Ahoy’s unusual anthology mixing horror and humor is having a great second season. The cover of this issue is an entertaining homage to the first appearance of Superman, in case you didn’t catch it right away, and of course, has nothing to do with what’s in the issue.
The lead story is a loose adaptation of Poe’s “The Conqueror Worm” by Tom Peyer and Gregg Scott with colors by Lee Loughridge and letters by Rob Steen. A scientist is delving into the language of earthworms, and has uncovered their scheme for ruling humanity. Meanwhile, his daughter has brought a partner for his blessing on their wedding. When the scientist becomes a giant worm himself…well, you can imagine the rest.
The backup story is another in a brilliant series now titled “The Monster Serials,” with this one being “The Leprechaun King.” Mark Russell’s fine script and Peter Snejbjerg’s great art, again lettered by Steen, have all the earmarks of classic Universal monster movies, and is quite chilling until you realize most of the characters are drawn from mascots of well-known breakfast cereals.
Both stories are a hoot. Hunt Emerson’s two-pager is a valued bonus. Recommended.