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AHOY Comics Announces Dragonflyman Day on June 16

Dragonfly & Dragonflyman

AHOY Comics has announced that June 16th will henceforth be known as “Dragonflyman Day.” This historic occasion will coincide with the bookstore publication date of the upcoming trade paperback release of Dragonfly & Dragonflyman — the prequel to the dazzling series The Wrong Earth — by writer Tom Peyer, artist Peter Krause, colorist Andy Troy, and letterer Rob Steen.

In the darkness of Earth-Omega, The Dragonfly exacts vengeance from sadistic killers and corrupt authorities. On sunlit Earth-Alpha, the upstanding Dragonflyman fights for justice alongside the police. Now, for the first time ever, all five issues of the series, plus the 2019 AHOY Free Comic Book Day story, will be available in one dimension-smashing volume—and, coincidentally, just in time for everyone’s new favorite summer holiday: Dragonflyman Day.

A brand-new but already beloved tradition wherein people from all over earth—Omega, Alpha, and otherwise—celebrate this all-too-misunderstood superhero, Dragonflyman Day will be full of exciting festivities, such as the aforementioned bookstore release date of the trade paperback. 

Dragonfly & Dragonflyman will be available in comic stores on June 3rd and bookstores on June 16th.

AHOY Comics Returns with All New Releases and New Schedule

AHOY Comics will resume publishing new comic book magazines in June. The updated summer publishing schedule includes:

ASH & THORN

A 5-issue miniseries by bestselling writer Mariah McCourt (True Blood, Stitched), artist Soo Lee (Analog Sci-Fi Magazine, Charlie’s Angels vs. the Bionic Woman), and colorist Pippa Bowland (2000AD), with lettering by Rob Steen and covers by legendary artist Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother, Wonder Woman: True Amazon).

Originally scheduled to debut on April Fool’s Day, the highly-anticipated debut issue #1 of ASH & THORN will be published on June 24, 2020, followed by issue #2 on July 8, issue #3 on July 29, issue #4 on August 19, and issue #5 on September 9, 2020.

ASH & THORN

BILLIONAIRE ISLAND

A 6-issue miniseries by acclaimed writer Mark Russell (Second Coming) and artist Steve Pugh (Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass), and colorist Chris Chuckry, with lettering by Rob Steen. Issue 1 features a cover by series artist and co-creator Steve Pugh and a variant cover by bestselling artist Pia Guerra (Y The Last Man).

The critically acclaimed series returns on July 1, 2020 with an all new second issue, followed by issue #3 on July 22, issue #4 on August 12, and issue #5 on September 16.

BILLIONAIRE ISLAND

CAPTAIN GINGER SEASON 2: DOGWORLD

A 6 issue mini-series by acclaimed writer Stuart Moore (Bronze Age Boogie) and artists June Brigman (Power Pack) and Roy Richardson, and colorist Veronica Ghandini, with lettering by Rob Steen.

CAPTAIN GINGER: DOGWORLD, which had two issues published at the time of lockdown, will complete its serialization in exclusive digital editions from Comixology. The first new issue of CAPTAIN GINGER SEASON 2: DOGWORLD, issue 3, will be released digitally on June 10, followed by issue 4 on July 8, issue 5 on August 5, and issue 6 on September 2.

Each upcoming issue of CAPTAIN GINGER: DOGWORLD will contain a special Digital Bonus Book at no additional cost: issue #3 features DRAGONFLY & DRAGONFLYMAN #1, issue #4 features BILLIONAIRE ISLAND # 1, issue #5 features BRONZE AGE BOOGIE #1, and issue #6 will feature will feature a selection from EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF TERROR, including Hunt Emerson’s Black Cat comics.

CAPTAIN GINGER SEASON 2: DOGWORLD

In June, AHOY will also be publishing the trade paperback of DRAGONFLY & DRAGONFLYMAN, the prequel to the dazzling series THE WRONG EARTH—by writer Tom Peyer, artist Peter Krause, colorist Andy Troy, and letterer Rob Steen. The trade paperback will be released in comic book stores on June 3rd and in bookstores on June 16th.

DRAGONFLY & DRAGONFLYMAN

Originally scheduled for release this summer, as part of the company’s fourth wave of releases, PENULTIMAN, the new super hero title by Tom Peyer and Alan Robinson, will be resolicited at a later date.

