Review: The Wrong Earth #1
On one world, Dragonflyman and his sidekick Stinger enjoy a life of adventure. On another Earth, the Dragonfly hunts criminal parasites like a lethal exterminator. But what happens when these two heroes change places?
AHOY Comics launches their imprint with this superhero series which is as much a spoof as it is a serious take on the genre. The concept of the multiverse is popular in comics and this series is running with that with a concept like we’ve seen before, but I couldn’t tell you exactly where.
The Wrong Earth #1 has two Earths where one superhero is the classic positive one that works with the police and their counterpart on another Earth is the gritty version who murders and is wanted by the police. The series is a fun take on the classic and modern superhero with a Freaky Friday sort of twist as the two switch places in a way.
Writer Tom Peyer nails the differing tones of the characters with ease resulting in a story that’s a send-up of comics in a way. There’s the classic story which really does feel like a golden age tale. It has the tone and interactions down perfect. The grittier version is so over the top it’s hard to not laugh in a good way. Peyer doesn’t take either seriously as both are played to extremes in their own way.
The art by Jamal Igle nails the switch down too. Each Earth and character is different in so many ways yet the basics are there. The style itself switches in a subtle way that becomes more noticeable as the two characters switch spots. It’s a great idea and really emphasizes dueling eras. All of the characters are so detailed and all will remind you of others in a way. It’s as much it’s own thing design wise as it is an homage to what has come before, similar to the concept and story.
But beyond that main story, which would be more than enough AHOY promises more from their comics. There’s a “Golden Age” solo story featuring Stinger, Dragonflyman’s sidekick. Written by Paul Constant and art by Frank Cammuso, the story has the “golly gee” vibe about itself and then you get to the end… really was expecting that twisted end.
And there’s even more! Grant Morrison provides a prose story with art by Rob Steen and a cartoon is provided by Shannon Wheeler. It all comes together to create an experience that feels jam packed and you can take on as much as you want.
AHOY promised a lot going into this debut and they have delivered a comic that feels at times more magazine than comic (in a good way). You really feel like you get a lot out of this and if this is the start, I can’t wait to see what’s next.
Story: Tom Peyer, Paul Constant, Grant Morrison, Shannon Wheeler
Art: Jamal Igle, Frank Cammuso, Rob Steen, Shannon Wheeler
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 20 Recommendation: Buy
AHOY Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review