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AHOY Announces an Exclusive Deal with Diamond and Upcoming Release Dates

Diamond Book Distributors has signed a distribution agreement with AHOY Comics. Diamond Book Distributors will exclusively distribute AHOY Comics trade paperbacks to the traditional book market, while Diamond Comic Distributors will distribute the books to the comic book specialty market.

The independent, Syracuse-based publisher was founded by Hart Seely, an award-winning journalist whose work has been featured in The New York Times and on National Public Radio. In recent weeks, AHOY Comics acquired the publishing rights to the controversial comic book series, Second Coming, the satirical comic book series in which Jesus Christ resumes His Holy Mission. In the series by The New York Times bestselling writer Mark Russell and acclaimed artist Richard Pace, God commands Earth’s mightiest superhero, Sunstar, to accept Jesus Christ as his roommate and teach him how to use His power in a… more powerful way.Second Coming will be released on July 10, ahead of San Diego Comic Con and following the release of the High Heaven trade paperback.

Timed to today’s announcement, AHOY Comics officially announced the release dates for its first three trade paperback collections. The Wrong Earth, the acclaimed superhero satire that introduced fan favorites Dragonfly and Dragonflyman, will be available in book form in comic stores across the country on May 1, ahead of the release of the company’s Free Comic Book Day title entitled Dragonfly and Dragonflyman #1.

THE WRONG EARTH Volume 1

By writer Tom Peyer, penciller Jamal Igle, inker Juan Castro, colorist Andy Troy and letterer Rob Steen. Featuring extra content by Paul Constant, Frank Cammuso, Gary Erskine, Tom Feister and others. Introduction by Tom Scocca.

On dark, gritty Earth-Omega, masked vigilante Dragonfly punishes evil maniacs and evades corrupt authorities. On sun-splashed Earth-Alpha, costumed crook-catcher Dragonflyman upholds the letter of the law. Now they’re trapped on each other’s worlds, where even the good guys don’t share their values! This volume also collects all the original Stinger, Dragonfly and Dragonflyman backup stories, plus extra behind-the-scenes features.

On sale in comic shops on May 1, 2019; On sale in bookstores on May 14, 2019

192 page trade paperback; $19.99 US/$25.99 CAN

THE WRONG EARTH Volume 1

CAPTAIN GINGER Volume 1

By writer Stuart Moore, penciller June Brigman, inker Roy Richardson, colorist Veronica Gandini and letterer Comicraft.

Now in one volume: the acclaimed tale of a starship run by cats! The intrepid Captain Ginger struggles to keep his fellow felines united against a hostile universe—and their own worst feline instincts. Featuring the entire original miniseries, plus two rare extra stories and a sketchbook of character designs. Introduction by Walter Simonson (Thor, Ragnarok).

On sale in comic shops on June 5, 2019; On sale in bookstores on June 18, 2019

128 page trade paperback; $15.99 US / $20.99 CAN

CAPTAIN GINGER Volume 1

HIGH HEAVEN Volume 1

By writer Tom Peyer, artist Greg Scott, colorist Andy Troy and letterer Rob Steen. Covers by Richard Williams.

Collecting the acclaimed tale of chronic malcontent David Weathers, who dies and goes to Heaven—where everything is terrible, and everybody hates a complainer. A savage satire by writer Tom Peyer (Hourman, Batman ’66) with art by Greg Scott (Black Hood, X-Files). Features the entire five-issue series plus a bonus illustrated script feature with commentary by Peyer.

On sale in comic shops on June 19, 2019; On sale in bookstores on July 2, 2019

128 page trade paperback; $15.99 US / $20.99 CA

HIGH HEAVEN Volume 1

Second Coming Finds a New Publisher in AHOY Comics

AHOY Comics has been innovating comics since the publisher debuted in 2018 and they have shown they have no fear about protests as they are the new publisher behind Second Coming.

Written by Mark Russell with art by Richard Pace, Second Coming was to be published by Vertigo but the creative team and DC Comics imprint parted ways in February. Andy Troy joins the creative team coloring sequences not colored by Pace.

