Just in Time for the Holiday Season, AHOY Comics Rushes JUSTICE WARRIORS Back to Press
The Breakout Hit From Matt Bors and Ben Clarkson Will Soon Have a Third Printing
(December 4, 2023) AHOY Comics is going back to press again for a third printing of JUSTICE WARRIORS, the breakout bestseller from Matt Bors — the founder of The Nib and a political cartoonist who has twice been named a Pulitzer Prize finalist — and Ben Clarkson— an acclaimed filmmaker and illustrator whose art has been featured on Adult Swim and Vice Noisey. After hitting bookstores and comic shops in February and selling out its initial run in June, JUSTICE WARRIORS is receiving a rush printing just in time for the holiday season. The satirical graphic novel follows two police officers, Swamp Cop and Schitt, who operate out of the world’s first perfect metropolis. Inside its protective shell, Bubble City enjoys equality, diversity, and prosperity—with no crime whatsoever. But outside the Bubble lies the Uninhabited Zone, a vast and densely populated slum where the majority of the mutant population actually lives.
“The way readers are responding to JUSTICE WARRIORS, you would almost think it reflects the real world instead of far-fetched ‘issues’ contrived to entertain, like economic inequality, corrupt politics, and militarized policing,” says AHOY Comics Editor-In-Chief Tom Peyer. “Matt and Ben imagine a society where everything feels broken. I don’t know where they get their ideas, but they add up to light-hearted laughs and family fun for everyone on your holiday list!!! (Or is it me that’s broken?)”
JUSTICE WARRIORS is co-written by Clarkson and Bors in a collaborative art process involving both creators contributing to various stages of layouts and features line art by Clarkson, colors by Felipe Sobreiro, and lettering by Bors.
“The economy is doing great according to the Justice Warriors Index,” said Matt Bors. “All sectors need this book!”
“Justice Warriors is the perfect stocking stuffer for your brother, cousin or nephew — basically any terminally online mutant you know,” said Ben Clarkson.
The irreverent, dark comedy JUSTICE WARRIORS was published by AHOY Comics as a trade paperback earlier this year and has received widespread attention from CHAPO TRAP HOUSE, IGN, POD DAMN AMERICA, CURRENT AFFAIRS, COMIC BOOK COUPLES COUNSELING, LEDGER, SUPER NICE CLUB, GRAPHIC POLICY, QANONANON, and STRUGGLE SESSION.
JUSTICE WARRIORS is published by AHOY Comics, the Syracuse-based independent publisher perhaps best known for SECOND COMING, a controversial satire by Mark Russell, Richard Pace and Leonard Kirk in which Jesus Christ resumes his holy mission. The company is the brainchild of journalist and satirist Hart Seely (publisher), an award-winning reporter whose humor and satire has appeared in The New York Times and on National Public Radio, comics writer Tom Peyer (editor-in-chief), and cartoonist Frank Cammuso (chief creative officer). AHOY Comics launched five years ago with four acclaimed comic book magazine titles featuring full length comic book stories, poetry, prose fiction, and cartoons.
Here’s what people are saying about JUSTICE WARRIORS:
“Filled with action, humor, and biting commentary.”—SCREENRANT
“A scathing – and often quite funny – critique of modern events and norms with a heavy focus on police practices. Though its jabs are quite pointed and purposeful, its broad encompassing of topics like formula shortages and an overemphasis on social media make it seem as though nothing’s off the table when it comes to being parodied.”—COMICBOOK.COM
“Matt Bors’ comic book debut is everything you hoped for from the best political cartoonist of his generation. Teamed up with visionary storyteller Ben Clarkson, JUSTICE WARRIORS gives you searing satire, at least one hilarious moment per scene and unrestrained fury at the horrors before us. Read the scene that the NYPD literally brought to life!” — Spencer Ackerman, author of REIGN OF TERROR
“A rich satirical tale of America’s overconsumption and over-policing issues.”—CBR
“All the glorious dystopian satire you hoped it would be.”—BOING BOING
“This is the type of comic that comes around once in a while and reminds you what the form can achieve. Both creators deserve praise for what they’ve made here. It’s hard to believe anyone that reads comics wouldn’t enjoy this.”— AIPT Comics
“Imagine a 1980s Verhoeven scifi flick, plus Judge Dredd, plus the most ruthless social commentary imaginable. Oh, and also, it’s gutbustingly hilarious. Justice Warriors scratches so very many of my itches it’s unbelievable. It was my most anticipated comic of the year and it’s even better than I had hoped.”—Aubrey Sitterson
“Outstanding… skewers the status quo in fun, acerbic, and earnest ways…. With this kind of sassy, surgical satire, clarity makes a cleaner cut. And man, do they make themselves clear in the best ways possible”—COMICS BEAT
“Just the perfect amount of demented!” — Bill Oakley (The Simpsons)
‘If you had your developing mind warped by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, GI Joe, Robocop and comic books, and then had it further destroyed by twitter and social media, then JUSTICE WARRIORS will fill those holes in your brain. Ben Clarkson is truly goated on the inks.”— Will Menaker, co-host Chapo Trap House, author of NY Times Bestseller “The Chapo Guide to Revolution”
“I’m thrilled to see Matt Bors’ work liberate itself from its 4-panel cage. Ben Clarkson’s detailed art adeptly dishes the ultra-violence in this Zootopia-meets-Robocop-like satire.” — Keith Knight (K Chronicles, (th)ink, Woke)
JUSTICE WARRIORS is currently on sale at finer bookstores and comic shops everywhere.
About the Creators
Ben Clarkson is a filmmaker, illustrator and artist who lives in Montreal. His work has been featured on Time.com, Adult Swim, MuchMusic, and Vice Noisey. He has been a finalist for the International Lumen Prize in Digital Art, A Juno, and a National Magazine award.
Matt Bors is a cartoonist, writer, editor, and publisher who founded the comics publication The Nib. His work has appeared in The Nation, CNN, The Guardian, The Village Voice, Daily Kos, and was collected in the book We Should Improve Society Somewhat. He is a two time Pulitzer Prize Finalist for his political cartoons and drew the graphic novel War Is Boring
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 BLOOD.