Preview: Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #4

Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #4

(W) Tom Peyer (A) Peter Krause (CA) Jamal Igle
In Shops: Feb 12, 2020
SRP: $3.99

With Stinger grounded at the Bughouse, Dragonfly is left alone to face the brute force of Kaktus! Meanwhile, on Earth Alpha, Dragonflyman puts his life in the hands of his sidekick who controls his fate with the push of a button – literally! PLUS! An assortment of prose and illustrations to entertain and astonish.

Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #4

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Gwen Stacy #1

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Alienated #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Three teenagers stumble upon an unearthly entity as it’s born. That cute little pet is a super-predator in the making, and it’s in need prey. The concept sounds fascinating and BOOM! has been nailing it as far as quality.

Batman: Pennyworth RIP #1 (DC Comics) – Alfred is dead (for now) and while the impact has been touched upon, it’s been missing that focus. Well, here it is.

Big Black Stand At Attica (BOOM! Studios) – The true story about the uprising at Attica Prison.

Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #4 (AHOY Comics) – One of the best comics out there that’s both a love letter, homage, and spoof of comics throughout history. A must for fans of the superhero genre.

Go To Sleep, I Miss You: Cartoons From the Fog of New Parenthood (First Second) – As a parent, these short cartoons are so funny and hit home.

Gwen Stacy #1 (Marvel) – Marvel’s been doing a solid job of filling in history recently and this new series gives us the unknown history of Gwen Stacy.

Hawkeye Freefall #3 (Marvel) – The first two issues were so much fun and we’re expecting more of the same.

Rai (2019) #4 (Valiant) – One of the best comics on the market right now. Each issue has been fantastic.

Tartarus #1 (Image Comics) – A cadet is framed for crimes agains tthe empire after discovering her mother was a ruthless warlord. Sounds entertaining to us!

Undone By Blood #1 (Aftershock) – A tale of revenge set in the 1970s. It’s like this comic was made specifically for us.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #101

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Batman #86 (DC Comics) – James Tynion IV takes over the writing duties after Tom King’s epic run.

Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns, & Moonage Daydreams (Insight Comics) – We’re fans of Bowie so have been excited to be able to check out this graphic novel about the iconic musician.

Clock #1 (Image Comics/Top Cow Productions) – A new debut from Top Cow is always interesting to check out. This series focuses on a viral outbreak that causes an aggressive cancer and could lead to World War III. An interesting take and twist.

Daphne Byrne #1 (DC Comics/Hill House Comics/DC Black Label) – Hill House has been delivering some solid horror comics so we’re interested in seeing what’s next for this imprint.

Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #3 (AHOY Comics) – AHOY consistently knocks it out of the park and this series has been a fantastic exploration of comic eras.

Go With the Flow (First Second) – High School girls fight for their rights in this coming of age story about feminine hygiene and taking matters into your own hands.

Marvels X #1 (Marvel) – A prequel to Earth X that has us excited to return to this take on the Marvel Universe.

Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2 (BOOM! Studios/IDW Publishing) – Pure fun for fans of the properties.

Star #1 (Marvel) – If you want to know more about Marvel’s plans for the Infinity Stones, this is a must.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #101 (IDW Publishing) – After an epic story arc the series launches into the next era of TMNT! A good starting point for readers.

AHOY Comics’ Fourth Wave of Releases Has Been Revealed!

Comic book creators Mark Russell and Steve Pugh, Mariah McCourt and Soo Lee, and Tom Peyer and Alan Robinson are launching three all new series for the fourth wave of AHOY comic book magazines. The three series all tackle 21st century fears and anxieties with a heavy dose of humor. The new wave of titles from the Syracuse-based company will launch next spring.  

AHOY Comics’ fourth wave includes three all-new titles:

  • BILLIONAIRE ISLAND, a 6 issue mini-series by acclaimed writer Mark Russell (Second Coming) and artist Steve Pugh (Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass), and colorist Chris Chuckry, with lettering by Rob Steen. Issue 1 features a cover by series artist and co-creator Steve Pugh and a variant cover by bestselling artist Pia Guerra (Y The Last Man).

Debuting in March 2020.

Welcome to Billionaire Island, where anything goes…if you can afford it. But the island’s ultra-rich inhabitants are about to learn that their ill-gotten gains come at a VERY high price. BILLIONAIRE ISLAND is a savage satire that reunites the creative team behind DC’s The Flintstones.

