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Heavy Metal 283, the Fear Issue: See All 3 Covers and a 13-Page Preview!

Heavy Metal 283 cover A by David Stoupakis

Heavy Metal 283 cover A by David Stoupakis

It’s issue 283 of Heavy Metal Magazine, the Fear Issue. You can find a copy at your local comics shop, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, or the Heavy Metal shop. But what’s inside? As a shattered visage once said: Look on these works, ye mighty, and despair!

We’ve got three collectible covers for you—horror-riffic and spook-tastic scenes by David Stoupakis, Rob Prior and Justin Cherry.

Heavy Metal 283 cover A by David Stoupakis

Heavy Metal 283 cover A by David Stoupakis

Heavy Metal 283 cover B by Rob Prior

Heavy Metal 283 cover B by Rob Prior

Heavy Metal 283 cover C by Justin Cherry

Heavy Metal 283 cover C by Justin Cherry

Within the mag proper, Editor in Chief and Head Lunatic of this asylum Grant Morrison launches into a 6-page reminiscence that might explain a lot about this issue and even more about the next.

This is the Fear Issue, remember. Don’t get too cozy with it. You could lose a finger, or a limb. This thing has sharp teeth. They’re bared in the first story, “Das Fischerhaus”:

DAS FISCHERHAUS by DERIC HUGHES, BENJAMIN RAAB, MIKE MAY

“DAS FISCHERHAUS” by DERIC HUGHES, BENJAMIN RAAB, & MIKE MAY

Survive that one and you’re on to a feature about cover artist David Stoupakis, who descrives his epiphany as a painter: “it felt like a relief, it felt like therapy, like punching something and reducing it into pieces, although rather than destroying the object of my obsessions, I then opted for a more ‘alchemic’ manipulation.”

THE WITCH by DAVID STOUPAKIS

“THE WITCH” by DAVID STOUPAKIS

Still with us? Read “Nightfeed,” a chompy, superbrief tale that might be the heart of the whole damn issue, but don’t dawdle — the limbs, remember, you want to keep your limbs from the teeth that gnash. On to “The Smile of the Absent Cat,” set in some alternate Interwar period, starring a feline detective who has a sixth sense, if not nine lives.

THE SMILE OF THE ABSENT CAT by GRANT MORRISON, GERHARD

“THE SMILE OF THE ABSENT CAT” by GRANT MORRISON & GERHARD

Written by Morrison, it’s a classic chat noir, with a missing heiress and a wicked pack of cards and a dark rite. And before the blood has a chance to dry, we’ve moved on to a garden of deadly delights: The artwork featured in the Morpheus Gallery:

SERPENT’S EYE Oil painting by Dariusz Zawadzki

“SERPENT’S EYE” Oil painting by Dariusz Zawadzki

Up next is “Constriction,” by Mike Walton and Daniel Govar, and if you’re thinking it’s the pleasant sort of constriction, well, you need a dictionary. Constriction is only ever pleasant if you’re a masochist. But we’re no one to judge. Read on…

CONSTRICTION by MIKE WALTON, DANIEL GOVAR

“CONSTRICTION” by MIKE WALTON & DANIEL GOVAR

Next it’s “Semiautomagic, by Alex de Campi and Jerry Ordway. “I’m Alice Creed,” says a mysterious woman to a Hollywood producer. “I’m here to talk about what’s eating you.”

SEMIAUTOMAGIC by ALEX de CAMPI, JERRY ORDWAY

“SEMIAUTOMAGIC” by ALEX de CAMPI & JERRY ORDWAY

Yes, eating, again—more chewy intrigue and gnawing terror. This would be a good time to count your fingers, make sure they’re all present. Moving on to an interview with tattoo artist Tim Lehi:

DESIGN GALLERY BY TIM LEHI

DESIGN GALLERY BY TIM LEHI

Bear in mind, the Lehi feature is called “Guts ‘n Blood” — so yeah, we’re not done with the carnage just yet.

HOLIDAY OFFERING by DIEGO AGRIMBAU AND GABRIEL IPPOLITI

“HOLIDAY OFFERING” by DIEGO AGRIMBAU & GABRIEL IPPÓLITI

Diego Agrimbau and Gabriel Ippoliti touch upon a memorable panic for their “Holiday Offering,” and there’s no blood at all! Ok, that was a lie, there is blood. But nobody eating anyone else.

ZENTROPA PART 3 by JOHN MAHONEY

“ZENTROPA” PART 3 by JOHN MAHONEY

In the latest installment of John Mahoney’s “Zentropa”, there is much exquisitely-drawn space-drifting, but again — nobody getting eaten! Or even stabbed. A feature on our cover artist Justin Cherry is also relatively bloodless.

SEPARATION ANXIETY BY JUSTIN CHERRY

“SEPARATION ANXIETY” BY JUSTIN CHERRY

Well, yeah, that appears to be a figure stabbed with four swords. Or maybe just three swords and a big knife. No stabbing with swords or knives in the latest chapter of “Salsa Invertebraxa” by Mozchops. No, that’s a mighty friendly looking centipede…

SALSA INVERTEBRAXA PART 4 by MOZCHOPS

“SALSA INVERTEBRAXA” PART 4 by MOZCHOPS

…though we’d be lying if we were to say it wouldn’t hurt a fly. Tom Burns, Maxx Marshall and Chris Chuckry’s “Felt” is one of those stories that’s just too sweet to be true. Young and cute Betty wants a prom date, and everyone in her world is a Muppet-like fuzzy character.

FELT by TOM BURNS, MAXX MARSHALL, CHRIS CHUCKRY

“FELT” by TOM BURNS, MAXX MARSHALL & CHRIS CHUCKRY

What could possibly go wrong for Betty? What could possibly go right? That brings us to the last story in this edition, “Gutt Ghost” by Enzo Garza. And if you were thinking there’s no more chomping and ingesting, you’d be wrong about that.

GUTT GHOST by ENZO GARZA

“GUTT GHOST” by ENZO GARZA

Well, that finishes off this gruesome meal of an issue. Unless anyone has room for dessert…?

Get your copy of Heavy Metal 283 at your local comics shop, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, or our own Heavy Metal store, which carries the variant covers as well as the subscriber/newsstand edition.

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