Skillet's latest project, a graphic novel titled Eden, is now available.
Lead singer of the award-winning band, John Cooper, says to the Christian Post, "It was always a dream of mine to have a Skillet comic book because I love comics.
"But I've always been trepidatious because there's nothing worse than a cheesy comic. And it's a really fast way to embarrass yourself.”
The comic takes a supernatural spin on humanity's longing for eternity.
"I'm an avid reader, and I always have little ideas for books. I kind of think, in an alternate universe, that I'm writing books, science fiction stories, maybe short stories,” says Cooper.
The comic's style, as described by Cooper, is a science fiction style comic book where Stranger Things meets Left Behind.
"This book, it's hard to explain to people who haven't read it,” Cooper says.
“The book is kind of like a book version of Skillet’s music, in that it feels kind of supernatural. There's a spiritual quality to it, but there's also some dark aspects to it. It's kind of hopeful and beautiful at the same time as being kind of dark, science fiction. So that's kind of where the idea came from.”
Cooper says he didn't plan to feature himself and all of his bandmates in the comic book, that’s exactly what he did. Skillet consists of Cooper, along with his wife, Korey, Jen Ledger, and Seth Morrison.
Known for being unapologetic sharing his faith, Cooper says he also wanted to incorporate his passion for philosophy: “There's an idea, a philosophy that all humans have a sense that we are trying to get back to where we came from.
"We feel like we were meant for something, but we don't know what that is. That idea runs through philosophy. Some people are religious, some aren’t, whether you're an atheist philosopher or whether you’re a Christian philosopher. I believe that is because God has put eternity in our hearts and we were actually meant for something more than this. And we go, ‘Well, what were we meant for?’ Well, we were meant for Eden. We were meant for paradise — that we would be one with God and that we would be friends with God, and we would be without sin. All of those wonderful things.”
Eden: A Skillet Graphic Novel is avilable now.