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Ice Nine Kills and Z2 Return for more Meta Carnage in Inked in Blood II: Once Upon A Crime

Z2 has announced Ice Nine Kills—Inked in Blood II: Once Upon A Crime, the sequel to last year’s slasher thriller. This new volume blends the real-world journey of the famed theatrical metal pioneers with a claustrophobic, adrenaline-doused dose of serial-killer slayings. Due in Fall 2023, the direct sequel unites Ice Nine Kills architect Spencer Charnas with co-writer Ryan J. Downey and artists Nino Cammarata and Giorgia SpositoMike Cortada, who’s responsible for the evocative album artwork behind Ice Nine Kills’ most recent albums The Silver Scream and Welcome to Horrorwood: The Silver Scream 2, returns to illustrate the cover art. 

Ice Nine Kills—Inked in Blood II escalates the tension from the first volume, introducing Max Charnas—the identical twin brother of INK mastermind Spencer Charnas—who hatches a plan to blackmail, frame, and destroy his sibling. The new volume ignites at The Silver Scream Con, the real-world Massachusetts gathering that debuted last August, where the blood and power chords continue to fly. The resulting thrill ride packs more crunch and hooks than an Ice Nine Kills breakdown, with serial killers and doppelgängers cleaving a bloody path from panel to panel. 

Z2 and Ice Nine Kills present Inked In Blood II: Once Upon a Crime in standard hardcover and deluxe hardcover editions, set to release Fall 2023. The deluxe hardcover will come with a print triptych by Phillip Sevy art prints and two-sided Spencer Charnas collector’s coin. Oversized platinum editions will come signed by Spencer Charnas with an elegant slipcase, the triptych art prints, the double-sided collector’s coin, and the Ice Nine Kills double LP of Welcome to Horrorwood: The Silver Scream 2 in an exclusive purple splatter vinyl variant. 

Z2 Comics and Ice Nine Kills Team to Bring Silver Scream to the Page for Inked in Blood

Just in time for Halloween, the leading publisher of music tie-in comics and graphic novels announces a freshly “inked” partnership with none other than the horror driven hardcore band, Ice Nine Kills! Inked in Blood is written by the band in partnership with co-creator of Razorblades: The Horror Magazine, Steve Foxe, this original graphic novel also features art by Giorgia Sposito and Andres Esparza, and will be released in spring 2021!

Tying in with the events of Ink’s cinematic album, Inked in Blood follows a bullied teen super-fan who’s convinced that her favorite frontman could never have committed the grotesque crimes for which he’s now standing trial. But when a well-intentioned show of support backfires, this super-fan finds herself locked in a life-or-death battle against a copycat killer whose depravity makes your favorite slasher films seem wholesome by comparison. Get your icepicks handy, INK fans–it’s going to be a bloodbath!
The original graphic novel will be released in a standard softcover edition in comic shops and bookstores alike in spring 2021, as well as a hardcover and a limited deluxe edition available directly through the Z2 website. The deluxe slipcase edition features an exclusive vinyl colorway of the band’s 2019 album The Silver Scream!