In the lead up to its landmark 300th issue, Heavy Metal is going back to its sci-fi roots with a special preview release of Heavy Metal Magazine #298, The "Furthest Reaches" Special to be launched March 2020, exclusive to Bleeding Cool.
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. Preview unavailable.
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. Preview unavailable.
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 Gonzalez (Deathburger) 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.
I'm Sorry is a paradoxical tale about time and the universe. Script by Alberto Rayo, Art by Dary Huari, color by Isai Munake and lettering by Diego Revelo.
In Sacred Geometry, Baron Edwin G. Krambiss ponders about geometry and the secret of existence. Written and Illustrated by Michael E. Bennett
Heavy Metal #298 features three alternate covers to choose from.
Cover A: Taarna by Esau Escorza & Carlos Villas
Cover B: Recalculating by Gabriel Ippoliti
Cover C: by Phil Cohen
Heavy Metal CEO, Matt Medney says, "The adventures of the mind run rampant in this amalgamation of 'out of this world' stories."
"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.
Heavy Metal Magazine can be pre-ordered at comic book stores across the world. FOC date is the 31st January and he magazine will be published on March 4th in comic stores, on newsstands, and in Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million.