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Messages from Midgard #13- The Four Thors

This week marks the end of both “War of the Realms” and the Messages from Midgard column. There are a few straggler tie-ins like Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and an Omega issue, which I will cover in its own review, but the core miniseries plus three ancillary tie-in minis and Jason Aaron’s arcs on Thor and Avengers wrap up this week. Plus there’s a fun Superior Spider-Man story where Peter Parker and, of all people, Gwenpool, teaching Doc Ock that heroism is about saving individuals and not just trying to glory hog the whole event. That privilege is reserved for Thor, of which there are four, because its their event.


War of the Realms #6

In War of the Realms #6, Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, and Matthew Wilson knuckle down to give both this event and basically Aaron’s seven year run on Thor one hell of a conclusion. It’s centered around a simple premise. If only Thor can break the magic circle and confront a Knull-infused Malekith, then why not bring four of them: Odinson, King Thor, Young Thor, and Jane Foster’s Thor, who now wields Mjolnir from the Ultimate Universe. What follows is an exercise in fighting, bickering, and true heroism while the rest of the heroes confront Laufey on Midgard.

Before digging into the fantastic things that Aaron does with both Thor and Jane Foster’s arcs, I would like to praise the visuals of Dauterman and Wilson, who really outdo themselves in issue six. Wilson’s palette is majestic and varied ranging from the eye of the storm to the clash of lightning on symbiote ooze and a snowstorm to end all snowstorms. Like the different hammers and weapons used by the Thors, Dauterman switches up his inking style to fit the scene from looser work when Malekith does anything symbiote-y to more clean polished art when Odinson forges Mjolnir anew in the eye of a storm. His attention to detail is uncanny, and he draws many epic moments like when Odinson punches his own hammer and memorable small ones like Screwbeard and Ivory Honeyshot doing their best Gimli and Legolas imitation at the end of the world.

One word that can be used to describe War of the Realms #6 is “satisfying”. Odinson has gone on a painful heroic journey that draws comparisons to the one his own father, Odin, went on to become All-Father sacrificing body parts to gain the wisdom and power to rule Asgard. There are also parallels to the journeys of Dionysus and Jesus Christ in his story as he humbles himself and suffers to save the whole world. But, lofty comparisons aside, this is really the story of a man who becomes a hero and “worthy” in spite of his flaws, which is a metaphor for most of the Marvel heroes, who have fantastic abilities and feet of clay. It is a rare sight to see such an iconic character, like Thor, grow and change over a run, and Jason Aaron has pulled this off with War of the Realms #6 being the finishing touch and earning an Overall Verdict of Buy.


War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas #4

In New Agents of Atlas #4, this new pan-Asian superhero team finally gets their act together to assemble and prevent Sindr, the Fire Goblin queen from melting the polar ice caps. Greg Pak and artists Gang Hyuk Lim, Moy R, and Pop Mhan take their cues from third act of the 2012 Avengers film from Jimmy Woo playing the Nick Fury role and lying about Pele’s true nature to get the team to work together and lots of big epic splash pages of heroes doing team-up moves. However, with the exception of Brawn, Shang Chi, and the Filipina heroine Wave, I feel like I barely know these heroes so the big fight scenes look pretty, but feel like action figures in position, not characters reaching the end of their journey.

Pak, Lim, Federico Blee and the guest artists and colorists had a tall order introducing new characters and ones who had only appeared in Korean and Chinese comics as well as mobile games to a new audience. Having four issues and a big, yet underdeveloped baddie helped, but in the end, the cast of New Agents of Atlas was simply too large to get to know the new folks. Hopefully, the upcoming miniseries will take its time to develop their personalities as well as show off their cool costumes and powers. Unfortunately, New Agents of Atlas #4 earns an Overall Verdict of Pass despite its one genuinely memorable twist.


