Dandy Don the Valiant’s Review: A MAN AMONG YE #1 – Female Pirates!
A Man Among Ye #1
Writer: Stephanie Phillips
Artist: Craig Cermak
Cover Artists: Craig Cermak, Stjepan Sejic
Publisher: Image Comics
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Oh, hey, Mom. I just read an Image Comics story about female pirates. It’s called A Man Among Ye #1. Well, I know it says “man” in the title, but it’s about female pirates, too. I don’t know why they didn’t just put “female” in the title. Well, anyway, it was pretty exciting. Yes, Mom, I know what a pirate’s favorite letter is. It’s RRRRR. It isn’t? Oh, you’re probably thinking of the other one. It’s “c.” Because they sail on the seas. No? Well, what is their favorite letter then? They’re favorite letter is “i”? Why? Because there’s no “me” in Pirates? I don’t think that’s right, Mom. No, it isn’t! Geesh! Sorry about that, OG peeps. Now, let’s get to this week’s Dandy Don the Valiant’s weekly review.
A story about female pirates not only caught my eye with those amazing covers by Craig Cermak and Stjepan Sejic, but it piqued my interest, as well. I do love reading about high seas adventures with swashbuckling battles and the hunt for golden treasures, so I couldn’t wait to see how the female pirates would handle themselves against the male pirates. Writer Stephanie Phillips found the “x”, dug up the treasure, and brought home the gold with A Man Among Ye #1.
The story starts out quickly with a pirate ship seizing a British ship in the Caribbean Sea in 1720. As soon as they board the British ship, a female pirate named Anne Bonny, with flaming red hair, comes to the aid of her captain, John “Calico Jack” Rackham. She saves him from taking a blade in the back. A few scenes later we see how ruthless she can really be (yikes!). It’s not long before we hear the crew grumbling about how Captain Rackham treats Anne better than they treat them. Needless to say, they don’t favor a woman being on the ship, calling it “bloody unnatural.” We learn that the golden age of piracy is coming to an end, thanks in large part to Governor Rogers of the British Empire, who has made it his life’s mission to destroy all pirates. Furthermore, Governor Rogers wears a huge scar on his face thanks to a past battle with Captain Rackham. So, it will be very interesting when they do finally meet up again. At the end of this issue, we are introduced to a very interesting plot twist. WOW! Want to know what that is? Call your LCS and get this book on your pull list.
Stephanie Phillips explains at the end of this issue how the world of pirates fascinates her, and it truly shows in her writing. She is basing this story loosely on the real legendary pirate lives of Anne Bonny and Captain Rackham. Since the historic record of these pirates are pretty scarce, she gets the chance to play around with their history any way she chooses. I love her version of how things might have played out back in the early 1700’s with these pirates. Craig Cermak brings his unique art and Brittany Pezzillo captures the pirates magnificently with her colors. Thanks to this creative team, it’s a pirates life for me!
What’s that, Mom? I don’t think they have swimming pools on a pirate ship. Why would you think that? That’s not a diving board, Mom, that’s a plank. Oh, boy.