(June 15) On June 24th, AHOY Comics will release the highly-anticipated debut issue of ASH & THORN, a 5-issue miniseries by bestselling writer Mariah McCourt (True Blood, Stitched), artist Soo Lee (Analog Sci-Fi Magazine, Charlie’s Angels vs. the Bionic Woman), and colorist Pippa Bowland (2000AD), with lettering by Rob Steen and covers by legendary artist Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother, Wonder Woman: True Amazon).
The apocalypse is nigh, the world needs a Champion, and the only heir to a sacred mystical lineage is… a little old lady? Meet Lottie Thorn, reluctant savior of the world, who would much rather be enjoying her retirement with a paintbrush and a cup of tea than splattering a demon’s brains to jelly with her trusty old cast iron skillet. But according to the paperwork in the Book of Guardians, it’s on her to save the world from almost certain doom—nevermind the fact she’s an old lady with a trick knee and no clue why she’s been tapped for this not-so-illustrious gig. With the help of her trainer Lady Peruvia Ashlington-Voss, Lottie juggles staving off the impending apocalypse with decoding the mystery that put her in this position in the first place—not to mention deciding what recipe she’s using for the pie competition next week.
Originally scheduled to debut on April Fool’s Day but delayed on account of pandemic, ASH & THORN already has some fantastic advance blurbs from heavy-hitters like Louise Simonson, Trina Robbins, Colleen Doran, and more:
“ASH & THORN has an engaging, offbeat heroine, an amusing supporting cast, and a fun premise that suggests life experience counts, especially when demons are about to overrun the world. Come for the company, stay for the adventure. You’ll be glad you did!”
“How refreshing to see women of a Certain Age be heroines for a change, says this woman of a Certain Age! You don’t have to be a teenager to battle demons!”
“What if the Chosen One isn’t a nubile young girl, a hot young dude, but a mature woman with life experience, some attitude, and no f*#cks given. ASH & THORN answers that question. Very amusing, fun and highly recommended.”
“Grandmas explode-splattering demons with cast iron skillets is now my new favorite fantasy sub-genre. Excellent work by writer McCourt and artist Soo Lee on ASH & THORN, which offers a fresh take on hero narratives and the limitations of age.” — Samuel Sattin, author of BEZKAMP and GLINT
“Ash and Thorn takes the trope of the supernatural female champion and stands it on its head in the most delightful way possible. By turns both cozy and horrific, McCourt, Lee, and Bowland give us a tale that is both familiar and entirely new. I can’t wait to see what happens next!” — Lilah Sturges
“A sharp and engaging, darkly comedic apocalyptic fantasy.”—COMICS NOW
ASH & THORN will be available in comic stores on June 24th.