War of the Realms: Punisher #3

War of the Realms Punisher #3 features the same fantasy baddies as the rest of “War of the Realm’s” tie-ins, but Gerry Duggan, Marcelo Ferreira, Roberto Poggi, and Rachelle Rosenberg take a grittier, more violent, and at times, fatalistic approach to their story beginning with Frank Castle having guns pointed to his head by former mobsters. He gets out of this pickle pretty easily by swearing on the souls of dead wife and kids that he’ll spare the criminals once they get the civilians to safety. Most of them don’t have to worry about living as they’re immediately set upon by a squad of trolls; one of which Frank tortures in a chilling scene that makes the criminals realize that they’re not getting out of this alive too.

Duggan and Ferreira portray Frank Castle as a hardened soldier in War of the Realms Punisher #3, and his enemy is the criminal element, both mortal and otherworldly. Sure, he’ll get the civilians to safety in New Jersey, but he’ll also gun down the last criminal standing with him while the doctor he was assisting shrieks in terror. This is because Castle is as much of a monster and a force of nature as the trolls and Fire Goblins that he was gunning down or blowing up tanker trucks to stop. Duggan’s understanding of Frank Castle’s character, and that we can cheer for him to take out the bad guys and recoil at killing one in cold blood as well as the hellish visuals of Ferreira, Poggi, and Rosenberg earns War of the Realms Punisher #3 an Overall Verdict of Buy and definitely has me interested in Duggan’s upcoming Punisher Kill Krew series.


War of the Realms: Uncanny X-Men #3

Even though it’s nice to see Cyclops, Multiple Man, and your favorite former New Mutants defending Citi Field from Frost Giants, Matthew Rosenberg, Pere Perez, and Rachelle Rosenberg’s War of the Realms: Uncanny X-Men has been the weak link of the tie-in minis. Issue three is no exception with the pointless killing off of Sunspot, the repetitive dialogue of (dead in the main series) Wolfsbane’s lover Hrimhari, and a tacked on sequence with Dani Moonstar and the Valkyries even though this plot point was only touched upon at the end of issue one. It could have been a good hook for the miniseries and a through-line to the main action, but in the end, it’s too little, too late.

War of the Realms: Uncanny X-Men #3 does have a few cool moments like Multiple Man’s dupes luring the Frost Giants into a Limbo portal, a visceral claw on claw fight between Sabretooth and Wolfsbane, and Cyclops precision sniping Frost Giants. However, these are few and far between, and after three issues, this miniseries has really done nothing to justify its existence and earns an Overall Verdict of Pass. But the silver lining is that Jonathan Hickman is coming in a month and probably all these events/pointless character deaths will be retconned.


Thor #14

Jason Aaron, Scott Hepburn, and Matthew Wilson’s story in Thor #14 covers much of the same ground as War of the Realms #6, but from the POV of Young Thor as the Fantastic Four summon him from brooding and trying to lift Mjolnir to a fight for all ten realms. I read this almost directly after War of the Realms #6, and there are obvious re-draws of Russell Dauterman’s art although Hepburn has an earthier take on the material to match the boisterous, shit-talking Young Thor. The issue also has more direct connections to the last adventure of the three Thors in Aaron’s Thor, God of Thunder series and a similar art style although Hepburn is no Simon Bisley. There’s a lot of gruffness, talk about hammers, and an indirect reference to Back to the Future along the way.

However, compared to the standalone issues about Loki, Cul Borson, and even Gorilla-Man in Aaron’s tie-in issues of Thor and Avengers, Thor #14 seems less essential because Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman portrayed Young Thor’s carelessness, brashness, and adventurous nature so well in War of the Realms #6. He does get a cool action sequence against a gnarly Hepburn-drawn Venom symbiote and  lifts Mjolnir in a moment that again proves that “worthiness” and heroism is not something bestowed externally, but internally. Most of the material in Thor #14 is covered in Realms #6, but that scene and the sheer joy that Aaron gets at writing Young Thor earns the issue an Overall Verdict of Read.


Avengers #20

Avengers #20 is yet another standalone success from Jason Aaron, Ed McGuinness, Mark Morales, and Jason Keith and is a metafictional look at She-Hulk, and how she’s changed as a character in the past few years. The opening sequence is brilliant and set in side a Wakandan therapy simulation where She-Hulk looks at a pinup of the John Byrne version of her and beats up a version of her that looks like it was drawn by Javier Pulido. The comic is a narration about how she likes embracing the monster and getting to beat up enemies with her new powers instead of being sexually harassed while in costume. Unlike Bruce Banner, she enjoys the freedom of being Hulk, and McGuinness and Morales use wide panels to show the swath of destruction she causes with her bulging forearms.

