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Sandman Overture # 1 - Neil Gaiman J.H. Williams III

Sandman Overture # 1 - Neil Gaiman J.H. Williams III

By Arion in Blog on January 13, 2014

Something compels me to come here, to this place that doesn’t exist in the “real” world to talk about the dreams of others and, sometimes, about my own. Whatever art we possess is born in dreams. And there is no art that fascinates me more than comic books. Nevertheless, some of you might notice that I haven’t reviewed the most important graphic novels of the past 30 years. Perhaps I’m too cautious or –I hope not– too much of a coward. I dare not talk about Alan Moore’s Watchmen and Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. So much has been said about these two seminal masterworks of the ninth art that I simply refuse to believe that I could shed a new light on this topic.And yet, here we are, talking about Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. Only this time it isn’t the Sandman you knew or read about. In 2013 we celebrated the 25th anniversary of Gaiman’s creation. It was in the late 80s when the legendary British writer dreamed of the Endless and Morpheus, the lord of the oneiric realm. And dreams never die, although sometimes we forget about them when we wake up in the morning.This time, however, awake or asleep, we’ve all been invited to dream on. Now we celebrate the beginning of Sandman Overture, a miniseries that explores Sandman’s past. What was the Dream King doing before he was imprisoned in the 20th century? What happened with his helmet, his amulet and his pouch? As Gaiman explained “People have often asked me what happened to Morpheus to make it possible for him to be captured in THE SANDMAN #1. And now they get to find out. And finding out, they get to learn secrets of the Endless that I've kept to myself for 25 years. Family secrets”.And the secret starts to reveal itself at the edge of the universe, in a planet that reminds us that the Endless only look human to us because we are humans. The mystery increases as the Corinthian excitedly seeks to murder a young man. And the family enigma is still stronger than any other family tie: Destiny and Death share their opinions about Dream. “The book is the universe, and only blind Destiny sees how the universe shapes itself into stories. Perhaps he is the only one who reads all the stories the universe forms. It is chained to him, whether for protection, or to prevent him escaping from it, or to indicate that Destiny and the book are one and the same”. Even teeth can be panels / hasta los dientes pueden ser viñetasIn the pages of the first issue we all get reacquainted with old friends. Lucien is still there, taking care of an infinite library filled with books that nobody actually wrote and that exist only in dreams. Merv Pumpkinhead continues to be as mischievous as ever. It’s been almost two decades since the last issue of Sandman was printed. And yet, in a matter of minutes, we more than make up for the lost years. Destiny meets Death / Destino se reúne con MuerteThe key for this smooth transition between yesterday and today is no other than J.H. Williams III. It’s rare to find so much beauty, elegance and perfectionism in the same page. And every page in this book is even more beautiful and elegant than its predecessor. With unprecedented creativity, the illustrator turns teeth into panels, draws a never-ending image of Destiny’s hand holding his book and emphasizes Sandman’s majesty as he soars above the Dreaming. And the final four page foldout (with dozens of alternative versions of Dream) is a masterpiece. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Algo me empuja a venir aquí, a este lugar que no existe en el mundo “real” para hablar de los sueños de otros y, a veces, de los míos. Cualquiera que sea el arte que poseemos, nace en sueños. Y no hay ningún arte que me fascine más que los cómics. No obstante, algunos de ustedes podrán haber notado que no he reseñado las novelas gráficas más importantes de los últimos 30 años. Tal vez soy demasiado cauteloso o –espero que no sea así– demasiado cobarde. No me atrevo a hablar sobre el "Watchmen" de Alan Moore y el "Sandman" de Neil Gaiman. Tanto se ha dicho sobre estas dos influyentes obras maestras del noveno arte que simplemente me rehúso a creer que podría añadir algo más a la discusión.  In the realm of the Dreaming / en el reino de los sueñosY no obstante, aquí estamos, hablando sobre "Sandman" de Neil Gaiman. Sólo que esta vez no es el "Sandman" que ustedes conocen o sobre el que tanto se ha escrito. En el 2013 celebramos el 25 aniversario de la creación de Gaiman. Fue a fines de los 80s cuando el legendario escritor británico soñó con los Eternos y Morfeo, el amo del reino onírico. Y los sueños nunca mueren, aunque a veces nos olvidemos de ellos al despertar en la mañana. Esta vez, sin embargo, despiertos o dormidos, todos hemos sido invitados a seguir soñando. Ahora celebramos el inicio de "Sandman Overture", una miniserie que explora el pasado de Sandman. ¿Qué estaba haciendo el Rey de los Sueños antes de ser apresado en el siglo XX? ¿Qué pasó con su casco, su amuleto y su alforja? Como explica Gaiman “La gente me pregunta a menudo qué pasó con Morfeo para que fuese posible que sea capturado en THE SANDMAN #1. Y ahora podrán averiguarlo. Y al averiguarlo, descubrirán secretos de los Eternos que he guardado durante 25 años. Secretos de familia”.Y los secretos empiezan a revelarse al filo del universo, en un planeta que nos recuerda que los Eternos sólo se ven humanos porque nosotros somos humanos. El misterio aumenta cuando el Corintio planea emocionadamente el asesinato de un joven. Y el enigma familiar todavía es más fuerte que cualquier otro lazo de familia: Destino y Muerte comparten sus opiniones sobre Sueño. “El libro es el universo, y sólo el ciego Destino puede ver cómo el universo toma la forma de las historias. Tal vez él es el único que lee todas las historias que el universo forma. Está encadenado a él, ya sea por protección, o para prevenir que escape, o para indicar que Destino y el libro son una y la misma cosa”. Infinite worlds, infinite Dream Lords / mundos infinitos, infinitos amos del sueño En las páginas del primer número nos volvemos a encontrar con viejos amigos. Lucien aún está allí, al cuidado de una biblioteca infinita llena de libros que nadie ha escrito y que existen solamente en sueños. Merv Pumpkinhead continúa tan travieso como siempre. Han pasado casi dos décadas desde que el último número de Sandman fue publicado. Y no obstante, en cuestión de minutos, recuperamos los años perdidos. La clave de esta suave transición entre el ayer y el hoy es J.H. Williams III. Es raro encontrar tanta belleza, elegancia y perfeccionismo en una misma página. Y cada página de este cómic es incluso más hermosa y elegante que su predecesora. Con una creatividad sin precedentes, el ilustrador convierte dientes en viñetas, dibuja una imagen sin fin de Destino sujetando su libro y enfatiza la majestad de Sandman mientras sobrevuela sus dominios. Y la cuádruple página final (con docenas de versiones alternativas de Sueño) es una obra maestra.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2014/01/sandman-overture-1-neil-gaiman-jh.html

