Heads up Heavy Metal fans, issue #285 is on its way! It’s the Love Special, and we’ve assembled a crazy eclectic batch of stories about romance, or at least sex, and if not sex then violence… or just cosmic weirdness. We’re not Harlequin Romance, after all—we’re Heavy Metal (available next week from your finer comics shops, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, and our own online store). Our fearless editor in chief, Grant Morrison, kicks off the issue with a truism that only a fool would doubt: “Birds do it! Bees do it! Even creepy, rapey TREES do it!” So let’s do it, let’s fall in love.
- In the shop: Heavy Metal 285 Cover A by Florian Bertmer
- In the shop: Heavy Metal 285 Cover B by Peter Gric
- In the shop: Heavy Metal 285 Cover C by James Jean
“Ai Shiteru!” marks a very special occasion for Heavy Metal‘s editors and fans alike: The return of Liberatore! Yes, the man behind so many great ol’ RanXerox stories has emerged from hibernation and we’re honored to be publishing his first comics work in 10 years. Liberatore is followed in this issue’s pages by Enki Bilal‘s latest, part two of “The Color of Air,” and if this double-blast of legends gives you ’80s flashbacks rest assured it was completely intentional.
Chas! Pangburn and Matias Lazaro have teamed up on “Lure,” a tale of two lovers beneath the sea, and Dean Haspiel‘s “Frankenstein Unrequited” finds the famous Bride of Ol’ Neckbolts fighting off every horny monster in town. “They Lived Happily Ever After” by Fernando Baldo turns the tables on the Sleeping Beauty tale (or one of those old Prince Charming joints). And Enzo Garza‘s creepy Gut Ghost is back—this time, lookin’ for love.
You’ll get a good dose of pop erotica with the “Artist’s Studio” feature on Rubens LP, and take a peek at the dark visions of spotlighted artist James Jean. Jean’s “Lapins d’Amour” is one of three works we’ve picked as cover art for this issue; the other two are Peter Gric‘s “Attachment” and Florian Bertmer‘s “Demonheart.” The twisted, unmistakable tattoo art of Brando Chiesa is features in this edition’s pages as well.
Cosmic odysseys “Zentropa” (by John Mahoney) and “Lil Charlie” (by John Bivens and Omar Estevez) continue in this issue, while the dazzling insect epic “Salsa Invertebraxa” by Mozchops reaches its humming, buzzing conclusion. The issue ends with “Mythopia”, a twisted Grant Morrison tale (art by Andy Belanger) that might kick you in the nads just when you think you’re an item. Love’s like that. Always has been.
To order your copy of Heavy Metal 285, visit your local comics shop, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, or the Heavy Metal online store.