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AHOY Comics Announces a New Way of Comics Starting in April

In 2018, upstart comics publisher AHOY Comics told us to “expect more” from our comics. They delivered exactly that with four acclaimed comics that blended comics with magazines delivering full length comic stories, prose, poetry, and cartoons from more than seventy artists and writers.

The publisher has announced a second wave of releases starting in April 2019 that features more of what we’ve come to expect and even a crossword puzzle!

AHOY Comics Second Wave includes:

BRONZE AGE BOOGIE

by writer Stuart Moore, artist Alberto Ponticelli and colorist Giulia Brusco, with a cover by Ponticelli and Brusco
April 3, 2019; $3.99

“From its jawdroppingly odd first page to its hilariously insane last, BRONZE AGE BOOGIE sets itself apart from every other comic in the best possible ways. I loved every insane minute of it.” — Matthew Rosenberg (Uncanny X-Men, The Punisher, 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank)

“It’s like skateboarding uncontrollably through 1970s comics with kaleidoscopes strapped to your eyes — but in a good way! I mean, I guess they could have called it SAVAGE SWORD OF THE PLANET OF THE DEADLY HANDS OF THE WORLDS ON THE LOOSE…but BRONZE AGE BOOGIE is, at the very least, shorter. Don’t miss it!”— Kurt Busiek (Astro City, Marvels)

What do you get when you combine all the best-loved comics genres of the 1970s: apes, monsters, Kung Fu, sword-and-sorcery, and cosmic adventure? You get BRONZE AGE BOOGIE, an intense, character-based action-fest with plenty of style! In this collector’s item first issue, young barbarian princess Brita Constantina finds herself battling a Martian invasion—in 1975 AD and BC! Back-feature: Meet MAJOR URSA, the first bear in space. But will he be a hero or a villain? Plus the usual assortment of AHOY text stories!

BRONZE AGE BOOGIE

PLANET OF THE NERDS

by writer Paul Constant, artists Alan Robinson and Randy Elliott, and colorist Felipe Sobreiro  with covers by David Nakayama
April 17, 2019; $3.99

“PLANET OF THE NERDS #1 captures the goofy joy of 80s classics like Revenge of the Nerds, Back To The Future, and Real Genius. Then, with the most elegant of plot twists, it updates the story for a different age. Smart, fast paced and beautifully drawn.”— Gene Ha (Mae)

“We all know that nerds won the great nerd/jock battle of the 80s, but what if a bunch of jocks were frozen in time and emerged not knowing the war was over? That’s the question PLANET OF THE NERDS asks, and the answer is, ironically, delightfully nerdy nerdy fun.”—Arthur Wyatt, (Judge Dredd)

“This is a really good bit.” — Daniel Kibblesmith (Santa’s Husband)

“AHOY’s offerings so far have been a celebration of a comic world won by all us geeks. Planet of the Nerds continues that creatively invigorating streak while also serving as a cleverly written, beautifully illustrated cautionary tale for non-comics bullies everywhere.” — Chris Ryall, President & Publisher/CCO, IDW Publishing

Three high school jocks in the 1980s are accidentally frozen by an experimental cryogenics device, only to be revived in the computer-driven, superhero movie-loving world of 2019–an era ruled by nerds! PLUS! A backup series explores the characters’ origins. EXTRA! Prose and pictures by the finest talents in and out of comics.

PLANET OF THE NERDS

HASHTAG: DANGER

by writer Tom Peyer, artist Chris Giarrusso, and covers by Richard Williams
May 1, 2019; $3.99

“HASHTAG: DANGER! is the greatest thing since sliced bread, and, as we all know, sliced bread is pretty great—vastly superior to unsliced bread which has to be pulled apart with your fist like an animal.”— Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon)

“AW YEAH, HASHTAG!” – Art Baltazar (Tiny Titans)

“AW YEAH, DANGER!” – Franco (Patrick the Wolf Boy)

Exploding from the pages of High Heaven, three scientific adventurers face strange creatures, lost civilizations, and supernatural threats–when they’re not too busy being complete jerks to each other. PLUS! Follow the depressing misadventures of Snelson, an over-the-hill comedian who peaked in the 90s. EXTRA! Pics, prose, and possibly poems!

