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A Man Among Ye Sets Sail into a Second Printing

Stephanie Phillips and Craig Cermak’s A Man Among Ye from Image Comics and Top Cow Productions will be rushed back to print in order to keep up with customer demand for the swashbuckling new series. The A Man Among Ye #1, second printing cover will feature art by Francesca Fantini.

A Man Among Ye brings to life the tale of Anne Bonny and Mary Read as they hoist the skull and crossbones, draw cutlasses, and seek a treasure that will make them legends. In an era when sailing with women was thought to be bad luck—Anne and Mary might just be the only people capable of saving the pirate way of life.

A Man Among Ye #1, second printing (Diamond Code APR208591) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, July 22.

A Man Among Ye #1, second printing cover

Review: A Man Among Ye #1

A Man Among Ye #1

I’ve never considered myself to be an expert on history. I know the general things you need to know but there’s no era I can really say I’m super knowledgeable. European history especially is something that I’ve never learned beyond the basics so the era of piracy is generally a mystery to me. I know some things but I couldn’t really go into detail about it. That actually made me excited to check out the debut of the Image Comics and Top Cow Productions series A Man Among Ye #1. The comic focuses on the real-world pirate Anne Bonny. It weaves a fictional narrative about a non-fictional person. Bonny, like a lot about the pirates, is a bit of a mystery as there are counter-narratives and weaving of the fantastical along with the truth.

Written by Stephanie Phillips, A Man Among Ye #1 takes us to the high seas introducing us to Bonny and Captain “Calico Jack” Rackham as they do what pirates do best, attack other ships and steal their gold. It’s some solid adventure and excitement throwing the reader right into the action.

Phillips though makes sure to deliver the details about this time and world. Anne Bonny isn’t liked by the crew as women on ships weren’t really a thing. There’s also a tinge of jealously in how Rackham treats Bonny. She’s a world class pirate but some of the crew only see her as a woman and the woman Rackham is sleeping with.

Phillips delivers a really subtle set up in the series and world. Bonny is liberated having become a pirate. It’s not only an act of rebellion but also something just didn’t do at the time. She’s bucked the systems both the Crown and society as a whole. Where the series takes all of this will be interesting to see.

The art by Craig Cermak is solid. Along with colorist Brittany Pezzillo and letterer Troy Peteri, there’s just enough detail to really set us into this time period. It also doesn’t go over the top in detail to distract. I don’t know the time period well, so no idea who accurate clothing and the ships are but what’s presented is believable and “feels right.” The action for the comic has that swashbuckling visual down. It’s hard to really create that flow of sword battles, so instead we get the excitement of those key moments and near misses.

The issue is a good one blending fact and fiction and taking us to a world we don’t see too often in comics. A Man Among Ye #1 is a fun debut that feels like it’s having fun with historical individuals we don’t know much about but who probably had many lifetimes of stories to tell.

Story: Stephanie Phillips Art: Craig Cermak
Color: Brittany Pezzillo Letterer: Troy Peteri
Story: 7.95 Art: 7.95 Overall: 7.95 Recommendation:
Buy

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Preview: A Man Among Ye #1

A Man Among Ye #1

(W) Stephanie Phillips (A/CA) Craig Cermak, (Colorist) Brittany Pezzillo, (L) Troy Peteri (Cover B) Stjepan Sejic

High adventure on the high seas in the waning days of piracy, when men were men, and the best pirates were…women?

Writer STEPHANIE PHILLIPS (Butcher of Paris, Descendent) and artist CRAIG CERMAK (Red Team, Voltron) bring to life the tale of Anne Bonny and Mary Read as they hoist the skull and crossbones, draw cutlasses, and seek a treasure that will make them legends. In an era when sailing with women was thought to be bad luck, Anne and Mary might just be the only people capable of saving the pirate way of life.

A Man Among Ye #1

A Man Among Ye is Swashbuckling Adventure from Image and Top Cow

Writer Stephanie Phillips and artist Craig Cermak invite readers aboard a high-seas adventure in a swashbuckling new series from Top CowA Man Among Ye—hitting comic shops this May.

Set during the waning days of piracy, when men were men (and the best pirates were…women?), writer Stephanie Phillips and artist Craig Cermak bring to life the tale of Anne Bonny and Mary Read as they hoist the skull and crossbones, draw cutlasses, and seek a treasure that will make them legends. In an era when sailing with women was thought to be bad luck, Anne and Mary might just be the only people capable of saving the pirate way of life.

A Man Among Ye #1 Cover A by Cermak (Diamond Code MAR200045) and A Man Among Ye #1 Cover B by Sejic (Diamond Code MAR200046) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, May 13.

