Henchgirl

Kristen Gudsnuk. Dark Horse, $17.99 trade paper (319p) ISBN 978-1-50670-144-8
If the cast of Girls found themselves in the Marvel universe, you’d have something like this debut graphic novel. Always quirky, occasionally touching, and surprisingly dark, this book follows Mary Posa, a superpower-less disappointment to her superhero parents, who works as a henchgirl for super- villain Monsieur Butterfly. While Mary’s concerns and anxieties will be familiar to any young 20-something struggling to get by—making rent, dealing with relationships and workplace friction—it all happens against the backdrop of a completely ridiculous world filled with time travel, astral projection, and strange superpowers, like the ability to spontaneously produce carrots. The first few issues of Henchgirl, drawn in a charming style somewhere between Scott Pilgrim and Steven Universe, have a delightful and spontaneous energy, but as the series progresses, Gudsnuk begins stitching her ideas into a narrative and things slow down a bit from the sparkling opening. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 03/20/2017
Release date: 04/11/2017
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