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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

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

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

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

Should We Expect More from Comics? New Publisher AHOY Promises Exactly That.

This falls sees the launch of a brand new comic publisher AHOY Comics who already boasts an impressive lineup of creators involved. Founded by journalist Hart Seely, the publisher already has landed Grant Morrison, Mark Russell, Jamal Igle, and more. Tom Peyer is the Editor-in-Chief and will also be contributing a series and Stuart Moore is described as AHOY’s “dark ops” manager. AHOY stands for Abundance (more pages per issue), Humor, Originality and Yes (Yes to comics, more pages, collected editions, meaningful design, dramatic art, shipping on schedule, enjoyment, etc).

Seely said the releases aren’t so much issues as “comic book magazines” which will feature a full-length lead story and back-up material including cartoons, prose, and poetry from mainstream and indie creators, as well as journalists, prose writers, and New Yorker cartoonists. Seely is an award-winning reporter for the Syracuse Post-Standard. His humor and satire have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, National Lampoon, and on National Public Radio. He is the editor of Pieces of Intelligence: The Existential Poetry of Donald H. Rumsfeld and coeditor (with Tom Peyer) of O Holy Cow! The Selected Verse of Phil Rizzuto.

The publisher launches this September with two series. The Wrong Earth is a six-issue miniseries by Tom Peyer and Jamal Igle. In it, two heroes — one an adventure-loving crimefighter with a kid sidekick, the other a ruthless vigilante — trade places and find themselves trapped in worlds they never made. In High Heaven, a five-issue mini-series aimed at mature readers, Tom Peyer and Greg Scott debut a chronic malcontent who finds himself in an afterlife where everyone hates a complainer. The Wrong Earth debuts September 12.

Both of those series launch with 40 page first issues. The Wrong Earth features a prose story by Grant Morrison along with material from Shannon Wheeler, Paul Constant, and Frank CammusoHigh Heaven features another prose story from Morrison, with another cartoon from Wheeler and a back-up strip from Peyer and artist Chris Giarrusso.

In October AHOY launches two additional titles: Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Terror, a six-issue anthology described as a “cross between Drunk History and Tales from the Crypt . That 40 page first issue features material by Peyer, Mark Russell and cartoonist Hunt Emerson. Captain Ginger is a four-issue series about a spaceship piloted by cats after the human race has died out, by Stuart Moore and June Brigman. That first issue will include a prose story by Morrison, illustrated by Phil Hester, and a cartoon from Shannon Wheeler.

Future creators involved include Peter Milligan, Mariah McCourt, Rachel Pollack, Gary Erskine, and Roger Stern.

Preview: Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time Omnibus

DOCTOR WHO: PRISONERS OF TIME OMNIBUS

WRITERS: Scott & David Tipton
ARTISTS: Simon Fraser, Lee Sullivan, Mike Collins, Gary Erskine, Philip Bond, John Ridgway, Kev Hopgood, Roger Langridge, David Messina, Giorgia Sposito, Elena Casagrande, Matthew Dow Smith, Kelly Yates
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
PAGE COUNT: 336 PP
FORMAT: Softcover
PRICE: $24.99 / £18.99
RELEASE DATE: January 20, 2016

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who anew with an epic adventure featuring the Doctor’s first eleven incarnations! Writers Scott & David Tipton are joined by some of the greatest artists of the Doctor’s comic book past and present to tell a story that shakes the Doctor to his core!

Collects Doctor Who: Prisoners Of Time #1-12.

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Review: Dead Boy Detectives #1

dead-boy-detectives-1-coverFrom the pages of The Sandman, Neil Gaiman’s dead boys get their own monthly series! As fans of storybook detectives, Edwin Paine (died 1916) and Charles Rowland (died 1990) will take on any and all mysteries—including their own untimely deaths! The dead boys head back to St. Hilarions, where bullying headmasters continue to rule the school. But when they investigate the lingering mysteries of their own deaths, they meet a young girl named Crystal whose tech skills and strange link to the undead earn her a place as a new detective. Dead Boy Detectives is a fast-paced adventure series that takes us from the bustling streets of contemporary London to Japanese-inspired video games and dangerous worlds perched somewhere between the now and nevermore.

I didn’t read the original Sandman comics, so I came into this first issue with a complete blank slate. But, Vertigo as an imprint has a great track record of publishing amazing comic books that are high quality. While I liked the first issue of this series, I can’t say I was completely blown away by it.

The series, written by Toby Litt and Mark Buckingham, starts off with this weird performance art heist that might be a real heist, I’m still not quite sure, and the detectives stopping it. But, since I never read anything with them previously, I had no idea what they could and couldn’t do. So, as far as I knew they were really alive, it just took me a bit to figure out they were dead. So, there’s probably a lot folks who know about these characters pick up that I don’t.

The story is good, but nothing really blows me away. I’ll definitely check out the second issue, but like some of Vertigo’s other series, this one seems to be a slow starter. That’s not necessarily bad, because many of the imprint’s comics have started this way and have become modern classics.

The art is really solid. Buckingham and Gary Erskine have produced great art to look at, even if you’re not totally into the comic itself.

The issue was a good first issue, but not excellent. Overall, my gut says that after a few issues, the series will be, and that it’s just a slow start. Maybe folks who are more familiar with the characters will enjoy it more, but for me, it was only ok.

Story: Toby Litt, Mark Buckingham Art: Mark Buckingham, Gary Erskine
Story: 7.75 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation:Read

New York Comic Con: CrimeCraft Expansion — Bleedout — Partners With Top Comic Book Artists

Official Press Release

Vogster Entertainment is partnering with Archaia Entertainment to publish BLEEDOUT: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL, which includes the story-telling and artwork of a dozen of the comic industry’s most celebrated artists.

In addition to a full length Graphic Novel, the art will be used to propel BLEEDOUT’s interactive storyline — the first major brand expansion for Vogster’s CrimeCraft, a massively multiplayer online shooter on PC.

Each artist will bring his unique style and story-telling skills to a different chapter in the campaign:

  • Tim Bradstreet
  • Ben Templesmith
  • Nathan Fox
  • Zach Howard
  • Sanford Greene
  • David Williams
  • Gary Erskine
  • Howard Chaykin
  • Glenn Fabry
  • Vince Proce
  • Trevor Hairsine

Vogster booth: 2031

About BLEEDOUT:

BLEEDOUT explores the complex, yet frighteningly possible, series of events that throw the world into violent chaos. It is a new Age of Ruin, caused by mankind’s own greed, a new Wild Society run by criminals and outlaws, that players can explore and profit through exciting combat and conspiratorial adventure.