When you think of Heavy Metal, you might think of dark sci-fi or even erotica, but the magazine has also entered a new market: young adult fantasy.
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Heavy Metal #318, available now, includes the eleventh and final chapter of the comedy Starward, which Heavy Metal describes as “She-Ra meets Sailor Moon and Wonder Woman.” It is the first YA story the magazine has ever published.
Written by Steve Orlando, illustrated by Evan Shavrin, and written by Saida Timofenti, it follows Starward Stephanie Cohen, a pre-medical student whose parents have decided her future.
Although she is heading to medical school, Stephanie’s interests lie strongly in literature – especially myths and folklore. And the night before her twentieth birthday, she gets caught up in one of the stories she loves so much when she is suddenly tasked with uniting the Seven Star Sisters in disguise to defeat Kaos, the villain who is destroying the world.
It might be more than I bargained for.
Check out Starward’s Chapter 11 preview below.
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In addition to being serialized on the pages of Heavy Metal, Starward is also published as a traditional comic series. Version 1 is available now, and version 2 will be available on September 21st. The entire story will be published as a commercial group in 2023.
Heavy Metal #318 concludes the Starward saga like this, and also includes the prequel story Entropy 3320 written by Christopher Priest, a new chapter of the horror comedy The Ax by Brian Posehn and Joe Trohman, and a new Cold Dead War story, among others. The case is now available.
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