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Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #1
Writer: Tom Peyer
Artist: Peter Krause
Colorist: Andy Troy
Letterer: Rob Steen
Publisher: AHOY Comics
Maturity Rating: Teen +
Release Date: November 6, 2019
The same hero on two different Earths. One is grim and gritty, the other campy and fun. They’re solving the same crime in two very different ways.
A Twice-Told Tale in Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #1
In Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #1 we are introduced to two Earths: Earth-Alpha and Earth-Omega. Both Earths have the same hero in the same city, Fortune City. Earth-Omega is a grim and gritty world where hard-boiled villains need a hero that’s not afraid to get his hands dirty, and Dragonfly is that hero, along with his sidekick, Stinger. Earth-Alpha is a little more lighthearted, with colorful villains who have a little campier way of taking over the world. This is home to Dragonflyman and Stinger, with quick one-liners and always a joke to be had.
They investigate the same crime from the same villain, but it plays out in two different ways in their respective worlds. Follow along as Dragonfly gets street-level justice done, while the Dragonflyman has a grand old time and maybe fights a kangaroo!
Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #1 is a pretty fun play on the whole alternate Earths/alternate universe comic book trope. Writer Tom Peyer does a good job of bouncing us back and forth through the two worlds. He drops us right into the story, but it is not hard to get into. The Dragonfly/Dragonflyman and Stinger characters are plays on Batman and Robin, so if you are familiar with them the characters don’t need a lot of explaining.
Speaking of the Batman-and-Robin, the play is not only with the characters but with the story as well. The more campy Earth Alpha is set up basically just like the Batman ’66 television show and the more wacky adventures he had in the comics in the ’50s and ’60s, while the Earth-Omega Dragonfly plays like the more hardboiled Batman we would see in the late 1970s and when Frank Miller penned Year One and The Dark Knight.
I enjoyed how Peyer let the story play out in Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #1. We would get a scene from Earth-Omega and then that same scene except played out on Earth-Alpha. It kept it interesting and it was fun to see the differences between the two.
I am very impressed with artist Peter Krause in switching up his style for the two different Earths. For the more gritty story, he gave us a little darker, thinner ink lines and kept a lot in the shadows. The more campy Earth had a little tighter and clean look. He fantastically made changes to the characters’ costumes as well.
The campy Earth Dragonflyman sported wide-eyed goggles with an open mask, a utility belt, and really played into the “bug” theme. In the gritty version, Krause downplayed the bug theme and the costume was more streamlined, with a fuller face mask and tighter all-around look. It was wonderful little changes that sold the story.
Colorist Andy Troy obviously played a big part in this as well. He gave the more “realistic” Earth-Omega a darker, edgier feel with a dim and dingy color palette. Then he changed it up to a delightful, bright, and upbeat coloring for the Earth-Alpha scenes.
Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #1 is a pretty fun entry from AHOY Comics. It was a fun play on the alternate Earths and the Batman and Robin characters. I am not sure how well this will play out over multiple issues. But for one issue this was a fun story.
Note that Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #1 also has a few short stories in it as well, from writers Matt Brady, Tyrone Finch, and Kek-W, with art from Joe Orsak and Shawn Crystal. These are nice additions and make the book feel very full, with more content than normal.
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