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Megadeth: Death By Design Graphic Novel Standard Edition

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The MEGADETH: DEATH BY DESIGN 350-page graphic novel is presented in a 12.25”x12.25” prestige “album” format .  THIS EDITION IS GRAPHIC NOVEL ONLY AND DOES NOT INCLUDE ALBUMS. 


This year marks the 35thanniversary of the release of MEGADETH, to which the band is set to releasetheir ultimate greatest hits compilation, WARHEADS ON FOREHEADS, on March 22.  To further celebrate this, MEGADETH has partnered with premiere comics publisher, HEAVY METAL, to create the ultimate fan experience with a 350-page anthology of comic stories inspired by all the songs on the album. The collaboration, titled DEATH BY DESIGN, features stories written and illustrated by top talent from the comics, film, television and music world, all inspired by the songs from the album.

The project, carefully curated by DAVE MUSTAINE and HEAVY METAL, is a powerful book that gives both insight and understanding into the universe of MEGADETH and its harrowed mascot, VIC RATTLEHEAD.

MEGADETH, working in close collaboration with HEAVY METAL, has collected an  unprecedented pool of talent for MEGADETH: DEATH BY DESIGN – making it any comic book or MEGADETH fan’s dream.  Brendan Small (creator of Metalocalypse) teams with Belen Ortega (Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) for Hangar 18.  Dan Fogler (Fantastic Beasts And Where To find Them) writes an apocalyptic tale insanely drawn by Andy Belanger (Southern Cross) for Rattlehead. An A-list talent pool rounds out the roster featuring Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash), Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night), Brian Wood (DMZ), Justin Jordan & John Bivens (Spread), Leah Moore & John Reppion (Judge Dredd), Joe Keatingue (Popgun), Christine Larsen (Holy Diver), Frazier Irving (Annihilator) and more than 50 other talented creators.  John Gallagher’s brilliant cover is a face melter.

Says Dave Mustaine: “I have always fantasized about MEGADETH doing something this gloriously electrifying and gruesome. I hope everyone will enjoy the graphic novel as much as I enjoyed working with HEAVY METAL to put it together for you.”

Jeff Krelitz, CEO of HEAVY METAL said “Since I was old enough to buy records, MEGADETH has been one of my favorite bands, not only for the great storytelling in the music, but the world building imagery on the album covers. This opportunity to meld the two world together and tell stories inspired by their songs is a privilege that we are excited to present to the fans.”


SONG || Writers & Artists 

Rattlehead || Dan Fogler & Andy Belanger 

Mechanix || Ben Meares & DAF 

Killing Is My Business || Alex de Campi & Mack Chater 

The Conjuring || Llexi Leon & Kevin West 

Wake Up Dead || Tony Lee & Gyula Nemeth 

Devils Island || Sebastian Girmer & Esau Escorza 

Good Mourning / Black Friday || Leah Moore, John Reppion & Ben Templesmith 

Set The World Afire || Diego Agrimbau & Agustín Alessio 

In My Darkest Hour || David Baille & Conor Boyle 

Holy Wars…The Punishment Due || Tim Seeley & Ignacio Calero 

Hangar 18 || Brendon Small & Belén Ortega 

Tornado Of Souls || Patrick Kindlon & Marco Turini 

Rust In Peace…Polaris || Hector Lima & Garrie Gastonny 

Five Magics || Johnathan LaMantia 

Take No Prisoners || ML Miller & Carlos Granda 

Skin O' My Teeth || PM Buchan & John Pearson 

Angry Again || Homero Rios & Anton Kokarev 

Symphony Of Destruction || Justin Jordan & John Bivens 

Sweating Bullets || Sean Lewis & Axel Medellin 

A Tout Le Monde || Llexi Leon & Richard Friend 

Train Of Consequences || James Harvey 

Reckoning Day || Jeff Burandt & Jason Gongour 

Trust || Frazer Irving 

She-Wolf || Curtis Pires & Antonio Fuso 

Wanderlust || Abraham Martínez & Patricio Delpeche 

Dread and the Fugitive Mind || Jonathan Land & Andrea Mutti 

Blackmail The Universe || Haylar García & Abel 

Washington Is Next! || Haylar García & Kevin Enhart 

Head Crusher || R.G. Llarena & Danijel Zezelj 

Public Enemy No. 1 || John Ostrander & Miguel Mora 

Kingmaker || Brian Wood & Riccardo Burchielli 

The Threat Is Real || Joe Keatinge & Anand Radhakrishnan 

Poisonous Shadows || Chistine Larsen 

Death From Within || Alex de Campi & Wilfredo Torres 

Dystopia || David Baille & Simeon Aston 

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