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Preview: Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Blood #2

Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Blood #2

(W) Mark Russell, Devin Grayson
(A) Peter Snejbjerg, Chris Giarrusso, Richard Williams
(C) Ryan Kelly
November 18, 2020
$4.99

Writer Mark Russell (SECOND COMING) and artist Peter Snejberg contribute another in their popular original Cereal Monster series: A magical leprechaun invades the castle of a breakfast-obsessed vampire and his undead bride. PLUS! Poe attempts to explain his classic “Cask of Amontillado” to a group of famous writers who aren’t impressed, in a story by Devin Grayson with art by Chris Giarrusso and Richard Williams.

Edgar Allan Poe's Snifter of Blood #2

ComiXology has Seven New Digital Comics from Marvel and Harlequin

ComiXology delivers seven new digital comics for you today from Marvel and Harlequin. Get some new and classic comics now or check out the individual issues below.

The Other Woman Vol. 1: Hollywood Dynasty

Written by Candace Schuler
Art by Misao Hoshiai
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Tara Charming is a beautiful actress who often plays the role of seductress and is labeled as the industry’s femme fatale. She can endure the rumors to get her name out to the public, but she can’t stand being misunderstood by a colleague! She finally earns an opportunity to be the lead actress in a highly anticipated film by the famous Kingston family, but she can’t focus on her acting after the cameraman, Gage Kingston, misjudges her. Since Gage believes what the tabloids write about her, he assumes Tara is a seductress who tries to sleep with every male costar, and he wants to keep her away from his brother and the lead actor, Pierce Kingston. Seeing Tara in a love scene with Pierce irritates Gage, and Tara can’t concentrate with Gage staring at her… Could this be the start of their romance?

The Other Woman Vol. 1: Hollywood Dynasty

Spider-Man Family: Untold Team-Ups

Written by Chris Eliopoulos, Chris Giarrusso, Kevin Grevioux, Jeff Parker
Art by Rick Burchett, Chris Eliopoulos, Chris Giarrusso, Leonard Kirk
Cover by Mike Wieringo
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Collects Spider-Man Family (2007) #4-6.

A heaping helping of timeless tales of Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man! Peter Parker has a wonderful evening lined up for Mary Jane that starts with a horse-carriage ride to a popular Broadway show. But then the stage magic becomes terrifyingly real and it’s Spider-Man who has a date – with the secret super team known as the Agents of Atlas! The action continues with an all-new untold tale featuring Spidey and that magical master, Dr. Strange! The good Doc ain’t feeling so well, so here’s hoping ol’ Web Head can cure what ails him in time to fight off EVERY mystical demon in the universe! And finally, (ribbit) it’s time for a team-up, Spidey! (ribbit) Let’s see…Iron Man’s busy (ribbit), Captain America’s a little under the weather (ribbit), the FF are doing their own (ribbit) thing…who’s not busy this month? (ribbit) FROG THOR!!!!!!!! Plus: an all-new Mini Marvel tale and a backup story featuring Man-Wolf!

Spider-Man Family: Untold Team-Ups

Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane Collection Vol. 1

Written by Sean McKeever
Art by Norman Lee, Takeshi Miyazawa
Cover by Takeshi Miyazawa
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Collects Mary Jane #1-4, Mary Jane: Homecoming #1-4, Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #1-5.

Whether she’s going to school or hanging out with her friends at the Coffee Bean, Mary Jane Watson is always the center of attention. But what no one knows is that this gorgeous redhead’s exuberant personality is a shell designed to make her forget about life’s harsh realities. From her social life to her undying interest in becoming an actress to her crush on that costumed crime-fighter who swings along the New York City rooftops, it’s clear Mary Jane just wants to escape. Join MJ, Harry Osborn, Liz Allen, Flash Thompson and Harry’s nerdy friend, Peter Parker, as they experience the thrilling highs and the crushing lows of high-school existence in this electric teen drama!

Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane Collection Vol. 1

Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane Collection Vol. 2

Written by Sean McKeever
Art by Valentine De Landro, David Hahn, Takeshi Miyazawa
Cover by Takeshi Miyazawa
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Collects Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #6-20.

