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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. 

Review: Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass reimagines Harleen Quinzel as a fifteen-year-old high school student sent to Gotham to live with her grandmother. What lays before her is a lesson on activism, acceptance, and fighting gentrification.

Story: Mariko Tamaki
Art: Steve Pugh
Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual

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Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass Gets a First-Look Trailer

On September 3, the newest young adult graphic novel from DC’s Books for Young Readers Collection, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass, will be available in comic and book stores nationwide.

To promote its release, DC has launched its trailer, giving fans a sneak peek of Harleen Quinzel and her family as they attempt to take down the Kane corporation. With themes around found family, gentrification and justice, the high-anticipated title is penned by Eisner Award and Caldecott Honor-winning author Mariko Tamaki and Eisner Award-nominated artist Steve Pugh.

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass is a coming-of-age story about choices, consequences, fairness, and progress and how a weird kid from Gotham’s poorest part of town goes about defining her world for herself. Harleen is a tough, outspoken, rebellious kid who lives in a ramshackle apartment above a karaoke cabaret owned by a drag queen named Mama. When the cabaret becomes the next victim in the wave of gentrification that’s taking over the neighborhood, Harleen is faced with two choices: join high school friend Ivy, who’s campaigning to make the neighborhood a better place to live, or join The Joker, who plans to take down Gotham one corporation at a time. 

To celebrate the upcoming launch, Tamaki will host signings in various cities, including the recently announced San Francisco book signing event at Dr. Comics & Mr. Games on August 31. The fan-favorite writer is also scheduled to attend New York Comic-Con in October.

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass is available to preorder now and will hit stores everywhere books are sold on September 3, 2019.

Get a First Look at DC Zoom and DC Ink’s Titles Debuting Fall 2019

DC announced today new details surrounding its young reader imprints—DC Zoom and DC Ink—and revealed first looks at titles scheduled for release in fall 2019. DC Zoom is focused on readers ages 8-12 while DC Ink is focused on readers 13+.

DC has confirmed on-sale dates for the highly anticipated releases as well as early looks at the graphic novels. All are available for pre-order now.

DC Zoom (ages 8-12):

SUPER SONS: THE POLARSHIELD PROJECT (April 2, 2019)—written by Ridley Pearson and illustrated by Ile Gonzalez

SUPER SONS: THE POLARSHIELD PROJECT

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: SPACED OUT (June 4, 2019)—written by Shea Fontana and illustrated by Agnes Garbowska

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: SPACED OUT

DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE (August 6, 2019)—written by Michael Northrop and illustrated by Gustavo Duarte

DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE

SUPERMAN OF SMALLVILLE (September 3, 2019)—written by Art Baltazar and Franco and Illustrated by Art Baltazar

SUPERMAN OF SMALLVILLE

THE SECRET SPIRAL OF SWAMP KID (October 1, 2019)—written and illustrated by Kirk Scroggs

THE SECRET SPIRAL OF SWAMP KID

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: AT METROPOLIS HIGH (October 15, 2019)—written by Amy Wolfram and illustrated by Yancey Labat

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: AT METROPOLIS HIGH

BLACK CANARY: IGNITE (November 5, 2019)—written by Meg Cabot and illustrated by Cara McGee

BLACK CANARY: IGNITE

SUPER SONS: THE FOXGLOVE MISSION (November 5, 2019)—written by Ridley Pearson and illustrated by Ile Gonzalez

SUPER SONS: THE FOXGLOVE MISSION

DIANA, PRINCESS OF THE AMAZONS (January 7, 2020)—written by Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrated by Victoria Ying

DIANA, PRINCESS OF THE AMAZONS

GREEN LANTERN: LEGACY (January 21, 2020)—written by Minh Lê and illustrated by Andie Tong

GREEN LANTERN: LEGACY

DC Ink (ages 13+):

MERA: TIDEBREAKER (April 2, 2019)—written by Danielle Paige and illustrated by Stephen Byrne

MERA: TIDEBREAKER

UNDER THE MOON: A CATWOMAN TALE (May 7, 2019)—written by Lauren Myracle and illustrated by Isaac Goodhart

