MENU

14-Page Preview of Heavy Metal 284, the Mythic Special!

Detail of Heavy Metal 284 cover by Luis Royo, featuring Taarna

Detail of Heavy Metal 284 cover by Luis Royo, featuring Taarna

Hold on to your mistletoe, Heavy Metal fans — issue 284, our “Mythic Special,” is headed your way! And when we talk about myths, there’s really no better embodiment of the concept than our own iconic heroine Taarna. Yes, the star of the full length animated Heavy Metal movie (released 35 years ago!) is back. She owns the this issue’s Cover A, as she should, in a painting by Luis Royo.

There are two other covers, though, and they too drip with classic appeal and a sort of rock-art royal authority. Cover B is by Ken Kelly, famous for a couple of Kiss album covers, as well as the covers of numerous Conan, Eerie and Creepy magazines. It depicts a scene from Grant Morrison’s extremely interesting take on an old tale: “Savage Sword of Jesus Christ.” Cover C is a classic sci-fi scene, titled “Pyramid Contact,” by artist Derek Riggs. Iron Maiden fans know him as the creator of the band’s mascot Eddie.

You can find all three available for preorder in the shop:

COVER A • “TAARNA” BY LUIS ROYO

COVER A • “TAARNA” BY LUIS ROYO

COVER B • “THE SAVAGE SWORD OF JESUS CHRIST” BY KEN KELLY

COVER B • “THE SAVAGE SWORD OF JESUS CHRIST” BY KEN KELLY

COVER C • “PYRAMID CONTACT” BY DEREK RIGGS

COVER C • “PYRAMID CONTACT” BY DEREK RIGGS

Within the pages of issue 284, you’ll find the aforementioned Jesus story, with Morrison’s plotting expertly visualized by Heavy Metal favorites The Molen Brothers. “Taarna,” in which our heroine makes her return, is a production of Alex de Campi, Tony Parker, and Leonard O’Grady. If our Jesus story hasn’t booked us a reservation in Purgatory, perhaps the techno-occult tale “The Simulationists,” by Duncan Trussell, Donny Cates and Adam Belanger will. The John Bivens/Omar Estevez collaboration “Lil Charlie” is a story about a trio of cuties — an angel, a demon, and death — trying to sort through the nascent and primordial galaxy. Longtime comics fans will love the retro feel of “The Last Mortician” by Tim Hall and Dean Haspiel. The issue ends in wintry creepiness with “Snow Blind” (by Kong and John Bivens) and “The Rabbi,” a story by Jok that draws on Jewish legend.

“THE SAVAGE SWORD OF JESUS CHRIST” by GRANT MORRISON & THE MOLEN BROTHERS

“THE SAVAGE SWORD OF JESUS CHRIST” by GRANT MORRISON & THE MOLEN BROTHERS

“ATOMAHAWK” Part 2 by DONNY CATES & IAN BEDERMAN

“ATOMAHAWK” Part 2 by DONNY CATES & IAN BEDERMAN

We have a number of serials continuing in this issue as well: part 2 of tattoo artist Ian Bederman’s trippy “Atomahawk,” part 4 of John Mahoney’s wordless and elegant “Zentropa,” and part 5 of the insect epic “Salsa Invertebraxa” by Mozchops. We’re also proud to launch a new serialized story by longtime contributor Enki Bilal, “The Color of Air,” which picks up (in a way) where his “Julia & Roem” left off. You’ll also find a discussion with surrealist artist Andrew Brandou, and a portfolio of concept designer Peter Mohrbacher.