There’s a new girl at Midtown High. Her name’s Gwen Stacy, and she has her sights set on Peter Parker! What’s a lovesick Mary Jane to do? Plus: Mary Jane Watson wasn’t always the girl she is today. How did she become the sort of person to push her problems away rather than face them? And how is it that Peter Parker, Spider-Man and Spidey’s origin itself all play pivotal roles? See the birth of the greatest modern super hero like you’ve never seen it before! Then, take a look at Mary Jane through the eyes of her supporting cast. What do they think of her, especially now that she’s…changed? And what does this change mean for her relationship with Peter Parker? Plus: Gwen Stacy has a problem with Peter, and MJ has a secret. And what’s the story between Mary Jane and Peter in the aftermath of recent shocking revelations? Between Peter and Gwen? Between Liz and – Oh, who CARES?! Is that FIRESTAR?! What’s the second most awesome redhead in the world got planned for Spidey this time? Well, we’re sure not gonna tell you here!

Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane Collection Vol. 2

Star Brand Classic Vol. 1

Written by Jim Shooter
Art by John Romita Jr.
Cover by John Romita Jr.
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Collects Starbrand #1-7.

A New Universe is born as Pittsburgh mechanic Ken Connell is gifted with the strange superhuman abilities of the Star Brand! As he struggles to come to grips with his newfound powers in an all-too-real world without super heroes, Ken battles terrorists and paranormals, survives a point-blank nuclear explosion, blows up a mountain on the moon…and single-handedly attacks Libya!

Star Brand Classic Vol. 1

Sub-Mariner: Revolution

Written by Matt Cherniss, Peter Johnson
Art by Phil Briones
Cover by Michael Turner
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Collects Sub-Mariner (2007) #1-6.

The King has returned! Fresh off of his key appearances in CIVIL WAR and WOLVERINE, Marvel’s first mutant returns in his own series that will forever change the way we look at Namor and Atlantis. A horrendous terrorist attack has struck the U.S., and all clues point to an Atlantean sleeper cell’s involvement. Now, Namor and Atlantis find themselves in the crosshairs of S.H.I.E.L.D. But is Namor to blame for the attack? Or is this just the first strike in a dark coup orchestrated by those within Atlantis who would see Namor stripped of his title and his kingdom? The half-human, half-Atlantean son of two worlds must now race between the sea and the surface to track down those responsible for the attack before Tony Stark, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. – a.k.a. Iron Man – takes him down! Written by Matt Cherniss and Peter Johnson (POWERLESS) with art by the internationally acclaimed Phil Briones (WHITE TIGER)!

Sub-Mariner: Revolution

The Spaniard’s Inconvenient Wife Vol. 1: The Alcolar Family

Written by Kate Walker
Art by Nanao Hidaka
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In a bid to fix up Estrella’s damaged reputation, her father decides to marry her off to the highest bidder. He makes a deal with Ramon, a successful Spaniard who is only interested in buying the family’s company. Estrella won’t be forced into anything…yet she finds herself falling for Ramon. Will he fall for her, too, or does he only care about acquiring her father’s company?

The Spaniard's Inconvenient Wife Vol. 1: The Alcolar Family

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Marvel Delivers Exiles and More Plus Harlequin Romance Manga, Today on comiXology

Today there are a dozen new digital comics added to comiXology‘s store. Marvel has ten new releases ranging from Exiles to Hellstorm. Harlequin also delivers two new romance manga. Check out the full list of releases here or check out the individual releases below.

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 2

Written by Chuck Austen, Judd Winick
Art by Jim Calafiore, Clayton Henry, Tom Mandrake, Mizuki Sakakibara, Kev Walker, Skottie Young
Cover by Mike McKone
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Collects Exiles #20-37 And X-Men Unlimited #41.

Six strangers, each an X-Man from a different reality — brought together to ensure that life as we know it doesn’t cease to exist! They have become unhinged from time. They are heroes from different realities whose own timelines have become compromised. The lives they once knew are gone. To return to their worlds, they must travel together from one alternate universe to another, each time completing a mission to set right what went wrong. They have found love, experienced danger and formed friendships. Their lives are unpredictable. No one can say where their next mission will take them. They are the Exiles, and this is their fate. Now, relive their quest to fix the kinks in the chains of reality.

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 2

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 3

Written by Chuck Austen, Tony Bedard
Art by Jim Calafiore, Mizuki Sakakibara
Cover by Mizuki Sakakibara
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Collects Exiles 38-58.

