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14-Page Preview of Heavy Metal 286, the Magick Special!

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New issue time! Issue 286, the Magick Special, is hitting subscribers’ mailboxes right about now, and will be in stores next week, and we won’t lie—this one’s amazing, Heavy Metal fans! Where do we even start—well, the covers would seem to be a good place. Cover A is by David Stoupakis and it depicts our fearless Editor in Chief and magick expert Grant Morrison. Cover B is “Reign of Wizardry,” a little-seen painting by Frank Frazetta(!), and cover C is a killer piece by Atomahawk artist Ian Bederman. Here they are:

COVER A • “MAGICK” BY DAVID STOUPAKIS

COVER A • “MAGICK” BY DAVID STOUPAKIS

COVER B • “REIGN OF WIZARDRY” BY FRANK FRAZETTA

COVER B • “REIGN OF WIZARDRY” BY FRANK FRAZETTA

COVER C • “ATOMAHAWK” BY IAN BEDERMAN

COVER C • “ATOMAHAWK” BY IAN BEDERMAN

Heavy Metal is available at Barnes & Noble and Books-a-Million, and ought to be carried by your local comics shop. You can also get this issue (and many back issues) in the Heavy Metal shop on this very website.

At the center of this issue you’ll find a couple of pieces about magic and the magic of art. Grant Morrison offers a “primer” on the subject as only he can in “Beyond the Word and the Fool.” While you’re still dazed and reeling from that, you’ll get the story behind “Reign of Wizardry,” the issue’s cover art, from the artist’s son, Frank Frazetta Jr. “This was by far the most sexually explicit painting my father ever painted,” he writes. Later on, you’ll hear from Clive Barker, whose discussion of magic with editor Rantz Hoseley accompanies a selection of his own artwork. “I don’t think Magic is us trying to explain the unknowable,” Barker suggests. “I think magic is the secret code that’s trying to become known. It’s that ineffable thing that is trying to break through from the other side. Magic is summoning of something that is very deep inside us, which is therefore universal.” This issue’s Gallery section is given over to a selection of cards based on the 72 demons of the Ars Goetia, the first section of the famous grimoire (or spell book) The Lesser Key of Solomon.

“BEYOND THE WORD AND THE FOOL” by GRANT MORRISON, illustrations by DAVID STOUPAKIS

“BEYOND THE WORD AND THE FOOL” by GRANT MORRISON, illustrations by DAVID STOUPAKIS

GALLERY • CLIVE BARKER - INTERVIEW BY RANTZ HOSELEY

GALLERY • CLIVE BARKER – INTERVIEW BY RANTZ HOSELEY

ART GALLERY • “ARS GOETIA: DEMONIC TAROT” by JIM PAVELEC

ART GALLERY • “ARS GOETIA: DEMONIC TAROT” by JIM PAVELEC

In Edgar Clement’s “Sword of God,” you’ll find fantastic beasts and holy (or diabolical) weaponry, while “Herald” by Diego Grebol and Sebastian Piriz is a mind-bending meditation on technology, humanity and, yes, magic. Pahek’s “A Magician and the Wooden Boy” puts a dark spin on the story of Pinocchio, casting Gepetto not as a woodcarver but a sadistic carnival magician. Neil Kleid, Michael Avon Oeming, and Taki Soma offer a vision of the famous escape artist’s dark magic in “The 1,000 Deaths of Harry Houdini.” “Air,” by Diego Agrimbau and Martin Tunica, looks to a future without magic—a tricky proposition, as the definition of “magic” changes over time and generations. The issue closes with “Lighting the Way,” a tale inspired by a Clive Barker painting.