UNDER THE MOON: A CATWOMAN TALE

TEEN TITANS: RAVEN (July 2019)—written by Kami Garcia and illustrated by Gabriel Picolo

TEEN TITANS: RAVEN

HARLEY QUINN: BREAKING GLASS (September 3, 2019)—written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Steve Pugh

HARLEY QUINN: BREAKING GLASS

BATMAN: NIGHTWALKER (October 1, 2019)—adapted by Stuart Moore from Marie Lu’s prose novel for the DC Icon series and illustrated by Chris Wildgoose

BATMAN: NIGHTWALKER

DC Reveals Artists, On Sale Dates and More for their DC Zoom and DC Ink Imprints

DC Entertainment has announced the inaugural artist lineup for the publisher’s upcoming young reader imprints, DC Zoom and DC Ink. The artists will join the previously announced roster of bestselling young adult and middle grade authors to create diverse, relatable stories starring DC’s most iconic characters such as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and many more. Both original graphic novel lines are set to launch in spring 2019.

The two new imprints were announced in February 2018 and they are aimed at younger readers.

DC Zoom targets middle grade readers ages 8-12 and will tell stories focused on friends, family and growing up. The line will debut in April 2019 with Super Sons: The Polarshield Project, written by award-winning middle grade author Ridley Pearson and illustrated by Ile Gonzalez.

The complete list of creative teams for the first wave of DC Zoom titles include:

  • Super Sons: The Polarshield Project (April 2019)-  written by Ridley Pearson and illustrated by Ile Gonzalez
  • DC Super Hero Girls: Spaced Out (May 2019 written by Shea Fontana, and illustrated by Agnes Garbowska
  • Batman: Overdrive (August 2019) – Written by Shea Fontana and illustrated by Marcelo Di Chiara
  • Black Canary: Ignite (October 2019)– Written by Meg Cabot and illustrated by Cara McGee

DC Ink will publish thought provoking stories for young adults, readers ages 13+, that focus on everyday aspirations, struggles and triumphs. The line will also launch in April 2019 with the highly anticipated Mera coming-of-age tale, Mera: Tidebreaker from New York Times bestselling YA author Danielle Paige and artist Stephen Byrne. Complete creative teams for the first round of DC Ink graphic novels include:

  • Mera: Tidebreaker (April 2019) – written by Danielle Paige and illustrated by Stephen Byrne
  • Under The Moon: A Catwoman Tale (May 2019) – written by Lauren Myracle and illustrated by Isaac Goodhart
  • Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass (June 2019) – written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Steve Pugh
  • Teen Titans: Raven (July 2019) – written by Kami Garcia and illustrated by Gabriel Picolo

The covers and first looks for the first wave of DC Zoom and DC Ink titles are illustrated by each respective artist announced today and can be viewed in the image gallery below.

DC Zoom and DC Ink authors Kami Garcia, Ridley Pearson, Shea Fontana, Meg Cabot, Danielle Paige, Lauren Myracle and Mariko Tamaki will share more details about their upcoming books on various panels at this year’s American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans from June 21-26.

More Details on DC Ink and DC Zoom, Two New Graphic Novel Lines from DC Entertainment

Last night we brought the news that DC Entertainment would be launching two new graphic novel imprints, DC Ink and DC Zoom.

The new graphic novels line will be focused on young adult readers, DC Ink, and middle grade readers, DC Zoom.

We’ll see the first titles released in Fall 2018 and now have an even fuller list of what we’ll be seeing.

  • Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass by Mariko Tamaki and Steve Pugh
  • Mera by Danielle Paige
  • DC Super Hero Girls: Search For Atlantis by Shea Fontana and Yancey Labat

Set to follow in 2019:

DC Ink

  • Batman: Gotham High by Melissa de la Cruz
  • Batman: Nightwalker – The Graphic Novel by Marie Lu
  • Teen Titans by Kami Garcia
  • Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale by Lauren Myracle
  • Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed by Laurie Halse Anderson

 

 

 

DC Zoom

  • Batman Tales: Once Upon A Crime by Derek Fridolfs and Dustin Nguyen
  • Batman: Overdrive by Shea Fontana
  • Black Canary Ignite by Meg Cabot
  • Dear Justice League by Michael Northrop
  • Green Lantern: Legacy by Minh Lê
  • Super Sons by Ridley Pearson
  • Superman of Smallville by Art Baltazar and Franco
  • Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang which will be released as periodicals first, then collected.

