Ahoy Comics released Steel Cage last month and let fans decide which of the three stories in the anthology should get an ongoing. In a press release, Ahoy’s Editor In Chief Tom Peyer alleged voter fraud and decided to give all three stories their own series.
As editor-in-chief of AHOY Comics I must now inform you, with deep regret, that evidence exists of serious voting irregularities. The total number of ballots cast bears no discernible relation to STEEL CAGE’s circulation figures. One feature, which trailed significantly over the first week, gained a huge majority in one day, perhaps in minutes–an insurmountable lead it maintained to the end.
Our technicians inform me that this could have been the work of a few quick keystrokes, perpetrated by almost anyone–from the despicable agent of a rogue government to a lonely, misguided teenager.
Make no mistake. No one at AHOY is accusing any STEEL CAGE creators of wrongdoing. Every one of our writers, artists, colorists, letterers, designers, and production staff comported themselves honorably and with dignity throughout this process. We respectfully salute one and all.
Nevertheless, due to the alarming evidence of tampering–I do not, I will not, I cannot certify this election.
Instead, in fairness to the creators and to the readers who voted for them, all three candidates will be awarded their own series
The three series are:
- Noah Zark by writer Mark Waid and artist Lanna Souvanny, in which an alien boy is kidnapped into an interplanetary zoo—and becomes the protector of the animals.
- True Identity by writer Tom Peyer and artist Alan Robinson, in which we learn what secret anguish drives the most beloved superhero on Earth.
- Bright Boy by writer Stuart Moore and artist Peter Gross, in which we discover the grim tale of the world’s smartest human—and the havoc he leaves in his wake.
Expect more details next year.