They have become unhinged from time. They are heroes from different realities whose own timelines have become compromised. The lives they once knew are gone. To return to their worlds, they must travel together from one alternate universe to another, each time completing a mission to set right what went wrong. They have found love, experienced danger and formed friendships. Their lives are unpredictable. No one can say where their next mission will take them. They are the Exiles, and this is their fate.

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 3

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 4

Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Jim Calafiore, Mark McKenna, Paul Pelletier, Mizuki Sakakibara
Cover by Jim Calafiore
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Collects Exiles #59-74 And The Age Of Apocalypse Handbook.

Six strangers, each an X-Man from a different reality — brought together to ensure that life as we know it doesn’t cease to exist! They have become unhinged from time. They are heroes from different realities whose own timelines have become compromised. The lives they once knew are gone. To return to their worlds, they must travel together from one alternate universe to another, each time completing a mission to set right what went wrong. They have found love, experienced danger and formed friendships. Their lives are unpredictable. No one can say where their next mission will take them. They are the Exiles, and this is their fate.

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 4

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 5

Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Jim Calafiore, Casey Jones, Paul Pelletier
Cover by Jim Calafiore
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Collects Exiles #75-89 And Exiles Annual #1.

Six strangers, each an X-Man from a different reality — brought together to ensure that life as we know it doesn’t cease to exist! They have become unhinged from time. They are heroes from different realities whose own timelines have become compromised. The lives they once knew are gone. To return to their worlds, they must travel together from one alternate universe to another, each time completing a mission to set right what went wrong. They have found love, experienced danger and formed friendships. Their lives are unpredictable. No one can say where their next mission will take them. They are the Exiles, and this is their fate.

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 5

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 6

Written by Chris Claremont, Mike Raicht
Art by Ronan Cliquet, Tom Grummett, Clayton Henry, Paul Pelletier, Steve Scott
Cover by Paul Pelletier
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Collects Exiles #90-100, Days Of Then & Now And X-Men: Die By The Sword #1-5.

Six strangers, each an X-Man from a different reality—brought together to ensure that life as we know it doesn’t cease to exist! They have become unhinged from time. They are heroes from different realities whose own timelines have become compromised. The lives they once knew are gone. To return to their worlds, they must travel together from one alternate universe to another, each time completing a mission to set right what went wrong. They have found love, experienced danger and formed friendships. Their lives are unpredictable. No one can say where their next mission will take them. They are the Exiles, and this is their fate.

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 6

Ghost Rider: Trail Of Tears

Written by Garth Ennis
Art by Clayton Crain
Cover by Clayton Crain
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Collects Ghost Rider: Trail of Tears #1-6.

Here it is – the prequel to Garth Ennis and Clayton Crain’s smash hit GHOST RIDER: ROAD TO DAMNATION! Travis Parham thought he’d seen hell. As a lieutenant in the Confederate Army, he stood neck-deep in muck and blood, surrounded by the whistle of hot shrapnel and the screams of dying men. Two years later, Parham has carved a new life for himself, doing his best to forget the depravity that lurks in the pits of men’s souls. Now, Parham’s tranquil world is about to be rudely interrupted. Up from the depths comes a force of nature that transcends his wildest dreams – a fiery wraith that knows a thing or two about evil and even more about vengeance.

Ghost Rider: Trail Of Tears

Secretary On Demand

Written by Cathy Williams
Art by Maoko Nagasaki
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Waitress Shannon secretly looks forward to seeing the man who comes to her restaurant for lunch every day. But then trouble with a customer gets her fired! The man who saves her from her financial woes is none other than her lunch man, Kane! He’s the president of a major corporation and he offers her a job. He wants to turn a waitress into his secretary? Should she take him up on his offer?

Secretary On Demand

The Sheikh’s Bride: Sheiks

Written by Sophie Weston
Art by Rikako Tsuji
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While tour guide Leo is visiting Cairo with her clients, she runs into members of an Arabian royal family at the hotel where she’s staying. She is immediately drawn to a sophisticated man with a noble air. His name is Amer and he’s the sheikh of Dalmun, a country in the Middle East. The prince of the desert should want nothing to do with her. But that night, he suddenly appears in front of her when she gets fired from her job!

The Sheikh's Bride: Sheiks

Hellstorm: Son Of Satan – Equinox

Written by Alex Irvine
Art by Russell Braun
Cover by Arthur Suydam
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Collects Hellstorm: Son of Satan (2006) #1-5.

