AHOY Comics has announced a new series of The Wrong Earth one-shots set in the universe of the hit series. The five standalone stories will be written by AHOY comics mainstays like TWE co-creator and AHOY editor-in-chief Tom Peyer, AHOY Ops manager Stuart Moore, and Second Coming & Billionaire Island writer Mark Russell. Joining them will be Mark Waid, his second work for the publisher after the “Noah Zark” story in the controversial Steel Cage one-shot, and Gail Simone, making her AHOY debut.
A cavalcade of excellent artists including Bill Morrison, Walter Geovani, Michael Montenat, Fred Harper, Leonard Kirk, and Greg Scott will illustrate the one-shots, and The Wrong Earth‘s other co-creator, Jamal Igle, will provide main covers for all five books, with Gene Ha giving each issue a variant cover, and more artists providing additional variants. As Peyer puts it in a statement announcing the one-shots, “This is the kind of epic, superheroic storytelling that publishers and CFOs love, where the tail of wealth-enhancing variant covers wags the dog of art.”
The first of the new one-shots is titled The Wrong Earth: Trapped on Teen Planet, and comes from the creative team of writer Simone, artists Bill Morrison, Walter Geovani, and Rob Lean, colorist Andy Troy, and letterer Rob Steen. The issue will sport covers by Igle (seen above), Ha, and Dan Parent. Here’s how AHOY describes the issue:
The first issue to hit stores, THE WRONG EARTH: TRAPPED ON TEEN PLANET #1, finds grim-and-gritty vigilante Dragonfly whisked to an Earth of teenagers, malt shops, love triangles, and nonstop jokes. Will they win him over—or will his violent methods infect their world?
The publisher has also released info on the four other one-shots, which will release monthly starting with Trapped on Teen Planet in March:
THE WRONG EARTH: FAME & FORTUNE #1 from writer Mark Russell, artist Michael Montenat, colorist Andy Troy, and letterer Rob Steen. On sale in April, this comic from the writer of Billionaire Island provides a satirical look at two different versions of Richard Fame and how, despite the best and worst intentions, huge gobs of money determine their own results.
THE WRONG EARTH: PURPLE #1 from writer Stuart Moore, artist Fred Harper, and letterer Rob Steen. On sale in May, this one-shot introduces Earth-Kappa, a dark but glossy world of big hair, shoulder pads, Wall Street traders, rubber super-suits, and funk music. Get the funk up!
THE WRONG EARTH: CONFIDENCE MEN #1 by writer Mark Waid, artist Leonard Kirk, and letterer Rob Steen. On sale in June, it’s the tale of two sidekicks! On campy Earth-Alpha, circumstances force kid sidekick Stinger to become Dragonflyman’s mentor! On gritty Earth-Omega, Dragonfly and Stinger go to war—against each other!
THE WRONG EARTH: MEAT #1 from writer Tom Peyer, artist Greg Scott, and letterer Rob Steen, on sale in July. On campy Earth-Alpha, Dragonflyman and Stinger follow clues to foil the beef-themed crimes of Dr. Meat. On gritty Earth Omega, a tragedy compels Dragonfly to imprison a criminal in an abandoned slaughterhouse—just to have someone to talk to.
Not only does every issue have multiple variant covers, but they’re all also #1s! AHOY is truly embracing their inner ’90s and/or late ’10s/early ’20s.
In the aforementioned statement, Gail Simone expressed her enthusiasm at joining the AHOYniverse (TM The Beat):
“Tom Peyer and Jamal Igle created a clever premise with THE WRONG EARTH that is a deeply satisfying read. All it needed were more redheads,” said Simone. “Our story is about a town, a small town, and the people who live in the town, including an earnest ginger, who is sort of in love with two girls. From a distance, this town presents itself like so many other small towns all over the world: safe, decent, innocent. Get closer, though, and you start seeing the shadows, specifically the long, dark shadow of the Dragonfly.”
Okay, so it’s not exactly a crisis bringing all of AHOY’s titles together like we speculated earlier this week, but it’s still pretty cool. Additional worlds in the Wrong Earth multiverse beyond Earths Alpha, Omega, and Zeta were teased toward the end of the most recent series, TWE: Night and Day, and multiverses are all the rage these days, so it’s exciting to see AHOY going all-in on this one.
Check out Dan Parent’s variant cover for The Wrong Earth: Trapped on Teen Planet #1 below. Look for the issue to arrive in its many-covered glory on March 2nd, 2022.