Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Grant Morrison has been named Editor-In-Chief of the long-running comics magazine Heavy Metal. Morrison's tenure on the book begins with Heavy Metal's February 2016 issue, with the acclaimed writer aiming to "revamp" some of the magazine's properties and "curate" the stories appearing in the bi-monthly magazine.
“We’re trying to bring back some of that ’70s punk energy of Heavy Metal, but update it and make it new again,” said Morrison. “One of the things I like to do in my job is revamp properties and really get into the aesthetic of something, dig into the roots of what makes it work, then tinker with the engine and play around with it. So for me, it’s an aesthetic thing first and foremost. The idea of immersing myself in the aesthetic of Heavy Metal is exciting. It’s going to change the clothes I wear, the way I create; it’s like a performance for me. Beyond that, just the idea of being able to curate stories, decide the direction of the magazine, and work with great talent and develop new talent is an exciting opportunity.”
Heavy Metal is a long-running comics magazine dating back to 1977, where it was created as a companion to Europe's popular Metal Hurlant comics magazine. For a time, the company was owned by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman, although he sold his interest in 2014 but remained on-board as Publisher.In addition to editing, Morrison will also be contributing prose material and comics, although the artists are not named.
“The first D.C. Comics book I ever picked up was Arkham Asylum. I thought ‘Holy shit! Batman just went Heavy Metal!’” says Jeff Krelitz, co-owner of Heavy Metal. “From the standpoint of what he does and how he tells a story—edgy, provocative, avant-garde—that’s us. And why not? It just makes sense.”
EW states that Heavy Metal will be Morrison's "primary focus" for "at least a year or two," with Morrison himself stating that he wants "to give my attention over to making something that's unique and provactive, a bit more scary for people and challenging."