Review: OZ: Road to OZ

Review: OZ: Road to OZ

By Rui Esteves in Blog on January 12, 2014

Cover The sweetest Marvel book out there is back for another adventure. Eric Shanower and Skottie Young transport yet another heart warming L. Frank Baum book to sequential art format.This is the fourth adaptation of Baum's books. At this point, Baum's approach is a bit formulaic, something transports Dorothy and Toto to the Land of OZ. There they meet a bunch of strange an quirky characters and make a journey in search of something that will enable them to return.And, like previous stories, its the not the end that's the point to all this, but the journey.This time Dorothy and Toto gather the company of the Shaggy Man, a lovable homeless man, Button Bright, a little boy that is very intelligent but doesn't seem to know anything and Polychrome the daughter of the Rainbow. Dorothy's companions As previous stories, Dorothy's journey is a plot crutch to talk about about overcoming personal limitations, fears and just becoming a better person. Her companions are the story. Its almost like Doctor Who. Dorothy and the Doctor are the vessel through with the story is told, but the companions set the mood and add the substance.In this book there are some truly terrifying imagery. Skottie Young does a terrific job bring Baum's words to life. Young creates beautiful character models, gorgeous landscapes and his characters are very expressive. The art alone is a reason to buy these books, and Road to OZ is no exception.Eric Shanower's adaptations make for some great reading experiences, even if you don't have kids to read to. Of course the original work is very good, but he does a great job adapting it to the comics format. I'm loving the ride, and I recommend it to anyone that enjoys comics. King DoxPublisher: Marvel ComicsYear: 2013Pages: 136Authors: Skottie Young, Eric ShanowerISBN: 0785164057Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2014/01/review-oz-road-to-oz.html

Young Avengers # 12 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie

Young Avengers # 12 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie

By Arion in Blog on January 12, 2014

A war between dimensions has begun. Mother, a demon from a parallel reality has brainwashed an army of alternative versions of the Young Avengers. And as if that weren’t enough, Mother has recruited most of Marvel Boy’s angry ex-girlfriends… and Leah (of Hel) too.   After a dozen of issues, there are no more skirmishes or minor confrontations. This is an epic battle that might cause the end of the universe. As Gillen explains “From top to bottom, our season of ‘Young Avengers’ is about communication breakdown. The emergence of Mother means that the adults and the children simply can't understand each other anymore. It's very easy to say, ‘Oh the grownups are bad guys’”. But are they? Or is it something far more complex? Something that entails different perspectives, different ways to see the world…“Young Avengers part 1” acknowledges the age gap and explores it wisely. As we saw before, whether you feel young or old has more to do with your own state of mind that the number of years you’ve lived upon this Earth. “Fundamentally, the first step of saving the universe is saving it from yourself”. And perhaps this is why it’s so difficult for this group of teenagers to save the world. They’re still trying to figure out who they are, what it is they want from life and how to achieve it.Wiccan is destined to become the Demiurge, the arch-mage, the galaxy’s wizard supreme. But before his greatest feats he must first find some sort of balance and acquire at least a modicum of maturity. Of course, this has been especially difficult with Loki lying to him since the first issue. Finally, it’s revealed that the Asgardian god pushed him to the limits and forced him to believe –very wrongly– that his suicide would fix everything. But death is never a solution. Life is the only choice. “Whims and dreams are all it takes”, says Leah. And she’s right. And, if we are in the mood of a bit of meta-fiction, we can apply that phrase to our own lives. Whatever it is we do, whatever goal we have for ourselves, it all begins with whims and dreams. Marvel’s youngest heroes / los héroes más jóvenes de MarvelThe proverbial ‘calm before the storm’ is beautifully portrayed by Jamie McKelvie. In one gorgeous splash page he let us see the Young Avengers allies: members from the Young X-Men (Anole, Pixie, Hellion, etc.), Avengers Academy (Striker, White Tiger, Finesse), Jean Grey School for Gifted Youngsters (Bling, Armor, Mercury, etc), Runaways (Karolina Dean), Power Pack (Alex Power), etc. Then we have the opposite splash page, the forces of destruction commanded by Mother. And then we have some spectacularly creative page compositions, especially the beginning of the fight. Here instead of panels we get to see bullets of visual information. It’s impressive. “McKelvie made it a point to never repeat an approach to a ‘Young Avengers’ action sequence”, and that has been evident since I reviewed the first issue. McKelvie wanted to “tell an action sequence in a unique way -- and then never do it that way again”. This is one of the reasons I decided to review every issue of the series on a monthly basis. Because there was so much innovation going on here that I just had to share it with all of you. Of course, as usual, I love the yamblr / tumblr recap page and the content page, done by letterer Clayton Cowles. “The lettering in ‘Young Avengers’ does a lot of tricky stuff, and Clayton is responsible for the contents pages, which have become quite an important part of the book”, affirmed Gillen. And I totally agree with him. This has been such a brilliant title that even the content pages are exciting. How cool is that? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Alternative versions of the Young Avengers / versiones alternativas de los Young AvengersLa guerra entre dimensiones ha comenzado. Madre, un demonio de una realidad paralela le ha lavado el cerebro a un ejército de versiones alternativas de los Jóvenes Vengadores. Y como si eso no fuera suficiente, Madre ha reclutado a muchas de las ex-enamoradas de Marvel Boy… y a Leah (de Hel) también.   Después de una docena de números, se acabaron las escaramuzas o las confrontaciones menores. Esta es una batalla épica que podría causar el fin del universo. Como explica Gillen “Desde el inicio hasta el fin, nuestra temporada de ‘Young Avengers’ aborda el quiebre de la comunicación. El surgimiento de Madre significa que los adultos y los chicos simplemente no pueden entenderse entre sí. Es muy fácil decir, ‘Oh los mayores son los malos’”. Pero ¿lo son? ¿O se trata de algo mucho más complejo? Algo que involucra diferentes perspectivas, diferentes maneras de ver el mundo…“Jóvenes Vengadores parte 1” reconoce la brecha entre edades y la explora con sabiduría. Como vimos antes, sentirse joven o viejo tiene más que ver con nuestro estado mental que con el número de años que mide nuestra existencia. “Fundamentalmente, el primer paso para salvar al universo es salvarlo de ti mismo”. Y tal vez por eso para este grupo de adolescentes es tan difícil salvar el mundo. Todavía están intentando descifrar quiénes son y qué es lo que quieren conseguir en la vida. Wiccan está destinado a convertirse en el Demiurgo, el archi-mago, el hechicero supremo de la galaxia. Pero antes de las grandes hazañas primero debe encontrar algún tipo de equilibrio y adquirir al menos una pizca de madurez. Desde luego, esto ha sido especialmente difícil con Loki mintiéndole desde el inicio. Finalmente, se revela que el dios asgardiano lo empujó hasta el límite y lo obligó a creer –muy equivocadamente– que su suicidio lo arreglaría todo. Pero la muerte nunca es una solución. La vida es la única opción. Every bullet is an action sequence / cada bala es una secuencia de acción“Impulsos y sueños, eso es todo lo que hace falta”, dice Leah. Y tiene razón. Y si estamos de humor para un poco de meta-ficción, podemos aplicar esa frase a nuestras vidas. Lo que sea que hagamos, cualesquiera que sean nuestras metas, todo empieza con impulsos y sueños.La proverbial ‘calma antes de la tormenta’ es hermosamente retratada por Jamie McKelvie. En una preciosa página completa podemos ver a los aliados de los Jóvenes Vengadores: miembros de los Young X-Men (Anole, Pixie, Hellion, etc.), de la Academia de Vengadores (Striker, White Tiger, Finesse), de la escuela Jean Grey para jóvenes superdotados (Bling, Armor, Mercury, etc), de los Runaways (Karolina Dean), de Power Pack (Alex Power), etc. Luego tenemos en la página opuesta a las fuerzas de la destrucción comandadas por Madre. Y luego tenemos algunas composiciones espectacularmente creativas, especialmente el comienzo de la pelea. Aquí en vez de viñetas vemos balas de información visual. Es impresionante. “McKelvie se propuso nunca repetir el mismo enfoque en una secuencia de acción de ‘Young Avengers’”, y eso ha sido evidente desde que comenté el primer número. McKelvie quiso “narrar una secuencia de acción de una manera única -- y luego nunca hacerlo de nuevo del mismo modo”. Esta es una de las razones por las que decidí reseñar cada número de la serie mes a mes. Porque había tantas innovaciones que tenía que compartirla con todos vosotros.  The final confrontation between Wiccan and Mother / la confrontación final entre Wiccan y MadrePor supuesto, como siempre, me encanta la página inicial de yamblr / tumblr y la página de contenidos, hecha por el rotulista Clayton Cowles. “La rotulación en ‘Young Avengers’ hace un montón de cosas difíciles, y Clayton es responsable por la página de contenidos, que se ha convertido en una parte importante de la serie”, afirmó Gillen. Y estoy totalmente de acuerdo con él. Esta ha sido una colección tan brillante que incluso la página de contenidos ha sido emocionante ¿No es eso genial?Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2014/01/young-avengers-12-kieron-gillen-jamie.html

