Updated on 16 October, 2021
A heavy metal comic book or graphic novel is a comic book series that features images from the world of metal and rock music. In contrast to a regular comic book, the images in these comics are often far more intense and even violent. They are often aimed at an adult audience but they can also be suitable for children. The violence depicted is sometimes graphic enough to disturb many people.
These kinds of comics often have a black and white appearance and are published in single issues. Although there are not a lot of ongoing titles, there are several series of varying length. They include:
The Punisher - Frank Castle is a former private investigator who becomes a masked vigilante killing criminals. The series focuses on Castle's dark humor as well as his fighting skills. It was created by Bill Sienkoff and illustrated by Bob Kane. Castle returns as a guest star in a later issue. There are different writers for this series including John Layman. This series was later made into a movie starring Ben Affleck.
Hellraiser - The main character is Michael Myers, who wears a wig that resembles the devil's horns. This is a dark fantasy and horror graphic novel written and illustrated by Robert Crais. It is the first installment in a series of three. The series has been turned into a successful movie of the same name.
Death of a Superhero - This series follows the life of super villain Doctor Necrotus. He tries to win over the world using his evil plans. The super villain attacks the world using his flying ship, the Eternity.
The Incredible Hulk - The third installment of the comic book series is the second volume where the story begins after the events of the first volume. It is written by James Robinson and drawn by Ross Duffer. It is the first graphic novel not to star Bruce Banner.
No doubt you have heard about the X-Men and their popular TV series. There have also been spinoffs such as New Avengers and X-Men: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. But there has been one comic that has not received much attention when compared to these other superheros. That is the Heavy Metal comic written and illustrated by Bill Finger.
This particular comic is written by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. In addition to writing the comic, they draw the series. For those unfamiliar with these two, they are probably best known for their work on Batman comics and the Dark Knight series of films. There have been severalanthology books written about these characters. For those unfamiliar with the pairing of Batman and Superman, or superheros in general, it would be worth your time to peruse theseanthologies to see what all of the hype is about.
The story begins with a death that is attributed to a supervillain with the codename " Shiva". However, this is not a name that is used by this character. Instead, Shiva is revealed to be a former employee of Doctor Doom. He defects from the good side and tries to destroy the heroes' Multitude.
Shiva is shown to be extremely powerful. He is shown defeating several of the heroes and villains he battles within a matter of minutes. In the final issue, Shiva sacrifices himself by killing himself rather than kill any of the X-Men. It is possible that this is the same death that eventually killed James Wolverine in the second X-Men movie. We will never know.
As you can tell from the title, this comic is highly in popularity. It has even won several awards and is a favorite amongst fans of comic books, superheroes and graphic novels. This is evident by the number of bookstores dedicated to this genre. This popularity also makes for easy availability of this comic. One can find this type of book at most every major book store both in paperback and trade paperback formats.
Heavy Metal Comic has a large following of loyal readers. It has even won multiple awards including the World Comic Con and was a finalist in the 2021 Eisners Awards. Many professional comic book writers have been influenced by this comic. Frank Miller is known to reference Heavy Metal often in his work. Other writers include John Layman, Neil Gaiman and Brian Bendis.