A Man Among Ye #1

Preview: Elvira: Mistress of The Dark #12

Elvira: Mistress of The Dark #12

writer: David Avallone
artist: Dave Acosta
covers: Tom Mandrake (A), Craig Cermak (B), John Royle (C), Photo Cover (D)
Craig Cermak (RI-Virgin), John Royle (RI-B/W), Tom Mandrake (RI-Virg)
FC | 32 pages | Horror | $3.99 | Teen+

The Witch Cult Saga concludes, and a surprise villain returns from Elvira’s past! (At least… it’s a surprise if you don’t look at John Royle’s variant cover…) The Mistress of the Dark can deliver you a climax like no other, and here it comes, in the twelfth and final issue of Elvira’s ribald romp, brought to you with joy, laughter and terrible puns.

Elvira: Mistress of The Dark #12

Preview: Elvira: Mistress of the Dark #11

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark #11

writer: David Avallone
artist: Dave Acosta
covers: Tim Seeley (A), Craig Cermak (B), John Royle (C), Photo Cover (D), Craig Cermak (RI-Virgin), John Royle (RI-B/W), Tim Seeley (RI-Virg)
FC | 32 pages | Horror | $3.99 | Teen+

Elvira has had it up to here (well, you can guess where) with this coven cult nonsense, and she’s bringing the fight to their home base. She’ll show them what’s what, and which is witch, in the wickedest way possible. Writer David Avallone (Bettie Page) and artist Dave Acosta (Twelve Devils Dancing) bring you the chills, the thrills and the terrible puns, in the eleventh issue of ELVIRA: MISTRESS OF THE DARK!

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark #11

Preview: Elvira: Mistress of the Dark #10

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark #10

writer: David Avallone
artist: Dave Acosta
covers: Tim Seeley (A), Craig Cermak (B), John Royle (C), Photo (D)
Craig Cermak (RI-Virgin), John Royle (RI-B/W), Tim Seeley (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | Comedy/Horror | $3.99 | Teen+

Elvira’s eldritch adventures continue, as her wild ride winds up at a horror-haunted hospital. A crazy cult is playing doctor (and not in a good way)… but Elvira is ready to operate as only she can, in her latest absurd escapade!

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark #10

Preview: Elvira: Mistress of the Dark #9

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark #9

writer: David Avallone
artist: Dave Acosta
covers: Kevin Eastman (A), Craig Cermak (B), John Royle (C), Photo (D)
Craig Cermak (RI-Virgin), John Royle (RI-B/W), Kevin Eastman (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | Horror | $3.99 | Teen+

Elvira’s traveled through time and been to Hell and back…but does she get to take a breath and recover from her travels? Not in this comic book, friends. Back from Hell, Elvira falls in with a coven of modern-day witches and takes a hot rod broom out for a spin in the sky! Sit down for a spell, and for more thrills, chills and bad puns, as David Avallone (Bettie Page) and Dave Acosta (Twelve Devils Dancing) bring you the Horror Hostess with the Mostest in the next thrilling issue of ELVIRA: MISTRESS OF THE DARK!

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark #9

Preview: Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark #8

Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark #8

writer: David Avallone
artist: Dave Acosta
covers: Joe Jusko (A), Craig Cermak (B), John Royle (C), Photo (D-Sub)
Craig Cermak (RI-Virg), John Royle (RI-B/W), Joe Jusko (RI-Virg)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

Elvira’s comes face to face with Satan himself, as her odyssey through the underworld reaches its thrilling and ridiculous conclusion. Will she escape the ninth circle of Hell, or end up the Horror Hostess of the Damned for all Eternity? David Avallone (Bettie Page) and Dave Acosta (Twelve Devils Dancing) bring you the hottest lady in Hades, in the next thrilling issue of ELVIRA: MISTRESS OF THE DARK.

Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark #8

Preview: Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark #6

Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark #6

Writer: David Avallone
artist: Dave Acosta
Covers: Joseph Michael Linsner (A), Craig Cermak (B), John Royale (C)
32 Pages | $3.99 | Teen+

Elvira is riding that Escalator of the Damned all the way down…and she’s going to have some words with the Manager. He just wants her to Mephistopholeave him alone. Thrills, chills and more high class puns like that one, as Bettie and Faust go shopping in the Mall of Souls. This month’s exciting episode of I Love Luci-fer is brought to you by David Avallone (Bettie Page) and Dave Acosta (Twelve Devils Dancing), the team who brought you Doc Savage: Ring of Fire and Twilight Zone: The Shadow, which were totally great but clearly needed more cleavage on the covers.

Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark #6
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