You know, Heavy Metal should really have taken advantage of that buy 49 keys, get one free deal they were running at Key-mart during Black Friday. Well, hindsight is 20/20 is what they say, isn't it?
According to a press release, the collected edition of Erika Lewis and J.K. Woodward's 49th Key has sold out and will go back to press for a second printing. The press release contains all the juicy insider info you need to know:
49th Key is based on the 16th century legend of Enochian magic, which tells of a secret language of angels. The first chapter in an expansive fantasy series tells of a rogue archeologist and a young mute boy on a treacherous journey through England to bring the boy home. The boy turns out to be the key to a gateway between our world and that of Enochia, a magical society that exists below the Earth's surface, filled with fantasy creatures and highly advanced humans.
"Heavy Metal has always been about unique and imaginative worlds. Erika Lewis and JK Woodward's vision for Enochia is a perfect continuation of that tradition" said Heavy Metal's Jeff Krelitz in the press release. "I couldn't be more excited for this story to be the first to be collected in the modern era of the brand, and am thrilled retailers supported it with such strong orders."
"The script offers a journey of twists, turns and revelations that take the reader through multiple and fantastic settings. It was visually a thrill to paint and challenged me artistically like no other project. I couldn't be prouder to be a part of this," said Woodward.
"A simple visit to the British Museum sparked an idea. While living in London, the story started to come together. And with J.K. Woodward's incredible talent, it now comes to life," added Lewis.
The collected edition of The 49th Key includes 12 new pages from the original serialized version. Just because it's sold out at Diamond doesn't mean your retailer might not have a copy, so head down there and start turning over all the shelves until you find it. In the event they don't have one, a second printing is on the way, and the book is also set to hit bookstores on December 19th.