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Heavy Metal Magazine 293 Preview: Beyond The Darkness Special!

Heavy Metal 293 cover A by FLAVIO GRECO PAGLIA

If you’re a Heavy Metal magazine reader, you have a taste for the darkness — the best stories never have happy endings, and that’s ok. In this issue, we’re plunging into the darkness once again, plunging far into and through it — we’re going beyond the darkness. It’s the Beyond The Darkness Special. Won’t you come along?

Heavy Metal 293: Beyond The Darkness Special in the Heavy Metal Shop:

Let’s start with the elephant in the room, that master of darkness you all know and love, Mr. Stephen King. YES — Stephen King returns to the pages of Heavy Metal 38 years after we published his story “The Blue Air Compressor” in 1981. This time around, it’s his story “Little Green God of Agony,” adapted and illustrated by Dennis Calero. A physically broken, very rich man lies in a high-tech hospital bed. Why can’t he get better — is it his entitled attitude, or, hmm, maybe, a small, evil god?

That’s dark. Care to go darker? How about two stories that mirror each other, slightly, two tales of futuristic loneliness. In Timothy Bacon’s “S.O.L.U.S.” we get to know the last survivor on a barren Earth, a caretaker of sorts. The character at the center of in Manuel Montesinos’ “The Guest” inhabits a vessel drifting through space — is she the last human alive? She doesn’t know. Space madness — it’s a thing.

What is existence like for devils and demons, those who live beyond the darkness? It’s no circle of life, that’s for sure — “Doppeldamons” (by Pedrazzoli, Pinto and Percio) and “Mother Death” (by Rios and Leal) both tell stories of the circle of death.

“Holy Wars… The Punishment Due” by Tim Seeley and Ignacio Calero (excerpted from Megadeth: Death By Design) explores our dark need for overlords, corporate or otherwise, while the hungry space explorer of Pahek’s “Green Grower From Rigbadal” finds he’s landed on one of those eat-or-be-eaten planets. “White Death,” by Diego Agrimbau and Eduardo Risso, is a tale of voodoo, colonialism, and revolt.

S.O.L.U.S. by TIMOTHY E. BACON

S.O.L.U.S. by TIMOTHY E. BACON

DOPPELDAMONS by EMILIA PEDRAZZOLI, EMILIANO PINTO, FACUNDO PERCIO, and OMAR ESTÉVEZ

DOPPELDAMONS by EMILIA PEDRAZZOLI, EMILIANO PINTO, FACUNDO PERCIO, and OMAR ESTÉVEZ

THE DOOR, CHAPTER 5 by MICHAEL MORECI, ESAU ESCORZA, and ADAM WOLLET

THE DOOR, CHAPTER 5 by MICHAEL MORECI, ESAU ESCORZA, and ADAM WOLLET

GALLERY: JOHN KENN MORTENSEN

GALLERY: JOHN KENN MORTENSEN

The galleries this issue plumb the black depths as well. John Kenn Mortensen’s drawing are disturbing yet funny, sort of. “The scariest and worst thing in our world is children dying,” he tells us. “Bad things happening to children is also a bit funny as well, isn’t it?” Don’t answer that. Poster artist Flavio Greco Paglia paints fearsome visions of monsters, mad scientists, and bloody unidentifiables, shadowy yet colorful as well. “People who follow my work usually think it’s gross and catchy at the same time,” he says. He’s right. Russian artist Dennis Zhbankov paints a world of mutation and malice, the sort of animated skeletons and toothy, many-headed monsters that inhabited your sweetest childhood nightmares.

MOTHER DEATH by HOMERO RIOS, NEPHTALI LEAL, and JAME

MOTHER DEATH by HOMERO RIOS, NEPHTALI LEAL, and JAME

LITTLE GREEN GOD OF AGONY by STEPHEN KING and DENNIS CALERO

LITTLE GREEN GOD OF AGONY by STEPHEN KING and DENNIS CALERO

GALLERY: FLAVIO GRECO PAGLIA

GALLERY: FLAVIO GRECO PAGLIA

For those who’ve been following our serialized stories, this issue is big: “The Door,” by Michael Moreci and Esau Escorza reaches its spectacular end. We also bring you Chapter 6 of “Murky World,” by the great Richard Corben — then we bring you Chapter 7. That’s right — two installments of Corben back-to-back.

THE GUEST by MANUEL D. MONTESINOS

THE GUEST by MANUEL D. MONTESINOS

HOLY WARS... THE PUNISHMENT DUE by TIM SEELEY, IGNACIO CALERO, CARLOS CABRERA, and MICAH MYERS

HOLY WARS… THE PUNISHMENT DUE by TIM SEELEY, IGNACIO CALERO, CARLOS CABRERA, and MICAH MYERS

GALLERY: DENIS ZHBANKOV

GALLERY: DENIS ZHBANKOV

MURKY WORLD, CHAPTERS 6 and 7 by RICHARD CORBEN

MURKY WORLD, CHAPTERS 6 and 7 by RICHARD CORBEN

GREEN GROWER FROM RIGBADAL by Z. PAHEK

GREEN GROWER FROM RIGBADAL by Z. PAHEK

WHITE DEATH by DIEGO AGRIMBAU & EDUARDO RISSO

WHITE DEATH by DIEGO AGRIMBAU & EDUARDO RISSO

Covers for this issue are by Flavio Greco Paglia, beeple, Wanjin Gim and Antonio Manzanedo.

COVER A: FAMILY DREAMS for BUENOS AIRES ROJO SANGRE by FLAVIO GRECO PAGLIA

COVER A: FAMILY DREAMS for BUENOS AIRES ROJO SANGRE by FLAVIO GRECO PAGLIA

COVER B: SUPERGONE by beeple

COVER B: SUPERGONE by beeple

COVER C: REMANENT HEAD 2 by WANJIN GIM

COVER C: REMANENT HEAD 2 by WANJIN GIM

COVER D: REIGN OF THE ACCURSED created by ANTONIO J. MANZANEDO for DEAD EYED SHADE GAMES

COVER D: REIGN OF THE ACCURSED created by ANTONIO J. MANZANEDO for DEAD EYED SHADE GAMES

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