(Metal Hurlant=Screaming Metal, an asteroid, all that remains of a planet destroyed by it’s inhabitants, streaking it’s way through space, screaming in pain, connecting each stand alone story as it passes in this series televised by the SyFy channel.)
The Metal Hurlant Chronicles are a Franco-Belgian (English language) television series being aired back to back on the SyFy network. It is based on the French anthology of science fiction/horror comics begun in 1974, and published in the US under the title ‘Heavy Metal’ (by National Lampoon.)
It was more magazine-like, as it contained articles/reviews on scifi books, films, music and video games.
Published quarterly, then eventually, bi-monthly, it was originally created by Jean Giraud (Moebius), Philippe Druillet, Jean-Pierre Dionnet, Bernard Farkas, better known as ‘Les Humanoïdes Associés’ (United Humanoids), though other artists (including Alejandro Jodorowsky) contributed to it’s pages.
It has been considered one of the first mature ‘adult’ comic books, ceasing publication completely in 2004.
Twenty four, half-hour episodes were filmed. I’ve only begun watching them and am pleasantly, though sometimes confusedly, impressed.
The acting/filming seems like it was done on a shoe-string budget, but gives the feel of a live-action, kind of kitschy, comic book, so thus, hits the mark. The stories, however, I’ve found to be excellent. They’ve had some really unforeseen twists, and there are links connecting (though not necessarily pertinent to the storyline) several of the ones I have watched so far.
All in all, I think they are a worth while half hour of my time, each.