December comic books / cómics de diciembre

December comic books / cómics de diciembre

By Arion in Blog on January 9, 2014

The year has just begun and I’m celebrating with a quadruple overdose of Gillen! Two issues of Young Avengers, Three and Uber (that’s the good stuff). I didn’t think much of Inhumanity till I reached the final pages, what a surprising ending! My favorite issues of the month come from Dark Horse & Icon. I’m talking about the first issue of Shaolin Cowboy; it sure deserves a special award: great story and splendid art, I’ve always been a Geof Darrow fan and his Shaolin’s pages are unbelievably fantastic. Kick Ass 3 # 5 was brilliant. And now, without further ado, here are December 2013 comics as per solicitations. ASTONISHING X-MEN #52 (W) Marjorie M. Liu (A) Mike Perkins (CA) Dustin Weaver • The explosive aftermath to the year's most talked about event! DC COMICS ESSENTIALS WATCHMEN #1 (W) Alan Moore (A/CA) Dave Gibbons. The unforgettable debut chapter that began the best-selling and most talked-about graphic novel of all time is back in a new, promotionally priced reprint! The saga of The Minutemen begins with a bang as the Comedian is brutally murdered - but who could have killed him? GHOSTS #1 (MR) (W) Al Ewing & Various (A) Rufus Dayglo, Phil Jimenez & Various (CA) Dave Johnson. Check out this all-new anthology from some of the biggest talents in the industry! Stories spotlight a space heist on a ghost ship, a spirit who wants to play synthesizer in a techno band, a ghost-for-hire haunting agency and others dark, twisted tales. With stories and art by some of comics' greatest talents, this special features a cover by Dave Johnson, and a variant cover by Brendan McCarthy!INHUMANITY #1 (W) Matt Fraction (A/CA) Olivier Coipel • After INFINITY, the Marvel Universe has changed. • The Avengers find themselves face to face with Karnak who has discovered the secret of the Inhumans that will shake the Marvel U to its core. JUDGE DREDD CLASSICS #6 (W) John Wagner, Alan Grant (A) Carlos Ezquerra (CA) Jim FernEast-Meg One's 'Mad Dog' Kazan introduces the Diktatorat to a new order of command, while Chief Justice Griffin has been kidnapped and brainwashed by the Sovs! Will Dredd administer justice on Griffin as swiftly as he does with East-Meg's soldiers? KICK-ASS 3 #5 (OF 8) (MR) (W) Mark Millar (A/CA) John Romita. At long last, the earth-shattering event destined to tear apart the Kick-Ass universe forever: Dave gets a girlfriend! Also, a new vigilante team known only by their Skull and Bones masks makes its presence known.   ONE FOR $1 ABE SAPIEN #1 (W) Mike Mignola, Scott Allie (A) Sebastian Fiumara (CA) Mike Mignola, Dave Stewart. To celebrate the release of the new trade paperback collection, Dark Horse is offering Abe Sapien #1 again-for $1! On the run from the B.P.R.D., a mutated Abe Sapien traverses a devastated America, with monster corpses scattered around and cities in ruin. SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING TP BOOK 05 (MR) (W) Alan Moore (A) Rick Veitch & Various (CA) Rick Veitch, John Totleben This volume continues Alan Moore's award-winning run on SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING with issues #51-56! Swamp Thing returns from hell only to learn that Abby has fled Gotham City, where he runs afoul of Batman, Lex Luthor and the Gotham City Police Department. SHAOLIN COWBOY #1(W/A) Geof Darrow (CA) Geof Darrow, Peter Doherty. The Shaolin Cowboy returns, but nowhere in sight is there a dead Robin, any infinity gauntlets, or a single conquering Ultron-just flat-out action, intrigue, and plenty of roadkill. Geof Darrow's slow-talkin', kung-fu-gripping hero proves once again, in this brand-new new series, that the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a chainsaw! SIDEKICK #4 CVR A MANDRAKE & HIFI (MR) (W) J. Michael Straczynski (A/CA) Tom Mandrake,  HiFi. Barry Chase, a.k.a. Flyboy, returns in shame to Sol City after his failed attempt to start a new career elsewhere under a different name. He finds himself a man without a home, ridiculed by the press and abandoned by those he thought were his friends. Alone... until the notorious female villain Moonglow makes him an offer he may find too good to refuse. Will Flyboy cross the line from hero to villain, and is he prepared to pay the ultimate price for that decision?   THREE #3 (W) Kieron Gillen (A) Ryan Kelly, Jordie Bellaire (CA) Jordie Bellaire, Ryan KellyCurse the Spartan who is a Trembler. Shave his beard. Rip his cloak. Beat or spit on him if you will. If you found yourself condemned in such a fashion, a few short years after all of Sparta's men ran, the hypocrisy could bite. Discover why it's not just the helots who suffer under Spartan Law, and discover what a Trembler plans for the three slaves responsible for his shame... UBER #2 (MR) (W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Caanan White. KIERON GILLEN has created a frightening alternate timeline where the Nazi war machine introduced super powered soldiers into the dying days of World War II. As one spy flees Germany with the secrets of the Ubers, the world around her falls to pieces under the onslaught of these living weapons and the Allies struggle to contend with the destruction left in their wake. The last days of Hitler's reign of terror are coming but the monsters of the master race are determined to make their enemies pay to the last. Available with Regular or Wraparound cover by Caanan White , Propaganda Poster cover by Michael Dipascale, and a special Blitzkrieg Incentive cover by Caanan White VERTIGO ESSENTIALS Y THE LAST MAN #1 (MR) (W) Brian K. Vaughan (A) Pia Guerra, José Marzan (CA) J. G. Jones. A science-fiction epic begins in the first issue of the hit series Y: THE LAST MAN, as a mysterious plague wipes out every male on Earth-with the exception of escape artist Yorick Brown and his pet monkey, Ampersand.  