Being an early cheerleader for Ahoy Comics, we’re please to see that they’re already getting around to launching a second wave of titles, as announced over at io9/Gizmondo. Coming in April, May and June are a handful of new over-sized issue that offer a little more in terms of extras than just one strip in each issue.
Not only will they be publishing new titles Bronze Age Boogie, Planet of the Nerds and the one-shot anthology Steel Cage, but back-up feature, Hashtag: Danger from flagship title The Wrong Earth graduates into their won monthly, too.
Out April 3rd, Stuart Moore and Alberto Ponticelli’s Bronze Age Boogie introduces us to a young warrior princess named Brita Constantina, who finds herself battling it out against cosmic threats from Mars not just in 1975 BC, but across time into 1975 AD, too. “Expect swords, sorcery, martians, and apparently the first bear in space, Major Ursa.”
Following this, on April 17th will be Planet of the Nerds, by Paul Constant, Alan Robinson, and Randy Elliott.
An homage to the classic teen nerd movies of the ‘80s, Planet’s twist is another timey-wimey one. Three jocks from the height of the eternal Nerd vs. Jock battlegrounds of ‘80s high schools find themselves cryogenically frozen, and woken up in 2019: where comic book movies dominate the box office, pop culture fandom rules the roost, and nerds are… well, at least kind of cool, much to their horror.
May 1st will see Tom Peyer and Chris Giarrusso’s Hashtag: Danger, a social media conscious Fantastic Four type team (minus one) as they “boldly explore supernatural mysteries, strange worlds, and ancient civilizations”, and what outrageous adventures lie beneath.
Last, but by no means least, is Steel Cage (coming out June 26th), a 3-in-1 anthology one-shot. A clever idea that an be utilised to introduce new stories, albeit not always from new talent. This one-off will feature three tales from Mark Waid and Lanna Souvanny, Tom Peyer and Alan Robinson, and Stuart Moore and artist Peter Gross. The ‘winner’ of this three-way tussle will gain its very own monthly series.
A new comic book publisher already offering new reads, and just in time for the Spring and Summer, too.