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Kristen Gudsnuk Discusses Her Comic Series Henchgirl this Wednesday on GP Radio

Mary Posa hates her job. She works long hours for little pay, no insurance, and worst of all, no respect. Her co-workers are jerks and her boss doesn’t appreciate her. He’s also a supervillain. And her parents… well, they’re the most famous superhero couple in Crepe City, along with her sister. Cursed with a conscience, Mary would give anything to be something other than a Henchgirl, but no matter what she does her plans always seem to go awry.

This Wednesday writer and artist Kristen Gudsnuk joins Graphic Policy Radio to discuss her comic series Henchgirl with hosts Elana and Brett.

Listen in this coming Wednesday as we talk about this fun series. Listen in LIVE Wednesday at 9:30pm ET.

Kristen Gudsnuk is a New York City-based comic book writer and artist. She is the creator of Henchgirl, published by Dark Horse Comics. She’s also the illustrator for the children’s series VIP.

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The Once and Future Queen Switches from Singles to Trade Paperback

In what feels like it’s becoming a trend, Dark Horse has announced that The Once and Future Queen by Adam P. Knave, D.J. Kirkbride, Nick Brokenshire, and Frank Cvetkovic will no longer be released in single issues. The series will instead be collected as a trade paperback to be released in November. The series saw the first two issues released with the last three canceled. They’re not even being released digitally.

The series was well reviewed when it was released but as things go the sales weren’t there. Instead, this change allows Dark Horse and the creators to focus on the book market and its target audience.

Set in Portland, Oregon, and the UK, the story stars Rani Arturus, a chess prodigy with no plans to be a leader of any sort, let alone QUEEN. After she pulls the legendary sword Excalibur from the stone . . . well, no backsies. Now she must form a new Round Table made of friends and family to protect the Earth from an invasion of Fae, who’d like a new planet to call their own. It’s magic, romance, adventure, and excitement as old myths reveal themselves to be fake, and new ones cause trouble for everyone!

The Once and Future Queen is out November 1, 2017.

Review: Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea

Hellboy sets sail from the wreckage of a deserted island only to cross paths with a ghost ship. Taken captive by the phantom crew that plans to sell him to the circus, Hellboy is dragged along by a captain who will stop at nothing in pursuit of a powerful sea creature.

Following the events of Hellboy: The Island, Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea is a story that can be enjoyed on its own or as part of the greater Hellboy mythology. The ability to enjoy various stories, either way, is something that stands out for writer Mike Mignola‘s world. Mignola writes this story along with Gary Gianni. Gianni also provides art.

Into the Silent Sea takes inspiration from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s classic poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner giving its own spin on to the story. Taking a somewhat poetic style the story has Hellboy brought aboard a cursed ship using some of the ideas of the classic poem to spin its own tale of horror and suspense.

While there’s some interesting things there as far as the comic’s use of the classic poem, the real draw is Gary Gianni’s art which is jaw-dropping in its style and detail. Gianni feels like he takes inspiration from Gustave Doré and his wood engraving, of which he has done some of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. That combination of art and story combine to create an experience that you just don’t find often in comics a poetic like story enhanced by an art style that itself is reminiscent of a classic style. It’s a unique experience that stands out from a crowded comic market. A visual and narrative experience that you just don’t get any more.

Beautiful and haunting is the best description of this story which is not only an entertaining read but whose art transcends everything. This is a comic that you’ll spend hours looking at every small detail Gianni includes within and appreciate that this is just something that comes once a year if we’re lucky.

Story: Mike Mignola, Gary Gianni Art: Gary Gianni Cover Art: Mike Mignola
Story: 8.0 Art: 10 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Aliens: Defiance #10


An attack on the Europa by space pirates leaves Zula, Davis, and Hollis on a barely functional ship. They now must return to Earth, where the Weyland-Yutani corporation is waiting and ready to put an end to their rogue mission.

In Aliens: Defiance #10 Europa is now nothing more than floating scrap metal, with Zula, Davis, and Hollis still on board. And, with them now approaching Earth, they face certain death. That reality forces them to take drastic measures which is leaving Davis behind, as Zula and Hollis take what may be their only chance at life.

The art by Stephen Thompson is fantastic. The issue gives us a look at the more dress based space marine clothing. The perspective shifts a little as views from space and the Europa to Earth manages to be spotlighted well. That new perspective manages to create a blend of reality and science fiction.

