We have an extensive preview of Heavy Metal #298 today at BF (the magazine that, of course, published work by our 2020 Broken Frontier ‘Six to Watch’ creator Miranda Smart last year). Arriving in shops in March it also features work by former Broken Frontier columnist David Hine and his Broken Frontier Anthology collaborator Mark Stafford. The full press release runs below.
In the lead up to its landmark 300th issue, Heavy Metal goes back to its Sci-Fi roots with issue #298, The “Furthest Reaches” Special to be launched March 2020.
LOS ANGELES, CA- Heavy Metal Entertainment announces the release of Heavy Metal #298, the Furthest Reaches Special, coming March 2020. In the lead up to Heavy Metal’s landmark 300th issue, the world’s greatest illustrated science fiction mag will take readers to the edge of the cosmos and beyond with this specially curated issue.
Managing editor Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Halloween, Batman Eternal) helms the intergalactic Heavy Metal starship bound for Alpha Proxima 9! An amazing collection of all-new science fiction tales fills this issue. Stories so twisted they are sure to blow a circuit in that defective cybernetic implant you had inserted into your cerebellum.
In this issue:
“Murky World” Chapter 12, by Richard Corben, continues. In a bizarre land populated by hungry deadlings, cruel necromancers, and buxom cyclops, Tugat the warrior sets out to retrieve his lost horse Frix.
David Hine & Mark Stafford create bone-chilling intersections with insectoid life in “Bug House.”
Alex Smith takes us through a “Body Jack” as modification reaches new frontiers.
Matt Emmons plumbs the robot psyche with “The Incubator.”
Emilio Balcarce & Marcelo Perez explore “A New Life” in the collapse of a robot army.
James Maddox & Ben Templesmith plunge us into the “Abyss of Souls” with partners lost in space.
“Philip K Dick’s Head is Missing” is based on the true story of the Android Head of sci-fi legend Philip K. Dick that went missing in 2005. In 1980, Robert Faraday, assistant to Philip K. Dick, chronicles the author quickly losing his mind. While the author tries to explain staggering visions from space, his Android simulacrum gains a sentience of its own in the future. A shared destiny links them as events hurtle towards a singularity. By Michael David Nelsen and Dwayne Harris.
Carlos Huante, Artist and concept designer for the Ridley Scott films Alien: Covenant and Alien: Prometheus, is featured with a gallery of previously unseen images and concept designs. Also highlighted in a gallery is futurist visionary Josan “Deathburger” Gonzalez as he discusses his post apocalyptic worlds of Robo-City Prime and New Citadel 9. Interviews by Hanna Means Shannon.
In Omar Estevez and FG Dr. Stain Ortiz Rivero’s “Totemic”, a couple of bandits in a ravaged world discover that sometimes it’s better not to get what you asked for.
“Project Z”: An earth-shattering asteroid changed the course of mankind forever. The few who survived sought to rebuild what was lost, factions of people scattered across the earth, unbeknownst to one another, fight to survive on this now desolate earth. By Matt Medney & Morgan Rosenblum.
“Dowser” is a short story by Dwayne Harris. In a world nearly devoid of drinkable water, a vicious gang holds sway over one of the few remaining wells in the American Southwest. When their well runs dry, they seek out a legendary figure, the Dowser, to help them find another – whether he’s willing to or not.
Heavy Metal #298 features three covers to choose from. Click to go to the corresponding page at Previewsworld:
“The adventures of the mind run rampant in this amalgamation of ‘out of this world’ stories.”
–Matt Medney, Heavy Metal CEO
“We’ve been running a lot of themes in the magazine the past several years, and as we reach a milestone, we wanted to celebrate the genres that made this magazine what it is,” explains Managing editor Tim Seeley.
Senior editor R.G. Llarena says, “A good mix of new and established voices who sing in unison for all the cosmos to hear! I hope readers throughout the Multiverse join us in this issue where we celebrate the sci-fi roots of the magazine.”
“Your brain will be reduced to nebula dust if you make it to the end of the issue,” explains content editor Frank Forte.
About Heavy Metal
First published in 1977, Heavy Metal, the world’s foremost illustrated fantasy magazine, explores fantastic and surrealistic worlds, alternate realities, science-fiction and horror in the past, present, and future. Writers and illustrators from around the world take you to places you never dreamed existed. Heavy Metal was the first magazine to bring European legends Moebius, Tanino Liberatore, Philippe Druillet, Enki Bilal, Pepe Moreno and Philippe Caza to the U.S. as well as showcasing American superstars Richard Corben, Jim Steranko and Berni Wrightson. The magazine continues to showcase amazing new talent as well as allow established creators to have “carte blanche.” Heavy Metal magazine is now published six times per year. Most issues feature one or two serialized graphic novels, several short stories, and two artist galleries. Recent creators have featured Grant Morrison, Stephen King, Bart Sears, Tim Seeley and Kevin Eastman. With new CEO Matt Medney at the helm, Heavy Metal promises to boldly go where no magazine has gone before. Explore ancient secrets, forgotten worlds and savage futures…experience Heavy Metal.
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