A New Spin On Superheroes
Tripwire continues its 100 Graphic Novels You Should Read While Stuck Inside with its twenty-first choice, The Wrong Earth By by Tom Peyer and Jamal Yaseem Igle, from AHOY comics, reviewed by Tripwire contributing writer Scott Braden…
The Wrong Earth
Writer: Tom Peyer
Artist: Jamal Yaseem Igle
Take one costumed crimefighter from a sunnier earth than ours and one darker knight from a grim, gritty version of our world, and imagine that they switched places. With that, you have the epic saga of Dragonflyman and The Dragonfly, respectively. Each of these vigilantes try to make their way on worlds as alien to them as the heroes are to the earths they have found themselves on in AHOY Comics’ The Wrong Earth.
Intersecting the Silver Age Dragonflyman with the grim and gritty Dragonfly is pure genius. The book shows readers the difference between the sheer novelty and naiveté of Dragonflyman’s world view and attitude towards crimefighting with the destructive personality of The Dragonfly with his personal vendetta against crime along with the immense baggage he’s carrying from his troubled vigilante past. This must-have graphic novel also examines what a true hero – comic book or otherwise – is and whether the environment makes the man or if the man makes his environment.
There’s a lot to love about this book. Take the masterful writing of Tom Peyer, whose stellar work reminds one of his incredible examination of super-heroics in DC Comics’ Hourman. Then, there’s artist extraordinaire Jamal Yaseem Igle, who readers will remember from his work on the critically acclaimed tomes Black and Molly Danger. As Igle dazzles the eye with his beautifully detailed storytelling, Peyer impresses with his dynamic characterisation. Together, this comic book dream team has created a series that’s a dream come true for longtime comics fans and new readers everywhere (and which has spawned a prequel in Dragonfly and Dragonflyman, as well as a sequel set to begin work this year).
Here’s links to the other graphic novels reviewed so far