When the Son of Satan is your best option, God help you. New Orleans. The Big Easy. The membrane between our world and the underworld has always been a little thinner here. Now, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the outpouring of human misery has drawn demons like sharks to a bloodbath. What better time for Daimon Hellstrom – a.k.a. the Son of Satan – to pay a visit? It starts with the doctor who delivers a baby that vanishes into the night. A doctor who is devoured by demons wearing New Orleans P.D. badges. Demons who work for someone – or something – -that’s descended on the Big Easy and doesn’t give a damn who Hellstorm or his father is. Something that’s harvesting body parts in a furious race toward unspeakable purposes. This is the Son of Satan as you’ve never seen him before, brought to you by acclaimed novelist Alexander Irvine (The Narrows), with searing art by Russell Braun (Animal Man) and Klaus Janson.

Hellstorm: Son Of Satan - Equinox

Heroes For Hire Vol. 3: World War Hulk

Written by Zeb Wells
Art by Clay Mann
Cover by Francis Tsai
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Collects Heroes for Hire (2006) #11-15.

The Heroes return to New York to find it the first battleground in WORLD WAR HULK. Will Humbug’s recently amplified powers be a factor against Hulk’s compatriots, Miek and Brood? Can the heroes salve the wounds of their adoptive city and still turn a profit? Both answers are “yes” if Misty Knight has anything to say about it!

Heroes For Hire Vol. 3: World War Hulk

Hulk And Power Pack: Pack Smash!

Written by Chris Giarrusso, Marc Sumerak, Paul Tobin
Art by Chris Giarrusso, Andy Kuhn, David Williams
Cover by David Williams
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Collects Hulk and Power Pack #1-4.

Power Pack couldn’t be more excited to meet their father’s new colleague, the world-famous Dr. Bruce Banner. But when the kids find themselves trapped in the tunnels beneath Manhattan by the Absorbing Man, they find out what happens when the good doctor gets angry! Get ready to go gamma as a brand-new team-up begins here!

Hulk And Power Pack: Pack Smash!

Iron Man And Power Pack: Armored And Dangerous

Written by Marc Sumerak
Art by Marcelo Di Chiara
Cover by Gurihiru
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Collects Iron Man and Power Pack #1-4.

Everyone’s favorite super-powered siblings – Alex, Julie, Jack and Katie – join forces with the Armored Avenger to bring down the mega-sized metallic monstrosity known as Ultimo; Marvel’s fastest villain, the Speed Demon; and the cryogenic criminal called the Blizzard! Does the action ever end? Not for Marvel’s youngest heroes! Someone is using stolen Stark Industries technology to take control of Marvel’s most high-tech heroes and villains. Sounds like the perfect time for Power Pack to attend an exhibit of old Iron Man armor! Nothing could possibly go wrong there…right?

Iron Man And Power Pack: Armored And Dangerous

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Preview: Hashtag Danger #1

Hashtag Danger #1

(W) Tom Peyer, Paul Constant (A) Fred Harper, Chris Giarrusso (CA) Richard Williams
In Shops: May 01, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Three scientific adventurers face strange creatures, lost civilizations, and supernatural threats… when they’re not too busy being complete jerks to each other. PLUS! Follow the depressing misadventures of Snelson, an over-the-hill comedian who peaked in the 90s. EXTRA! Pics, prose, and possibly poems! Painted cover by Richard Williams (MAD, Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Terror).

Hashtag Danger #1

Exclusive Preview: Snelson, the Amazing Back Up from Hashtag Danger

It’s Hashtag Danger time from AHOY Comics! Debuting May 1, Hashtag Danger is the latest series to launch from the upstart publisher as part of their second wave of comics.

As with all AHOY Comics, Hashtag Danger #1 is packed with extras including a comic from writer Paul Constant, artist Fred Harper, colorist Lee Loughridge, and letterer Rob Steen, Snelson! It’s one of three you’ll find in the first issue on top of the main story by Tom Peyer and Chris Giarrusso.

We have an exclusive look at Snelson which you can get next week as part of Hashtag Danger #1, on shelves May 1st.

