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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

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)

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

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

The Wrong Earth #2 Has Sold Out and Gets a Reprint

The Wrong Earth #2 has sold out at Diamond Comic Distributors and going back to press. That’s impressive for just the third release from a startup publisher. AHOY Comics has been receiving praise in reviews and that’s resulting in sales.

This second print features a different-colored logo and is timed to coincide with the release of issue #3.

Monday 10/29 is the cutoff for stores to place their orders. The Diamond ordering code is AUG189232.
Wednesday 11/21 is the In-store date for the second printing.

The saga of two world-swapped heroes continues as, on gritty Earth-Omega, the cheerful Dragonflyman faces off against corrupt, violent police. Meanwhile, the naïve authorities of colorful Earth-Alpha enrage the grim Dragonfly. EXTRA FEATURE! Dragonflyman and Stinger confront the dastardly menace called NIMBY! Plus a text story by Kek-W, illustrated by Carol Lay!

Review: The Wrong Earth #2

The saga of two world-swapped heroes continues! On gritty Earth-Omega, the cheerful Dragonflyman faces off against corrupt, violent police. Meanwhile, the naïve authorities of colorful Earth-Alpha enrage the grim Dragonfly.

I gushed over The Wrong Earth #1, the debut comic from AHOY Comics and the second issue is just as good diving deeper into its exciting world. The Wrong Earth #2 is both a spoof and homage of comics, a brilliant balancing act that’s impressive and I’d imagine hard to do. Writer Tom Peyer nails the mix as we bounce between the two worlds and two different heroes.

It’s hard to really praise the writing in this series. What’s pulled off is utterly brilliant. While the concept of taking a modern “grim and gritty” hero and placing them in an innocent world and vice versa might sound simple, being able to get the tones of it all right isn’t. Each interaction you have characters whose tone and vibes are opposite. You have situations and characters that clash. Yet, this flows perfectly.

Peyer also is able to balance both lovingly playing with and poking fun at the concept. You can spoof it and just go over the top making fun of comics past and present. You can play it for straight and put forward what you think is the best of both eras. But this series in its two issues does both. Characters will remind you of other comics and the beats do too. It takes that seriously playing up a loving kiss to it all. But, it does it in such an over the top way at times it’s hard to not see it as an entertaining goof too.

The art by Jamal Igle with ink by Juan Castro, color by Andy Troy, and lettering by Rob Steen is on point. Igle and the team perfectly nail the styles of the two eras. It would be expected for a series to employ two artistic teams to pull off what Igle, Castro, and Troy do, but the trio pull off the amazing by bouncing between the eras in a way that each character continues their innocent or gritty in the opposite world. What’s more impressive is nothing seems completely out of place, it still works visually. The details too in the art add to the story allowing the reader to understand more about each hero and how they differ.

All of that alone would merit a 10 out of 10 across the board, but with AHOY you should expect more!

In this issue’s back-up comic story, Dragonflyman and Stinger confront the dastardly menace called NIMBY! Writer Paul Constant, artist Tom Feister, and letterer Rob Steen deliver a second comic featuring the heroes and it has the fun innocence playing off of comics of the time. Of course there’s winks and nods and it’s just a fun bonus to read.

And that’s not all… it’s an AHOY comic, we’re getting more.

The comic features prose writing and instructions to microwave a meal featuring the writing of Kek-W, Bryce Ingman, and Mark Russell, and art by Carol Lay, Alan Robinson, and Joe Orsak. It’s all solid and honestly seeing as how I loved this comic for the main story, this is all bonus and it’s entertaining bonus material. The comic for me is the draw and the rest is extras that only add to the value of it all.

The first issue was fantastic, the second is just as amazing. AHOY Comics launched and told us to expect more from comics and in two issues they have me doing exactly that. This comic would be worth the price for the main story alone but then there’s a second comic, plus prose stories, and it’s all good. This is seriously some of your best value for your money when it comes to comics and this publisher is at another level.

Story: Tom Peyer, Paul Constant Kek-W, Bryce Ingman, Mark Russell
Art: Jamal Igle, Tom Feister, Carol Lay, Alan Robinson
Ink: Juan Castro Color: Andy Troy Letterer: Rob Steen
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

AHOY Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review