Cover by Tyrell Cannon and Jean-Francois Beaulieu.

Murder Falcon, which is writer/artist Daniel Warren Johnson’s new book about a grieving man blunting the pain of unimaginable loss via heavy metal guitar riffs that manifest a giant kung-fu fighting chicken, is somehow about to thrash even harder.

Or more accurately, it’s about to get a trio of new variant covers from top tier artists like Tyrell Cannon and Jean-Francois Beaulieu, Ryan Ottley (Invincible) and Cliff Rathburn, and Lorenzo de Felici (Oblivion Song), who are lined up to do variants for Murder Falcon #3 – #5, respectively. Murder Falcon #2 came out yesterday, so those covers are set to roll out from December on through February.

They’re also homages to famous heavy metal albums, with Cannon and Beaulieu’s homaging Bolt Thrower’s War Master album cover, Ottley and Rathburn’s taking on Pantera’s Vulgar Display of Power, and de Felici’s going with Yngwie Malmsteen’s Triology.

The full press release from publisher Image/Skybound Entertainment is below, and it uses super metal words like head-banging as adjectives. Check it out, along with the aforementioned covers:

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Image/Skybound Entertainment unleashes three more jaw-dropping covers in the “Heavy Metal” variant line for Daniel Warren Johnson’s MURDER FALCON—this time with artwork by Tyrell Cannon and Jean-Francois Beaulieu, Ryan Ottley (INVINCIBLE) and Cliff Rathburn, and Lorenzo de Felici (OBLIVION SONG) for issues #3-5 of the series respectively.

Cannon & Beaulieu’s artwork will pay homage to Bolt Thrower’s War Master album cover, Ottley and Rathburn’s to Pantera’s Vulgar Display of Power album cover, and de Felici’s to Yngwie Malmsteen’s Trilogy album cover.

Each issue of the head-banging action series, MURDER FALCON, features a “Heavy Metal” variant that pays tribute to a different classic heavy metal album cover. A variety of brutally talented artists will contribute to this variant cover line.

MURDER FALCON #3 Cover B by Tyrell Cannon & Jean-Francois Beaulieu (Diamond Code SEP188094) will hit stores on Wednesday, December 12th. The final order cutoff deadline for comic shop retailers is Monday, November 19th.

MURDER FALCON #4 Cover B by Ryan Ottley & Cliff Rathburn (Diamond Code SEP188095) will hit stores on Wednesday, January 9th. The final order cutoff deadline for comic shop retailers is Monday, December 10th.

MURDER FALCON #5 Cover B by Lorenzo De Felici (Diamond Code DEC180265) will hit stores on Wednesday, February 13th.

Select praise for MURDER FALCON:

“Guaranteed to make your ears bleed with the awesome notes of its heavy metal roots.” —SYFY Wire

“Everything in this book is cranked to 11 and that’s what makes it so damn good.” Nerdist

“A ton of fun.” —Graphic Policy

“Rocks out with sweet beat-em-ups, off-the-wall spectacle.” —Newsarama

Cover by Lorenzo de Felici.
Cover by Ryan Ottley and Cliff Rathburn.