AHOY has entered the comic book publishing realm not with a whimper, but a scream, producing some of the best bang-for-your-buck books on the stands. We even picked it as our favorite publisher of 2018. One of their very best titles, Wrong Earth, has been a delightful introspection of superhero tropes. In the fifth chapter, the dual Dragonflyman heroes begin to gain a better footing in their respective doubleganger’s worlds.
So what’s it about?
The official summary reads:
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! PLUS: A gritty Dragonfly flashback! EXTRA! More illustrated prose stories!
Why does this matter?
Tom Peyer is clearly having the time of his life writing this series and the fun he’s having shows in the story. Jamal Igle has drawn an excellent series, giving it a detailed superhero feel that matches anything Marvel or DC can throw at their big books.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
It’s fun to see how Dragonflyman from Earth Alpha, the more Adam West cheery hero, succeeds and flourishes in Earth Omega. One has to wonder if Peyer and Igle are moving in a direction where a more positive hero can actually fix a downtrodden wreck of a world. How Dragonflyman from Earth Omega affects Earth Alpha remains to be seen, but even he seems to be getting a grip on how to fight crime in this somewhat cartoonish realm. It also helps both seem to understand how these worlds are different and are curtailing their acts.
You can see this with the more Frank Miller-esque Dragonflyman of Earth Omega not killing every villain he sees. He’s also a bit emotional when he sees his sidekick alive and kicking, but losing his wits. As the story progresses a major death occurs, and an interesting development in regards to sidekicks takes place. It’s hard to not enjoy this interesting take on heroes stranded in the wrong Earth.
Igle continues to impress as well. Layout designs mix things up with overlays and interesting ways of pacing the issue. There’s some heavier captioning going on but you will be none the wiser thanks to the art.
The backmatter continues to impress as well, this time including a mini-comic story by Paul Constant and Gary Erskine who show us Earth Omega Dragonflyman becoming sick of being a memory of hope rather than a harbinger of it. It’s a story that shows how the more dangerous and evil world he lives in is getting to him. This issue also comes with two short stories one by Matt Brady and another by Robert Jeschonek.
It can’t be perfect, can it?
That major death I mentioned above is a tad confusing visually. I gather what is happening by using a bit of imagination, but the visuals don’t convey what is happening exactly. It’s a head-scratcher.
Is it good?
This is a great issue and is surprisingly easy for new readers to jump into. There’s some recapping going on as the story seems to be shifting towards a new purpose now that the shock of the premise has run its course.