“Crystal Planet” is the title of the new project of the guitar hero originally from Westbury, NY. Yet this time it won’t be guitars dominating the plot…
Guitar hero Joe Satriani will be the co-creator of the new comic book series called “Crystal Planet”, like the title of his amazing 1998 full lenght album.
This will be a sort of vivid space odyssey where Satchel Walker, a man out of time, finds himself caught between desperate factions as they battle for resources in the perilous orbit of a dying star.
In a bold and brutal saga of sentient storms and Wingsuit armies, it’s music, and more importantly the power and emotion that music can conjure, which could bring an end to the conflict, restore harmony to the timestream, and reveal Walker‘s true place in the universe.
Joe Satriani and Ned Evett created the series, which is backed by Heavy Metal Magazine and Incendium for the Opus imprint.
“Crystal Planet” begins as a five-issue series. Each first printing will be limited to 1998 copies and available for shipping in March 2021.
«Funny how things get their start» says Satriani «July 1994 I’m on tour with Deep Purple and I’m warming up with my guitar backstage in a bull’s isolation cell at the Plaza de Toros in Gjion, Spain. Then and there I start writing the opening riff to a song that will become “Crystal Planet” and a few years later it’s the title track for my ’98 album release».
He continues: «Fast forward to 2013, friend and fellow guitarist Ned Evett makes an animated sci-fi video for my song “Lies and Truths” using artwork from my “Joe’s Art 2013” book. We projected that video on a 30ft. screen every night of the Unstoppable Momentum Tour. It was a hit with the fans which got us thinking we could expand the clip into a “Crystal Planet” sci-fi epic. Ned and I formed Satchtoons, a company focused on creating animated content, and we got to work on scripts and demos for the “Crystal Planet” pilot».
«Seven years later, thanks to Llexi Leon and Heavy Metal, here we are with our first comic book series! Llexi and I had worked together on his awesome “Eternal Descent” comics, and by coincidence we met again when Heavy Metal published a short excerpt of “Crystal Planet” adapted by Brendon Small for the magazine’s 2019 music issue».
Llexi Leon says: “Ok, “Crystal Planet” is a thrilling rollercoaster through space and time, it’s Mad Max Vs TRON – with a lot of guitars! There was a treasure trove of concepts and character exploration compiled over decades by Joe and his writing partner Ned that formed the basis of this project, with the ultimate goal to take fans on a journey to “Crystal Planet” for the very first time».