Using the character of She-Hulk as a case study, Avengers #20 is also a bigger commentary about how women have to fit pre-conceived roles in the workforce (Even if that means the Avengers.) and society and get pushback whenever they’re assertive or show anger. Deadpool asking She-Hulk why she doesn’t crack jokes or break the fourth wall any more is the metafictional version of a male co-worker asking a woman why she doesn’t smile. And, on a more a geeky level, this issue also has some foreshadowing of Aaron’s future plans for the Avengers title with the help of omniscient Daredevil showing Aaron can work on both a micro and macro level. Avengers #20 is a fantastic, holistic character study of She-Hulk and her recent developments and easily earns an Overall Verdict of Buy with a side dish of allusions to Immortal Hulk.


Superior Spider-Man #8

Superior Spider-Man continues to be an underrated delight and study in ego from Christos Gage, Lan Medina, Cam Smith, and Andy Troy. Doc Ock continues to be terrible at reading the room, er, event and wants to take out Malekith all by himself with the help of the Fantastic Four and West Coast Avengers. He doesn’t want to protect New York City, but basically hack America Chavez’s portal abilities to get to what he thinks is the real action. This ends up backfiring, and he gets one hell of a dressing down from Spider-Man in the nature of heroism while Spider-Man is wearing his helmet from the Land of Giants one-shot and is immediately abandoned by his “minions” aka the West Coast Avengers.

Gage and Medina use the wide scope of “War of Realms” to tell an entertaining and at times fourth wall breaking (Thanks to Gwenpool.) story about how heroism isn’t just about defeating the final boss, but saving one person from death and danger. Having Spider-Man deliver the lecture about this topic makes sense because for the most part, he has focused on protecting his neighborhood instead of mixing it up with gods and monsters. Gage’s script is self-aware, and Medina and Smith have a classic, illustrator style approach where it is easy to follow the action even in a Southern California blizzard. For commenting on the nature of heroism, being funny as hell, and having plentiful America Chavez side eye, Superior Spider-Man #8 earns an Overall Verdict of Buy.


War of the Realms #6 was the best ending to a summer Marvel event since Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic’s Secret Wars, and it shipped on time too. One thing that these two events shared in common is that they were a culmination of two macro-stories, namely, Jason Aaron’s Thor run and Hickman’s Fantastic Four-Ultimates-Avengers/New Avengers project. The War of the Realms has been foreshadowed for years, and the early battles were fought in the pages of Mighty Thor and Thor so the event was really just icing on the cake. Sometimes, the montage of the different battles were a little insufferable, but when Aaron, Dauterman, and Wilson grabbed onto the character journeys of Odinson and Jane Foster, the book really sung. Nowhere was this more evident than in War of the Realms #6, and the spinoff I’m most excited for is Valkyrie even if I’m little disappointed that Tessa Thompson’s take on the character is nowhere in sight although Al Ewing may pluck her from somewhere in the multiverse.


Panel of the Week

Young Thor and King Thor bonding over craft beer is the cutest thing. (From War of the Realms #6, Art by Russell Dauterman and Matthew Wilson)

Preview: High Heaven Vol. 1

High Heaven Vol. 1

(W) Tom Peyer (A) Greg Scott, Andy Troy (CA) Robert Williams
In Shops: Jun 19, 2019
SRP: $15.99

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.

High Heaven Vol. 1

Review: The Wrong Earth

Two Earths, different versions of the same hero. One is dark a gritty, the other is a go-gooder. Found on each other’s Earths they must adapt to the different, but similar, worlds.

Story: Tom Peyer, Paul Constant
Art: Jamal Igle, Frank Cammuso, Gary Erskine, Tom Feister
Ink: Juan Castro
Color: Andy Troy, Frank Cammuso
Letterer: Rob Steen, Frank Cammuso

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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

AHOY Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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

AHOY Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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