Back in December, writer Eric Palicki teased a new project he was working on, Black’s Myth, on Twitter. The tease identified the project’s interior artist as Wendell Cavalcanti, its cover artist as Liana Kangas, and its publisher as AHOY Comics. Yesterday the publisher officially announced Black’s Myth, revealing more details on what will be the publisher’s first entirely black-and-white series, as well as the title’s release date, which is set to kick off AHOY’s sixth wave of titles in July 2021.
Here’s the cover to Black’s Myth #1, featuring art and logo designed by Kangas.
Here’s how AHOY describes Black’s Myth:
Meet Janie Jones “Strummer” Mercado—just an ordinary werewolf PI, trying to make it on the mean streets of Los Angeles. When the case of a lifetime falls into her lap, it’s up to her and her charming djinn assistant Ben Si’lat to figure out just how many silver bullets have been used, and just where do silver bullets come from anyway? BLACK’S MYTH mixes familiar noir detective tropes with urban fantasy world-building as it explores the “supernatural underground” thriving in Los Angeles.
I’m sorry, but this book had me at “werewolf PI.”
In the statement accompanying the announcement, Palicki and Cavalcanti, who previously teamed for Atlantis Wasn’t Built for Tourists from Scout Comics, expounded on the series’ themes and the experience of working together again:
“Like all the best punk rock narratives, BLACK’S MYTH is about outcasts finding each other and accepting their place in the world,” said writer Eric Palicki. “In its own subtle way, it’s about being part of the comics community.”
“Working with the team has been great,” said artist Wendell Cavalcanti. “I’m given a lot of room to create the world of BLACK’S MYTH, and the input I receive from Eric and [editor] Sarah [Litt] perfects it. We all work really well together to make a unique book.”
AHOY editor Sarah Litt also praised the series, while editor-in-chief Tom Peyer described how the new series fits into the AHOY lineup:
“Strummer is such a fantastic character, and the world that Eric and Wendell have built for her is teeming with fantastical characters and opportunities for mischief,” said editor Sarah Litt. “I can’t wait for readers to sink their teeth into this story. (Sorry, I had to!)”
“BLACK’S MYTH is kicking off the stellar line-up of titles in AHOY’s Sixth Wave with a hefty dose of both bark and bite,” said AHOY Editor-in-Chief Tom Peyer. “It’s perfect for readers of Edgar Alan Poe’s Snifter of Blood, despite the fact that Poe himself was never a werewolf. (At least as far as we know.) I’d also recommend BLACK’S MYTH for fans of Ash & Thorn’s particular brand of horror comedy, even though there’s technically nothing funny about the end of the world.”
Check out the variant cover for Black’s Myth #1 by Jamal Igle below. Look for the issue to arrive in stores and digitally on Wednesday, July 7th.