Heavy Metal is a publication that has endured, catering to a rather specific audience. The works contained within are often very solid and delve into the more macabre side of things. To celebrate their 271st issue though, the creative talents behind the book felt something special was in order. That something special just so happens to be a team-up with Asylum Press's Frank Forte for Heavy Metal #271 - The Asylum Press Special.
“I’m excited to have been able to put together one of my favorite magazines,” explains Forte, “everyone worked really heard to deliver an issue of Heavy Metal that will be sure to please fans old and new.”
Steve Mannion delivers a nod to Moebius in "Prayer," as William Broad gives us Priests of the Black Death where an order of the Templars has become corrupt and power hungry…for satanism and witchcraft. Dwayne Harris serves up the post-apocalyptic action thriller "Dangerous Curves." Forte and Tim Vigil drop a sick and twisted tale entitled "Allison," David Hartman delivers a short horror story entitled "Pond Scum," where hillbillies hunt for an illusive bog creature. Hilary Barta churns up an EC-styled sci-fi/horror piece called "Evaluation," Robert S. Rhine and Forte knock out a tale of crazed sideshow freaks tabbed "Separation Anxiety" and Elizabeth J. Musgrave conjures an erotic robotic thriller "Lust, Lingerie and Diodes!". "Mutation" is a tale of demented sex in a post-nuke world by Forte and J.C. Wong. Royal McGraw and Adauto Silva invoke "Feast"; after the zombie apocalypse, cities have been rebuilt and restaurants have opened. One chef must prepare a very special meal.
Comics from a cast of international talent also includes: "In The Green Fairy," by Jason Paulos where struggling artist Anton Goffroy finds heaven and hell in the arms of a mysterious sorceress. "Swamp Girl" by Forte and Fabio Nahon takes readers back to a barbarian era where a young girl finds more than she’s looking for in a watery hole of horrors. There's also "Warlash" by Nenad Gucunja, "Sacro Profano" by Mirka and "Mother" by Mark Covell. Gallery sections include concept artist Ben Olson and fine artist Dave Lebow, alongside cover art by Aly Fell.
When asked for a quote, the hard working Steve Mannion said only, “I want to be in that book!”
Heavy Metal #271 can be pre-ordered at your local comic store during the month of August. Just use Diamond Order code: AUG141519. The issue will be on sale at newsstands early October 2014. Full press release below.