There have been plenty of books published about the history of Metallica, but the latest is in comic book form.
"Orbit: Metallica" is now out from StormFront Media, which has done comic book biographies of Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, Michael Jackson and others. The Metallica volume was written by Michael L. Frizell and drawn by Jayfri Hashim and focuses on the group`s early days.
In a statement Hashim notes that, "Metallica's formation marks the beginning of metal, breeding thrash metal which progresses to heavy metal during the glam rock era. Many people get it wrong when they say Metallica is a rock band. They're not. They are the very definition of a metal band. They were daring, innovative, and the story of their beginning fascinates me."
"Orbit: Metallica" starts at $3.99 and is available in print and digital editions via comicfleamarket.com. The book comes out just as Metallica is prepping for its headlining slot on Saturday (August 1) at Lollapalooza in Chicago.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.