I want to draw your attention to the fact that the newspaper has not been translated from French, the way the rest of the page has been. Also interesting is how the pink is used as a spot color amongst the earth tones.

(Heavy Metal Issue #215, September 2004 – Page 54 Regulator #2 – Hestia by Corbeyran and Moreno)

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This section of the story is entitled The Biapolis Notebooks. In theory, it’s a creative way to present backstory. In practice, the colors are all a a variety of earthtones. I did like the facial tattoos on this page, though.

(Heavy Metal Issue #215, September 2004 – Page 24 Regulator #2 – Hestia by Corbeyran and Moreno)

It’s always interesting when Kofoed brings the focus back to the local neighborhood. In this case, Mars. I really like the little diagram on the left of the page, especially the bit that points out where the boat is.

(Heavy Metal Issue #215, September 2004 – Page 12 Galactic Geographic by Kofoed)

This opening of the story leans heavily into what the woman is wearing – a skintight white t-shirt and a miniskirt, both of which get wet in the third panel. The main part of the story has an interesting concept – she ends up playing a video game which she gets sucked into. But I thought the approach here was more worthy of comment.

(Heavy Metal Issue #215, September 2004 – Page 82 Game Over by Xalabarder)

Ignore (if you can) the crazed background. Pay attention to the words. Halfway down, he starts talking about how his piece has been used in a variety of 9/11 benefits. From this distance, it reads very different than it did at the time.

(Heavy Metal Issue #215, September 2004 – Page 8 Gallery on Paluzzi)

The best part of this feature is the box in the bottom right corner. It’s obvious that the writer ran out of material for the space provided, so he threw in an appreciation for his boss.

(Heavy Metal Issue #215, September 2004 – Page 15 Dossier by Ringgenberg)