Peach Momoko draws Taarna after first three issues sell out

Taarna, The Last Taarakian #1
(Image credit: Peach Momoko (Heavy Metal))

Heavy Metal's trademark heroine Taarna returned to comics back in December, and I think you can say it was a hit. Newsarama has confirmed that the first three issues of Taarna, The Last Taarakian (opens in new tab) have all sold out on a distributor level, leaving those interested to scour their local comic shop or buy it on digital platforms.

Taarna, The Last Taarakian #1's first printing cover by Christian Ward (Image credit: Christian Ward (Heavy Metal))
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With that, the publisher is going back for a second printing of Taarna, The Last Taarakian #1 - and they're making it special. They've enlisted Marvel-exclusive artist Peach Momoko to venture outside of the House of Ideas to draw their heroine for a second printing cover only available by ordering directly through Heavy Metal itself.

“It is always a pleasure and honor to be working with Heavy Metal," Momoko says in the announcement. "Many of the artists that I am inspired by are major Heavy Metal artists, so I am glad I can be a part of the history."

(Image credit: Peach Momoko (Heavy Metal))
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That would of course mean Moebius, whose series Arzach (opens in new tab) was the inspiration for Taarna's debut in the 1981 animated film Heavy Metal (opens in new tab).

"It's been an honor to bring Taarna to a modern audience and build this story with some of the most talented artists in the industry,” says current Taarna writer Stephanie Phillips. “I'm so pleased we've been able to add our names to Taarna's storied history."

This second printing of Taarna, The Last Taarakian #1, with the Momoko cover and the 'behind the scenes' extras, is available for order now on HeavyMetal.com. Retailers can order copies at a discounted wholesale rate here. The deadline for pre-orders is April 21, with a planned May 19 on-sale date.

Taarna, The Last Taarakian #4 (of 6) hit stands this week.

Can't wait? Taarna is available on most digital comics platforms. For the best digital comics reading experience, check out Newsarama's list of the best digital comics readers for Android and iOS devices.

Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)