Set in NYC in the 1980’s, Gene Kong is the tale of Eugene Wong, a biogenetics engineer, whose secret backroom experiments have out him far ahead of his colleagues. Sick of the crime and degenerates who have taken over New York, Gene dreams of the day he can clean up his city. Gene, being of small stature and no fighting skills, decides to take things into his own hands and begins injecting himself with the altered DNA of a gorilla. Nothing seems to be happening until one fateful night on a subway train when Gene is accosted by a bunch of hoodlums, his anger somehow ignites these Frankenstein chemicals into action. Let the underworld of NYC beware!
Artist Pepe Moreno was living in the east Village in the 1980’s and would just take a subway ride and his sketchbook when he needed a character for a story. Many of the background extras, as well as speaking characters are based on real people from the neighborhood at that time.
Part 1 of Gene Kong will be in Heavy Metal #278 on sale this Wednesday, and also featuring the debut of Sideshow Collectibles Court of the Dead. The story continues in Heavy Metal #279 which ships Feb. 2016.
Heavy Metal #279 will also feature a special limited edition Gene Kong two-sided variant cover that will be available exclusively at heavymetal.com in Feb. 2016.