Ahead of the trade paperback release of the acclaimed BLACK’S MYTH graphic novel by writer Eric Palicki (Atlantis Wasn’t Built For Tourists) and artist Wendell Cavalcanti (BlackAcre), Syracuse-based comic publisher AHOY Comics has announced that the creative team, including star cover artist Liana Kangas (Trve Kvlt, Star Wars Adventures, She Said Destroy, BLACK AF: Devil’s Dye), will return for an all new BLACK’S MYTH series, to be released by AHOY Comics later this year. The acclaimed, punk rock horror comic follows the adventures of werewolf PI Janie Jones “Strummer” Mercado and her charming djinn assistant Ben Si’lat as they solve crimes in the “supernatural underground” thriving in Los Angeles.
The first volume of BLACK’S MYTH will be collected as a trade paperback in bookstores on February 15th and in comic book shops on February 16th 2022 and will feature an introduction by CHEW co-creator, writer John Layman. In this volume, when the case of a lifetime falls into Strummer’s 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?)
In the upcoming series, the son of the mysterious Rainsford Black has gone missing while searching for a grimoire dating to the 1600s which would allow him to summon demons to hunt and add to the elder’s growing collection of trophies. Now it’s up to Strummer and Ben to find him — but as always, the case is less clear cut than it seems on the surface.
“Our first story belonged to Strummer and Ben, but we called the book Black’s Myth for a reason, and we have so much more of Rainsford Black’s story to reveal,” said writer Eric Palicki. “What compels him to hunt (and collect) monsters, and what kind of case could possibly bring Strummer back into his orbit? Volume 2 promises answers, along with the return of everyone’s favorite Minotaur.”
“Werewolf, Djinn, vampires, Minotaur, Los Angeles, the Dodge Charger, and Grim — attaboy! I missed you guys. Here we go again!” said artist Wendell Cavalcanti.
“I am beyond thrilled to give the people what they want: the further adventures of Strummer and her band of mythological misfits,” said editor Sarah Litt. “The reception to the first book blew us all away and I believe the second series will be even better. The entire team is returning and I am delighted to be working with them again — truly some of the most talented people in comics.”
Just like the last volume, the latest BLACK’S MYTH series will feature covers by Liana Kangas (Trve Kvlt, Star Wars Adventures, She Said Destroy, BLACK AF: Devil’s Dye). Said Kangas: “I’m back, back, back again, baby!”
BLACK’S MYTH has received widespread praise:
“Black’s Myth is more fun than most of us deserve, like Ed Brubaker and Charlaine Harris distilled into one perfect urban fantasy detective adventure. A terrific read!” —Christopher Golden, co-creator of BALTIMORE and JOE GOLEM
“A stellar werewolf story.”—David Gallagher, HIGH MOON
“A moody tale that smartly blends familiar supernatural elements with the trappings of classic pulpy crime stories, including the complicated politics, ever-present tension, and unexpected humor that come with it. If Raymond Chandler had written a Universal Monster movie, I imagine this is what it would have looked like.”—COMICS BEAT
“Hooked me right away…. A vastly intriguing exercise in worldbuilding, character development, and the careful layering of suspense and humor.”—SYFY WIRE
“A great horror yarn.”—COMICBOOK.COM
“Must read material.”—GEEK VIBES NATION
“The book is a breath of fresh air… Black’s Myth is one of those books with a great premise that just hooks you from page one. Even if you’re not a noir fan, there’s plenty to spice up the genre and reel in new readers too…. Enthralling.”—AIPT
The trade paperback collection of the first season of BLACK’S MYTH will be published in bookstores on February 15th and in comic book shops on February 16th 2022. For more updates on AHOY Comics, visit them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
About AHOY Comics
AHOY Comics debuted in the fall of 2018 with the bold promise for readers to expect more from its line of comic book magazines, featuring comic book stories, poetry, prose fiction, and cartoons. The independent, Syracuse-based company is the brainchild of publisher Hart Seely, an award-winning reporter whose humor and satire has appeared in The New York Times and on National Public Radio. AHOY’s editor-in-chief Tom Peyer is committed to publishing comics with a (dark) sense of humor with titles like the religious satires SECOND COMING and HIGH HEAVEN, the superhero parodies THE WRONG EARTH and HASHTAG: DANGER, the sci-fi spoof CAPTAIN GINGER, the time travel tales PLANET OF THE NERDS and BRONZE AGE BOOGIE, and the humor/horror anthology series EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF TERROR.
Erick Palicki lives and writes in Seattle, Washington. His previous work includes the graphic novels Fake Empire and No Angel, as well as contributions to the story collections Everything is Going Wrong, Mine!, and Marvel’s Guardians of Infinity. Eric’s work as an editor includes the award-nominated anthologies All We Ever Wanted and Dead Beats.
Wendell Cavalcanti lives and works in his native Brazil and has previously illustrated BlackAcre for Image Comics and The Phantom for Frew Publications. Wendell previously collaborated with Eric on Atlantis Wasn’t Built for Tourists, published by Scout Comics.