SAVAGE SWORD OF JESUS CHRIST preview
Originally planed for 2004
THE SAVAGE SWORD OF JESUS CHRIST
A title from the aborted second wave of creator-owned comics announced by Morrison following his return to DC, Savage Sword was a spiritual sequel to the earlier controversy-baiting New Adventures of Hitler. Presumably Savage Sword’s barbed satire would be directed at the state of America under Fundamentalist Christian George W. Bush, as New Adventures’ was aimed at Thatcher’s Britain in the late eighties.
Teased on the short-lived Crack Comics website, Morrison revealed in a 2011 interview with Judge Dredd Megazine that Savage Sword was never finished, at least partially because he no longer felt such a strong urge to provoke, at least not to the heady heights of tabloid furore and questions in Parliament that he reached with Hitler.
It is now finished and on it’s way in the pages of HEAVY METAL #284
HEAVY METAL #284
(W/A) Various (CA) Luis Royo
Grant Morrison continues his reign as Editor-in-Chief by contributing two new tales to shock and outrage! The first is sci-fi epic Mythopia, written by Morrison with layouts by publisher, Kevin Eastman, and art by Bill Sienkienwicz. The second is a tale of sword, sorcery, and psychopaths in The Savage Sword of Jesus Christ! Also on deck is a new story by Eniki Bilal and the continuation of Salsa Invertebraxa by Mozchops and Zentropa by John Mahoney. The cover is a wraparound cover of Heavy Metal’s iconic warrior queen Taarna by Luis Royo. Cover B is a painted cover of Adolf Hitler facing off against a sword weilding take on the Christ by famed painter Ken Kelley (Kiss Destroyer and Love Gun album covers). Cover C… well, that’s the best surprise of all! (STL026205) (C: 0-1-0)
TAARNA BY ROYO COVER—Magazine, SC, 144pgs, FC $8.95
HITLER VS. JESUS COVER—Magazine, SC, 144pgs, FC $8.95
COVER C—Magazine, SC, 144pgs, FC $8.95
On Sale December 28