Hashtag Danger #1

Check Out AHOY Comics’ Second Wave in May Plus an Early Preview of Hashtag: Danger #1

HASHTAG: DANGER #1

(W) Tom Peyer, Paul Constant
(A) Chris Giarrusso, Fred Harper
(C) Richard Williams

Exploding from the pages of High Heaven, three scientific adventurers face strange creatures, lost civilizations, and supernatural threats–when they’re not too busy being complete jerks to each other. PLUS! Follow the depressing misadventures of Snelson, an over-the-hill comedian who peaked in the 90s. EXTRA! Pics, prose, and possibly poems!

Painted cover by Richard Williams (MAD, Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Terror)

May 1, 2019
$3.99

HASHTAG: DANGER #1

DRAGONFLY AND DRAGONFLYMAN #1

(Free Comic Book Day title)
(W) Tom Peyer, Stuart Moore, Hunt Emerson
(A) Russ Braun, June Brigman, Roy Richardson, Hunt Emerson
(C) Jamal Igle

All new! From the hit series THE WRONG EARTH: On gritty Earth-Omega, Dragonfly prowls the darkness for his evil prey; on sun-splashed Earth-Alpha, Dragonflyman protects the status quo! PLUS! A tale of space hero CAPTAIN GINGER when he was a kitten! AND! Edgar Allan Poe battles the Black Cat!

May 4, 2019
FREE

DRAGONFLY AND DRAGONFLYMAN #1

BRONZE AGE BOOGIE #2

(W) Stuart Moore, Tyrone Finch
(A) Alberto Ponticelli, Mauricet
(C) Alberto Ponticelli

AHOY’s 1970s genre mashup slams into high gear! Teenage barbarian Brita finds herself transported to 1975 A.D., right in the middle of a second Martian invasion. Can her new friends—Lynda Darrk and martial arts master Jackson Li—save two Bronze Ages? Back feature: the frightening evolution of Major Ursa, the first bear in space! Plus the usual illustrated text features!

May 8, 2019
$3.99

BRONZE AGE BOOGIE #2

PLANET OF THE NERDS #2

(W) Paul Constant
(A) Alan Robinson, Randy Elliott
(C) David Nakayama

After the thawed-out 1980s jocks start a riot at a comic convention, they learn to their horror that everyone in 2019 uses computers like a bunch of poindexters. PLUS! An untold tale of teen jock Drew from the pastel world of the 1980s. EXTRA! A selection of AHOY text stories, beautifully illustrated.

May 15, 2019
$3.99

PLANET OF THE NERDS #2

AHOY Comics Announces a New Way of Comics Starting in April

In 2018, upstart comics publisher AHOY Comics told us to “expect more” from our comics. They delivered exactly that with four acclaimed comics that blended comics with magazines delivering full length comic stories, prose, poetry, and cartoons from more than seventy artists and writers.

The publisher has announced a second wave of releases starting in April 2019 that features more of what we’ve come to expect and even a crossword puzzle!

AHOY Comics Second Wave includes:

BRONZE AGE BOOGIE

by writer Stuart Moore, artist Alberto Ponticelli and colorist Giulia Brusco, with a cover by Ponticelli and Brusco
April 3, 2019; $3.99

“From its jawdroppingly odd first page to its hilariously insane last, BRONZE AGE BOOGIE sets itself apart from every other comic in the best possible ways. I loved every insane minute of it.” — Matthew Rosenberg (Uncanny X-Men, The Punisher, 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank)

“It’s like skateboarding uncontrollably through 1970s comics with kaleidoscopes strapped to your eyes — but in a good way! I mean, I guess they could have called it SAVAGE SWORD OF THE PLANET OF THE DEADLY HANDS OF THE WORLDS ON THE LOOSE…but BRONZE AGE BOOGIE is, at the very least, shorter. Don’t miss it!”— Kurt Busiek (Astro City, Marvels)

What do you get when you combine all the best-loved comics genres of the 1970s: apes, monsters, Kung Fu, sword-and-sorcery, and cosmic adventure? You get BRONZE AGE BOOGIE, an intense, character-based action-fest with plenty of style! In this collector’s item first issue, young barbarian princess Brita Constantina finds herself battling a Martian invasion—in 1975 AD and BC! Back-feature: Meet MAJOR URSA, the first bear in space. But will he be a hero or a villain? Plus the usual assortment of AHOY text stories!

