Last week’s Heavy Metal Magazine #309 included the second chapter of The Adventures of Adrienne James, an ongoing sci-fi adventure serial the publisher describes as “female Indiana Jones in space.” The serial is co-written by Heavy Metal CEO Matthew Medney and Bruce Edwards, illustrated by Geraldo Borges, colored by Felipe Sobreiro, and lettered by Saida Temofonte. Today The Beat is pleased to present an exclusive six-page excerpt from the recently-released chapter of the series.

Main cover to Heavy Metal Magazine #309 by Kai Carpenter

Here’s how Heavy Metal describes The Adventures of Adrienne James:

In a far-off galaxy obsessed with rarity and the exotic treasures of a million
worlds, thousands of treasure-hunting factions vie for the rarest treasure of them all—the fabulous and mysterious E-Ra-Du!

Long rumored to be the source of ultimate power and hidden somewhere in the galaxy by the long-lost Elders, the E-Ra-Du holds the key to dominance over the cosmos. The star-scattered secrets leading to it and the spoils it promises have long been lost over eons. And now AeroJ, capital of the galaxy, is rocked by the death of the leader of the virtuous Lumans, Waldun Li, while he and his partner, the intrepid and infamous Adrienne James, were hot on the trail of the E-Ra-Du!

Still reeling from his shocking death, Adrienne, who must now take on the mantle of High Luman, is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime—which begins, of course, at her own funeral…

Along with serialization in Heavy Metal MagazineThe Adventures of Adrienne James will also be released in single-issue format as part of Heavy Metal’s “Elements” line of titles. The first issue of that series will arrive later this year. The single-issue will also include behind-the-scenes content not seen in the Heavy Metal serials.

Check out the excerpt, as well as the variant cover for Heavy Metal Magazine #309 by artist Tom Jilessen, below. The issue is on store shelves now, and the first issue of the single-issue The Adventures of Adrienne James series is due in stores this winter.