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13-Page Preview: Heavy Metal 285, the Love Issue!

Heavy Metal 285 Cover A by Florian Bertmer

Heavy Metal 285 Cover A by Florian Bertmer

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.

“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.

“AI SHITERU!” by JD MORVAN & LIBERATORE

“AI SHITERU!” by JD MORVAN & LIBERATORE

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.

“THE COLOR OF AIR” Part 2 by ENKI BILAL

“THE COLOR OF AIR” Part 2 by ENKI BILAL

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.

“LURE” by CHAS! PANGBURN & MATIAS LÁZARO

“LURE” by CHAS! PANGBURN & MATIAS LÁZARO

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.

“ZENTROPA” Part 5 by JOHN MAHONEY

“ZENTROPA” Part 5 by JOHN MAHONEY

ARTIST STUDIO - RUBENS LP

ARTIST STUDIO – RUBENS LP

“FRANKENSTEIN UNREQUITED” by DEAN HASPIEL

“FRANKENSTEIN UNREQUITED” by DEAN HASPIEL

“THEY LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER” by FERNANDO BALDÓ

“THEY LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER” by FERNANDO BALDÓ

“GUT GHOST: THE LETTERS OF THE BEAST” by ENZO GARZA

“GUT GHOST: THE LETTERS OF THE BEAST” by ENZO GARZA

“LIL CHARLIE” Part 2 by JOHN BIVENS & OMAR ESTÉVEZ

“LIL CHARLIE” Part 2 by JOHN BIVENS & OMAR ESTÉVEZ

TATTOO GALLERY - BRANDO CHIESA

TATTOO GALLERY – BRANDO CHIESA

“SALSA INVERTEBRAXA” Part 5 by MOZCHOPS

“SALSA INVERTEBRAXA” Part 5 by MOZCHOPS

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT - JAMES JEAN

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT – JAMES JEAN

“MYTHOPIA” BY GRANT MORRISON, ANDY BELANGER, & OMAR ESTÉVEZ

“MYTHOPIA” BY GRANT MORRISON, ANDY BELANGER, & OMAR ESTÉVEZ

Cover A by Florian Bertmer

Cover A by Florian Bertmer

Cover B by Peter Gric

Cover B by Peter Gric

Cover C by James Jean

Cover C by James Jean

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Published on: March 8, 2017

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3 Responses to 13-Page Preview: Heavy Metal 285, the Love Issue!

  1. Beloved Hurlers:

    The Love Issue: oolala!

    My darlings since 1979, with me so rockily, here and gone, but always subscribed together, you offer me formally your love. Yes, Heavy Metal, I love you right back. Kinda like Grant Morrison, too. Anyway, I got the Florian Bertmer andman, it was the sweetest of frosting on my Valentines cupcake. Amazing texture, line control, all that fine detail regimented into negative space. Absolutely beautiful; and then i go inside the content page and almost cry ‘cause i couldn’t have James Jean as well. So Suhweet!

    Let the grand romance guignol, the love slaughter, begin with the torturer, Liberatore! Thank you, thank you, thank you, what a treat. “The Lure” renews an springboard from monster comics and still manages to twist the ending in unexpected and empowering trajectories. Dean Haspiel plays Berni Wrightson for “Frankenstein Unrequited” and spanks it into topical modernity (He can do anything). Baldo’s “Happily Ever After” really wasn’t so much, eh. Makes me think of Wally Wood. Human love sucks. Heavy Metal love rumbles. Ooooo, rumbles.

    Ok, Gutt Ghost is funny. He’s Everyman, only dead, and a ghost, with guts hanging out.

    Both galleries seemed to seek out unusual artists and succeeded. Ruben’s LP made me want to paint the walls of my house; Brandon Chiesa’s work evoked victorian storytelling, Asian pop, and cyberpunk with a woody charm with bubblegum overtones. And James Jean is the single most sensual painter I see; his figures seem fluffily soft and increasingly difficult to resolve with the apparent eroticism, alienation, and incongruity of the contents. I could look at this all day.

    “Sword of God” and “Herald” don’t fit theme so well as they present worthy objects for attention. Clements smoky gold, silver and ash images caress my mythbone (stop it) and make my imagination sing. Grebol and Piriz offer a welcome tale of “future-noia” and I expect to see more of them.

    I see you being all meta in “Mythopia”, and, while that was pretty easy Mr. Morrison, don’t let me stop you from plugging in these smaller bits. Belanger and Estevez create a very retro feel, like Bashki’s Wizards. Got any more?

    Gerhard! In Heavy Metal? Whodathunkit? Morrison, that’s who. I am so pleased with The Smile of the Absent Cat! Gerhard needs to have pages out there; this work is so textured and tonal its interactive. It feels like its drawn on papyrus in my eyes. And what a match for the story! Nice choice; which came first? Story or artist? Can’t wait to see more!

    Still riding that Salsa Invertebrata-, Atomahawk-, Inki-Bilal-triple-threader-train; well balanced issue, and i felt the love.

    Griffin, like the monster

    Mauser, like the gun

  2. Zentropa train. Not complaining, mind you.

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