The story about a returning Jesus Christ saw protests from the religious right which found it blasphemous due to its depiction of Jesus. That protest was led by far-right leaders and controversy was stoked by clickbait channels who saw ratings in coverage. A petition against the series received more than 235,000 signatures. None have read the comic.

The series’ description sounds far from that and instead has a superhero forced to reexamine his use of violence when confronted by Christ, his new roommate. The series will focus on the change of Christ’s message of forgiveness and empathy to one of domination and power.

This isn’t the first religious focused comic by AHOY comics. Their series High Heaven is a satirical look at the afterlife.

The move to AHOY has allowed the creators to improve the series. The first issue will include six extra pages focused on Christ’s memories of a childhood friend during his first visit to Earth. Some changes requested by Vertigo, like less coarse language and adding fig leaves to Adam and Eve, will be undone allowing the comic to be closer to the original vision of the creators.

The cover of Second Coming #1 by Amanda Conner

Review: The Wrong Earth #6

The Wrong Earth #6

With their secret identities endangered on both worlds, Dragonfly and Dragonflyman each resort to a shock tactic to protect the other’s status quo!

The first volume of The Wrong Earth wraps up with a main story that’s a headscratcher and will leave you pondering the last five issues. Written by Tom Peyer, the issue is more of a “what now” for Dragonfly and Dragonflyman as each is stuck on the wrong planet. Peyer shifts gears in a way with this chapter taking s away from the homage/spoof comics of the series instead into philosophical territory that touches upon nature vs. nurture. Though they’re from two very different worlds, are the two heroes all that different? It’s a very interesting way to focus the first volume. Add in a a last page that has the possibilities rolling, I’m excited for what volume two will bring.

The art by Jamal Igle, ink by Juan Castro, color by Andy Troy, and lettering by Rob Steen is top notch as usual. The ability of the team to give two distinct worlds such personality but at the same time make them similar is impressive.

This main story didn’t end as expected, and that’s a good thing, as the series has consistently subverted expectations and delivered one of the best reads of 2018 and so far a solid 2019.

But, that’s not all!!!

Dragonfly wraps up its story from writer Paul Constant, artist Gary Erskine, colorist Andy Troy, and letterer Rob Steen. It too is an entertaining chapter though a bit more predictable. It’s nice to see an adventure of one of the heroes on his own and how he handles the situation.

But there’s more!

Carol Lay, Matt Brady, and Steffie De Vaan deliver prose with Lay, Joe Orsak, and Cayetano Valenzuela providing illustrations. All are interesting reads and feel like the in addition to bonus of the comic which makes you feel like you’re getting even more bang for your buck.

Story: Tom Peyer, Paul Constant, Carol Lay, Matt Brady, Steffie De Vaan Art: Jamal Igle, Gary Erskine, Joe Orsak, Cayetano Valenzuela
Ink: Juan Castro Color: Andy Troy
Letterer: Rob Steen
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

AHOY Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Exclusive: Read “Moments to Remember” from Captain Ginger #4, Out January 16

In 2018, AHOY Comics told us to expect more from our comics and they delivered with a new line that not only delivered fantastic comics but packed each issue with back-up comics, prose, and more.

We have an exclusive of “Moments to Remember” by Audrey Ryer with art by Ryan Kelly that appears in Captain Ginger #4, out January 16th.

Captain Ginger #4 features a main comic written by Stuart Moore, art by June Brigman, color by Veronica Gandini, and lettering by Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt. There’s also a back-up comic, “Hastag: Danger Wipe the Blood Off My Name!” written by Tom Peyer, art by Randy Elliott, color by Andy Troy, and lettering by Rob Steen.

Read the short story below, get the comic this coming Wednesday, and in 2019 expect more from your comics!

Review: The Wrong Earth #5

On Earth-Alpha, sidekick Stinger loses faith in the grim Dragonfly as villains take control of their secret crime-fighting headquarters! On Earth-Omega, Dragonflyman befriends a member of the murderous Number One’s gang!

The Wrong Earth is one of the best comics out there right now and one of the best superhero comics.

