Gates is Heavy Metal Magazine’s new digital comic franchise. If you are unfamiliar with the magazine’s 30 plus years of stories, fear not, it’s new reader friendly and a great place to start.
Heavy Metal Presents: Gates centers on a specially-conceived young man, named Gates, living a wretched existence in an isolated negative utopian society, deep within the caverns of an industrial mountain complex. When he breaks free from his colony he is thrust onto a lush alien world filled with strange creatures, and ruled by Soloman—a nightmarish, god-like overlord. With his organic plant based technology, Soloman captures the humans and is instantly obsessed with the extermination of mankind and all life on the world. With the help of a tribe of intelligent creatures, Gates must learn to use Soloman's organic technology to defeat him and take back a planet which is rightfully his. Gates is an epic tale of discovery and adventure addressing ideas of identity, society, politics, and philosophy, as well as modern concerns, including environmentalism, evolution, and the unintended consequences of scientific and technological experimentation.
The first 5 pages are available today with a new page following weekly. This is most definitely not for everybody but if you appreciate creepy sci-fi stories with great art give this a read before it’s gone.