New Horror Comic Series Planned For Heavy Metal Magazine

A new horror comic book series–written by Brendan Columbus and illustrated by Al Barrionuevo–will premier in the landmark 300th issue of Heavy Metal, according to SYFY Wire.

The new series, Savage Circus, relates the story of a hamlet called Basin Bay, a small mining town in Ohio that comes under attack by “the most dangerous animals in the world,” said Columbus, the son of writer/director Chris Columbus of Gremlins fame.

Columbus told SYFY Wire that the comic follows the problems experienced when a circus train packed with ferocious animals collected by ringmaster Lewis Savage crashes in the little town. It’s up to Deputy Brady Harrison to contain the wild animals and beat back the horror and bloodshed.

The series is planned for issues No. 300 through 309 of Heavy Metal this summer. The comics then will be collected and published In a graphic novel that is expected to be available for the San Diego Comic-Con in 2021.

Columbus even mentioned the possibility of the series, if successful, being adapted as a movie sometime in the future.

The comic, Columbus said, “started out as an original script I was writing right after I got out of college. I had this idea this thing would never sell. But I loved it.”

Matt Medley of Heavy Metal told SYFY Wire that the way Columbus tells a story is “concise and yet expansive. It’s rare.” The planned graphic novel, he added, “allows the imagination to run rampant.”

Keep reading Horror News Network for updates on the series, the graphic novel and any film adaptation down the road.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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