YOUNG AVENGERS #13 (W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Jamie McKelvie • This periodical plans to include an above-industry average amount and standard of drama, conflict (both internal and external), action set-pieces. It will include 20 pages of comic art. It prominently features heroic attempts to save the world and kissing. • 'The best comic I've ever written. Called Young Avengers #13.' - Kieron Gillen.YOUNG AVENGERS #14 (W) Kieron Gillen (A)  Various (CA) Jamie McKelvie. RESOLUTION (1 of 2) • We gather in a night club, and have a string of connected and overlapping stories starring our cast. It's a completely and unprecedented approach to a story in comics history. There are no parallels. We refuse to accept it. •Team Young Avengers are joined by an all-start cast of some people we really like. Each individual section gets one individual artist. It's a metaphor, probably. • It's been one hell of a year. In two episodes, one before and one after the new year, the Young Avengers get resolution. You guys do as well.  ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________¡El año acaba de empezar y yo estoy celebrando con una sobredosis cuádruple de Gillen! Dos ejemplares de Young Avengers, Three y Uber (esto sí que es bueno). Aunque el inicio es lento, las últimas páginas de Inhumanity me sorprendieron ¡vaya final! Mis cómics favoritos del mes son de Dark Horse & Icon. Me refiero al primer número de Shaolin Cowboy; sin duda merece un premio especial: gran historia y espléndido arte, siempre he sido un fan de Geof Darrow y sus páginas de Shaolin son increíblemente fantásticas. Kick Ass 3 # 5 fue brillante. Y ahora, sin más preámbulos, aquí están los cómics de diciembre de 2013. ASTONISHING X-MEN #52El explosivo desenlace del evento más hablado del año. DC COMICS ESSENTIALS WATCHMEN #1Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons.GHOSTS #1 (MR)Al Ewing, Rufus Dayglo, Phil Jimenez et al. INHUMANITY #1El universo ha cambiado. Los Vengadores se encuentran cara a cara con KARNAK, quien ha descubierto el secreto de los Inhumanos. JUDGE DREDD CLASSICS #6La guerra del apocalipsis continúa.KICK-ASS 3 #5 (OF 8) (MR)El impactante evento destinado a cambiar el universo de KICK-ASS: ¡Dave consigue novia! Y un nuevo vigilante enmascarado aparece. ONE FOR $1 ABE SAPIEN #1Huyendo del BPRD, Abe viaja a lo largo de un Estados Unidos devastado, lleno de cadáveres de monstruos y ciudades en ruinas.SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING TP BOOK 05 (MR)Alan Moore, Rick Veitch et al.SHAOLIN COWBOY #1El cowboy regresa, pero por ningún lado hay un Robin muerto, un guantelete del infinito o un conquistador cósmico. Sólo acción a raudales, intriga y muchos asesinatos de carretera. El héroe del habla lenta demuestra una vez más que para detener a los malos hace falta una sierra eléctrica. I drew this in 2011 (page 2 of 7) / dibujé esto en el 2011 (página 2 de 7)SIDEKICK #4 CVR A MANDRAKE & HIFI (MR)FLYBOY regresa avergonzado a Ciudad Sol después de su fallido intento de iniciar una nueva carrera bajo un nombre distinto. Ahora es un hombre sin hogar, ridiculizado por la prensa y abandonado por aquellos que eran sus amigos. Está solo… hasta que encuentra a una notoria villana que le hace una oferta demasiada buena como para rehusarla. THREE #3Maldigan al espartano temeroso. Quitadle la barba. Arrancadle el manto. Escupid sobre él. Si esta fuese tu condena, pocos años después de que los espartanos huyeran, la hipocresía sería ardiente. UBER #2La maquinaria de guerra nazi introdujo soldados súper-poderosos en los últimos días de la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Cuando un espía huye de Alemania, el mundo a su alrededor se desmorona bajo la matanza de estas armas vivientes, y los aliados luchan con contener la destrucción que dejan a su paso. Estos son los últimos días de terror de Hitler pero los monstruos de la raza suprema están determinados a hacer que sus enemigos padezcan.VERTIGO ESSENTIALS Y THE LAST MAN #1 (MR)Una misteriosa plaga ha eliminado a todos los hombres del planeta, a excepción de YORICK y su mono mascota.YOUNG AVENGERS #13Este cómic planea incluir una cantidad por encima del promedio de drama, conflictos (internos y externos) y acción. Tendrá 20 páginas. Y exhibirá de manera prominente intentos heroicos de salvar el mundo y besos.YOUNG AVENGERS #14Nos reunimos en un club nocturno, con historias conectadas que se superponen. Es un enfoque completamente sin precedentes en la historia del cómic. No hay paralelos. Nos rehusamos a aceptarlos. El equipo de Jóvenes Vengadores es acompañado por un elenco de gente que realmente nos gusta. Cada parte individual tiene un artista individual. Es una metáfora, probablemente. Ha sido un año del demonio. En dos episodios, uno antes y otros después de año nuevo, los Jóvenes Vengadores llegan a una conclusión. Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2014/01/december-comic-books-comics-de-diciembre.html

