As regularly occurs at least once or twice a year, last week I began sifting though my collection of old comic book sci-fi and fantasy magazines published in the early 1980’s. I’m talking about issues of Heavy Metal and Epic Illustrated.
I love those periodicals! During those days, I already had an affinity for Batman and the Justice League, but it was in those monthly and quarterly magazines that I got my first taste of the visual representations of otherworldly planets, aliens, future tech and sword and sorcery. It’s where I first read Dredstar by Jim Starlin, Marada the She-Wolf by Chris Claremont and John Bolton, Ken Steacy’s The Sacred and the Profane, and the works of Richard Corben, William Kaluta, Kent Williams, Jon J. Muth and Jeffrey jones amongst so many others.
The stories and art in those magazines led to reading monthly comics like Alien Legion by Carl Potts, Alan Zelenetz, Frank Cirocco and Terry Austin, and Six From Sirius by Doug Moench and Paul Gulacy and, more recently (and more to the point) Black Science from Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera.
Why “more to the point”?
Because acclaimed writer Rick Remender is behind this week’s must-have Wednesday Run: Seven To Eternity #1!
Seven To Eternity #1
Written by: Rick Remender
Illustrated by: Jerome Opena and Matt Hollingsworth
Published by: Image Comics
Coming off of his Black Science success, (also from Image Comics and still being regularly published, as the tale of the universal “onion” unfolds each month), Rick Remender now joins forces with fan-favourite artist Jerome Opena and one of the industry’s best colourists in Matt Hollingsworth, to present another sci-fi epic with a fantasy bent!
Seven To Eternity is definitely a science fiction and fantasy throwback to those early 1980’s magazines I mentioned earlier. Here’s the story of Adam Osidis, a dying knight from a disgraced house who is about to make a most fateful decision.
In a land under the grip of the antagonistic and threatening God of Whispers, Osidis must join a rag-tag band of magic users in a hopeless bid to forever free their world of his malevolent presence.
Or Osidis must break with the honour of his shattered house and bend his knee to this enslaver of worlds…and receive all of his heart’s desires in the act.
It’s a tough choice, one that will be played out monthly in the eagerly anticipated series!
Make the run to your local comic book shop today and relive the brilliance of old school sci-fi fantasy, here in the era of early twentieth century comic books! Pick up Seven To Eternity #1 – and tell us what you thought of the space-faring ride!