Extreme metal masters Cradle of Filth have announced the launch of a comic book anthology in partnership with Incendium and Heavy Metal Entertainment under the music-centric imprint, Opus.
Maledictus Athenaeum begins as a 5-issue series, tapping into the rich tapestry of the occult that remains at the core of all things Cradle. Compete with characters within it's pages ranging from Ageless Vampires, Mythical Creatures and Vengeful Gods, the animated odyssey will come to life from the acclaimed talents that cemented the artistic legacy of Heavy Metal Magazine.
"Cradle Of Filth’s collaboration with Incendium for the forthcoming comic series and action figures provides an incredible opportunity for fans to indulge and explore the mythologies and murk at the heart of the band’s lyrical compositions,” says Cradle of Filth mastermind, Dani Filth.
In addition to the animated anthology of Maledictus Athenaeum, a limited collection of toys and collectibles with also be released. The iteration of Dani Filth from Cradle Of Filth’s 2001 album 'Bitter Suites to Succubi' as well as the infamous Succubus herself comprise the first release of the action figure collection.
Incendium CEO Llexi Leon shares, “Dani has created such a rich mythology across Cradle Of Filth’s discography and we’re thrilled to explore those dark fantasy worlds with our 'Maledictus Athenaeum' anthology, an ever growing gothic library that’s sure to enthrall readers with an irresistible blend of horror, romance, mystery, and mayhem – featuring incredible visuals to inspire all manner of toys and collectibles across our lines.”
Dan Filth punctuated the collaborative effort as only he could.
“To begin with are figures of ‘yours ghoulie’ Dani Filth resplendent in my onstage battle outfit; accompanied to war by the cruel, domineering Succubus from the Bitter Suites To Succubi album cover art, who is explored further in the first of many comic book adaptations to be unleashed in Maledictus Athenaeum. Both figures come delivered with classic action figure aplomb, whilst the comic book art is both visceral and evocative and is totally stunning.
Naturally we cannot wait for fans and collectors alike to get their claws on these unique, exquisite treasures and given the depth of CDLE OF FILTH’s extensive discography and with a wealth of dark occultisms to draw upon - having tackled the morbid and sordid tales of Elizabeth Bathory, Gilles de Rais, Lucifer and Lilith as full-blown concept albums already- our collaboration with Incendium promises to be a marriage forged in Hell that prospers for aeons…”
Pre-orders for both Maledictus Athenaeum and the Cradle of Filth, Dani Filth and Succubus action figure collectibles are available - HERE