The story here is okay, but the sequential storytelling is off. Is that panel in the bottom right corner meant to be the last panel on the page or the last panel in the middle tier? There’s a reason why that layout is contraindicated.

(Heavy Metal Genesis Special, Spring 2007 – Page 45 The Guest of Honor by Studio Escletxa)

The art in this story is great. I especially like the picture in the middle of the page, with all of the wine glasses raised in a toast. That’s a great image.

(Heavy Metal Genesis Special, Spring 2007 – Page 44 The Guest of Honor by Studio Escletxa)

This story starts with a cowboy raping a prostitute in the wild west, but the twist is that she’s a vampire that uses her vagina to drain his life-force.

(Heavy Metal Genesis Special, Spring 2007 – Page 6 Petra’s Tale by Kraus and Cole)

It really drives me nuts when people talk about “horror, fantasy, and pin up art” as “this genre.” Surely they are three seperate genres? Although I will give him props to correct usage of the Oxford comma.

(Heavy Metal Issue #229, March 2007 – Page 120 Artist’s Studio on Calandra)

The artwork is what makes this story work. The stark black and white with relatively limited spot color probably draws a lot of its inspiration from Frank Miller’s Sin City, which draws heavily from Hugo Pratt’s Corto Maltese series.

(Heavy Metal Issue #229, March 2007 – Page 94 Pherone by Baggatta by Kalvachev)

This whole story is about Leonardo digging up corpses and stitching them together to create an actual Vitrivian Man. One thing to note – the pouch around the penis was probably drawn in by the staff of Heavy Metal because showing penises was a major no-no during this period of publication.

(Heavy Metal Issue #229, March 2007 – Page 86 Leonardo by Vega)

This isn’t the greatest story in the world, but I do want to draw your attention to the first panel in the second panel, where we can see Goofy in a cameo appearance as a patron in the strip club. It’s less obvious, but the person to the right of him looks an awful lot like the Moebius character Arzach.

(Heavy Metal Issue #229, March 2007 – Page 78 Sataka by Royo)