Heavy Metal Launching Graphic Novel Series The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Kevin Eastman, owner/publisher of Heavy Metal, announced the first major event for the year-long 35th anniversary celebration of the magazine with the launch of The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, a three-book series featuring the stories of Michael Mendheim and art of Simon Bisley.
The End is Here - Welcome to the Apocalypse! Raised by the Order of Solomon, Adam Cahill is one of a rare handful of highly trained warriors bound by bloodline to guard the Seven Holy Seals that contain the End of Days. But ageless forces have conspired toward a prophetic event foretold by numerous cultures and multiple religions, and when that cryptic date arrives, they strike against the order without mercy! Adam's world is shattered, his family murdered, and he is sent spiraling into Hell itself. There, he must find three corrupt souls, chosen by Divinity, to join him in battle against the legendary Horsemen of the Apocalypse. These broken individuals must band together to not only save their own souls but decide the fate of Humanity.
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is a dark, gritty, action-horror story inspired by the biblical tale of Armageddon. In addition to the works of Simon Bisley, the series will feature co-writers Mike Kennedy and Sean Jaffe with additional art by the late Stan Winston, Tim Bradstreet, Chad Fidler, Mike "Rusty" Drake, Joel Boucquemont, and Dave DeVries. The colorist is Chad Fidler, and cover art is by Ivan Khivrenko.
Part 1 is entitled "Helldiver", and you can check out the cover art below. Parts 2 and 3 are entitled "The Chosen" and "End of Days," respectively.
Eastman states, “This incredible series will also include special fan incentives and social media-focused promotions and preview exclusives that aim to thrill our die-hard fans, friends, fans and Heavy Metal followers.” For instance, if you visit the official The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse website, you can download a free seven-[age sneak preview of "Helldiver".
"I feel we have created a top-notch horror story that combines the feel of the Matrix with Hellraiser," said Michael Mendheim, creator and writer. “This project has demanded a lot of passion and commitment, and it really shows.” Mendheim continues, “The partnership with Heavy Metal is one that Simon and I are thrilled to have. They are the perfect publisher for this event.”
Comics legend Simon Bisley says, “A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into making this book the book it is – it’s very gratifying that it has found a good home with Kevin Eastman and Heavy Metal Magazine - I take my hat off to Michael for entrusting me with this huge project.”
Eastman adds, "I've been a huge fan of Michael’s project from the moment I first saw it. The added bonus of the Four Horsemen series is that we also get to work with my long-time friend Simon Bisley again. And to add to the 35th anniversary celebration efforts for this Heavy Metal project, we will be offering special incentives and preview exclusives for our friends, fans and retailers."
Eastman continues with, “One of the great promotions we have lined up is the Pestilence Art Contest on our Facebook page. Someone will win an original signed painting from Simon Bisley, and ten finalists will be celebrated in the September issue of Heavy Metal!”
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