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Stan Lee, Todd McFarlane and Japanese rock star Yoshiki will debut their new project, Blood Red Dragon, at the San Diego Comic Con next month.
Lee and Yoshiki announced they were working together at the New York Comic Con last year. According to the press release, the project “features a surprise and first-of-its-kind publishing innovation that combines the unique skills of these three world-renowned artists.”
Here’s a description of the project, which features a character based on Yoshiki:
Blood Red Dragon Issue #0, the first in the series published by Todd McFarlane Productions, focuses on the origin of an ancient and benevolent force, locked in an epic battle with the dark armies of Oblivion. Creative expression and destiny collide, as once in a generation an individual is born with the potential to unlock the awesome might of the Blood Red Dragon, thus channeling a power beyond comprehension and assuming the mantle of Earth’s protector. When agents of Oblivion discover that the key to accessing the Blood Red Dragon’s energy lays in music—the melodic heart of the human spirit, they launch a series of violent attacks on musicians across the globe. As he performs in front of a large crowd during the opening show of a massive world tour, drummer and keyboardist Yoshiki comes face-to-face with his destiny, experiencing a transformation that will forever change his life—and possibly the fate of the world.
Yoshiki, co-founder of the metal band X Japan, is huge in his native country; in addition to being a musician and producer, he also has his own jewelry line, his own wine label, a VISA card and, to top it off, his own Hello Kitty product line, Yoshikitty.
IGN has some of the concept art from Todd McFarlane Productions.