Story: Brian Wood Art: Stephen Thompson
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Reveiw: Aliens: Defiance #9


A fledgling alien, kept alive in a deep freeze for the purpose of learning its weaknesses, wages a psychological war on Zula, Davis, and Hollis. They try to keep it together, but an attack on the Europa by space pirates forces the trio to weaponize what they seek to destroy.

Something shocking is revealed about the fledgling alien in Aliens: Defiance #9. And with that, writer Brian Wood manages to make the situation for Europa go from bad to worse. What’s interesting and feels new is the use the natural lethality of the alien against the pirates. It does beg the question, were the pirates after the fledgling alien or was it just a matter of coincidence?

The art by Tony Brescini like previous issues is gruesome and violent. There’s some solid short fire-fights between the pirates and Zula. And even with all the action, the blood-drenched appearance of the alien is a terrifying sight to behold.

Story: Brian Wood  Art: Tony Brescini
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Aliens: Dead Orbit #1


After a horrific accident strikes a space station, an engineering officer must use all available tools—a timer, utility kit, and his wits—to survive an attack from the deadliest creature known to man.

Orc Stain creator James Stokoe pens a thrilling and claustrophobic Aliens story: Dead Orbit!

Aliens: Dead Orbit #1 features a strange beginning, and an even stranger ending. Yet, something tells me there is a lot of story that has not been revealed yet by writer James Stokoe. That set-up leaves the reader with many currently unanswerable questions?

The art, also by Stokoe, creates a dark atmosphere that merges horror and science fiction well. The art manages to amplify the feeling of desolation and hopelessness, things that are staples of a good Alien tale.

The story and art come together to create a superb atmosphere for what will be an interesting, and creepy tale.

Story: James Stokoe Art: James Stokoe
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: The Shadow Glass TPB


A young student to England’s greatest occultist learns her real father is in league with the devil. When Rose finds out that the man who raised her isn’t her father, she ignores his warnings about the terrible secrets of her own past and seeks answers from childhood teacher Dr. John Dee, the queen’s occult adviser.

Not all is at it seems in The Shadow Glass written by Aly Fell who also provides the art. While the twists are almost continuous throughout the book, the complexity of each one varies. Despite that increasing complexity, the book is an engaging and entertaining read. The Shadow Glass follows the journey of the mysterious obsidian mirror, with strange properties. This a must have for fans of historical fiction and action adventure.

The art is polished, and (relatively) historically accurate. Allowing for a solid flow from panel to panel as the story unfolds. The action scenes are superb, even if they are short.

Story: Aly Fell Art: Aly Fell
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

C2E2 2017: Mike Richardson and Paul Chadwick Pen a Wish out of Water

Dark Horse Comics has announced Best Wishes, an original graphic novel from Dark Horse founder and writer Mike Richardson and Eisner Award–winning writer/artist Paul Chadwick. Cowritten by Richardson and Chadwick, Best Wishes is Chadwick’s first comics work since 2013!

When two strangers cast coins into a Central Park fountain, their dreams and desires become magically intertwined. Cal wants fame and respect and Mary craves true love from her pro-quarterback boyfriend, but destiny weaves a tangled fabric. Best Wishes is a Woody Allen-esque tale of New York, meme madness, fame’s price, and secrets of the heart.

Best Wishes hits shelves November 8, 2017.

Dark Horse’s C2E2 2017 Exclusives

Dark Horse has announced its selection of exclusive variant covers for C2E2 2017!

All exclusive merchandise will be available at the Dark Horse booth (#719) for all of C2E2 2017. Please note that there will be a fixed number of exclusives set aside for each day of the convention.

Check out the full roster of Dark Horse’s C2E2 2017 and general convention exclusives, along with quantity and price, below!

American Gods #1 C2E2 Exclusive Variant (Scott Hampton)

Limited Edition of 500
5 per Person per Day

Aliens: Dead Orbit #1 Dark Horse Convention Exclusive (Rafael Albuquerque)

Limited Edition of 1,000
5 per Person per Day

Henchgirl Dark Horse Convention Exclusive Hardcover (Kristen Gudsnuk)

Limited Edition of 250

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.