Painted cover by Richard Williams (MAD, EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF TERROR)

HASHTAG: DANGER

STEEL CAGE

One-Shot, featuring stories by writer Mark Waid and artist Lanna Souvanny, writer Tom Peyer and artist Alan Robinson, writer Stuart Moore and artist Peter Gross; and a cover by Elsa Charretier
June 26, 2019; $3.99

Three dazzling short “pilot” stories from AHOY’s finest – and YOU get to vote on which series continues! In “Noah Zark” by Mark Waid and Lanna Souvanny, an alien boy is kidnapped into an interplanetary zoo—and becomes the protector of the animals. In “True Identity” by Tom Peyer and Alan Robinson, we learn what secret anguish drives the most beloved superhero on Earth! And Stuart Moore and Peter Gross’s “Bright Boy” tells the grim tale of the world’s smartest human—and the havoc he leaves in his wake.

STEEL CAGE

Exclusive Preview: High Heaven #5 – The Season Finale!

High Heaven #5

(W) Tom Peyer, Austin Wilson (A) Greg Scott, Chris Giarrusso (CA) Richard Williams
In Shops: Jan 23, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Season Finale! The Archangel Gabriel fights to rescue David from heaven, but he’ll have to get through the cruel and powerful St. Peter! Plus, Vice President Pence officiates at a heartbreaking Hashtag: Danger funeral. EXTRA! Bonus illustrated prose stories! Painted cover by Richard Williams (MAD).

High Heaven #5

Exclusive: Read “Moments to Remember” from Captain Ginger #4, Out January 16

In 2018, AHOY Comics told us to expect more from our comics and they delivered with a new line that not only delivered fantastic comics but packed each issue with back-up comics, prose, and more.

We have an exclusive of “Moments to Remember” by Audrey Ryer with art by Ryan Kelly that appears in Captain Ginger #4, out January 16th.

Captain Ginger #4 features a main comic written by Stuart Moore, art by June Brigman, color by Veronica Gandini, and lettering by Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt. There’s also a back-up comic, “Hastag: Danger Wipe the Blood Off My Name!” written by Tom Peyer, art by Randy Elliott, color by Andy Troy, and lettering by Rob Steen.

Read the short story below, get the comic this coming Wednesday, and in 2019 expect more from your comics!

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

It’s Dragonfly & Dragonflyman from AHOY Comics for Free Comic Book Day timed for The Wrong Earth Vol. 1

AHOY Comics—the startup publisher that pledged for readers to “expect more” from its line of comic book magazines in 2018— will publish its inaugural Free Comic Book Day issue in 2019. From the pages of the breakout hit comic book magazine The Wrong Earth by writer Tom Peyer and artists Jamal Igle and Juan Castro, comes Dragonfly & Dragonflyman by Peyer, artist Russ Braun and colorist Andy Troy. On gritty Earth-Omega, Dragonfly prowls the darkness for his evil prey; on sun-splashed Earth-Alpha, Dragonflyman protects the status quo. Dragonfly & Dragonflymanwill be available at participating comic book stores on Free Comic Book Day, Saturday May 4th, 2019.

Like all AHOY Comics Book Magazines, Dragonfly & Dragonflyman will feature an assortment of extras, including:

  • An early adventure of space hero Captain Ginger… from when he was a kitten, by writer Stuart Moore (Deadpool the Duck, Batman: Noir Alley) artist June Brigman (Power Pack), inker Roy Richardson and colorist Veronica Gandini;
  • A a brand new cartoon by Hunt Emerson, in which Edgar Allan Poe battles his nemesis, the Black Cat;
  • A new prose piece by Hart Seely;
  • A cover by Wrong Earth artist Jamal Igle.

