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Heavy Metal #298 Heads to the Furthest Reaches with Ben Templesmith, Richard Corben, David Hine, and more!

Heavy Metal Entertainment has announced the release of Heavy Metal #298, the Furthest Reaches Special, coming March 2020. In the lead up to Heavy Metal’s landmark 300th issue, the world’s greatest illustrated science fiction mag will take readers to the edge of the cosmos and beyond with this specially curated issue.

Managing editor Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Halloween, Batman Eternal) helms the intergalactic Heavy Metal starship bound for Alpha Proxima 9! An amazing collection of all-new science fiction tales fills this issue. Stories so twisted they are sure to blow a circuit in that defective cybernetic implant you had inserted into your cerebellum.

In this issue:

  • “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.
  • 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.  
  • “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 “Deathburger” Gonzalez 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. 

Heavy Metal #298 features three covers to choose from:

Cover A: “Taarna” by Esau Escorza & Carlos Villas
Cover B: “Recalculating” by Gabriel Ippoliti
Cover C: by Phil Cohen

Altered Carbon to Get Original Comic Books at Dynamite

Author Richard K. Morgan will bring Altered Carbon, the Philip K. Dick Award-winning novel published by Gollancz in the UK and soon to be adapted as a Netflix television series, to Dynamite Entertainment with all-new, in-continuity stories, exclusively available in the comic book and graphic novel formats.

Altered Carbon takes place four hundred years from now, when mankind is strung out across a region of interstellar space inherited from an ancient civilization discovered on Mars. The colonies are linked together by the occasional sublight colony ship voyages and hyperspatial data-casting. Human consciousness is digitally freighted between the stars and downloaded into bodies as a matter of course. But some things never change. So when ex-envoy, now-convict Takeshi Kovacs has his consciousness and skills downloaded into the body of a nicotine-addicted ex-cop and presented with a catch-22 offer, he really shouldn’t be surprised. Contracted by a billionaire to discover who murdered his last body, Kovacs is drawn into a terrifying conspiracy that stretches across known space and to the very top of society.

Review: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Omnibus TP

DADOES_Omnibus_coverBlade Runner was one of those movies that one has to watch multiple times, to make a proper opinion of it, as everyone I know looks at this work in so many different ways since their first viewing. Just like any movie, you pick up on certain things you never noticed the first time, plus you actually beign to see certain things that other people have pointed out. Personally, I did not like the movie the first time around, I remember being 8 years old, and not getting what the story was about or why Harrison Ford’s character is chasing people around the city. It was not until I was 15 that picked up the source material, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, which blew my mind.

Philip K Dick’s story was miles away from what the movie was in my memory; I cannot even say it captured the essence of the book, as it pretty much was a departure from what the story was altogether. So when the Director’s Cut of Blade Runner came out a few years ago, I finally understood why they never fully realized the original vision, with all the behind the scenes turmoil and the pressures from the studio. As the Director’s cut, prove more faithful, but not so much that it changed my opinion of the movie, which is why I crave for a better adaptation. BOOM! Studios answered that call, with their adaptation a few years ago.

BOOM! recently released an omnibus version of the series, in all of its glory, and collecting all 24 issues of the original entire run of the comic. Unlike most adaptations, this one has got to be the most faithful to the original book than I would have ever imagined, and from reading all those years ago, it still remains intriguing and cerebral in the right marks, much like the book. This adaptation reminds me exactly why I liked Rick Deckard in the book, because he comes off so much like John Wayne’s character in the Searchers, a well worn warrior, who just has one more mission to go on, while searching for these replicants(androids), he actually searches for himself. By story’s end, the reader finds resolve at the same Deckard does, but not without going through change.

Overall, an excellent adaptation, it captures the book in its best lights, as it soars in faithful adaptation where the Watchmen movie, often suffocated. Philip K Dick’s story still stands strong, many years later from its conception, as from the many recollections about his writing process especially on this book, he wrote like a man possessed. The art by Tony Parker and Blond, is a beautiful mixture of 80s comic book art and new school vision. Altogether, a solid book, at 642 pages, for any fan of Philip K Dick, considering one of his other books which has been adapted, is now streaming on Amazon Prime, he is at his best with this book.

Story: Philip K Dick Art: Tony Parker and Blond
Story: 10 Art: 9 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy NOW

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Omnibus TP

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Omnibus TP

Writer: Philip K. Dick
Artist: Tony Parker

San Francisco lies under a cloud of radioactive dust. The World War has killed millions, driving entire species to extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remain covet any living creature, and for people who can’t afford one, companies build incredibly realistic fakes: horses, birds, cats, sheep…even humans. Rick Deckard is an officially sanctioned bounty hunter tasked to find six rogue androids. They’re machines, but look, sound, and think like humans—and infinitely more dangerous.


Amazon’s “Preview Weekend” Features The Man in the High Castle

the man in the high castleAmazon has announced its first-ever special “Preview Weekend” of the critically-acclaimed Amazon Original Series The Man in the High Castle. The pilot and second episode of The Man in the High Castle will be available for no-charge beginning at 12am PST on Friday, October 23rd and ending at 11:59pm PST on Sunday, October 25th in the US and UK. Following the Preview Weekend, the show’s second episode will available exclusively to all Amazon Prime Members, prior to the season launch of all episodes on November 20th.

Based on Phillip K. Dick’s Hugo Award-winning alternate history novel, The Man in the High Castle explores what would have happened if the Allied Powers had lost World War II.

The show was developed by Executive Producer Frank Spotnitz, along with Executive Producers Ridley Scott, David Zucker, Isa Dick Hackett and David Semel – who also directs the pilot episode.  The series stars Alexa Davlos, Rupert Evans, Luke Kleintank, Rufus Sewell, DJ Qualls, Joel De La Fuente and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa.

All episodes of The Man in the High Castle launch on Amazon Video November 20th, exclusively for Prime members.

BOOM! Studios Announces Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Omnibus

BOOM! Studios and Electric Shepherd Productions are pleased to announce they will collect BOOM!’s entire 24-issue Eisner Award-nominated comic adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s groundbreaking science-fiction novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? into a complete softcover omnibus for the first time. The comic series, as realized by artist Tony Parker, was published by BOOM! from 2009-2011. The new collection features a new cover by Mondo artist Jay Shaw and essays from popular industry professionals, including Ed Brubaker, Warren Ellis, and Matt Fraction.

Dick’s novels revolutionized the science fiction genre and influenced many well-known sci-fi films such as Minority Report, Total Recall, and the 1982 Ridley Scott film Blade Runner, which was based directly on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. His novel The Man in the High Castle was recently adapted as a pilot and subsequently ordered to series through Amazon Studios.

In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, San Francisco lies under a cloud of radioactive dust. The World War has killed millions, driving entire species to extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remain covet any living creature, and for people who can’t afford one, companies build incredibly realistic fakes: horses, birds, cats, sheep—even humans. Rick Deckard is an officially sanctioned bounty hunter tasked to find six rogue androids. They’re machines, but look, sound, and think like humans—and infinitely more dangerous.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Omnibus will arrive in comic shops and bookstores this December.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep Omnibus Cover by Jay Shaw

Preview – Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Vol. 6


Written by Philip K. Dick
Drawn by Tony Parker
HC, 144 pgs, FC, SRP: $24.99
COVER: Bill Sienkiewicz
ISBN: 9781608866410
Diamond Code: AUG110895

Worldwide bestselling science fiction writer Philip K. Dick’s award-winning DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? has been called “a masterpiece ahead of its time, even today,” and served as the basis for the film Blade Runner. BOOM! Studios is honored to present the complete novel transplanted into the graphic novel medium, mixing all new panel-to-panel continuity with the actual text from the novel in an innovative, groundbreaking series. Don’t miss this final jaw-dropping volume!