Young Avengers # 11 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie

Young Avengers # 11 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie

By Arion in Blog on January 7, 2014

You are only as young as you feel. And it is true, in many ways, age is a state of the mind. It has been quite rejuvenating, at least for me, to read Young Avengers every month for the past year. I even sent a letter to Kieron Gillen trying to explain my excitement and joy (the letter was printed on YA # 4, ‘nuff said). There was certainly something very special about this title, something as strong as a heartbeat and as a rhythmic as the best songs. Yes, Young Avengers is Marvel’s finest title of 2013, but it’s also the best in the industry. It has received plenty of recognitions, chief amongst them the prestigious Arion’s Achievement Award for Best Ongoing Series of the year. But seriously, even without medals and laurels, I’m sure you would absolutely love Young Avengers.  “You are as old as you feel” explains Loki, and Marvel Boy makes a very pertinent intervention. “It’s a truth I’ve seen in many worlds and people: the young worried they’re too old”. I’ve shared with my friends the same concern, the fear of getting older. Soon I’ll be 30, and I think that I no longer have the right to consider myself young. Kate Bishop is worried (just like I am). She says she’s 21, what happens if in the intergenerational battle she ends up teaming with Mother, the demon from a parallel dimension? If it’s grownups versus kids, is she the former or the latter? Loki and Marvel Boy convince her that she is young. Totally, absolutely. And it’s very reassuring to admit that, even if I’m getting closer to a change of digits (from twenty-something to thirty-something), I would still fight alongside Wiccan, Hulkling, Marvel Boy and Loki. Kid Loki / Loki de niño Teen Loki / Loki de adolescenteWere you afraid of the future? Did you ever stop to consider what it would mean to stop being a teenager and becoming an adult? In order to defeat Mother, Loki must dispose of his child persona, if he is to gain enough power he must turn into a teenager warrior. And thanks to Wiccan’s magic and an arcane ritual involving candles, Kid Loki is annihilated and Teen Loki finally walks amongst men. Although he is the god of mischief and the supreme master of lies, there was something very endearing about Loki’s childhood innocence and enthusiasm. Once the child is gone, the Young Avengers lose a fundamental part of their spirit as a group.In “Stage Nervous Breakdown”, the battle is near. And Prodigy has summoned every teenaged hero of the Marvel universe. Hundreds of underage adventurers reunite under the same banner. It’s time for youths to vanquish their elderly foes. Jamie McKelvie’s art is superb. From the splash page that includes a prepubescent Loki to the amazing panel that shows Loki as a teenager deity. Despite the dramatic events there is always room for humor (a good example would be Marvel Boy “getting caught” by Kate Bishop watching something inappropriate on his holographic screen). And watching the faces of over 50 juvenile heroes in the same page is –surprisingly– a visual delight. □________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Marvel Boy “getting caught” / Marvel Boy con las "manos en la masa"Eres tan joven como te sientes. Y también es cierto que la edad es un estado de la mente. Ha sido bastante rejuvenecedor, al menos para mí, leer "Young Avengers" todos los meses durante el año que acaba de pasar. Incluso le envié una carta a Kieron Gillen, intentando explicar mi emoción y mi alegría (por cierto, la carta fue publicada en el # 4). Había ciertamente algo muy especial en esta colección, algo tan fuerte como el latido de un corazón y tan rítmico como las mejores canciones.Sí, "Young Avengers" es el mejor título Marvel del 2013, pero también es uno de los mejores de la industria. Ha recibido muchos reconocimientos, algunos muy preciados como el Arion’s Achievement Award a mejor serie mensual. Pero en serio, incluso sin medallas ni laureles, estoy seguro que todos quedarían encantados con "Young Avengers".  “Eres tan viejo como te sientes” explica Loki, y Marvel Boy interviene de manera muy pertinente. “Es una verdad que he visto en muchos mundos y personas: los jóvenes se preocupan de haber envejecido demasiado”. He compartido con mis amigos la misma preocupación, el miedo de envejecer. Pronto, tendré 30 años, y creo que ya no tengo el derecho de considerarme joven. Over 50 young heroes / Más de 50 héroes juvenilesKate Bishop está preocupada (igual que yo). Ella dice que tiene 21, ¿qué pasaría si en la batalla intergeneracional ella termina aliándose con Madre, el demonio de una dimensión paralela? Si se trata de adultos versus chiquillos, ¿ella es lo primero o lo segundo? Loki y Marvel Boy la convencen de que es joven. Total y absolutamente. Y es muy reconfortante admitir que, incluso si es que estoy próximo a un cambio de dígitos (de 20 tantos a 30 tantos), aun así pelearía al lado de Wiccan, Hulkling, Marvel Boy y Loki.¿Le tenían miedo al futuro? ¿Alguna vez consideraron lo que significaría dejar de ser un adolescente y convertirse en un adulto? Para derrotar a Madre, Loki debe deshacerse de su identidad de niño, si ha de ganar suficiente poder debe convertirse en un guerrero adolescente. Y gracias a la magia de Wiccan y a un arcano ritual con velas, el Loki niño es aniquilado y el Loki adolescente finalmente surge.Aunque es el dios de la travesura y el amo supremo de las mentiras, había algo encantador en el entusiasmo y en la inocencia infantil de Loki. Ahora que el niño ya no existe, los Jóvenes Vengadores pierden una parte fundamental de su espíritu como grupo.En “Ataque de nervios escénicos”, la batalla se aproxima. Y Prodigy convoca a todos los héroes adolescentes del universo Marvel. Cientos de aventureros menores de edad se reúnen bajo un mismo estandarte. Es hora de que los jóvenes venzan a sus envejecidos enemigos.El arte de Jamie McKelvie es soberbio. Desde la página que incluye a un Loki pre-pubescente hasta el asombroso panel que muestra a Loki como una deidad adolescente. A pesar de los eventos dramáticos siempre hay espacio para el humor (un buen ejemplo sería Marvel Boy atrapado con las "manos en la masa" por Kate Bishop mientras ve algo inapropiado en su pantalla holográfica). Y mirar las caras de más de 50 héroes juveniles en la misma página es –sorprendentemente– una delicia visual. □Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2014/01/young-avengers-11-kieron-gillen-jamie.html

