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Review: Cryptocracy #6

cryptocracy-6The Mars family base is under attack, besieged by Hum and his army of deadly cryptids. To save his people in this epic battle, Grahame must step forward as a leader, putting everything he cares about on the line to salvage the broken remains of the cryptocracy.

Things hit a stalemate in Cryptocracy #6 as the epic battle ends, with casualties on both sides. Yet something tells me this is far from the end of this series overall and that writer Van Jensen has more to come. The ending is a clear indication that more is to come, as questions still remain unanswered. Hopefully, the wait won’t be long for more issues.

The art by Pete Woods brings the brutality of battle to the forefront. The issue brings a cornucopia of cryptids on both sides, as they wage war on each other. While the explosive firefights are well done, the ending scene is a curious sight. It manages to tell one main thing, more is to come.

Story: Van Jensen Art: Pete Woods
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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

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New York Toy Fair 2017: Dark Horse Comics Shows New Zelda, Witcher, Halo, and Game of Thrones

Dark Horse had lots on display expanding their collectibles offerings. The company had new statues from Game of Thrones, Halo, The Witcher 3, and The Legend of Zelda on display at their booth during Toy Fair 2017.

Chris Roberson Discusses The Visitor: How and Why He Stayed, Out Today!

visitor-1-cvrGraphic Policy: The Visitor: How And Why He Stayed is an interesting series in that it expands upon somewhat minor characters we saw in Hellboy: Seed of Destruction. What got you to want to expand on that?

Chris Roberson: Having been a fan of Hellboy since the very beginning, I’ve always been intrigued by the aliens that we glimpsed briefly in Seed Of Destruction, and particularly by the one Hellboy met in Conqueror Worm, who had been observing him from a distance his whole life. I brought up the idea of exploring that alien’s story to Mike Mignola and editor Scott Allie the winter before last, which led to a series of long conversations in the months that followed, and now here we are!

GP: When I hear Hellboy, I think horror series, but The Visitor is very much a sci-fi concept. As a writer how do you get science fiction like this work so that it’s seamlessly in a Lovecraftian world.

CR: One of the strengths of the world that Mike and his collaborators have built for Hellboy over the years is that it isn’t limited to the tropes of a single genre. There’s a lot of horror elements to it, definitely, but also a fair amount of secret history, a healthy dose of fantasy, and from the beginning science fiction has been in the mix, as well. It’s all a matter of perspective, I think, and choosing which aspects of the world to feature in any given story.

visitor-2-cvrGP: You’ve got a character that reminds me a lot of the Watcher, but even more focused. There’s an interesting concept of having this potential disaster and not intervening. It kind of gets into that “would you kill Hitler as a baby” debate. Is that concept part of the series? Am I reading too much into it?

CR: No, I don’t think you’re reading too much into it at all! At its core this story is very much about the capacity for redemption, and the potential for individuals to rise above the circumstances of their birth. The Visitor was sent to kill Hellboy the moment he arrived on Earth because of his demonic parentage, but recognizes in him the potential for humanity, seeing that he is as much his human mother’s son as he is his demon father’s.

GP: How much of these aliens’ world has been fleshed out beyond this story?

CR: Quite a bit, actually. A lot of the conversations that Mike and I had as we were working out the story revolved around who the aliens were and where they came from. We won’t be revealing ALL of the mysteries surrounding them, but we’ll be pulling back the curtain enough for readers to get a better idea of what they’re all about.

GP: We’ve seen the BPRD world through the eyes of Hellboy and his team mostly. What’s it like exploring these moments from a different perspective?

visitor-3-fc-solCR: It’s been a really interesting opportunity to see moments in Hellboy’s life that we haven’t gotten to see on the page before now. Having the chance to get even a glimpse of “gawky teenage Hellboy” was a real treat, especially when drawn by the amazing Paul Grist.

GP: Will we see familiar moments from that perspective?

CR: Definitely. We tried to strike a balance between revisiting moments that will be familiar to readers and moments that we haven’t seen before. And many of those familiar moments will be put in new contexts, as well.

