Ziggy Marley releases 'Marijuanaman' comic book

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Grammy-winning reggae star and son of the legendary Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley will be releasing a graphic novel, Marijuanaman - "a hero for a new generation" - through Image Comics, hitting comic book stores on April 20.

Based on Marley's concept, the book chronicles the tale of "a noble extraterrestrial champion, who has arrived on Earth to deliver an important message and at the same time save his own planet."

" Marijuanaman represents the hope of the future," the musician explained in the press release. "The hope that we will utilize all of the power that the universe has given us to save our planet."

Created in collaboration with writer Joe Casey and illustrator Jim Mahfood, the trio has presented an oversized 48-page full-color hardcover graphic novel.

"Ziggy's given us a great concept to go nuts with," stated Casey. "This book goes beyond just being a comic...this book is an experience." He's a founding partner of Man of Action Studios, which will produce the upcoming Ultimate Spider-Man animated series premiering in 2012 on US cable channel Disney XD.

Mahfood adds, "Ziggy Marley is a visionary. Marijuanaman is not going to be what people except it to be." He has worked on Clerks (with filmmaker Kevin Smith) and on Spider-Man books for Marvel, among other comics.

Marley's newest and fifth solo album, Wild and Free, will release along with Marijuanaman this spring.