Top Pick: Batman #21 (DC Comics) – Ohhhhh yeah, it’s here! The famous button tease we’ve been given since DC Rebirth started. I’m hoping for this and The Flash to deliver on a big reveal or at least push us toward one soon.

Super Sons #3 (DC Comics) – What a fun book that features two young boys who are constantly competing, oh and they also are super heroes. But seriously, at it’s core, this book is the coming of age of two young boys finding themselves, and friendship in each other, as they try to live up to the massive legacies of their dads.

Moon Knight #13 (Marvel) – I love this comic, and we only have two more issues left, this being one of them. I really hope we get somewhat of an answer in this or the next comic, so it goes out with a bang. Lemire and Smallwood have been phenomenal on this run.

The Wild Storm #3 (DC Comics/WildStorm) – Three issues into the relaunch with Ellis and I’m in. I loved the first issue, and while the second issue felt a bit wordy after the action of the first, I bet that was mostly for world building with a bunch of the core characters, and trying to get that out of the way. I am excited for this run!

Superman #21 (DC Comics) – I’m always looking forward to a Superman book, especially since Rebirth began. This and Action Comics have been spectacular.



Top Pick: Ninjak #26 (Valiant) – I fell in love with this series last issue – it is currently one of my favourites from Valiant… if you like your Batman with a touch of Nightwing, James Bond and swords, then you may like this too.

God Country #4 (Image) – There’s a lot of personal reasons why this series is striking a cord with me, but the stubborn humanity of the series protagonist in the face of overwhelming odds is what’s pulled me in the farthest.

All-Star Batman #9 (DC Comics) – It’s Scott Snyder and Batman. I will always be excited for this.



Top Pick: Secret Empire #0 (Marvel) – So Captain America is running Hydra and he and his Nazi squad are poised to spread across the world, bringing to life their idea of a ‘perfect’ world. Yeah, ok. And yes, Hydra ARE Nazi’s, I don’t care what back peddling some writers have put out there to smooth things over. If you read that awful Civil War II tie in ‘The Oath’ is was clearly laid out what Steve sees for the future of the world…and you’re going to tell me those images didn’t look exactly like what the Nazi’s have done in the past? Ok, rant over…I am looking forward to seeing how this unfolds and to watch the super heroes kick Hydra’s ass.

Super Sons #3 (DC Comics) – I am so glad I took people’s advice and read this book. It’s only on issue #3 but it has been an incredible start and it just keeps getting better. I love this pair up of Superboy and Robin; how different they are leads to some great banter and the action has been great. And I’m really interested in finding out more about this Kid Amazo. Pick this one up if you haven’t, you will not be disappointed.

U.S.Avengers #5 (Marvel) – This title has been hit or miss with me. It hasn’t totally wowed me, but it does have it’s moments. I’m mostly looking forward to seeing how this SHIELD based team reacts to Steve Rogers new, Hydra influenced direction. And I’d love to see Sunspot and Cannonball team up to kick his Hydra loving ass…wishful thinking.



Top Pick: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #6 (Marvel) – The arcs keep getting better and the creative team shows no signs of slowing down the awesome train.

Batwoman #2 (DC Comics) – Kate Kane is facing frenemies , her own personal demons and, the bioweapon Monster Venom on the renegade heavy isle of Coryana.

Harley Quinn #18 (DC Comics) – Harley Sin is hunting a new victim and Harley Quinn is trying to find them first. It’s like Spy vs Spy, if the spies were bad ass ladies and interesting.

Nick Fury #1 (Marvel) – Nick Fury vs Frankie Noble on the French Riviera. Got Popcorn?



Top Pick: Roughnek (Gallery Books) – A brother and sister who must come together after years apart to face the disturbing history that has cursed their family. If that doesn’t sound interesting enough, it’s all by Jeff Lemire. That should easily sell this alone.

Descender #21 (Image Comics) – Amazing science fiction that’s as awesome to look at as it is to read. This is a series to check out if you haven’t yet.

Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea (Dark Horse) – Mike Mignola and Gary Gianni team up for a fantastic graphic novel.

Monsters Unleashed #1 (Marvel) – I got more sold on this series the longer the mini-series went on. I’m really intrigued to see where it goes from there.

Shaolin Cowboy: Who’ll Stop the Reign #1 (Dark Horse) – Geof Darrow, nuff said.


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