GP: With the science of it all, have you created rules for all of that? There’s a moment in the first issue about losing contact that makes me think some of it has been fleshed out.

CR: I think it’s less a question of “science” and more one of “rationalization.” We don’t dig too deeply into the mechanics of how the Visitor’s technology works, but instead, establish the basic parameters and then work within those.

GP: You’ve worked on some big properties and done creator own work. The Mignolaverse has been around for so long now and has such history, how does it feel as a writer to step in and add to it like this?visitor-4-fc-sol

CR: It’s both an incredible thrill and also a little intimidating. I’m a fan of these characters first and foremost, and I’m keenly aware of the obligation to make sure that anything that I bring to the table is a necessary and worthy addition to that world.

GP: Will we see more of these strange Visitors?

CR: This miniseries is a finite story with a beginning, middle, and end, but we certainly could see the Visitor pop up in other stories set in Hellboy’s world further down the line. (Hint: We definitely will…)

GP: What else do you have going on this year that readers can check out?

CR: I’m still hard at work on new storylines for the Hellboy And The B.P.R.D. series set in the Cold War, and there are several other Hellboy-related stories in the works that I can’t talk about yet!

GP: Thanks so much! For folks interested, we have a preview of the first issue below!

The Legend of Zelda: Art and Artifacts Review and Preview

The Legend of Zelda: Art and Artifacts contains over four hundred pages of fully realized illustrations from the entire thirty-year history of The Legend of Zelda including artwork from the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild! Every masterwork is printed on high-quality paper in an oversized format so you can immerse yourself in the fine details of each piece. This book includes rare promotional pieces, game box art, instruction booklet illustrations, official character illustrations, sprite art, interviews with the artists, and much, much more! The Legend of Zelda: Art and Artifacts collects many of your favorite masterpieces from the storied franchise, as well as rare and never before seen content, presented in one handsome hardcover.

Out Tuesday, February 21 you can get The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts at stories worldwide.

You can order your own copy on Amazon, for Kindle, or through TFAW

 

 

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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Dark Horse Deluxe Expands The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Figure Collection

Following the success of Dark Horse and CD PROJEKT RED’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt figures of Geralt, Triss, Ciri, Yennefer, and Eredin, Dark Horse is excited to expand The Witcher world with three new characters.

The new The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt figures consist of Geralt of Rivia, Dandelion, and Shani. Geralt is ready for battle in Grandmaster Ursine armor, providing him immense protection from melee attacks. The bard Dandelion is Geralt’s close friend. Shani, Geralt’s friend and love interest, is the medic from Hearts of Stone expansion to The Witcher 3.

Each figure is exquisitely detailed and modeled to match the character’s likeness. They are each intricate in costume details, custom painted, and displayed in deluxe window packaging. The suggested retail price is $34.99. Geralt, Dandelion, and Shani are slated for release in September 2017.

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Review: Alien vs Predator: Life and Death #3

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The Alien hordes descend in a desperate attempt to repossess their fetus queen from the escaping Colonial Marines. Even with the help of the Predator clan, survival for the humans doesn’t look likely.

Writer Dan Abnett gives us a situation that’s growing desperate for both sides in Alien vs Predator: Life and Death #3. Chris’ alien queen wants out of her, as both her human and Predator protectors attempt to keep the Xenomorphs from getting to her. The colonial marines haves yet to arrive, which leads to Chris something suicidal to attempt to save everyone. Will her plan work?

There is a lot of action going on, and a lot of fire- power and all of it is beautifully rendered by Brian Thies. The predator group is doing a lot of up close fighting with both their trademark spears and claws and Thies captures the awesome detail. In contrast to this, the humans are using a more modern version of firepower. Despite the contrasting forms of combat, Thies’ art shows off that neither side are to be trifled with.

Story: Dan Abnett Art: Brian Thies
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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

Follow the Quest to The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts

Hear ye! Hear ye! Zelda fans far and wide! To celebrate the release of the highly anticipated The Legend of Zelda: Art and Artifacts, Dark Horse and Barnes & Noble bookstores invite you to special events taking place at select stores across the country.

