A new graphic novel based on Dio‘s 1983 debut album, Holy Diver, is in the works.

The book will be published by Z2 Comics, which has worked with artists including Skillet, Grateful Dead and Gorillaz. It will include an original storyline inspired by Holy Diver and, specifically, its iconic album cover. Acclaimed horror comics author Steve Niles will write the book, with illustration by artist Scott Hampton.

In a statement, the late Ronnie James Dio‘s widow, Wendy Dio, says, “Steve Niles tells the story behind the album cover Holy Diver, a story about how you can’t judge a picture by the way it appears, which is what Ronnie wrote many times in his songs; that you have to see inside the person and not judge them by the way they look or by what they wear.”

“Together with Scott Hampton’s amazing artwork they tell the story of Holy Diver, and I know Ronnie would have given his stamp of approval on this great graphic novel,” Wendy adds.

The Holy Diver graphic novel is due out June 2021, and will be available in a deluxe package that includes a vinyl picture disc reissue of the album. You can pre-order now via Z2Comics.com.

By Josh Johnson
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