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Review: Brides of Helheim #2

boh2covBrides of Helheim tells the ongoing story of the undead Viking Rikard.  Those that might have read the first issue and thought that there was not enough of Rikard will not be disappointed with this issue.  After a small group of townspeople located the behemoth in the previous issue he is now on his way towards facing the foes that he has been set against.   Once again as with the first issue, this one thrives on numerous factors.  The character is compelling, the supporting characters are fleshed out and the art as provided by Joelle Jones only supports the entire reading experience.

As opposed to the first issue which had a small action sequence involving Rikard fighting a bear, this issue deals with the plot and then moves firmly into action mode, in a somewhat over-the-top action sequence as Rikard “goes Viking” (their term, not mine) which nonetheless does not feel out of place in this fantastical world.  In fact, in what is likely to a recurring comment towards this issue and this series, the writer and artist work well together here in terms of pacing and fluidity of the action, while also making it feel like a relevant part of the story.

boh2This second issue has a different overall feel from the first.  The search for Rikard in the first issue seems to be somewhat of an easy way to reintroduce the character to those that had not read the first series, but the writer is still clever enough here to give us some remnants of this search as Sigrid, the young girl from the search party continues to play a role in the plot, although at least for the moment she is of secondary importance.  Instead a background story is explored detailing some of the unknown magical forces which control the realm, and it is these magical forces that Rikard aims to face off against.  Really there is very little to be critical of in this issue, as this series stands out as one of the best surprises for me since returning to this medium as a regular reader.  The only critique which I could imagine that some might come up with is that this is not a comic about superheroes and that some might not like it just because of the content and genre, but for those that enjoy a holistic experience of the medium, there isn’t likely to be much better than this.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Joëlle Jones
Story: 8.8  Art: 9.4 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Oni Press provided Graphics Policy with a free copy for review.  

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Oni Press and Adult Swim Bring Rick and Morty to Comics!

Rick and Morty are taking their interdimensional adventures through time and space into a whole new sphere: comic books. Beginning in spring 2015, Oni Press will create a monthly comic book series based on the popular animated series that airs on Adult Swim.

Since its debut in 2013, Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon’s Rick and Morty has become one of the most critically acclaimed, feverishly watched shows on television. The insane adventures of impressionable, endearingly clueless teenager Morty and his sociopathic scientist grandfather Rick have given rise to an insatiable fan base, not to mention a top-rated series after its first season run on the network.

So, of course, bringing Rick and Morty to comics is kind of a no brainer.

Written by Zac Gorman, the Rick and Morty comics promise to be a monthly injection of the darkly frenetic, gut-punishingly hilarious brilliance that millions have come to relish on television.

While there are more details yet to be announced, it’s safe to say 2015 is going to be a great year for fictional super science and unchecked substance abuse!

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Preview: Costume Quest: Invasion of the Candy Snatchers


By: Zac Gorman

Hot on the heels of the freshly announced video game Costume Quest 2, Oni Press presents an adorable Halloween-themed graphic novel from Double Fine Productions (Broken Age, Psychonauts) and comics superstar Zac Gorman (Magical Game Time)! Klem and his pals aren’t the most popular Grubbins in candy-starved Repugia, but Klem’s hoping that will change once he brings a hoard of candy back from the human world. After all, it’s Halloween, so there’s candy everywhere! Unfortunately, there’re also bullies everywhere, ready to steal all of Klem’s sweet, sweet loot. Will he and his friends make it out alive, or are they doomed to an eternity of sugar-free torment?


We Talk Brides of Helheim with Joëlle Jones

boh1Brides of Helheim is the second series to feature the realm of Helheim and its main character, the resurrected Viking Rikard.  It is about Vikings so it draws heavily on Nordic influences, but there is definitely an aspect of fantasy there as well with witches and other baddies.  In this series, we find a duo of hesitant heroes on their way to find help from the undead Viking warrior against an unknown threat to their village.

We had a chance to talk with Joëlle Jones, the lead artist for the first issue, and someone that had been to Helheim a few times already herself.  We talked about Vikings and a little more!

Graphic Policy: Upon reading the first issues of Brides of Helheim I was struck immediately by the very organic feel to the characters and the setting. Did you have to do a lot of research for the setting?

Joëlle Jones: I did basically little to no research on this book. I was a huge fan of the Viking genre going in and borrowed a little from things I loved but since the basis of the book is fantasy I wanted to just let my imagination do its thing.

GP: Braids are one of the common stylistic features of Nordic heroes.  They kind of look hard to draw though, or am I wrong?

JJ: Braids aren’t really hard to draw just time consuming but I count myself lucky, if I was doing The Sixth Gun (Cullen Bunn’s other amazing book) I would be stuck drawing chains and that’s way worse.

GP: So drawing a braid is easier than braiding your own hair?

JJ: Braiding my own hair is way harder!

boh2GP: The Nordic world is stereotypically a very masculine one, with bare chested Vikings fighting others. That is present in this issue, but the female characters that you draw maintain a strong feminine appearance despite their role in this rugged world. How do you find the balance between the two influences?

JJ: The balance was there in the writing mostly. Cullen has a really good sense for character and I think he made that really easy for me to translate visually.

GP: It is not as common for an artist to handle both the cover art and the interior art, but in the case of Brides of Helheim #1 you drew everything. Do you find that the cover is more representative of the interior in such cases as you are part of the creative team throughout?

JJ: I love doing the covers but the interior art is what I enjoy most. Covers have to try to get attention from a reader across the room so with a viking book you can’t really go too subtle, well this viking book anyway.

GP: Your experience in comics has tended more towards stories with supernatural elements. Is this just a coincidence or is this one of your favorite genres and atmospheres?

JJ: Total coincidence. I really make an effort to try different genre so that I can continue to grow as an artist and not get stuck doing the same thing all the time. I think the reason I do so many supernatural books is that that is just the trend for fiction in general at the moment.

GP: Are there any other genres that you would like to get the opportunity to get a shot at?

JJ: I would like to try my hand at some straight up horror

GP: Success among the independents is sometimes hard to come by, but this is now the second Helheim series and you have been involved throughout. How does it feel to be part of a team that is making their own recognizable characters in the comic industry?

JJ: I am having a really great time working on this book! I love the absolute freedom I have to draw the most crazy thing I want and at the end of the day if I can back it up with a reasonable argument they say go for it.

Sell-Outs and New Printing Roundup

Here’s this week’s announced sell-outs and new printings.


Men of Wrath #1 by Jason Aaron and Ron Garney has sold out at the distributor level. The second printing will come to stores November 5.


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Cullen Bunn, Joëlle Jones, and Nick Filardi’s Brides of Helheim #1 has sold out and will return for a second printing. The second printing will hit shelves on November 12, the same day as the second issue.

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X-O Manowar #25 has sold out again at the distributor level and will return for a third printing! The issue features Robert Venditti, J.G. Jones, Robert Venditti, Bryan Hitch, Justin Jordan, Rafer Roberts, Tom Fowler, Sean Chen, Cary Nord, Andy Runton, and much, much more! The issue returns October 29.



Oni Press Comes to Humble Bundle

Oni Press is the latest Humble Bundle providing over $365 worth of comics for a decide what you want price in the Humble Oni Press Bundle. Purchasers can decide what amount they want to give to purchase the comics and then split that amount between Humble Bundle, Oni, and the charity supported. For those that pay more than the average donation, right now at $9, you get more books, and those that donate over $15, you get even more.

The Humble Oni Press Bundle will allow fans in the US to allocate an amount of their purchase to Direct Relief and their very timely and important work with the Ebola outbreak, among other dire humanitarian health causes worldwide.

Direct Relief is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides medical assistance to people around the world who have been affected by poverty, natural disasters, and civil unrest. Thanks to generous material and financial contributions from individuals, pharmaceutical companies, and medical equipment manufacturers, Direct Relief can work with healthcare professionals and organizations on the ground and equip them with the essential medical supplies and equipment that they need to help people recover from a disaster.

Direct Relief’s assistance programs are tailored for the particular circumstances and needs of those who have suffered from the effects of natural and man-made disasters. Direct Relief also establishes partnerships with local organizations to provide health services to people in rural areas of a country that are poor and lack basic healthcare infrastructure.

Each year, Direct Relief takes steps to leverage every dollar of assistance that it provides into $30 (wholesale) worth of medical supplies for healthcare professionals to use in caring for their patients.

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Review: Brides of Helheim #1

BRIDES OF HELHEIM #1Among the stories and characters based in the mythos of bygone cultures, there almost deserves to be a separate sub-genre in comic culture for Nordic inspired stories.  Usually centered around either the Norse mythological or Vikings, these stories are so prevalent in the industry that they give a good challenge in terms of exposure to the stories of the ancient Greek pantheon, even though the Greek stories are much more embedded in the public consciousness. Among the more obvious cases of Nordic inspired characters is Thor from Marvel Comics, but it is a popular enough setting elsewhere as well, such as in the stories of How to Train Your Dragon or even parts of the recently released series Sirens.

Brides of Helheim, from Oni Press, is another entry into this world of the north, where the harsh winters and dangerous conditions are faced by men of rugged strength and women of rugged beauty. The setting is common enough here, but the story is maybe a little different. It introduces two characters seeking help against a menace to their small town, and while fans of the previous series (Helheim from 2013) will probably be quickly familiar with some of the characters, this previous knowledge is also not necessary. As I was reading this issue I was struck by two things. The first was that it was quite light on actual literal writing, by which I mean that there are few words here to guide the way for the reader. The second thing that struck me was that this didn’t matter. The story was strong bohenough in its layout that it didn’t really need the actual words so much, and instead relied on artwork which was extremely complementary to the setting and the characters. The artwork was a bit of a surprise as well in the sense that there is a general approach to the smaller publishers to their choice of covers. Generally as they have less attention, they go for the idea that “sex sells” and the covers are also therefore usually the best artwork of the entire issue, but this is flipped on its side for Brides of Helheim as the interior is far more engaging than the exterior.

This ends up being a simple story, heavy on the artwork and not so much on the dialogue, but also one which was engaging enough with the visuals and the characterization to make it easy to jump right in. While reading this the story flew right past, but it left me wanting more right away. It is pretty fun, and definitely worth a look.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Joëlle Jones
Story: 7.8 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy

Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

ComiXology Announces More DRM Free Publishers

comixology drm free wave twoToday comiXology unveiled the latest group of publishers offering DRM-free backups, allowing comiXology customers to download and store copies of their books. ComiXology’s new DRM-free backup feature was announced this past July during San Diego Comic-Con.

The second wave of participating publishers include IDW Publishing, Valiant Entertainment, Oni Press, Fantagraphics Books, Aspen Comics, Action Lab Entertainment, Th3rd World Studios, A Wave Blue World, Blind Ferret Entertainment, Caliber Comics, Creative Impulse Entertainment, Devil’s Due Entertainment, GT Labs Comics and Kingstone Media. They join Image Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, Zenescope Entertainment, MonkeyBrain Comics, Thrillbent, and Top Shelf Productions in offering this new option to customer. Creators using comiXology Submit also have the option to offer their comics, graphic novels, and manga as DRM-free backups. Some of the new publishers have previously announced going DRM free, or provide the option on other platforms.

To obtain the DRM-free backups of digital comics on comiXology, customers can go to the “My Books” section of comixology.com on their desktop computers and click the button that appears next to their books. Books and series from the second wave of participating publishers will be available for backup starting today. Backups from participating publishers can be downloaded in high definition PDF and CBZ.

Customers will continue to enjoy all their purchases – whether available as a DRM-free backup or not – on the comiXology platform in comiXology’s exclusive cinematic Guided View reading experience, anytime and anywhere.

Preview: Wasteland #57


Written by Antony Johnston
Drawn by Christopher Mitten

THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT! A hundred years ago, the Big Wet destroyed civilization. Now, at last, the truth can be revealed, as an ancient power awakes to remind mankind of its weakness… and to take back the Children!

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Preview: The Bunker #6


Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov
Drawn, Colored, and Lettered by Joe Infurnari

He came from the future to save the world, but, is the only way to save it to destroy it? Young and Old Grady meet, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance.

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