Writer Tom Peyer continues the fantastic multiple world story he has created in The Wrong Earth #5 and uses it to explore different facets of the same character (from multiple Earths). What Peyer brilliantly is able to do is create a comic that’s a spoof, an homage, and just straight superhero adventure all at the same time. You can read it any way you want and no matter what, it’s still enjoyable. There’s a multi-level approach to it all.

In this issue on one Earth the destruction of the portal between worlds is dealt with resulting in something that’s rather unexpected. What’s also interesting is the exploration of the relationship between hero and villain. In this case what if you take a gritty modern hero and have their rogues be the more comical ones from the 60s. Wouldn’t those classic villains look like a joke? Did they then? There’s an interesting exploration of that and at the same time the gritty character too. Peyer feels like he’s making a statement about both comic eras and has concluded they’re both a bit silly.

We see that in the gritty world where the more innocent Dragonfly has come to the conclusion he should still stick to his ideals no matter how messed up the world is. But, there’s a bit of movement in those ideals and the conclusion seems to be there’s a happy middle. Go to the extreme on either end and things get rather comical and silly.

Peyer is joined by Jamal Igle on art, Juan Castro on ink, Andy Troy on color, and Rob Steen on lettering. I say this every issue but the team’s ability to take two very different styles and bring them together is impressive. It’s seamless and looks perfectly natural. What’s interesting is in this issue, those two styles have blended together a bit more as if to say that Peyer’s middle is the best route. Art and story seem to have the same focus.

That story alone would be worth picking this issue up.

Writer Paul Constant, Gary Erskine on art, Andy Troy on color, and Steen lettering deliver a back-up story focused on Dragonfly as he fights a nanite infuse bad guy. It’s the first back-up to be a multi-parter and not only is it solid it also adds in some history, as these back-ups all have. It’s an awesome bonus to an already great issue.

But there’s more!

There’s two prose articles, one by Matt Brady with art by Joe Orsak and another by Robert Jeschonek with art by Elliott Mattice and both are interesting reads. They’re the bonus that makes it feel like you’re really getting something for your dollar.

This is another great issue that delivers the more we should expect. The series has been entertaining and the fact you get so much more for your money makes it feel like even more of a deal and good value. AHOY is the company to watch out for in 2019 as they continue to show why they were the best of 2018.

Story: Tom Peyer, Paul Constant, Matt Brady, Robert Jeschonek
Art: Jamal Igle, Gary Erskine, Joe Orsak, Elliott Mattice
Color: Andy Troy Lettering: Rob Steen
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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It’s Dragonfly & Dragonflyman from AHOY Comics for Free Comic Book Day timed for The Wrong Earth Vol. 1

AHOY Comics—the startup publisher that pledged for readers to “expect more” from its line of comic book magazines in 2018— will publish its inaugural Free Comic Book Day issue in 2019. From the pages of the breakout hit comic book magazine The Wrong Earth by writer Tom Peyer and artists Jamal Igle and Juan Castro, comes Dragonfly & Dragonflyman by Peyer, artist Russ Braun and colorist Andy Troy. On gritty Earth-Omega, Dragonfly prowls the darkness for his evil prey; on sun-splashed Earth-Alpha, Dragonflyman protects the status quo. Dragonfly & Dragonflymanwill be available at participating comic book stores on Free Comic Book Day, Saturday May 4th, 2019.

Like all AHOY Comics Book Magazines, Dragonfly & Dragonflyman will feature an assortment of extras, including:

  • An early adventure of space hero Captain Ginger… from when he was a kitten, by writer Stuart Moore (Deadpool the Duck, Batman: Noir Alley) artist June Brigman (Power Pack), inker Roy Richardson and colorist Veronica Gandini;
  • A a brand new cartoon by Hunt Emerson, in which Edgar Allan Poe battles his nemesis, the Black Cat;
  • A new prose piece by Hart Seely;
  • A cover by Wrong Earth artist Jamal Igle.

Timed to the release of Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #1, AHOY Comics will publish The Wrong Earth Volume 1 Trade Paperback, collecting the critically acclaimed lead stories, all the original back-features featuring Stinger, Dragonflyman and Dragonfly, plus a generous selection of AHOY text-feature extras, including a prose story by comics legend Grant Morrison: ‘HUD’ HORNET’S HOLIDAY IN HELL, illustrated by best-selling artist Rob Steen, and a cartoon by Shannon Wheeler. The Wrong Earth Volume 1 Trade Paperback will be available in comic book stores on May 1, 2019 and in bookstores later that month.