Timed to the release of Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #1, AHOY Comics will publish The Wrong Earth Volume 1 Trade Paperback, collecting the critically acclaimed lead stories, all the original back-features featuring Stinger, Dragonflyman and Dragonfly, plus a generous selection of AHOY text-feature extras, including a prose story by comics legend Grant Morrison: ‘HUD’ HORNET’S HOLIDAY IN HELL, illustrated by best-selling artist Rob Steen, and a cartoon by Shannon Wheeler. The Wrong Earth Volume 1 Trade Paperback will be available in comic book stores on May 1, 2019 and in bookstores later that month.

Free Comic Book Day Dragonfly & Dragonflyman

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: The Wrong Earth #3

The grim vigilante Dragonfly violently crosses a line, shocking the upright citizens of Earth-Alpha. Meanwhile, the campy Dragonflyman succumbs to the pressures of confinement on gritty Earth-Omega. Plus, Stinger investigates the supernatural mystery of the Specter of the Sidekick Museum.

The Wrong Earth has gone three for three in excellence with another issue that’s top notch entertainment. Two versions of the same hero on two Earth’s, the series again perfectly balances being an homage and send up of the comics before it.

On one Earth is Dragonfly, the vigilante hero on an Earth that’s more innocent and his actions are so over the top, it’ll make you laugh. Writer Tom Peyer pulls off this sort of moment in a way that is enjoyable, funny, serious, it just pulls all of that off at the same time. The opposite of that situation is Dragonflyman which is the more family friendly hero stuck in a gritty 80s/90s world and we get to see what that might do to the character.

Peyer does the impressive thing creating a story that perfectly balances every aspect of itself. It can be a send-up/spoof. It can be an homage. It can just be enjoyed. It can be all of the above. The comic is so layered and done in a way where you can pick and choose why you enjoy it. Add in moments like the opening with the trial of Ms. Deuce and it’s hard to not enjoy the series as it bathes in tropes and comic history.

Then you take the art by Jamal Igle with ink by Juan Castro, coloring by Andy Troy, and lettering by Rob Steen and it all becomes more impressive as the styles of the two worlds are clear. They’re done in the “style” for that period of comic history and for one creative team to go back and forth between the two so easily is impressive.

Peyer and Igle have taken whats come before and remixed it in a way were it’s both new and familiar. And with that it continues to shine as an amazing read.

And that’d be enough, but there’s more!

Writer Paul Constant and artist Frank Cammuso give us an adventure featuring Stinger. The story is a throwback in many ways and the art can only be described as amazing in not just what’s presented but the entire design which has an aged look to it all.

But again, there’s more!

Writers Matt Brady, Rob Staeger, and Carol Lay each contribute prose writings with art by Joe Orsak, Elliott Mattice, and Lay, all of which is entertaining and just adds to the “value” of it all.

Again, AHOY Comics and the team on this comic has delivered entertainment from start to finish. It again shows we should expect more from our comics and AHOY is again making the case that they should be the publisher of the year and this is one of the best monthly comics being put out right now.

Story: Tom Peyer, Paul Constant, Matt Brady, Rob Staeger, and Carol Lay
Art: Jamal Igle, Frank Cammuso, Joe Orsak, Elliott Mattice, Carol Lay

Ink: Juan Castro Color: Andy Troy, Frank Cammuso Lettering: Rob Steen, Frank Cammuso
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

AHOY Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Terror #1

EDGAR ALLAN POE`S SNIFTER OF TERROR #1 (MR)

(W) Tom Peyer, Mark Russell, Cienna Madrid
(A) Fred Harper, Peter Snejbjerg, Carly Wright, Hunt Emerson
(CA) Richard Williams
October 31, 2018
$3.99

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). EXTRA! Comics by Hunt Emerson, unsettling verse by Cienna Madrid illustrated by Carly Wright!

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!

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