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Preview: Highball #1

Highball #1

(W) Stuart Moore
(A) Fred Harper
COVER A: Fred Harper
COVER B: David Rubin
September 7, 2022
$4.99

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY meets THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE—for a game of darts, over shots! Meet space pilot HIGHBALL, the best shot in the galaxy—except for one problem: he can only hit the target when he’s dead drunk. In this outrageous first issue, he faces off against a fierce but alluring bird-warrior, a disturbingly racist A.I., a crypto-obsessed fellow pilot, the maddening bureaucracy of Space Corp—and, of course, his own shameful inadequacies. Highball: SAVING THE GALAXY, ONE PINT AT A TIME!

Featuring cover A by cocreator Fred Harper (THE WRONG EARTH: PURPLE, with Stuart Moore), and incentive cover B by David Rubin (Cosmic Detective).

Highball #1

Exclusive: This Highball Spotify Playlist is the Perfect list to Get Drunk in Space Too

This Wednesday September 7th AHOY Comics releases Highball #1, the first issue of their latest hilarious series about a space pilot who’s the best shot in the galaxy—except he can only hit the target when he’s dead drunk. By writer Stuart Moore (Captain Ginger), artist Fred Harper (Snelson: Comedy is Dying), colorist Lee Loughridge, and letterer Rob Steen, Highball‘s first issue features a cover by co-creator Fred Harper and a variant cover by David Rubin (Cosmic Detective).

To get ready for the upcoming release, we have what we’re told is the perfect list to get drunk in space too!

This is the perfect playlist for throttling back your little fighter ship and blasting the hell out of some aliens. It’s as if Highball and his disturbingly violent cronies beamed it back through time, straight into the fevered mind of David ‘Clink Clink’ Hyde. Crank it up, pour yourself a nice steaming Hot Jupiter, and go Swinging on a Star.

Stuart Moore

So kick back, pour yourself your favorite cocktail, and relax to some tunes and get ready for Highball #1 when it comes to comic shelves this Wednesday!

Preview: Highball #1

Highball #1

(W) Stuart Moore
(A) Fred Harper
COVER A: Fred Harper
COVER B: David Rubin
September 7, 2022
$4.99

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY meets THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE—for a game of darts, over shots! Meet space pilot HIGHBALL, the best shot in the galaxy—except for one problem: he can only hit the target when he’s dead drunk. In this outrageous first issue, he faces off against a fierce but alluring bird-warrior, a disturbingly racist A.I., a crypto-obsessed fellow pilot, the maddening bureaucracy of Space Corp—and, of course, his own shameful inadequacies. Highball: SAVING THE GALAXY, ONE PINT AT A TIME!

Featuring cover A by cocreator Fred Harper (THE WRONG EARTH: PURPLE, with Stuart Moore), and incentive cover B by David Rubin (Cosmic Detective).

Highball #1

Underrated: Ether Vol. 1: Death Of The Last Golden Blaze

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Ether Vol. 1: Death Of The Last Golden Blaze.



ether vol 1.jpgSomehow Ether slipped through my radar back when the first issue was released in November of 2016. It wasn’t until the comic shop I frequent had a copy of the trade paperback on the counter that I noticed it. I asked the clerk what the book was about, and he spent a good twenty minutes selling me on it. He could have saved himself nineteen minutes a forty odd seconds with the words “Matt Kindt wrote it.”

It’s usually a safe bet that anything written by Matt Kindt (and Jeff Lemire, honestly) I am going to try. So what’s Ether about?

Taken from Dark Horse’s website, the blurb for issue one reads: “A science-minded adventurer gets mixed up in the mysteries of a fantasy world in this charming new adventure from an award-winning creative team. Boone Dias is an interdimensional explorer, a scientist from Earth who has stumbled into great responsibility. He’s got an explanation for everything, so of course the Ether’s magical residents turn to him to solve their toughest crimes. But maybe keeping the real and the abstract separate is too big a job for just one man.”

