The Dio Estate and Z2 Comics have partnered to produce a graphic novel inspired by Dio's Holy Driver! Written by Steve Niles, with interiors illustrated by Scott Hampton, we have an exclusive preview for Daily Dead readers!

"Behold: the Holy Diver graphic novel – an original storyline inspired by one of heavy metal’s most iconic album covers. Penned by acclaimed horror comics writer Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), the book will tell the tale behind the events leading to the powerful moment captured on the cover of Dio's debut album—definitively addressing 30 years of fan speculation. Why is the priest being thrown into the ocean? Who is truly the villain in this scenario?

All of these questions are exclusively answered for the first time within the 120 pages of this graphic novel."

The Deluxe Edition of the graphic novel includes:

  • Hardcover Graphic Novel
  • Exclusive Vinyl Picture Disc Reissue of the classic album 'Holy Diver,' illustrated by Becky Cloonan
  • 3 never before seen 'Holy Diver' inspired Art Prints created by renowned artists, Becky Cloonan, Scott Hampton, Erik Rodriguez & Steve Chanks and Bill Sienkiewicz
  • Limited edition hardcover slipcase for graphic novel

The Standard Edition of the graphic novel includes:

  • Softcover graphic novel

Steve Niles commented on his experience working on Dio: Holy Diver, creating a a brand new story based on an iconic album cover:

"It was a fantastic and very new experience to create a story from a single image and the music that went with it. With DIO the imagery is so strong finding a story was a lot of fun. My hope is that fans agree."

Dio: Holy Diver is now available! To learn more and pick this up for yourself, visit: