That drawing of Superman is actually part of a promotion for the film Superman Returns, which was released in 2006. All in all, Heavy Metal is a weird place for that particular crossover to show up.

(Heavy Metal Sky Doll Special, Summer 2006 – Page 32 Science Fiction Book Club ad)

This page illustrates how much variation there is between the word balloons in various panels. That panel in the middle of the page is the worst offender. Why so many words? Why so tiny?

(Heavy Metal Sky Doll Special, Summer 2006 – Page 100 Sky Doll #3: The White City by Barbucci and Canepa)

The character in this panel has proven that he has no ability chill out enough to get to the next level, so he chooses to take an unknown dose of a hallucinogen instead. Which gets us to this page. The character is sexually frustrated, which is why so much of his hallucination has overt sexual imagery.

(Heavy Metal Sky Doll Special, Summer 2006 – Page 82 Sky Doll #2: Aqua by Barbucci and Canepa)

On a previous page, Sky Doll had seen that the person she’s insulting has what amounts to a sex doll laying in his bed, hence the main conflict on this page. And it turns out that insulting a man’s ability to get a woman makes him angry. Who knew?

(Heavy Metal Sky Doll Special, Summer 2006 – Page 44 Sky Doll #1: The Yellow City by Barbucci and Canepa)

The best part of this page is the two cops fondling snacks in the bottom left panel. On another note, this page contains one of the few sucessful executions of the age-old problem of wanting to put a tall panel to the right of two shorter panels. Probably because the bottom left panel is from a completely different scene.

(Heavy Metal Sky Doll Special, Summer 2006 – Page 42 Sky Doll #1: The Yellow City by Barbucci and Canepa)

These four panels are a great depiction of what it’s like to go on a long-distance driving trip with a friend. I really enjoy the pose of the pet looking out the front window.

(Heavy Metal Sky Doll Special, Summer 2006 – Page 27 Sky Doll #1: The Yellow City by Barbucci and Canepa)