Frogman Returns @Kickstarter

Frogman Returns @Kickstarter

By Rui Esteves in Blog on January 6, 2014

RRRAGH!!!Frogman Returns! For those of us that read the original Frogman, this is great news. What?! You didn't?! Don't feel bad, you can catch up on it in my Frogman review.Matt Fitch and Mark Lewis are back with the sequel to the entertaining Frogman. This time with art by John Aggs.From the authors: Thanks to the generous support of the Kickstarter community, last year we were able to print and release our debut comic book, Frogman, which introduced the world to a not-so-super superhero who kicked, punched and shagged his way through his shitty life, sort of fighting crime and sort of saving the day. Now, due to popular demand, Frogman is back in ‘FROGMAN RETURNS’, filled with even more action, romance, jokes, puns, nerd-references and scenes of hardcore sex and violence. You can help this come true in the Frogman Returns project page.  In the meanwhile, here is a preview (from the same page). Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2014/01/frogman-returns-kickstarter.html

Transmetropolitan'o'ton #4

Transmetropolitan'o'ton #4

By Rui Esteves in Blog on January 4, 2014

Cover Spider Jerusalem, his filthy assistants, The Word and The City have reached the 4th installment of this epic series alive and (for the most part) well. In this volume The Beast and The Smiler join in for some presidential campaign fun. While its not the first time these characters show, it is the first time they are interviewed by Spider. That is a show on itself and reason enough to read this book.Transmetropolitan Volume 4 The New Scum... Its the poor and the middle class. The voting citizen the one that can't be bothered to move his/hers ass to the voting booth and doodle a cross on a box. Its the uninformed and the uninterested. Its the blind and the unwilling to see. The new scum was written almost two decades ago, but could very well be written today. The new scum is me and you.The presidential campaign is in its final stretch. Only 2 weeks until election day and both candidates are playing their last trumps. And Spider gets trapped in the midst of their political games. Warren Ellis, once again, turned something that is inherently boring and tedious into a gripping word battle between Spider and the presidential candidates. And as a result the reader not only gets some very interesting moments, but also some much deserved character development that, until this point, was missing. Front-Biter 7-K Of course we all knew The Beast or The Smiler from previous volumes, but just from Spider's point of view. In this volume that changes and both gain something new and very scary. At the end of this book the next president is elected, Spider gets a bunch of new enemies and life goes on as usual. The party is on But the election is not the only topic. In this book Spider goes soft. This misogynist arrogate bastard journalist shows that he also has a sensible side. Not only he helps out a lost little girl, he also has a very kind and thoughtful gesture towards a secondary character. On top of that he proves that he does have a heart, when the death of Vita finally takes a tool on Spider.This is a great addition to the Transmetropolitan Universe. It expands on important characters, creates new threads for future stories and on top of that, it entertains the reader immensely.Publisher: VertigoYear: 2009Pages: 160Authors: Warren Ellis, Darick RobertsonISBN: 1401224903Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2014/01/transmetropolitanoton-4.html

Review: The Manhattan Projects Volume 2

Review: The Manhattan Projects Volume 2

By Rui Esteves in Blog on January 2, 2014

CoverThe Manhattan Projects Volume 2 continues the saga of the alternative versions of the people involved with the original Manhattan Project, reinvented by the mind of Jonathan Hickman.This volume can be divided into three major stories, the first is the tale of Helmutt Gröttrup, where Hickman explorer the maxim “All men have masters”.By following the life of Helmutt Gröttrup from the moment the Oberammergau Castle is being stormed by the allied forces until the "present" time, we get a tale about the behavior of the individual in the group. Hickman explores the  inter-group relations through the eyes of an Omega almost to a sadistic level.This is my favorite story of this collection, mainly because it follows an unexpected protagonist and delivers a unapologetic take on the human condition. While this is not breaking any new ground, it is a very entertaining, off-beat take on the subject. Helmutt is captured by the Russians The second story, and by far the least interesting, is about a common struggle for power, between the established power of the USA and the World, and the new power, the Los Alamos Scientific community.To be fair this one is a bit tame. Its more silly than interesting, although it does make you giggle a bit seeing Harry Truman in the midst of an orgy in the Oval room, or Einstein torturing a Luchador. But in the end of the day it’s a forgettable plot that only exists to change the status quo of the series. While not a bad plot, it pales in comparison with the rest.Last but not least, there’s the Oppenheimer mind-fuck fest. There isn't much that can be said about this story without spoiling it. This is the trippiest story of The Manhattan Projects to date. It makes great use of the duality concept in the series (usually present though the coloring) and it paves the way to more Oppenheimer madness in the future. Starcity This is a good book. A bit shy of the greatness of the first volume, mainly because of the lackluster second story, but a very enjoyable book nonetheless.Art wise it’s the same as the first one. While I’m not the biggest fan of Nick Pitarra’s art style, he is coherent, and that is always a good thing. The coloring is a big part of the enjoyment of the book. It may be a bit gimmicky, but it does accentuate many of the twists of the plot and craziness of the characters, and it shines in the last story. Publisher: Image ComicsYear: 2013Pages: 152Authors: Jonathan Hickman, Nick PitarraISBN: 1607067269Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2014/01/review-manhattan-projects-volume-2.html

Preview: Executive Assistant: Assassins #17

Preview: Executive Assistant: Assassins #17

By Rui Esteves in Blog on January 1, 2014

CoverEXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #17 Vince Hernandez ­ Writer / Jordan Gunderson ­ Art / Teo Gonzalez - ColorsThe second part of Blood Origin!The Blood Origin three-part story line continues as Executive Assistant Daffodil learns the painful truth that a life devoted to the training of women in the art of killing can lead to unintended‹and fatal results. And, this lesson may prove to be her last, as the reality of this existence may prove too much to survive‹even for her!Covers by Jordan Gunderson, Tina Valentino and Mirka Andolfo.EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #17 is in stores December 31st, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Preview Page 4 Cover B Cover CFollow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2014/01/preview-executive-assistant-assassins-17.html

