Heavy Liquid (comics)

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Heavy Liquid
Publication information
Publisher Vertigo
Format Limited series
Publication date October 1999 – February 2000
Number of issues 5
Creative team
Writer(s) Paul Pope
Artist(s) Paul Pope
Creator(s) Paul Pope
Collected editions
Heavy Liquid ISBN 1-4012-1949-7

Heavy Liquid is a five-issue limited series written by Paul Pope which has science fiction and cyberpunk elements.[1]


A former police officer known only as "S" operates as a private detective based in New York City, finding people and objects for a fee. S steals a quantity of a strange substance called "Heavy Liquid". On its own, it is a metallic-liquid explosive, but it turns into "black milk" when cooked, and exhibits mind-altering, drug-like properties. A mysterious art collector who also has a quantity of Heavy Liquid wishes to hire S to find a missing artist named Rodan Esperella (coincidentally S's ex-lover), whom he hopes will create a piece out of the Heavy Liquid for him. In the meantime, assassins are on S's trail, looking to retrieve the stolen Heavy Liquid. S finally trails Esperella to Paris, and he tries to broker a deal between her and the art collector. Esperella promises to sculpt a masterpiece on the condition that she never see S again. His job done, S boards a train heading to Rome, where he is cornered by one of his pursuers. S then discovers from his pursuer that the Heavy Liquid is alien in origin, and may even possess some form of consciousness. Ingesting the drug himself, S escapes by jumping on to another train, his physical abilities dramatically increased by the Heavy Liquid. S comes to understand its nature as a medium containing an alien intelligence. Ultimately, on the European train, S experiences first contact with the being.[1][2]

Collected editions[edit]

The full series was collected in a single hardcover from DC Comics (ISBN 1-40121-949-7).


  1. ^ a b Irvine, Alex (2008). "The Extremist". In Dougall, Alastair. The Vertigo Encyclopedia. New York: Dorling Kindersley. p. 71. ISBN 0-7566-4122-5. OCLC 213309015. 
  2. ^ Arnold, Andrew D. (2001-03-16). "Don't Put That Stuff in Your Ear!". Time magazine.