“TAARNA” by ALEX DE CAMPI, TONY PARKER, & LEONARD O’GRADY

“TAARNA” by ALEX DE CAMPI, TONY PARKER, & LEONARD O’GRADY

“THE SIMULATIONISTS” by DUNCAN TRUSSELL, DONNY CATES, & ADAM BELANGER

“THE SIMULATIONISTS” by DUNCAN TRUSSELL, DONNY CATES, & ADAM BELANGER

“THE COLOR OF AIR” Part 1 by ENKI BILAL

“THE COLOR OF AIR” Part 1 by ENKI BILAL

“ZENTROPA” Part 4 by JOHN MAHONEY

“ZENTROPA” Part 4 by JOHN MAHONEY

“LIL CHARLIE” by JOHN BIVENS & OMAR ESTEVÉZ

“LIL CHARLIE” by JOHN BIVENS & OMAR ESTEVÉZ

“THE LAST MORTICIAN” by TIM HALL & DEAN HASPIEL

“THE LAST MORTICIAN” by TIM HALL & DEAN HASPIEL

CONCEPT ARTIST GALLERY - “ANGELARIUM” by PETER MOHRBACHER

CONCEPT ARTIST GALLERY – “ANGELARIUM” by PETER MOHRBACHER

“SALSA INVERTEBRAXA” Part 5 by MOZCHOPS

“SALSA INVERTEBRAXA” Part 5 by MOZCHOPS

“SNOW BLIND” by KONG & JOHN BIVENS

“SNOW BLIND” by KONG & JOHN BIVENS

“THE RABBI” by JOK & CARLOS AON

“THE RABBI” by JOK & CARLOS AON

ART GALLERY - ANDREW BRANDOU

ART GALLERY – ANDREW BRANDOU

Written by:

Published on: December 22, 2016

Filled Under: Featured, Heavy Metal News, Popular, Top News

Views: 48812

, ,

7 Responses to 14-Page Preview of Heavy Metal 284, the Mythic Special!

  1. Gerd says:

    Where is the previously announced short story „Mythopia“ by Grant Morrison, Kevin Eastman and Bill Sienkiewicz?

  2. Vdooggy says:

    Incredible

  3. […] “The Savage Sword of Jesus Christ” Published in Heavy Metal Magazine 284 […]

  4. […] The Last Mortician in Heavy Metal #284 […]

  5. […] The Last Mortician in Heavy Metal #284 […]

  6. Great Hurling Metal!

    Thanks Grant Morrison and Heavy Metal for kickin’ energy into good ole HM! I am loving the multiple covers, though wanna see em all in the mag so i can compare immediately! I’m a stubborn subscriber! I got Taarna! And lovin the new swag at the website; that huge Kirby all-over and the cover contest entries! Finally, lots of great tees at HM.

    Yessir, Savage Sword of Jesus Christ! Yahoo! Man, that was some hard work; taboo obliteration in the tradition of “stradivarius” HM. Guess I will have to buy it. Peter Mohrbacher’s “Binah” departed from plain ole tattooed and pierced babes into wierd and evocative images.

    I didn’t want to like Atomahawk, but I was wrong. I forgot how Heavy Metal this is. Everytime I see it I am reminded, wait, this is really heavy metal. Ready for act 3.

    I loved Taarna in the first film; and her Arzach-like world in a few HM by Moebius. I am eager to see where De Campi, Parker, and O’grady go. I always enjoy the decadence of worlds Taarna visits; filled will disgusting villains who can be destroyed in good conscience. That’s fantasy.
    Well, you guys hit all the nails. Drive em in.

    Zentropa. You pissed me off, ‘cause I really like the atmosphere, the movement, the metallic glowing pallet, layers of image, illusion, and page breaking in sparse yet generous detail. Its like candy. But dey ain’t no narrative to speak of. When I went back and read the authors intro, I figgered, ok, I will wait it out; I was just being stubborn. Eventually, there will be an end. Its like waiting for Inki Bilal stories to materialize; worth waiting for. Besides, its classic HM to make such an offering. Keep up the strategy.

    Salsa Invertebrata is another slow burn; I am intrigued, the poetry in simple elegant verse, softly informational, but it romances the creatures here into knights, warriors, acrobats, strongmen, and we are listening to our bard-guide through the small underworld of Salsa Invertebrata. I can tell it’s going somewhere, so gimme, gimme!

    Maybe not so much mythic as terrific horror considering these three stories! Dean Haspiel’s kind of a Lon Chaney of graphic narrative, his work adjusts to lend tone and texture while remaining uniquely Haspiel; Bruce Timm does it, Michael Oeming. I like the spare pallets and dry brush that energizes and animates Hall’s tale of despair that could just have easily ended up in Creepy or Eerie. “Snow Blind” sounds like it came straight out of Bill-Gaines-style springboards; great textures, classic story setup! Finally, Jok’s “The Rabbi” coarse stylization and almost Moebian line deliver with a minimalist pallet.

    So, spectacular taboo-breaking, short vs long, really Heavy Metal, compelling wierdness and EC comics! Lovely! See you in HM285!

    Griffin, like the monster
    Mauser, like the gun

  7. […] (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Beste Geburtstagswünsche Heavy Metal von Read 14 Pages of Heavy Metal 284 Taarna Lives. Quellbild: http://www.heavymetal.com. Besuchen Sie diese Site für Details: http://www.heavymetal.com […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *