Pichetshote + Lonergan head to the stars in ‘Man’s Best’

The BOOM! Studios series will feature three pets tasked with saving humanity from an alien threat.

Pornsak Pichetshote and Jesse Lonergan will send three emotional support animals into hostile alien territory in Man’s Best, a new series coming from BOOM! Studios next year.

The three pets live on the Starship Horizon, which is searching for a new home “to house a humanity compromised by bad decisions and corporate greed.” Kind of like Wall-E meets We3. Things, of course, go horribly wrong for the human, and it’s up to the support animals to provide a different kind of support.

“It’s really weird to say a book about a cat in a mech suit, a golden retriever with a bionic leg, and a French bulldog with a rocket strapped to his back might be my most personal book ever, but…that’s kinda what happened?” said Pichetshote, whose resume includes InfidelSandman Universe: Dead Boy Detectives and the Eisner-winning The Good Asian. “I’ve never written anything where I can see recent realizations in my life directly incorporated onto the page as much as this book and have no idea how readers will respond. What I’m a lot more confident in is how much of an honor it is to work with Jesse Lonergan. It’s amazing how as a ‘professional writer’ I still have no words to explain how innovative his art keeps getting with each issue.”


…after the ship crashes and the crew is captured, these loyal pets are their owner’s only hope. Outfitted in outrageous tech, these three best friends must traverse a hostile world to rescue their owners–leaving them the only hope for a humanity that might not be worth saving. In a harrowing adventure, the pets are faced with challenges that threaten to destroy their most valuable treasure: their friendship.

“I feel like I’ve gotten plenty of opportunities to do weird sci-fi stuff, but I haven’t gotten the chance to draw as many cute things as I would like, so getting the opportunity to work on a book with pets battling across alien landscapes is really a dream come true, and then to have someone like Pornsak bringing a story with real depth and heart makes it that much better,” Lonergan said.

Fans of Lonergan’s previous work on Hedra, Planet Paradise and Arca will recognize his talent at drawing alien landscapes and creative panel layouts in these preview pages:

“This project has been intense, with the story consistently escalating. I find myself constantly challenged to raise the bar,” Lonergan added. “The lazy part of me keeps telling the rest of me that there should be a section where I ease off and do some ‘easy’ pages, but it just hasn’t happened yet.”

The first issue will feature variant covers by Trish Forstner, Frany and Lonergan:

Look for the first issue to arrive March 20.

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