BILLIONAIRE ISLAND tells the story of Freedom Unlimited (FU Island), a private island created and populated by billionaires hoping to wait out the end of the world,” said writer and co-creator Mark Russell. “But because they are in international waters and not subject to any law, their haven is a nightmarish police state for anyone on the island who crosses them. In a broader sense, it’s a series that asks the question: how do we save the world when all its resources are partying offshore?”

BILLIONAIRE ISLAND
  • ASH & THORN, a 5 issue mini-series by bestselling writer Mariah McCourt (True Blood, Stitched), artist Soo Lee (Mine!, Charlie’s Angels vs. the Bionic Woman), and colorist Pippa Bowland, with lettering by Rob Steen and covers by legendary artist Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother, Wonder Woman: True Amazon).

Debuting in April 2020.

The apocalypse is nigh! The world needs a Champion, and the only heir to a sacred mystical lineage is…a little old lady? Meet Lottie Thorn, reluctant savior of the world, and her also-elderly trainer Lady Peruvia Ashlington-Voss. They might not look it, but these women are prepared to take on any Big Bad that comes along. But first, perhaps a nice cup of tea?

“Everyone knows Chosen Ones are supposed to be young and extremely expendable, but even the Universe makes mistakes sometimes,” explained McCourt. “And sometimes the mistakes are big ones. Like when it taps an 80+ year old retired art teacher to be the Champion who fights the next Apocalypse. Can an octogenarian overcome age and arthritis to save the world from cosmic monsters, world eaters, and gross creepy crawlies?”

ASH & THORN
  • PENULTIMAN, a 5 issue mini-series by writer Tom Peyer (The Wrong Earth), artist Alan Robinson (Planet of the Nerds), and colorist Lee Loughridge, with lettering by Rob Steen and covers by Robinson.

Debuting in May 2020.

Penultiman is the greatest, best-looking, and most admired superhero in the world. Penultiman is The Next-To-Last-Stage In Human Evolution. So how can he stop hating himself? Only Penultiman’s android understudy, Antepenultiman, knows the answer. Or, at least, he thinks he does!

“Penultiman, The Next-To-Last Stage in Human Evolution, is hailed as the godlike epitome of beauty, power, and compassion in the year 2020,” said Peyer. “In the far-future century he came from, however, his more advanced contemporaries saw him as a brutish evolutionary throwback and exiled him to our era. Paragon or primitive? His one chance for peace is to deny the haters and admirers alike, and discover who he really is–if he only knew how to begin.”

PENULTIMAN

AHOY Comics’ fourth wave also includes 2 trade paperback collections:

  • SECOND COMING: Volume One trade paperback by Mark Russell, artists Richard Pace and Leonard Kirk, and colorist Andy Troy, with lettering by Rob Steen and a cover by Richard Pace. The book will be released timed to Lent and will be on sale in comic shops on February 26th and in bookstores on March 10, 2020.
SECOND COMING: Volume One
  • DRAGONFLY & DRAGONFLYMAN: NIGHT & DAY trade paperback by Tom Peyer, artist Peter Krause, and colorist Andy Troy, with lettering by Rob Steen. The book will be released timed to dragonfly season on the east coast and will be on sale in comic shops on May 27th and in bookstores on June 9th, 2020.
DRAGONFLY & DRAGONFLYMAN: NIGHT & DAY

Since its debut in September of 2018, AHOY Comics has pledged for readers to “expect more” from its line of comic book magazines and graphic novels with full length comic book stories, accompanied by “extras” including short prose fiction, the occasional recipes, and even a crossword puzzle.

Around the Tubes

Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #1

Check out some news and reviews from around the web from over the weekend as you kick off your week!

The Comichron – Blockbuster: X-Men relaunch powers October 2019 comics orders; $56.35 million month is fourth best in decade – October was a good month for comics.

Deadline – ‘Jupiter’s Legacy’: Sang Kim Joins As Showrunner Of Netflix Series Following Steven S. DeKnight Exit – Not sure what this says about the health of the show.

Newsarama – Disney+’s Moon Knight Lands Umbrella Academy TV Creator – A good addition considering the Umbrella Academy’s reception.

