Stop me if you heard this one. A rag tag group of crime fighters are wrongly accused of a crime they didn’t commit. Working diligently to clear their names they continue to fight for what is right. Their first case is to stop a giant killer whale with the personality and memories of one of their teammates. You didn’t stop me, did you? You know why? Cause this absurdly fun comic is a one-of-a-kind comedic romp. A. Shay Hahn’s The Homeless G-Men is an independent, self-published Canadian comic book that Shay himself describes as “something like the A-Team but a bit more unhinged.”
Swinnerton Hale leads this band of framed do-gooders and is joined by a Boy Scout (shockingly named Scout), Swinnerton’s right hand man John “The Whole Ranch” Ranchesky, weapons expert Axe-Celsior and intelligence expert Blackstrap. This fun comic is full of bad puns, huge action scenes and an intriguing mystery slowly unraveling within the three issues I read. And the villains? A sentient Orca, The Mob, Were-wolves, Ghost Cop, and a street gang of Clowns! Ridiculous but in such a fun way.
A. Shaw Hahn does all the work here. Writing, art, colouring, lettering, you name it. Shay’s art style is unique in the same way Kirby, Infantino and John Romita Jr’s current art is. Not quite cartoony but also not hyper realistic. Clean and easily accessible with very flattering colours. Another thing that struck me with the first issue is the paper. I know this sounds weird but the quality matte paper stock used on the interior of the comic really feels smooth and soothing. Crazy to notice but I really really enjoyed the tangible reading of the physical copy of Issue #1.
Shay is also the master at self promotion. I’ve met him a few times at comic conventions and he is always up for a chat. His comics are almost always bundled with stickers, art cards, and other fun add-ons that you don’t usually expect. Shay’s current convention schedules include stops at ;
Cambridge Comics Arts Fest Aug. 27th, 2016
Fan Expo Toronto Sept.1-4, 2016
London Comic Con Sept. 23-25, 2016
Hamilton Comic Con October 1-2, 2016
Missisauga Comic Expo Oct. 22nd, 2016
You can always order A. Shay Hahn’s ridiculously fun comics at http://www.storenvy.com/stores/550950-the-mad-craft-shoppe. Go “LIKE” his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TheHomelessGMen/ and be on the look out for the free web comic, Rumble Watch, launching on Sept.7th, 2016. Tell him Marty sent you.
Title: Homeless G-Men | Publisher: self published
Writer: A. Shay Hahn | Artist: A. Shay Hahn