DC Entertainment Announces Two New Graphic Novel Imprints Aimed at Young Readers

DC Zoom and DC Ink are the two new graphic novel imprints announced by DC Entertainment this weekend. DC Zoom will feature stories for middle school readers while DC Ink will be focused on young adults.

The new imprints will also team up with young adult writers including Laurie Halse Anderson, Melissa de la Cruz, Michael Northrop, and Ridley Pearsen.

DC Ink will kick off with two graphic novels, one featuring Harley Quinn being written by Mariko Tamaki and art by Steve Pugh. The other will feature Mera and will be written by Danielle Paige with an artist yet to be announced. DC Zoom will debut with DC Super Hero Girls: Search for Atlantis by Shea Fontana and Yancey Labat.

Also announced was Gene Luen Yang‘s book, Superman Smashes the Klan. The title sounds like a throwback to the classic Superman radio show which took on the Klan. Ridley Pearson will write a Super Sons graphic novel featuring Jonathan Kent and Damian Wayne. Pearson’s story will tackle climate change and introduce a new character named Candice, who discovers she belongs to an African dynasty.

The announced lineup reflects the female readers of middle grade and Y.A. novels. They’ll be free from complicated continuity.

The focus isn’t superhero stories but character studies. The middle grader focused adventures will be “characters who are figuring out the world around them, including dealing with parents and teachers” while the young adult graphic novels will focus on “questions of personal identity, with budding heroes deciding what paths they will take.”

The softcover Zoom graphic novels will cost $9.99 for 128 pages with the Ink books retailing for $16.99 for 192 pages.

(via The New York Times)

Review: Action Comics #992

Crippled by the events of “The Oz Effect,” Superman struggles to regain a sense of hope for humanity. As a strange new threat brews in the background, a faithless Son of both Krypton and Earth must make a choice: stay and fight for his adoptive homeworld, or answer a call from the stars.

With “The Oz Effect” over and the revelation of who Mr. Oz is behind us, we’re left asking what’s next? “The Oz Effect” directly attacked what Superman stands for and represents, the “hope” for humanity. Mr. Oz revealed the “true nature” of humanity for all its negativity and in that way attacked Superman while attempting to save him from whatever comes next.

This issue picks up from there with Superman questioning a lot of things, like what it means to be the son of someone so evil. It’s an interesting direction that forces Superman on a quest of some sorts and an ending that I’m sure will be spoiled elsewhere but I’m not doing that here. It’s a solid twist ending that has me excited to see the next issue and reintroduces a certain character into the DC Universe post Rebirth.

The art by Steve Pugh is solid. It’s slightly different than we’ve seen over the span of the series but keeps with a certain aesthetic style that’s consistent with what’s come before. There’s some solid emotional moments as Superman comes to grips with what has happened and what it all means and those are conveyed quite well through the art.

This is a solid follow up to an event that has shaken Superman and put into question the whole nature vs. nurture debate. But, it also sets up what feels like a hell of an adventure to come based on those final pages and it’s an adventure I’m beyond excited to see.

Story: Dan Jurgens Art: Steve Pugh Cover Art: Francis Manapul
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Action Comics #992

Action Comics #992

(W) Dan Jurgens (A) Steve Pugh (CA) Francis Manapul
In Shops: Nov 22, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“AFTER EFFECTS”! Crippled by the events of “The Oz Effect,” Superman struggles to regain a sense of hope for humanity. As a strange new threat brews in the background, a faithless Son of both Krypton and Earth must make a choice: stay and fight for his adoptive homeworld, or answer a call from the stars.

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