Earlier today, Canadian singer-songwriter Abel Tesfaye (a.k.a. The Weeknd) announced he is partnering with Marvel Comics to produce a new comic book series based on the eponymous character of his third album, Starboy. The musician tweeted an image of the cover this afternoon. It suggests the first issue will be released some time next year.
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) October 7, 2017
Tesfaye used various social media platforms to tease the first installment’s cover art in the days leading up to New York Comic Con where he signed autographs and officially confirmed his partnership with Marvel.
The album on which the Starboy character is based was released last November and features hits such as “I Feel It Coming,” “Party Monster,” and “Starboy,” which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Tesfaye has openly discussed creating a comic book in the past, telling Pigeons & Planes that the Starboy comic is “the next chapter in this chronicle, this saga.”
For any other artist, a comic book series might be strange, but The Weeknd has established himself as one of the most creative artists in pop music.
We’ll certainly be keeping an eye out for its release next year.