If that sounds cool, well, that’s because it is. Using modern science to explain magic provides a wonderful story idea, but it is the human story beneath the fantastical exterior that will pull you in. Boone Dias is a man who has devoted his life and professional career to the magical place known as Ether, but his scientific background gives him an almost godlike reputation among the less scientifically inclined denizens of the Ether. The driving factor of the plot in the first volume is a murder mystery within the Ether that only Boone seems capable of solving – despite the fantastical elements of the world, there’s a relatablility to the detective work and the process that’s followed. This gives the book a wonderful dichotomy that is further enhanced by David Rubin’s near psychedelic mindfucking attack on your eyes.

Ether is the rare book that exemplifies the comic book medium. It is a murder mystery story, a genre that could, and has been told in a multitude of mediums,  and adds a special dash of comic book magic that makes this ideally suited to the sequential art style of story telling.

There’s a reason Matt Kindt got nominated for an Eisner this year. It wasn’t for this book, but you can get a great feeling for his talent with Ether. It doesn’t hurt that David Rubin is also fantastic.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Stuart Moore and Fred Harper Are Saving The Universe One Pint At a Time With Highball from AHOY Comics

Meet Highball, ace pilot of the Earth Space Corp. He’s the best shot in the galaxy, except for one big problem: he can only hit the target when he’s dead drunk.

This is Highball, AHOY Comics’ latest hilarious series about a sozzled space pilot attempting to save the galaxy one pint at a time, by writer Stuart Moore, Fred Harper, colorist Lee Loughridge, and letterer Rob Steen! The first issue of the absurd galactic series hits stores this fall with a main cover by Harper and a variant cover by David Rubin

In the far future, Earth’s finest pilot, call-sign Highball, finds himself caught between two alien races: the arrogant, cerebral Mentok and the fierce, birdlike Q’k’q’rr’kkk. In his one-man Byter ship, Highball must defuse an alien bomb and survive against a vicious enemy. But Highball has a deadly weakness: He can only hit the target when he’s stone drunk. In his quest to save the galaxy, Highball stumbles headfirst into obstacles such as nefarious space enemies, fellow pilots, the maddening bureaucracy of Space Corp—and, of course, his own shameful inadequacies!

Highball will be published monthly by AHOY Comics and stumbling into a store near you on September 7, 2022.

The Conclusion to Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology Begins in February 2022

Award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman and Eisner Award–winning comics legend P. Craig Russell finish their comics adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel, Norse Mythology, with a stunning third and final series! This final arc will see artists Colleen Doran, the artist and co-creator behind the Eisner Award and Bram Stoker Award-winning graphic novel adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Snow, Glass, Apples, P. Craig Russell, and Galen Showman tackle some of the most iconic stories in Norse Mythology.     

First up is a story illustrated by the incomparable David Rubín, the first issue in this third series sees the sea giant Aegir as he avoids having to throw a banquet for the gods by setting Thor and Tyr off on a wild quest to find a cauldron and pitting our heroes against a multiheaded giantess, fire-breathing sea serpents, and more bizarre mythological creatures.

Norse Mythology III #1 will be in comic shops February 9, 2022.

Charlie Adlard, Alex Paknadel, James Devlin, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, and UK Comics Laureate Hannah Berry, and more Present Planet DIVOC-91

Planet DIVOC-19

This summer, an ambitious storytelling experience will bring the world of science to comics like never before. An impressive roster of comic book creators — including Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard, Friendo writer Alex Paknadel, UK Comics Laureate Hannah Berry, colorist and designer James Devlin, and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou are collaborating on Planet DIVOC-91, an ambitious webcomic debuting July 15, 2020 on WEBTOON.

The nine-part webcomic, which is funded by some of the most prestigious scientific organizations in the UK, is an offbeat sci-fi satire about a pandemic outbreak in the far reaches of outer space. In Planet DIVOC-91, all young adults between the age of 16-25 have been transported to an earth-like planet which has been terraformed, so that both humans and aliens can breathe the air. Each chapter features the work of a different creative team and cover artist and is interspersed with short articles, links to videos, and other pieces of art by young adults about issues related to COVID-19, and mixes from world-renowned DJs and Producers.  

Planet DIVOC-91 follows the adventures of two earthlings: Sanda Oung, a 23-year-old girl from the UK, and Champo Oung, Sanda’s 19-year-old, non-binary sibling. In the series, 15% of the world’s population of 7.5 billion people are now stuck on another planet, miles from the safety of home. Sanda learns that humans have been brought to Planet Divoc-91 because the Earth is at risk of an extinction-level event – and young adults have been moved to safety by the Board of Adversity Scientists for Intergalactic Leadership’ (BASIL), led by a charismatic and fearsome alien named ADRO. 

