Heavy Metal to Publish Erika Lewis and J.K. Woodward’s The 49th Key

For nearly 40 years, Heavy Metal has been the leading anthology of science fiction and fantasy, breaking new talent, and providing a platform for legends in comics and genre to push the boundaries of visual storytelling. This tradition continues in The 49th Key, an original story from Erika Lewis and artist J.K. Woodward.

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 autistic and 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.

Erika Lewis and J.K. Woodward’s The 49th Key is a beautifully painted 120 page original graphic novel, which was initially serialized in Heavy Metal Magazine from 2015-2016. This special collection features 12 never-before-seen pages! Value-priced at just $9.99, the graphic novel will arrive on shelves on November 30.

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