Each participating Barnes & Noble location below has a quest. Zelda fans will be given a map of various locations throughout their store, where they must answer a trivia question at each stop. Those who are successful in their quest will be rewarded with an event exclusive Triforce enamel pin and photo opportunity.

2/20  7pm Clackamas Town Center Mall, Portland, OR
2/21  7pm Huntington Beach Barnes & Noble, Huntington Beach, CA
2/21  7pm Stevens Creek Blvd Barnes & Noble, San Jose, CA
2/21  7pm Roseville/Har-Mar Barnes & Noble, Roseville, MN
2/22  7pm Lincoln Park Barnes & Noble, Dallas, TX
2/23  7pm Temecula Barnes & Noble, Temecula, CA
2/24  6pm Warren St (Tribeca) Barnes & Noble, New York, NY
2/24  7pm Anchorage Barnes & Noble, Anchorage, AK
2/24  7pm Mira Mesa Barnes & Noble, San Diego, CA
2/24  7pm Edgewood Barnes & Noble, Atlanta, GA
2/24  7pm River Oaks Shopping Center, Houston, TX
2/25  1pm Colonial Plaza Market Center, Orlando, FL
2/25  1pm Northgate Mall, Seattle, WA
2/26  2pm Ala Moana Center, Honolulu, HI
2/26  3pm Old Orchard, Chicago, IL

About The Legend of Zelda: Art and Artifacts: The hardcover contains over four-hundred pages of fully-realized illustrations from the entire thirty-year history of The Legend of Zelda™ including artwork from the upcoming The Legend of Zelda™: Breath of the Wild game! The book includes rare promotional pieces, game box art, instruction booklet illustrations, official character illustrations, sprite art, interviews with the artists, and much, much more!

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Dark Horse Promotes Chris Gaslin to Director of Product

Dark Horse has announced the promotion of Chris Gaslin to the role of director of Product Development. He will be responsible for helping to oversee the Product Development department in project management, scheduling management, budgeting, sourcing, and new product creation.

Chris started his career at Dark Horse nearly eleven years ago as a member of the Sales department. He then joined the Product Development department as a manager. Chris holds a bachelor of science in art with a focus in printmaking from Portland State University.

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Review: Kingsway West #3

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The Chinese gunslinger Kingsway Law just wants to escape the winged Buffalo Scout Strode and find his long-lost wife, Sonia. But today he finally meets the mysterious community that the swordswoman Ah Toy has sworn to protect—and learns their terrifying secret. Now the fate of the West lies in Kingsway’s hands as he chooses between love and destiny.

The action-packed Kingsway West continues onward in this third issue. Writer Greg Pak creates great internal conflict in Kingsway as he debates becoming a killer once more, or if he should attempt to find his wife. I’m curious to see if Kingsway’s conflict will impact him given how the world around him seems to be forcing his hand.

The series seems to be getting increasingly dark as more issues are released. Artist Mirko Colak creates a heavy contrast in the art, as the overall atmosphere darkens. While I won’t spoil the terrifying secret-guarding the red gold, they are well done. It all gives way to a colorful firefight as they are released.

Story: Greg Pak Art: Mirko Colak
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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

Review: Alien vs. Predator: Life and Death #2

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The Alien horde is coming, but before they face that enemy, the Colonial Marines and Ahab, their Predator ally, have to win the help of a newly arrived Predator clan. Acceptance by the tribe means Ahab must fight their champion—to the death!

The arrival of the Predator clan in Alien vs. Predator: Life and Death #2 is a clear shift in what the story can do. Yet at the same time, it raises a lot of questions. Will the USMC and the Predator clan forge an alliance against their common enemy? How will they strike? Will reinforcements for either group arrive? Dan Abnett entertains as this new factor is introduced and leaves things up in the air as to what it’ll all lead to.

The hand to hand combat scene is a clear standout for this issue. While it flows well, it does show the combative nature of the Predator species. Yet I imagine the upcoming issues will be filled with fire-fights and action. Artist Brian Thies continues to nail it as far as the art in the series bringing Abnett’s story to life and full of action.

Story: Dan Abnett  Art: Brian Thies
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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

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