, or even an original hardcover edition.
Two new hires have joined the team of Ghost Rider: Richard sawed in the neck, Frankished "GI Joe" style clothing, and Johnny Blaze. These new additions to the Ghost Rider cast add some much needed variety to the creative team. In the past, the Ghost Rider was basically rendered in black and white. But with these new hires, they give the comic book a whole new look. They take the role of an exciting new face of the Ghost Rider. These two are definitely worth buying for your collection.
Another group of talented newcomers are brought to our attention with the new series of Ghost Rider graphic novels. Ghost Rider was created by Tom Wheeler and Steve Dillon. They told us that these new Ghost Rider graphic novels take their concept from the famous super hero, the Ghost Rider. In this new series, they tell the story of young Johnny Blaze, who after getting dumped by his girlfriend, engages Ghost Rider in a never ending chase across the country, battling evil motorcycle gangs, evil scientists, and other dangerous agents of chaos.
With the help of Z2 Comics, all of us will finally get to see what the new Ghost Rider looks like. The team behind the comic books did a great job when it came to telling us who this new guy is and how he became a Ghost Rider. We also got to meet some of the other elements from the comics including the Firestorm, Cable, Ghost, Johnny Blaze, and the Ripper. If you love to read about motorcycles and heavy metal, then the Z2 Comics might be the best place to start. The new series will continue to grow in popularity as we move into the summer months.