Free Comic Book Day Dragonfly & Dragonflyman

Review: The Wrong Earth #4

On one Earth, the Dastardly League lays a lethal trap for Dragonfly! On the other, a disguised Dragonflyman infiltrates a dangerous criminal haunt! Plus, To save a group of missing teens, Dragonfly must beat up the Internet! And, prose and pictures by the multiverse’s most imaginative minds!

Ever want to see Harley Quinn punch out the Joker, standing up for herself, and prove she’s the better? The Wrong Earth #4 delivers that in a way with their homage characters. Writer Tom Peyer delivers another installment full of action as the two heroes deal with their being stranded on the wrong Earth but doing what they know, attempting to fight crime.

The Wrong Earth has been a fantastic ride so far on so many levels. The series continues to stand on its own with unique takes and interesting characters and settings. There’s also a level that takes the series as an homage to comics and a love letter to its history. Then there’s also a bit of it that’s a spoof and parody of that history as well. The fact the comic can work on all three levels is impressive.

Part of that is due to the art by Jamal Igle with ink by Juan Castro, color by Andy Troy, and lettering by Rob Steen. Igle packs in so many gags and winks and nods into this issue that it feels like that alone is an “extra” of the comic. There’s two different moments where the comic is filled with villains that’ll leave you lingering on the pages to figure out who everyone is.

The team have put together another fantastic issue that seamlessly blends both a classic and modern comic vibe into a series in both tone and look and does so at a level that it works. Easily one of the best comics out this year.

And, that’d be worth the price of the comic alone but there’s more!

The issue also features a solo Dragonfly comic written by Paul Constant with art by Gary Erskine, colors by Andy Troy, and lettering by Rob Steen. The there’s three prose entries, one by writer Kek-W and illustrated by Carol Lay, another by writer Matt Brady and illustrated by Joe Orsak and the final written and illustrated by Carol Lay. All of this is bonus material. As I said, the main story alone is worth the price of the comic but AHOY Comics are all about expecting more and once again, they deliver.

Another fantastic issue of the series and another fantastic comic from AHOY Comics who has become a publisher that is standing out from the crowd and delivering some of the best value for your dollars.

Story: Tom Peyer, Paul Constant, Kek-W, Matt Brady, Carol Lay
Art: Jamal Igle, Gary Erskine, Carol Lay, Joe Orsak
Color: Andy Troy Lettering: Rob Steen
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Champions Vol. 4 Northern Lights

The Champions are on their latest adventure which takes them to Canada where they meet… the Master! Yes, the classic Alpha Flight villain. All that and a brand new hero, Snowguard!

Champions Vol. 4 Northern Lights collects issues #19-21 and Infinity Countdown: Champions #1-2 by Jim Zub, Sean Izaakse, Emilio Laiso, Marcio Menyz, and Andy Troy.

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores on November 20. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: The Wrong Earth #3

The grim vigilante Dragonfly violently crosses a line, shocking the upright citizens of Earth-Alpha. Meanwhile, the campy Dragonflyman succumbs to the pressures of confinement on gritty Earth-Omega. Plus, Stinger investigates the supernatural mystery of the Specter of the Sidekick Museum.

The Wrong Earth has gone three for three in excellence with another issue that’s top notch entertainment. Two versions of the same hero on two Earth’s, the series again perfectly balances being an homage and send up of the comics before it.

On one Earth is Dragonfly, the vigilante hero on an Earth that’s more innocent and his actions are so over the top, it’ll make you laugh. Writer Tom Peyer pulls off this sort of moment in a way that is enjoyable, funny, serious, it just pulls all of that off at the same time. The opposite of that situation is Dragonflyman which is the more family friendly hero stuck in a gritty 80s/90s world and we get to see what that might do to the character.

