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Review: High Heaven #1

Chronic malcontent David Weathers dies and goes to Heaven—where everything is terrible, and everybody hates a complainer.

It’s hard to pull of entertainment where the main character is unlikeable. The consumer doesn’t want to cheer for the person. And at times it can drag storywise. Writer Tom Peyer has done an impressive thing with High Heaven #1 as the main character David Weathers is someone I myself want to beat up. Despite the fact I want to punch David myself, I still want to see where this miniseries goes. It’s satire and also over the top too.

No one likes David it seems and due to that, we the reader don’t feel too bad. We’re not supposed to cheer for him. We’re supposed to dislike him. But, through some subtle choices we feel sorry for him too. There’s moments we the reader can relate to.

By the time the story wraps up, I’ve forgotten about the dislike of David and bought into the direction the series takes us. It’s unexpected. It’s original. And, it should be an entertaining subject to drive the rest of the series.

Greg Scott provides the art with Andy Troy on colors and it’s a solid combination. The art is perfect in its focus and how much we’re shown. The comic could easily have gone over the top, for instance the death scene, but instead uses less is more. It allows our imagination to fill in some gaps making it that much more absurd and funny. Heaven too when we get there is rendered in such a way that the details is brings the humor of it all and begs the reader to pay attention.

But not only do we get the main story we get so much more for the price of an average comic. Peyer also delivers a second story with art by Chris Giarrusso called Hastag: Danger. The topic of the comic feels like it’s all over the place and it continues my only negative about AHOY Comics in that not all of the “more” matches the main story in tone or focus. That includes a cartoon by Shannon Wheeler and a prose story by Grant Morrison with art by Rick Geary. All are very good but they seem to be a bit scattershot in their tone and focus. Wheeler’s humorous comic is the exception as it too has a religious focus like the main story.

AHOY Comics continues to deliver with their second release in High Heaven. This is a comic company that burst on the scene with pretty big promises and has delivered with two issues. You feel like you’re getting a lot for your money and all of it is quality. Not only do I look forward to this series’ next issue but I’m also front and center to see what else AHOY has up their sleeve.

Story: Tom Peyer, Grant Morrison, Shannon Wheeler
Art: Greg Scott, Chris Giarrusso, Rick Geary, Shannon Wheeler
Color: Andy Troy Cover: Richard Williams
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

AHOY Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Check Out These Previews of What We Can Expect From AHOY Comics

Earlier today we brought the news of the launch of AHOY Comics, a new publisher who has already announced four series with an impressive group of creators. Now, we have a look at the actual series that we’ll be able to enjoy starting in September.

THE WRONG EARTH

6 Issue mini-series by Tom Peyer and Jamal Igle

AHOY Comics launches with a biting superhero satire written by Tom Peyer (Captain Kid, Hourman), penciled by Jamal Igle (Black, Supergirl), inked by Juan Castro (Transformers),and colored by Andy Troy. On one world, Dragonflyman and his sidekick Stinger enjoy a life of adventure. On another Earth, the Dragonfly hunts criminal parasites like a lethal exterminator. But what happens when these two heroes change places?

On sale on September 12, 2018, THE WRONG EARTH debut issue is a full color, 40 page comic book magazine retailing for $3.99, with extras including:

  • A  prose story by comics legend Grant Morrison: ‘HUD’ HORNET’S HOLIDAY IN HELL, illustrated by best-selling artist Rob Steen
  • A mock “Golden Age” Stinger solo story, by Paul Constant and Frank Cammuso
  • A cartoon by Shannon Wheeler

HIGH HEAVEN

5 Issue Mature Readers mini-series by Tom Peyer and Greg Scott

Chronic malcontent David Weathers dies and goes to Heaven—where everything is terrible, and everybody hates a complainer. HIGH HEAVEN is a savage satire by writer Tom Peyer (Hourman, Batman ’66) with art by Greg Scott (Black Hood, X-Files), colored by Andy Troy.

On sale, September 26, 2018, HIGH HEAVEN’s debut issue is a full color, 40 page comic book magazine retailing for $3.99, with a cover by Mad Magazine’s Richard Williams and extras including:

  • A HASHTAG: DANGER backup story by Peyer, with art by Chris Giarrusso (G-Man, Mini-Marvels)
  • A cartoon by Shannon Wheeler
  • An all-new prose story by comics legend Grant Morrison: FESTIVE FUNTIMES AT THE NEW WORLD’S FAIR, illustrated by acclaimed artist Rick Geary

In October, AHOY Comics will launch a creator owned title:

CAPTAIN GINGER

4 issue mini series by Stuart Moore and June Brigman

When the human race died out, the cats inherited the Earth! Or at least one starship. Now the intrepid Captain Ginger struggles to keep his fellow felines united against a hostile universe. Thirty-five pages of comic adventure—with a bite—by writer Stuart Moore (Deadpool the Duck, Batman: Noir Alley) artist June Brigman (Power Pack), inker Roy Richardson and colorist Veronica Gandini.

On sale, October 17, 2018, CAPTAIN GINGER’s debut issue is a full color, 48 page comic book magazine retailing for $3.99, with extras including:

  • An all-new text story by comics legend Grant Morrison: THE ELECTRIC SKY BEAR THAT INSPIRED BEN FRANKLIN, illustrated by Phil Hester
  • A cartoon by Shannon Wheeler

October will also see the debut of an all star anthology series:

EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF TERROR

6 issue Mature Readers mini series

EDGAR ALLAN POE mangles classic tales and brand new stories in this cross between Drunk History and Tales from the Crypt! First, meet AHOY’s own alcohol-damaged version of Poe in The Facts in The Case of M. Valdemar, adapted by Tom Peyer (Batman ‘66) and drawn by Fred Harper. Then: Sugary cereal meets vampirism in Dark Chocolate, by writer Mark Russell (The Flintstones) and artist Peter Snejbjerg (Starman).

On sale, October 31, 2018, EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF TERROR’s debut issue is a full color, 40 page comic book magazine retailing for $3.99, with extras including:

  • Hunt Emerson’s take on The Black Cat
  • Unsettling verse by Cienna Madrid illustrated by Carly Wright

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