AHOY Comics Announces Justice Warriors: Vote Harder (Exclusive)

AHOY Comics will announce today that Justice Warriors, the scathing satire of capitalism and police in a future of severe inequality from Matt Bors and Ben Clarkson, is returning to shelves as a brand-new graphic novel entitled Justice Warriors: Vote Harder. While the first Justice Warriors series followed police officers Swamp Cop and Schitt as they patrolled the crime-free metropolis of Bubble City and its surrounding mutant-packed Uninhabited Zone. Now in Vote Harder, Bubble City’s first ever election for mayor pulls Officer Swamp into a violent mission that will put him on a collision course with his beloved partner Schitt. Co-written by Clarkson and Bors with art by Clarkson and backup illustrations by Bors, Justice Warriors: Vote Harder features colors by Felipe Sobreiro and lettering by Bors.

Bors is the founder of The Nib, and a political cartoonist who has twice been named a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Clarkson is an acclaimed filmmaker and illustrator whose art has been featured on Adult Swim and Vice’s Noisey.

Justice Warriors: Vote Harder takes the feel of paranoid political thrillers of the 70s and updates it for the online age of conspiracy, partisanship, and the desire to break out of the confines of the ballot box to do something far more radical,” Matt Bors told ComicBook.com in a statement. “Unlikable candidates. An unfair media. And a system designed to prevent real change. It’s the most important election of everyone’s life–and possibly their last.”

Justice Warriors: Vote Harder is an epic thrill-ride about the infiltration of civil society by law enforcement, the corrupt bickering of unaccountable elites, and unchecked military expansion which is, of course, unrelated to the regular healthy function of our corporate oligopoly — er, democracy,” said Ben Clarkson. “It’s bigger, badder and more justicier than the original with a thrilling dose of orbital space lasers, giraffe assassins and obscure parliamentary procedure.”

Justice Warriors: Vote Harder is funny, it makes sharp points, and its artwork is so densely detailed I can only call it ‘amphetaminesque,'” said AHOY Comics Editor-in-Chief Tom Peyer. “It’s bound to cross your mind while you’re voting and it might even take some of the sting away.”

The irreverent, dark comedy Justice Warriors was initially published by AHOY Comics as a trade paperback in 2023, and has received widespread attention from both the comics and political press. The title has gone back for multiple printings as a result of its popularity.

Here’s the official synopsis for Vote Harder:

In crime-free utopia Bubble City’s first-ever election for mayor, feckless celebrity incumbent The Prince faces a challenge from within the Bubble’s elite: his half-cousin Stuffina Vippix IX, who promises austerity and competency. Finally a choice for the people! But out in the Uninhabited Zone, which is packed with millions of mutants, the radical and armed Flauf Tanko mounts a third-party run to inspire the masses who are fed up with the entire system. Rallying to protect the votes from the people, mutant cops Swamp and Schitt are called in on special duty. Schitt must act as bodyguard to the Prince, while his poll numbers drop and assassination attempts ramp up. Meanwhile, Swamp is sent on a clandestine mission inside the mutant opposition–to infiltrate, report, and maybe fall in love with a passionate activist triggering an identity crisis. Can the two partners survive being pitted against each other in a horse race?

Here are some preview pages from the upcoming book:

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