BRONZE AGE BOOGIE

PLANET OF THE NERDS

by writer Paul Constant, artists Alan Robinson and Randy Elliott, and colorist Felipe Sobreiro  with covers by David Nakayama
April 17, 2019; $3.99

“PLANET OF THE NERDS #1 captures the goofy joy of 80s classics like Revenge of the Nerds, Back To The Future, and Real Genius. Then, with the most elegant of plot twists, it updates the story for a different age. Smart, fast paced and beautifully drawn.”— Gene Ha (Mae)

“We all know that nerds won the great nerd/jock battle of the 80s, but what if a bunch of jocks were frozen in time and emerged not knowing the war was over? That’s the question PLANET OF THE NERDS asks, and the answer is, ironically, delightfully nerdy nerdy fun.”—Arthur Wyatt, (Judge Dredd)

“This is a really good bit.” — Daniel Kibblesmith (Santa’s Husband)

“AHOY’s offerings so far have been a celebration of a comic world won by all us geeks. Planet of the Nerds continues that creatively invigorating streak while also serving as a cleverly written, beautifully illustrated cautionary tale for non-comics bullies everywhere.” — Chris Ryall, President & Publisher/CCO, IDW Publishing

Three high school jocks in the 1980s are accidentally frozen by an experimental cryogenics device, only to be revived in the computer-driven, superhero movie-loving world of 2019–an era ruled by nerds! PLUS! A backup series explores the characters’ origins. EXTRA! Prose and pictures by the finest talents in and out of comics.

PLANET OF THE NERDS

HASHTAG: DANGER

by writer Tom Peyer, artist Chris Giarrusso, and covers by Richard Williams
May 1, 2019; $3.99

“HASHTAG: DANGER! is the greatest thing since sliced bread, and, as we all know, sliced bread is pretty great—vastly superior to unsliced bread which has to be pulled apart with your fist like an animal.”— Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon)

“AW YEAH, HASHTAG!” – Art Baltazar (Tiny Titans)

“AW YEAH, DANGER!” – Franco (Patrick the Wolf Boy)

Exploding from the pages of High Heaven, three scientific adventurers face strange creatures, lost civilizations, and supernatural threats–when they’re not too busy being complete jerks to each other. PLUS! Follow the depressing misadventures of Snelson, an over-the-hill comedian who peaked in the 90s. EXTRA! Pics, prose, and possibly poems!

Painted cover by Richard Williams (MAD, EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF TERROR)

HASHTAG: DANGER

STEEL CAGE

One-Shot, featuring stories by writer Mark Waid and artist Lanna Souvanny, writer Tom Peyer and artist Alan Robinson, writer Stuart Moore and artist Peter Gross; and a cover by Elsa Charretier
June 26, 2019; $3.99

Three dazzling short “pilot” stories from AHOY’s finest – and YOU get to vote on which series continues! In “Noah Zark” by Mark Waid and Lanna Souvanny, an alien boy is kidnapped into an interplanetary zoo—and becomes the protector of the animals. In “True Identity” by Tom Peyer and Alan Robinson, we learn what secret anguish drives the most beloved superhero on Earth! And Stuart Moore and Peter Gross’s “Bright Boy” tells the grim tale of the world’s smartest human—and the havoc he leaves in his wake.

STEEL CAGE

Exclusive Preview: High Heaven #5 – The Season Finale!

High Heaven #5

(W) Tom Peyer, Austin Wilson (A) Greg Scott, Chris Giarrusso (CA) Richard Williams
In Shops: Jan 23, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Season Finale! The Archangel Gabriel fights to rescue David from heaven, but he’ll have to get through the cruel and powerful St. Peter! Plus, Vice President Pence officiates at a heartbreaking Hashtag: Danger funeral. EXTRA! Bonus illustrated prose stories! Painted cover by Richard Williams (MAD).

High Heaven #5

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

AHOY Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: High Heaven #1

High Heaven #1

Story: Tom Peyer, Grant Morrison, Shannon Wheeler
Art: Greg Scott, Chris Giarrusso, Rick Geary, Shannon Wheeler
Color: Andy Troy Cover: Richard Williams

Chronic malcontent David Weathers dies and goes to Heaven—where everything is terrible, and everybody hates a complainer. HIGH HEAVEN is a savage satire by writer Tom Peyer (Hourman, Batman ’66) with art by Greg Scott (Black Hood, X-Files), colored by Andy Troy.

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