A mashup of comics and music is on the way this September, nay, an entirely new universe is coming and it can be found with Seven Dead Stars. Mixing audio and video, Grammy-nominated Unsecret, and based DJ Form are teaming up with comics creators Cliff Richards (Batman, Justice League, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), colors by Michael Bartolo (Captain America, Iron Man, Star Wars), and letters and layout by Kathryn S. Renta (Wonder Woman, Call of Duty) will drop Seven Dead Stars on Comixology September 8th.
The Seven Dead Stars music universe launches with the one-off single Deep Space which you can listen to right now! This track will be followed by EP Zero by Unsecret & DJ Form–mixed by renowned blockbuster film score producer Greg Townley–and Keep Running out 8/20, Next Level out 8/27, and Set It Off out 9/3. Seven Dead Stars is available on Comixology on September 8th.
So what’s Seven Dead Stars about?
In the prelude to the ongoing Seven Dead Stars saga, offbeat heroes Unsecret and Form crash land on a mysterious planet where things aren’t always as they seem. Although the natives appear friendly, there are clues that suggest something more sinister might be at play. As the tension builds, their only true friend is a curious blue dog harboring secrets of his own. What they discover along the way will not only alter the course of their lives, but the future of the entire universe.
“Seven Dead Stars is a natural extension of growing up on Star Wars, Lord Of The Rings, and comics,” said Unsecret. “What began with a couple of long-time friends mashing cinematic scores with hip-hop beats quickly grew into something much bigger than we imagined.” DJ Form added, “The music we created caused us to envision characters, which inspired a story, and finally the birth of an entire universe and all of the potential that comes with it. We can’t wait to share it with everyone!”
Added DJ Form, “The music reflects that same attitude, blending hip hop beats with cinematic scores.”
The music will feature vocal samples by Wes Writer, horns by Keith Everett Smith, and strings by Chris Carmichael, Seven Dead Stars is a multimedia juggernaut aimed to conquer the universe!
“When I signed on to design and draw a record album cover a year and a half ago, I never dreamed it was secretly the ground floor of creating a whole universe of characters and storylines,” said artist Cliff Richards. “What started as a mysterious music project with Unsecret and DJ Form grew and grew until it became a comic book. Then that comics concept just kept on growing! Each week were new characters, new environments, new story pages of breathtaking twists and turns. Seven Dead Stars is a series of supernova concepts and ideas — some of the most powerful comics I’ve seen in years. I’m proud to be a part of it!”
“From the first page, I was in love with this story,” said Kathryn S. Renta, Letterer & Production Artist. “Form and Unsecret’s friendship is just antagonistic enough to be fun and endearing, plus I (not so secretly) want a Buster of my own! Form is an absolute delight to work with. I can’t wait to work on the next issue!
With the audio elements captured above, check out a preview of Seven Dead Stars below.
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