“THE SWORD OF GOD” by EDGAR CLÉMENT

“THE SWORD OF GOD” by EDGAR CLÉMENT

“HERALD” by DIEGO GREBOL & SEBASTIÁN PÍRIZ

“HERALD” by DIEGO GREBOL & SEBASTIÁN PÍRIZ

“A MAGICIAN AND THE WOODEN BOY” by Z. PAHEK

“A MAGICIAN AND THE WOODEN BOY” by Z. PAHEK

“THE 1,000 DEATHS OF HARRY HOUDINI” by NEIL KLEID, MICHAEL AVON OEMING & TAKI SOMA

“THE 1,000 DEATHS OF HARRY HOUDINI” by NEIL KLEID, MICHAEL AVON OEMING & TAKI SOMA

“AIR” by DIEGO AGRIMBAU & MARTÍN TÚNICA

“AIR” by DIEGO AGRIMBAU & MARTÍN TÚNICA

“LIGHTING THE WAY” by MARK ALAN MILLER, CHRISTIAN FRANCIS, BEN MEARES, GONZALO RUGGIERI & OMAR ESTÉVEZ

“LIGHTING THE WAY” by MARK ALAN MILLER, CHRISTIAN FRANCIS, BEN MEARES, GONZALO RUGGIERI & OMAR ESTÉVEZ

The issue also features 5 installments of continuing stories: “Atomahawk,” Grant Morrison and Gerhard’s “The Absent Cat,” Enki Bilal’s “The Color of Air,” John Bivens and Omar Estevez’s “Lil Charlie,” and John Mahoney’s “Zentropa.”

“ATOMAHAWK” Chapter Three by DONNY CATES & IAN BEDERMAN

“ATOMAHAWK” Chapter Three by DONNY CATES & IAN BEDERMAN

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

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

“THE COLOR OF AIR” Part Three by ENKI BILAL

“THE COLOR OF AIR” Part Three by ENKI BILAL

“LIL CHARLIE” Part Three by JOHN BIVENS & OMAR ESTÉVEZ

“LIL CHARLIE” Part Three by JOHN BIVENS & OMAR ESTÉVEZ

“ZENTROPA” by JOHN MAHONEY

“ZENTROPA” by JOHN MAHONEY

Spirits, demons, things not of this earth, Heavy Metal readers—a dark and powerful force compels you to acquire and devour Heavy Metal 286. Some call it Magick… other say it’s merely intellectual curiosity and good taste. You are what you believe.

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Published on: May 19, 2017

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5 Responses to 14-Page Preview of Heavy Metal 286, the Magick Special!

  1. Bruce Baldwin says:

    I’ve been reading the magazine since #1, and one thing I think folks would enjoy is on the contents page list what media use use by the artist to create the pages, oil on wood, watercolor on paper, etc….And, Salsa Invertebraxa was one of the best pieces I’ve every seen in the magazine! Thanks so much!

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  4. Oh Hi Priests Hurlant:

    Yahoo! Frank Frazetta! Though I most liked the Atomahawk cover, who can complain about Frazetta, especially with the little tidbit regarding this painting inside!

    Overall, the Magick Special is a solid issue, though starkly divided between thematic works and the ongoing elements. I like the rough and brutal stylizings of Lighting the Way and The 1000 Deaths of Harry Houdini. While I thoroughly enjoyed both tales, Oeming and Soma take this issues prize for most interesting plot. A Magician and a Wooden Box’ blend of killer creation tropes and Eastern European marionette tradition was a welcome return to familiar horror while managing to twist one more variation on a theme.

    Herald, one of the less magick tales, still fit well within the Heavy Metal fare we are used to with its own brand of wierdness. Diego Agrimbau and Martin Tunica produce the best short piece in 286, Air. A spare pallette, minimal line work, and a tight plot create a punchy bit of progressive HM scifi; keep these guys around for more.

    Didn’t really care about Clive Barker’s works, but I did like the Ars Goetia with its attenuated narrative, and I continue to enjoy Atomahawk, Zentropa, Lil’ Charlie and The Smile of the Absent Cat, especially Gerhards homage to all the toon cats in pop culture. This work really has a different feel than most of HM and I am glad you included it, if only as evidence that HM is about more than titties.

    The Sword of God is what really turned me on! Like some gorgeous Corben and painting in smoke, Edgar Clement has gotten my attention and I can’t wait to see what new imagery comes in the next installment. With any luck, this interesting introduction will pay off in more gorgeous images and a fine tale.

    Acolyte Griffin, like the monster
    Mauser, like the gun

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