It’s very interesting to read commentary on contemporary politics in these pages, even if they’re no more than a paragraph or two. The letters here also hit the recurring theme of “why can’t we get more reprints?” with an explanation that the early publishing contracts were really crappy and that rights issues are an absolute mess.

(Heavy Metal #241, May 2009 – Page 6 Publisher’s Note)

This is a pretty interesting four panel sequence that tells a concise story. Some of the artwork is a bit silly, but it’s still a solid piece of visual storytelling.

(Heavy Metal Cryptic Special, Spring 2009 – Page 109 Descur – Chapter 2: Hakeem by Giordani, Laub, Campos, Merker, Angrand and Nelson)

In the bottom right hand corner, I would like to direct your attention to a solid reason why caption boxes are a good idea. If you’re going to eschew caption boxes, make sure that your text contrasts with the artwork it overlays.

(Heavy Metal Cryptic Special, Spring 2009 – Page 93 Descur – Chapter 2: Hakeem by Giordani, Laub, Campos, Merker, Angrand and Nelson)

Despite the fact that it’s been months since the first episode of this story was published, the creators jumped straight into the next episode without giving readers any kind of context or information. Pure action!

(Heavy Metal Cryptic Special, Spring 2009 – Page 83 Descur – Chapter 2: Hakeem by Giordani, Laub, Campos, Merker, Angrand and Nelson)

These order forms are always especially entertaining to me. The fact that in 2009, a magazine was requesting readers to tear the page out, print (oh so very carefully) the titles they wanted, then writing down a credit card number and mailing the whole thing in to NYC seems crazy to me.

(Heavy Metal Cryptic Special, Spring 2009 – Page 81 Adult Source Media Order Form)

The use of greys in this page is comendable. However, the fact that the main character is wearing a pair of panties is less so. I do like the downward-pointing arrow on her stomach, though. The outfit wasn’t suggestive enough without it.

(Heavy Metal Cryptic Special, Spring 2009 – Page 58 Battery Acid by Riegel, Arce and Orpheushadow)