Heavy Metal Magazine Presents Gates

Fans of Heavy Metal are a unique breed. Not to say anything derogative about them, but Heavy Metal definitely has a niche audience. Ideally, the audience will translate over to the new digital comic Gates and tell others as well.

Written and illustrated by Hal Hefner, Heavy Metal Presents: Gates is a free online comic that centers on a specially-conceived young man named Gates. He lives an undesired life in a negative utopian society inside a mountain. Yep, a mountain. He escapes the society but is then faced with a lush new world where there's a god-like overlord named Soloman. The ruler captures humans with the aim of eliminating all humans from the world. Gates must learn to use Soloman's organic technology to defeat him and reclaim the planet.

If you're interested you can check out more about the work at http://gates.heavy.metal.com. Full press release after the jump.


December 8, 2010 (Los Angeles, CA) – Heavy Metal magazine today released a two-page preview of its very first digital comic franchise, Heavy Metal Presents: Gates, by writer and illustrator Hal Hefner. The comic debuts online for free on 1.1.11 at http://gates.heavymetal.com.

Heavy Metal Presents: Gates centers on a specially-conceived young man, named Gates, living a wretched existence in an isolated negative utopian society, deep within the caverns of an industrial mountain complex. When he breaks free from his colony he is thrust onto a lush alien world filled with strange creatures, and ruled by Soloman—a nightmarish, god-like overlord. With his organic plant based technology, Soloman captures the humans and is instantly obsessed with the extermination of mankind and all life on the world. With the help of a tribe of intelligent creatures, Gates must learn to use Soloman's organic technology to defeat him and take back a planet which is rightfully his. Gates is an epic tale of discovery and adventure addressing ideas of identity, society, politics, and philosophy, as well as modern concerns, including environmentalism, evolution, and the unintended consequences of scientific and technological experimentation.

In addition to the preview pages, fans of the legendary magazine can view a trailer, story synopsis, character biographies and more at http://gates.heavymetal.com.

For further news and information, please visit http://gates.heavymetal.com.

About Heavy Metal
Heavy Metal is a bi-monthly magazine that features art and comics, often focused on the science fiction and fantasy genres, known primarily for its blend of dark fantasy/science fiction and erotica. It was first published in 1977 and has since expanded into films, music soundtracks, video games and more. Artists featured in the magazine have included H.R. Giger, Moebius and Frank Miller, and writers such as William S. Burroughs.

About Hal Hefner
Hal Hefner is an artist, illustrator and writer whose art has been featured in games, websites, print, comic books and more for clients such as the Han Solo Adventures video game, Team Zenyatta, Hero Games/Evil Hat Productions, Spacedog Entertainment, Breygent Marketing, Alderac Entertainment Group, Nifty Comics, Strange Horizons, Nova Eth Publishing and many more.