Reviews

CBR – Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #1
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Olympia #1

Review: Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #1

Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #1

The Wrong Earth introduced us to Dragonfly and Dragonflyman. Similar heroes from very different Earths. Each represented an era of superhero comics. One is innocent with some levity while the other is dark and gritty. Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #1 picks up their adventures in a funhouse mirror version of each.

Writer Tom Peyer continues to nail the two different worlds and able to flow from one tone to another without issues. One version of the character is friendly and nurturing while the other is a jerk.

The adventures of the two heroes are interesting as they each deal with a different version of the same villain. The two depictions is fascinating as it emphasizes how much has changed in the depiction of comics in the twenty-ish years between these two styles (60s vs 80s). The storytelling style too is slightly different in their pacing and focus.

Peter Krause handles the art with Andy Troy on colors and Rob Steen on lettering. Like the dialogue and story itself, the art shifts effortlessly between the two eras. The Dragonfly/Dragonflyman characters have so many subtle differences between the two, many of them visual. The artistic team captures the body language along with the details of each world. It’s impressive to be able to change styles like this and the visuals really enhance the story and is key in making it work.

With it being an AHOY comic, Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #1 is packed with extras. Writers Matt Brady, Tyrone Finch, and Kek-W along with illustrations by Joe Orsak and Shawn Crystal deliver a wide range of topics and prose to enjoy. It’s a bonus as the main comic itself is solid and a draw by itself.

AHOY Comics continues to deliver a series that celebrates and examines the superhero genre. It’s a must for fans who like the concept of deconstruction and those who just enjoy an entertaining tale.

Story: Tom Peyer, Matt Brady, Tyrone Finch, Kek-W
Art: Peter Krause, Joe Orsak, Shawn Crystal
Color: Andy Troy Letterer: Rob Steen
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

AHOY Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #1

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

b.b. free #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A plague has devastated the world and b.b. free is the actual chose one on the run from her own family.

Bolivar Eats New York Discovery Adventure (BOOM! Studios) – A mix between an object finding book and a graphic novel, the story continues the adventure of Bolivar, a dinosaur living in New York City. Amazing art and adorable story.

Doctor Doom #2 (Marvel) – Doom has surrendered to the world authority after the horrific events of the first issue. That issue knocked it out of the park and we’re expecting no less from this one.

Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #1 (AHOY Comics) – The follow up to The Wrong Earth, the series follows two heroes who are stranded on each other’s Earth. One is gritty while the other the more innocent time of superheroes. It’s a love letter to superhero comics and a must for all fans of the genre.

Going to the Chapel #3 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – The heist continues as the gang’s attempt to rob a wedding goes so off the rails. It’s a crime story that’s worthy of the big screen, keeps you on your toes, and gets you to laugh.

Heist, How to Steal a Planet #1 (Vault Comics) – It’s Ocean’s Eleven in space as a group attempts to steal a world.

Legion of Super-Heroes #1 (DC Comics) – The classic property is back and with DC having a renewed focus on its future timeline, this should be interesting.

New Mutants #1/X-Force #1 (Marvel) – More Dawn of X debuts and we’re intrigued how each series will stand out for itself.

Pandemica #2 (IDW Publishing) – Tailored diseases that get out of control. This is a political disaster film and frighteningly real.

Strange Skies Over East Berlin #2 (BOOM! Studios) – Something fell from the sky behind the Berlin Wall. This is the Cold War with an alien twist.

Undiscovered Country #1 (Image Comics) – The United States has walled itself off from the world. This is the story of the people out to discover what awaits in the country beyond the wall.

Preview: Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #1 (of 5)

Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #1 (of 5)

(W) Tom Peyer (A) Peter Krause (CA) Jamal Igle
In Shops: Nov 06, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Following from AHOY’s widely-read Free Comic Book Day edition, this prequel to The Wrong Earth follows gritty vigilante The Dragonfly and his innocent, campy counterpart Dragonflyman, before they became trapped on each other’s Earths! Can two versions of the satanic Devil-Man corrupt both of their souls?

Like all AHOY Comics Book Magazines, DRAGONFLY & DRAGONFLYMAN’s debut issue will feature an assortment of extras, including: 

  • “Not Required Reading: The K-T Boundary” by writer Matt Brady and illustrator Joe Orsak;
  • “Franklin Vs. the Minotaur” by writer Tyrone Finch and illustrator Shawn Crystal; 
  • “British Sports Explained” by writer KEK-W and  illustrator Joe Orsak.
Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #1 (of 5)
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