The Press Release:
TidalWave Comics is proud to announce the addition of the English rock band Black Sabbath to its popular “Orbit” comic book series focused on personalities who impact the world. “Orbit: Black Sabbath” is released on August 23, 2023.
Written by Todd Matthy “Robots vs. Princesses” and illustrated by Martin Gimenez, this 22-page comic book is available both digitally and in print and can be found on multiple platforms such as Amazon. It will also be released in paperback and hard cover the same day with a special cover by famed artist Noumier Tawilah.
TidalWave Productions delves into the blazing origins of Black Sabbath, the groundbreaking heavy metal pioneers hailing from Birmingham, England. Through the band’s own words and stunning interpretations, their remarkable journey is chronicled, forever altering the course of music.
“Working on the Black Sabbath cover was a lot of fun. I’ve been a huge fan of both Sabbath and Ozzy’s solo music since I was a teenager. For the cover artwork, I tried to create a collage of the band’s performance scene inspired by the “Paranoid” video clip and added a pig as a homage to the song “War Pigs”. The color palette was inspired by psychedelic concert posters from the late 60s and early 70s.” Said cover artist Noumier Tawilah.
“I knew I had to do this right to make something worthy of the band. I didn’t want to just cover the basics, I wanted to show the full scope of their history. Using the band’s own words and visual interpretations of the classics, beautifully rendered by Martin Jimenez, this book is the definitive comic on Black Sabbath.” Said writer Todd Matthy.
“As a reluctant reader, I found the comic book form easy to access, so I always believed comics could both entertain and teach,” said publisher and creative force Darren G. Davis. “We have done a solo comic book in the past on just Ozzy, we wanted to showcase the full iconic band as a whole.”
The “Orbit” comic book series has been featured in “Entertainment Weekly”, “Rolling Stone” magazine, “Time” magazine, “People” magazine and has featured musical artists such as John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Alice Cooper, David Bowie, Dave Grohl and more!
TidalWave Comics vast catalog of titles can be purchased in print on Amazon also be downloaded on ComiXology, DriveThru Comics, Google Play, Overdrive, iTunes, Kindle, Biblioboard, Nook, Kobo and wherever eBooks are sold.
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Though my background is rather limited with the TidalWave Comics output, I do recall their Metallica issue and look forward to having more music related comics to discuss with the readership. Based on the preview pages that were shared with the media, I can say that the artwork is solid and kept me focused on the panels. The writing is straightforward and keeps the bands origin story in play properly without going off on any kind of tangent. Truth be told I would have preferred that they shared the first consecutive pages as I feel that would have found the diehard Sabbath fan ordering a copy straightaway. While this is great to find being a digital release because that is where a lot of this seems to be headed, I am stoked that its also going to get a physical issue as well because I am one of those collectors that still likes to hold a comic book in his hands. There are a few weeks to wait until this is released and if you hit up your local shop they should still be able to order you a copy. When the issue releases I will look into getting a copy and doing a larger review of it from front to back. Wrapping this up I wonder what you all think about it. Chime in down below in the comments section and I will see you next time. Please stay safe out there.