2013 Comic Books: Arion's Achievement Awards

2013 Comic Books: Arion's Achievement Awards

By Arion in Blog on December 29, 2013

Although I love all artistic expressions, the ninth art always had a preponderant place in my life. I learned to read when I was around 4 thanks to my father’s comic collection; thousands of panels and captions and onomatopoeias have enriched my existence and now, in 2013, I must say –and very proudly– that I've broken a personal record this year. I managed to acquire and read over 645 comics.Most comics are mildly entertaining and narratively acceptable and that’s it. Fortunately, there are always a few that go beyond the standard, expanding our imagination and igniting our curiosity. My purpose here is to highlight those works that have, indeed, inspired me. So, without further ado, I invite you all to the third annual edition of the AAA (Arion's Achievement Awards). Best Writer - Kieron Gillen / Mark Millar / Matt FractionBest Artist - Jamie McKelvie / John Cassaday / J.H. Williams III Best Cover Artist - Esad Ribic / Alex Ross / Martin Morazzo  Best Editor - Brendan WrightBest Single Issue - Young Avengers # 9Best Ongoing Series - Young Avengers Best Limited Series - Kick-Ass 3 Best New Series - Sandman OvertureBest Archival Collection / Reprint - The Best of Milligan and McCarthy   Best Publisher - Marvel ComicsBest Comics - Related Webpage - ComicBookResources.comHomage - José Ortiz, Scott Clark and Carmine InfantinoWorst Title - Ultimate Comics X-MenWorst First Issue - The Bounce #1Most Disappointing Project - Judge Dredd Classics Jim CheungWe can all remember the most intense moments in our lives. Instants of sheer happiness, excruciating pain, sadness, excitement, anger, etc. But can we make others experience those things that remain in our memories? I think only good writers are capable of doing that. Transmitting emotions so powerful that something inside of us is awakened. There are 3 excellent writers on my 2013 list: Kieron Gillen for his innovative and deeply touching “Young Avengers”, Mark Millar for his rather splendid “Kick-Ass vol. 3” and Matt Fraction for “FF”, “Hawkeye” and especially “Sex Criminals”.I grew up surrounded by art, and that has helped me distinguish who are truly masters of pencil & inks. Of course, learning to draw –I’m a 100% autodidact– has proven very useful when I have to judge the artistic skills of others. 3 artists have exceled during the past 12 months and I think a reward it’s only fair: Jamie McKelvie for his original and stunningly beautiful “Young Avengers”, John Cassaday for his short but well regarded run on “Uncanny Avengers” and J. H. Williams III for his remarkable “Sandman Overture”.  The sacred duty of a cover is simple: it has to be aesthetically superior to all other covers. The first thing we look at when holding a comic is the cover, and it has to be catchy, it has to be gorgeous. It isn’t easy to come across great covers on a monthly basis, but some artists have pleasantly surprised me with their output: Esad Ribic for his impressive “Thor God of Thunder” cover art, reminiscent of legendary masters like Frank Frazetta; Alex Ross for his spectacular illustrations for “Masks” and especially “Astro City”; and Martin Morazzo, a very promising newcomer that has delighted me with his “Great Pacific”.Some fans don’t pay attention to editors, but they work 24/7 to provide us with the best possible comics. In this case the award goes to Brendan Wright (Dark Horse Comics) for putting together the superb deluxe edition of “The Best of Milligan and McCarthy”.  After reading almost 700 comics it became really difficult to decide which one was the best. So I’ve considered only those published in 2013 (that, for instance, rules out “Judge Dredd Origins”, honestly the most brilliant comic I’ve read this year). So the 2013 Arion’s Achievement Award for Best Single Issue goes to “The Kiss and the Make-Up” from Young Avengers # 9; it was heartbreaking to see Teddy breaking up with Billy, but what I value the most is the way in which Gillen forgets about melodrama and still makes you feel moved by the situation. Jamie McKelvieIt started in January (2013) and it ends in January (2014). Still, without a shadow of a doubt, it’s the best ongoing series of the year. I’m talking about “Young Avengers”, of course! Kieron Gillen’s magnum opus is a poignant and unforgettable tale about youth, identity and relationships; it’s also one of the best superhero titles I’ve read in a long time and it certainly has rejuvenated my faith in the superhero genre. There have been many wonderful miniseries (“Witch Doctor Mal Practice”, “Happy”, “Thanos Rising”, “Snapshot”, “The Wake” and “Dexter”) but the prize goes to “Kick-Ass 3”. Once again, I’ve been seduced by the world of Dave Lizewski and its unique combination of humor and wit.When I started with my nominations for New Series I immediately realized how many amazing first issues I had read. I loved “Sidekick”, “Sex Criminals”, “Alex + Ada”, “FF”, “Jupiter’s Legacy”, “Astro City”, “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Thor God of Thunder”, but this award cannot be shared. So the one and only Best New Series is “Sandman Overture”, an example of imagination, a triumph of dreams.“The Best of Milligan and McCarthy” deserves as many praises as possible. It certainly is the Best Archival Collection / Reprint I bought this year and also one of the most extraordinary hardcovers I have in my collection. Marvel and DC should learn from Dark Horse Comics how to do a truly deluxe hardcover edition! Brendan McCarthyAlthough for the past 3 years I’ve bought mostly books from Image, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite and other indy publishers, 2013 was the year of the Marvel resurrection. With the finest artistic teams in the industry, Marvel Now was a good relaunch (wisely respecting continuity… unlike DC’s messy proposal). So, against all odds, the best publisher of 2013 is Marvel Comics.Reading news about the comic book industry has been a part of my daily routine for years. There are many interesting and informative websites out there, but only a few are as useful as ComicBookResources.com CBR has it all: from monthly solicitations, daily reviews and previews to the most entertaining columns.  