The series will feature covers from all-star artists Elsa Charretier, Marco Finnegan, Leslie Hung, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, VV Glass, Matt Kindt, Alitha Martinez, Anand RK, and David Rubín.

The series’ first chapter is written by Sara Kenney and illustrated by legendary Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard. The first chapter features a cover by acclaimed artist Elsa Charretier, 17 pages of comic storytelling, and 17 pages of extra material. Subsequent chapters will feature between 6 and 8 pages of comic storytelling, in addition to the essays and reporting.

Planet DIVOC-91 is produced by Dr. Bella Starling, Director of Vocal at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and Sara Kenney, Creative Director at Wowbagger Productions, in association with the UK Academy of Medical Sciences. The project has since grown in scale and ambition, and there is a young editorial team from UK, India, South Africa, and Malawi who are interviewing experts from scientists to historians, ethicists to anthropologists, and from that material curating articles, creating art and videos in reaction to the interviews.

The project was kick started via NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre seed funding who are providing continued support. Additional supporters include The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC); Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC); The University of Manchester through the Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund award; Sarah Iqbal,  DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance; Anita Shervington, Blast Fest and Nabeel Petersen, Interfer (South Africa). The series was inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, and David Rubín Present Cosmic Detective on Kickstarter

Cosmic Detective

For over two years bestselling writers Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, and artist David Rubín have worked in secret on an all-new, original graphic novel. The book, titled Cosmic Detective, is an epic science fiction mystery that asks: when a God is murdered, who solves the crime?

You can back the graphic novel now on Kickstarter.

In Cosmic Detective, a God is found dead. Foul play is suspected. But who investigates the murder of a god? Not just anyone, that’s for damn sure. Enter our Detective. He’s got a wife, a kid, and a seemingly normal day job as a private eye. But for years, he’s been working for a secret underground cabal of shadowy figures, an organization committed to an uneasy alliance with cosmic forces beyond our imagining.

In Cosmic Detective, the murder of the god threatens to unhinge the gods and tear apart the very fabric of our reality. Only our detective stands in the way of utter destruction. But will the mystery he uncovers be worse than the disaster he’s trying to avert? And will his mind crack under the revelations he’s about to uncover before he can do anything about it?

Cosmic Detective will be presented in an oversized, deluxe format hardcover (8 ¾ x 11/58”), offering readers an immersive experience, with full-color art and multiple bombastic gatefold pages of art and story. This Kickstarter exclusive edition will include features that will not be available anywhere else after the Kickstarter is over – including exclusive art made specifically for this limited-edition volume. The Cosmic Detective playing cards are also a Kickstarter exclusive.

Bang! #1 Gets a 3rd Printing

The debut issue of the hit comic book series BANG! by writer Matt Kindt, artist Wilfredo Torres, colorist Nayoung Kim, and letterer Nate Piekos is going back to press for a third printing, featuring an all new cover by acclaimed artist David Rubín.

The first printing of BANG! #1 sold out ahead of publication, following widespread press attention and endorsements from Keanu Reeves and some of the comic book industry’s most respected writers and artists. Following the sell out of the second printing, a third printing of BANG! will go on sale from Dark Horse Comics on April 1, 2020. Orders close for the third printing cover on March 9th, 2020.

Bang! #1

Your First Look at Matt Kindt and Matt Smith’s Folklords #4

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Folklords #4, the latest issue of an all-new original five-issue series from Eisner Award-nominated writer Matt Kindt, acclaimed artist Matt Smith, colorist Chris O’Halloran, and letterer Jim Campbell, about a young man whose forbidden quest reveals the shocking truth about his world and turns everything he ever knew upside down, available in February 26, 2020.

Ansel and his new ally Ugly begin to make their way to the Branch Library of Banned Books—and one step closer to the Folklords. But the Library is full of twists and turns they’ll never expect… and the closer they get, the harder it is for them to pin down where Ansel’s story is going to end…

Folklords #4 features main cover art by Matt Smith and a variant cover art by David Rubín.

Folklords #4
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