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Preview: Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Blood #6

Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Blood #6

(W) Tom Peyer, Robert Jeschonek
(A) Alan Robinson, Greg Scott
(C) Alan Robinson
March 31, 2021
$4.99

“MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH”: The 1% think a pandemic is no threat to them in a ridiculously far-fetched tale by Tom Peyer and artist Alan Robinson. “BON BON”: Poe’s real-life rival Rufus W. Griswold has an ill-advised spat with the Devil. PLUS: Prose fiction, beautifully illustrated in the mighty AHOY manner!

Edgar Allan Poe's Snifter of Blood #6

Preview: Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Blood #5

EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF BLOOD #5

(W) Paul Cornell, Kek-w
(A) Greg Scott, Alberto Ponticelli
(C) Alan Robinson
February 24, 2021
$4.99

Sherlock Holmes returns to investigate murders from two Poe stories, but things get confusing in “The Adventure of the Three Narrators” by Paul Cornell (Doctor Who) and Greg Scott (HIGH HEAVEN). Plus! A sea calamity yields absurd surprises in Poe’s “Ms Found in a Bottle” by Kek-w (2000 AD) and Alberto Ponticelli (BRONZE AGE BOOGIE)!

Plus the usual AHOY illustrated prose stories.

EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF BLOOD #5

Preview: Penultiman #5

PENULTIMAN #5

(W) Tom Peyer
(A) Alan Robinson
(C) Alan Robinson
February 17, 2021
$3.99

Final issue! Penultiman’s artificial understudy, Antepenultiman, has patiently tried to repair the superhero’s self-loathing attitude—but now the android’s patience is gone! Can a sidekick force a hero to heal?

Also: bonus illustrated prose stories!

PENULTIMAN #5

Preview: Penultiman #4

PENULTIMAN #4

(W) Tom Peyer
(A) Alan Robinson
(C) Alan Robinson
January 13, 2021
$3.99

Early retirement torments Penultiman—but he just might have found the right motivational speaker to dig him out of his rut! (SPOILER: It’s the WRONG motivational speaker!) Meanwhile, Penultiman’s android assistant, Antepenultiman, builds an artificial sidekick of its own! Also: bonus illustrated prose stories!

PENULTIMAN #4

Preview: Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Blood #3

EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF BLOOD #3

(W) Rachel Pollack, Shaun Manning
(A) Alan Robinson, Greg Scott
(C) Jon Proctor
December 23, 2020
$4.99

Writer Rachel Pollack and artist Alan Robinson take on “The Mystery of Marie Roget,” in which Poe writes a dull story and gets irritated when everyone hates it. Shaun Manning adapts and Greg Scott draws our second version of “The Cask of Amontillado” in as many issues—but this one has killer robots! Plus: Prose, pictures, and possibly poems!

EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF BLOOD #3

Preview: Penultiman #3

Penultiman #3

(W) Tom Peyer
(A) Alan Robinson
(C) Alan Robinson
December 9, 2020
$3.99

Penultiman seeks a way out of his emotional spiral by reading a self-help book about positivity, then starts acting like a jerk in public. His android understudy, Antepenultiman, ruins Penultiman’s secret identity. Plus the usual AHOY extra prose stories and illustrations!

Penultiman #3

Preview: Penultiman #2

Penultiman #2

(W) Tom Peyer
(A/C) Alan Robinson
November 11, 2020
$3.99

His confidence shattered, 2020’s most magnificent superhero seeks reassurance from a strange source: his incarcerated arch-adversary, terror-scientist Zev Zollo! PLUS: text features and short prose fiction, illustrated to the ultimate!

Penultiman #2

Review: Penultiman #1

Penultiman #1

There’s been numerous comic series that have launched that are deconstructions or explorations of the superhero. Many have gone on to be praised and considered modern classics. Some have fallen a bit flat. There’s also a point where you wonder if there’s anything new to explore. Penultiman #1 is a worthy entry in that genre taking a different angle exploring superheroes.

Written by Tom Peyer, Penultiman #1 explores a hero who has no confidence. He’s Superman who has been taken being cast out as a blow. Sent back in time from the future, he seems to be on a mission to prove himself worthy to return but taking it all a bit personal resulting in a bit of self-hatred.

Peyer gives us an interesting take on the concept. This is a hero who’s driven by a desire of approval from parents he thinks have rejected him. That lack of confidence extends to his alter-ego whose stumbling doesn’t come off as much as an attempt to protect his secret identity as it does an extension of his personal issues.

But, it feels like it wouldn’t be a comic from AHOY if it took itself too seriously. Peyer infuses the comic with a lot of humor. By the end of the issue it’s clear that this isn’t quite going to be a serious look at the superhero psyche but instead a humorous play on it all. We’ll find out more with the second issue of course.

That humorous tone is helped by the art of Alan Robinson who’s joined by Lee Loughridge on color and Rob Steen with lettering. The modern world of Penultiman is what you might expect with superheroes. It’s nice to look at and the designs are fun. But, there’s the future where things are… odd. That’s the point I realized the comic wasn’t as serious as it might be. The designs there are just weird and funny, and add a bit of quirk to the comic that helps drag it back into the world of fun and not so dour. The art “lifts” the comic in a way and adds enjoyment to the story.