Peyer does the impressive thing creating a story that perfectly balances every aspect of itself. It can be a send-up/spoof. It can be an homage. It can just be enjoyed. It can be all of the above. The comic is so layered and done in a way where you can pick and choose why you enjoy it. Add in moments like the opening with the trial of Ms. Deuce and it’s hard to not enjoy the series as it bathes in tropes and comic history.

Then you take the art by Jamal Igle with ink by Juan Castro, coloring by Andy Troy, and lettering by Rob Steen and it all becomes more impressive as the styles of the two worlds are clear. They’re done in the “style” for that period of comic history and for one creative team to go back and forth between the two so easily is impressive.

Peyer and Igle have taken whats come before and remixed it in a way were it’s both new and familiar. And with that it continues to shine as an amazing read.

And that’d be enough, but there’s more!

Writer Paul Constant and artist Frank Cammuso give us an adventure featuring Stinger. The story is a throwback in many ways and the art can only be described as amazing in not just what’s presented but the entire design which has an aged look to it all.

But again, there’s more!

Writers Matt Brady, Rob Staeger, and Carol Lay each contribute prose writings with art by Joe Orsak, Elliott Mattice, and Lay, all of which is entertaining and just adds to the “value” of it all.

Again, AHOY Comics and the team on this comic has delivered entertainment from start to finish. It again shows we should expect more from our comics and AHOY is again making the case that they should be the publisher of the year and this is one of the best monthly comics being put out right now.

Story: Tom Peyer, Paul Constant, Matt Brady, Rob Staeger, and Carol Lay
Art: Jamal Igle, Frank Cammuso, Joe Orsak, Elliott Mattice, Carol Lay

Ink: Juan Castro Color: Andy Troy, Frank Cammuso Lettering: Rob Steen, Frank Cammuso
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: High Heaven #2

What’s worse than being sentenced to Hell? For self-pitying David Feathers, it’s an eternity in Paradise, where he runs afoul of a monstrous angel.

Well that’s unexpected. The first issue of High Heaven was a nice send-up of those person goes to Heaven types of stories giving us a miserable lead and a Heaven that reminds us more of Eastern Europe under Communism. Writer Tom Peyer peels back the clouds in High Heaven #2 to reveal those things that didn’t quite seem right in the first issue. Heaven? Yeah, there’s more to it.

David Feathers is still a miserable lead but the second issue shows there’s some truth to his kvetching. Heaven as presented to him does suck but it’s not like he deserves what’s revealed. The world as presented is an interesting one with clear class delineations and austerity has hit where David has been placed. Is there better? Is there worse? Well, we now know the answer to that and that there is indeed some place to escape to.

What’s interesting is the theme of being happy with what you’re given and how we should shut up about it. Even in Heaven this seems to exist and makes for an interesting debate about the meaning of it all and theological implications.

The art by Greg Scott with color by Andy Troy and lettering by Rob Steen is really solid. There’s some big jumps in locations in this issue and some very different designs and feels to some characters but the team makes it all work and flow easily as one world. There’s nothing that seems out of place. It all is rather quick but each panel of what’s revealed had me linger to see what details I could see that adds to the world and story.

That’d be enough to make this a buy….

The surly science-heroes of Hashtag: Danger adopt an alien pet! Yes, there’s a backup comic too also written by Peyer with art by Chris Giarrusso. It’s a twisted story that had me laughing and the weirdness of it all betrays Giarrusso’s style. Think, a real messed up Archie and you get a better idea of what’s presented.

And that’s not all!

There’s prose and Q&As from Carol Lay, Hart Seely, Kek-W, Austin Wilson, and featuring art by Lay, Rick Geary, and Elliott Mattice. All of it is bonus to what’s already a great issue of comics.

It’s another solid issue that feels like it’s even better than the first and has me super excited to see what’s next. AHOY Comics has something special here not just delivering solid main stories but packing so much into each issue that they really feel like you’re getting your money’s worth. Another must get from this upstart publisher.

Story: Tom Peyer, Carol Lay, Hart Seely, Kek-W, Austin Wilson
Art: Greg Scott, Chris Giarrusso, Carol Lay, Rick Geary, Elliott Mattice

Color: Andy Troy Lettering: Rob Steen
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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