Hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd are coming to comic books - not as writers, artists, or creators, but as characters.
The "Black Beatles" performers will be facing off against Valiant Entertainment's Shadowman in an upcoming one-shot. Scheduled to launch October 4, Shadowman/Rae Sremmurd by Eliot Rahal and Renato Guedes pits the two hip hop stars against Valiant's hero in a story "to forge a new legend of fame, fortune, and magic."
“Comic books are a form of entertainment. I get to make all the sounds and effects in my head. It’s just like you use your imagination – you go through the pictures and the pictures are always awesome. It’s like an escape from reality,” said Rae Sremmurd’s Slim Jxmmi. “Valiant - they have really good story lines. The art is always on point. I never know what to expect. X-O Manowar is one of my favorites. The Delinquents is cool. Bloodshot is fucking awesome. I love Valiant."
“Shadowman is crazy,” he added. “It has a lot of twists and turns. It keeps me involved and interested. I can’t even take my eyes off of Shadowman when I read it. I have to finish the book.”
This isn't the first time Shadowman has crossed over with real-life musicians - in the 1990s Valiant Comics orchestrated a crossover between the character and the rock band Aerosmith.
“Rae Sremmurd are huge comic books fans, and everyone here at here at Valiant is a huge fan of their music," said Valiant CEO/CCO Dinesh Shamdasani. "The combination of their talents, along with those of Eliot Rahal and Renato Guedes - two creators that we’re very excited about – feels like a project will take fans and readers by surprise.”
This Shadowman/Rae Sremmurd will lead into an all-new Shadowman ongoing scheduled to launch in March 2018.