As it’s an AHOY comic, the issue is packed with extras including three prose entries from Kek-W, Chris Lundy, and Philip Ellis, and art by Rob Steen, Joe Orsak, and Elliot Mattice. These are all entertaining and a bit all over in content but to me, it’s the bonus for a comic I’d buy otherwise. It “adds value” to something I’d already get and read.

Penultiman #1 is an interesting comic with what feels like a new take on the examination of the superhero. It does it as well without taking itself too seriously. The combination of something to say with some humor feels welcome in the space and where the series goes should be interesting. It’s definitely a comic to keep an eye on and might be one that gets folks buzzing.

Story: Tom Peyer, Kek-W, Chris Lundy, Philip Ellis Art: Alan Robinson, Rob Steen, Joe Orsak, Elliot Mattice
Color: Lee Loughridge Letterer: Rob Steen
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

AHOY Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Penultiman #1

PENULTIMAN #1

(W) Tom Peyer
(A) Alan Robinson
(C) A: Alan Robinson B: Jamal Igle
October 7, 2020
$3.99

Back from the future—again! Penultiman, The Next-To-Last-Stage In Human Evolution, is the greatest, best-looking, and most admired super-hero in the world! So how can he stop hating himself? His android understudy, Antepenultiman, thinks he knows the answer! Created by Tom Peyer (THE WRONG EARTH) and Alan Robinson (PLANET OF THE NERDS).

Featuring a variant cover by Jamal Igle (THE WRONG EARTH, Black). Resolicited from the Plague Times – all previous orders have been cancelled.

All AHOY books feature additional prose stores and art.

PENULTIMAN #1

AHOY Comics Announces New Comics and more Second Coming and Wrong Earth

AHOY Comics has announced its fifth wave of new titles to be published this fall and winter. The jam-packed line-up builds on AHOY’s tendency to tackle serious topics with their signature off-kilter humor. Readers will recoil from the brutal “Joy Police” in the brand new dystopian work Happy Hour from Peter Milligan and Michael Montenat; return to the world of Second Coming as Jesus and his roomie Sunstar deal with science denial and mass extinction; and pity Penultiman, the highly anticipated superhero title by Tom Peyer and Alan Robinson that questions what exactly humanity is evolving towards. Rounding out the list is a second season of smash hit The Wrong Earth, where sunny Dragonflyman and his dark reflection Dragonfly finally meet face to face, and a fresh season of boozy literary parodies under an all-new name—Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Blood—which will now feature a different cover artist each month, starting with the legendary Jill Thompson.

AHOY’s Wave 5 includes:

PENULTIMAN #1

Ship date: 7 October 2020
Author(s): Tom Peyer  
Artist(s): Alan Robinson
Cover Artist(s): Alan Robinson, Jamal Igle

Back from the future—again! Penultiman, The Next-To-Last-Stage In Human Evolution, is the greatest, best-looking, and most admired super-hero in the world! So how can he stop hating himself? His android understudy, Antepenultiman, thinks he knows the answer! Created by Tom Peyer (THE WRONG EARTH) and Alan Robinson (PLANET OF THE NERDS). Featuring a variant cover by Jamal Igle (THE WRONG EARTH, Black). Resolicited from the Plague Times – all previous orders have been cancelled.

EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF BLOOD #1

Ship Date: 21 October 2020
Authors: Paul Cornell, Dean Motter
Artists: Russ Braun, Dean Motter
Cover Artist: Jill Thompson

The SNIFTER OF TERROR returns with an all-star snark-fest under a bloody new title! Paul Cornell (Doctor Who) and Russell Braun (The Boys) reimagine Poe’s “Black Cat”––as a dog! In “Atlas Shrugged” (no relation), Mr. X creator Dean Motter settles science vs. religion once and for all! Plus: prose, pix, and a cover by Scary Godmother’s Jill Thompson!

EDGAR ALLAN POE'S SNIFTER OF BLOOD #1

HAPPY HOUR #1

Ship date: 4 November 2020
Author: Peter Milligan 
Artist: Michael Montenat
Cover Artist: Michael Montenat

In future America, being happy isn’t just a right—it’s the law. While the Joy Police brutally enforce the cheery code, two young people go on the run, searching for a haven of melancholy where they can safely bask in the blues.

HAPPY HOUR #1

SECOND COMING: ONLY BEGOTTEN SON #1

Ship date: 16 December 2020
Author: Mark Russell
Artists: Richard Pace, Leonard Kirk
Cover artist: Richard Pace

The savior and the superhero return for a new round of shared adventures­­––but first we turn back time to witness the interplanetary origin of Sunstar! Warning: portrays science denial, mass extinction, and real estate sales!

SECOND COMING: ONLY BEGOTTEN SON #1

THE WRONG EARTH: NIGHT & DAY #1

Ship date: 6 January 2021
Author(s): Tom Peyer  
Artist(s): Jamal Igle, Juan Castro
Cover Artist(s): Jamal Igle

The stars of THE WRONG EARTH and DRAGONFLY & DRAGONFLYMAN return! Racing to prevent identical catastrophes that threaten the separate earths they inhabit, gritty Dragonfly and his campy doppelganger Dragonflyman follow the clues to a third earth, where they at last come face-to-face!

THE WRONG EARTH: NIGHT & DAY #1
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