AHOY Comics Announces Drunk Space Ace ‘Highball’ From Stuart Moore And Fred Harper

by Olly MacNamee

Writer Stuart Moore (Captain Ginger), artist Fred Harper (Snelson: Comedy is Dying) colourist Lee Loughridge, and letterer Rob Steen are teaming up for a fun new sci-fi comedy series, Highball, this September:

“Meet Highball, ace pilot of the Earth Space Corp. He’s the best shot in the galaxy, except for one big problem: he can only hit the target when he’s dead drunk.

In the far future, Earth’s finest pilot, call-sign HIGHBALL, finds himself caught between two alien races: the arrogant, cerebral Mentok and the fierce, birdlike Q’k’q’rr’kkk. In his one-man Byter ship, Highball must defuse an alien bomb and survive against a vicious enemy. But Highball has a deadly weakness: He can only hit the target when he’s stone drunk. In his quest to save the galaxy, Highball stumbles headfirst into obstacles such as nefarious space enemies, fellow pilots, the maddening bureaucracy of Space Corp—and, of course, his own shameful inadequacies!”

And wait till you hear of this new “hero’s” origins, from Moore himself:

“I was out having a few beers with an AHOY Comics colleague when a funny thing happened. The more my friend had to drink, the better he got at throwing darts. It was uncanny! And at that booze-soaked moment, the idea for HIGHBALL was born.”

Harper added:

“All work is political. The line in issue 1 that really stood out to me because it’s so true right now. HIGHBALL is the story of a man who drinks to succeed. There’s some great gags about drinking in HIGHBALL, but in a lot of ways this is a story about the hangover of late stage capitalism.”

And, not to feel left out, Editor-in-Chief Tom Peyer said:

“It’s not often that you get a funny, exciting space opera that’s also a cry for help. I’ve seen the crowd Stuart runs with, and if, as he says, they were out for just ‘a few’ beers the night HIGHBALL was conceived, that would be the wildest sci-fi concept yet!”

Look out for Highball #1 coming Wednesday 7th September from AHOY Comics.

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