In 2013 we say goodbye to several prominent creators: Carmine Infantino and Nick Cardy were classic artists, and for many readers they will always be symbols of the Silver Age of Comics. Scott Clark had been drawing comics for Image and Wildstorm in the 90s. I saw his pages in recent issues of Batman Incorporated and it was clear that he was experimenting with new formats and digital techniques. But there is one particular loss that has saddened me deeply: José Ortiz. He was a brilliant artist from Spain who contributed to some of the most memorable titles I’ve read in my life (Cimoc, Zona 84, Creepy, Totem, etc.) and was the artist of some of my favorite comics, particularly Burton & Cyb and Hombre. I grew up reading all of this and I admired Ortiz greatly. He was definitely one of the best European authors and I wish I had talked about his work while he was still alive.Every month I check and double-check my comics list… I always start with dozens of candidates and then the culling begins. Besides purchasing comics written by authors that I trust completely, I also try new titles that seem promising. But sometimes, in my desire to find novelties, I end up with some stinkers... Brian Wood’s Ultimate Comics X-Men is the worst title of the year; it’s uninteresting, unoriginal and unnecessarily boring. Although it isn’t as bad as The Bounce, one issue was enough to make me feel like I had wasted my time reading something worthless (certainly the worst first issue of the year). The Most Disappointing Project comes, again, from IDW. I’m talking about the disastrous reprints of Judge Dredd Classics; instead of respecting the original material, IDW has released a mutilated edition with omitted pages, effectively ruining one of 2000AD’s greatest stories (judge for yourselves here). A word of advice: try to find Eagle’s American edition from the 80s, and then you’ll be able to see why Judge Dredd is such a fascinating character and why The Apocalypse War is one of the greatest sagas ever. It’s hard to believe IDW messed up so badly.By Odin, I am come through many cities this audience to find. And would bright my morn soonest if in this online journal, I’m to have my notch. It is proposed you should opinions find, whether to complement or contradict mine. I shall enquire, and know the truth anon. If you, honorable readers, stay at my beacon, you shall be recompensed hence. Let us divagate and debate, sufficient in our intimate thoughts that these opinions spilled delinquent out of our mouths are as candid as ever.   I bid thee farewell and long live the ninth art!________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Aunque adoro todas las manifestaciones artísticas, el noveno arte siempre tuvo un lugar preponderante en mi vida. Aprendí a leer cuando tenía 4 años gracias a la colección de cómics de mi padre; miles de viñetas y diálogos y onomatopeyas han enriquecido mi existencia y ahora, en el 2013, debo decir –y muy orgullosamente– que he podido romper un récord personal este año. Logré adquirir y leer más de 645 cómics.La mayoría de los cómics son medianamente entretenidos y narrativamente aceptables y eso es todo. Afortunadamente, siempre hay algunos que van más allá del standard, que expanden nuestra imaginación y encienden nuestra curiosidad. Mi propósito aquí es resaltar esas obras que, de hecho, me han inspirado. Así que, sin más preámbulos, los invito a la tercera edición anual de los premios AAA (Arion's Achievement Awards). Mejor escritor - Kieron Gillen / Mark Millar / Matt FractionMejor artista - Jamie McKelvie / John Cassaday / J.H. Williams III Mejor portadista - Esad Ribic / Alex Ross / Martin Morazzo  Mejor editor - Brendan WrightMejor número único - Young Avengers # 9Mejor serie mensual - Young Avengers Mejor serie limitada - Kick-Ass 3 Mejor nueva serie - Sandman OvertureMejor obra coleccionada / reimpresión - The Best of Milligan and McCarthy   Mejor Editorial - Marvel ComicsMejor página web sobre cómics - ComicBookResources.comHomenaje - José Ortiz, Scott Clark y Carmine InfantinoPeor título - Ultimate Comics X-MenPeor primer número - The Bounce #1Proyecto más decepcionante - Judge Dredd ClassicsTodos podemos recordar los momentos más intensos de nuestras vidas. Instantes de felicidad total, terrible dolor, tristeza, emoción, ira, etc. Pero ¿podemos hacer que otros experimentan aquello que permanece en nuestros recuerdos? Creo que sólo los buenos escritores tienen esa capacidad. Transmitir emociones tan poderosas que algo en nuestro interior es despertado. Hay 3 excelentes escritores en mi lista del 2013: Kieron Gillen por su innovador y profundamente conmovedor “Young Avengers”, Mark Millar por su esplendido “Kick-Ass vol. 3” y Matt Fraction por “FF”, “Hawkeye” y especialmente “Sex Criminals”.Crecí rodeado de arte, y eso me ha ayudado a distinguir a aquellos que son en verdad maestros del lápiz y la tinta. Desde luego, aprender a dibujar –soy 100% autodidacta– ha sido muy útil a la hora de juzgar las habilidades artísticas de otros. 3 artistas han dado lo mejor de sí en los últimos 12 meses y creo que es justa una recompensa: Jamie McKelvie por su original e impresionantemente hermoso “Young Avengers”, John Cassaday por su breve pero bien recibida etapa en “Uncanny Avengers” y J. H. Williams III por su insuperable “Sandman Overture”.  El sagrado deber de una portada es simple: debe ser estéticamente superior a todas las otras portadas. Lo primero que vemos al sujetar un cómic es la portada, y debe ser atractiva, debe ser preciosa. No es fácil encontrar grandes portadas mes a mes, pero algunos artistas me han sorprendido favorablemente: Esad Ribic por su impresionante arte en “Thor God of Thunder”, reminiscente de maestros legendarios como Frank Frazetta; Alex Ross por sus espectaculares ilustraciones en “Masks” y  especialmente en “Astro City”; y Martin Morazzo, alguien nuevo y muy prometedor que me ha agradado con su “Great Pacific”. Esad RibicAlgunos no les prestan atención a los editores, pero ellos trabajan las 24 horas del día para darnos los mejores cómics posibles. En este caso el premio va para Brendan Wright (Dark Horse Comics) por editar la soberbia edición de lujo de “The Best of Milligan and McCarthy”.  Después de leer casi 700 cómics fue realmente difícil decidir cuál era el mejor. Así que solamente he considerado aquellos publicados en el 2013 (de este modo, queda eliminado “Judge Dredd Origins”, honestamente el cómic más brillante que he leído en el año). Así que el Arion’s Achievement Award del 2013 al mejor número único va para “El beso y la reconciliación” en Young Avengers # 9; fue muy triste ver a Teddy rompiendo con Billy, pero lo que más valoro es la forma en la que Gillen se olvida del melodrama y aun así nos hace sentir conmovidos por la situación.Empezó en enero (2013) y termina en enero (2014). Aun así, sin la menor duda, es la mejor serie mensual del año. ¡Estoy hablando de “Young Avengers”, por supuesto! El magnum opus de Kieron Gillen es un relato imprescindible e inolvidable sobre la juventud, la identidad y las relaciones; también es uno de los mejores títulos de superhéroes que he leído en mucho tiempo y ciertamente ha rejuvenecido mi fe en el género de superhéroes.Hubo muchas miniseries maravillosas (“Witch Doctor Mal Practice”, “Happy”, “Thanos Rising”, “Snapshot”, “The Wake” y “Dexter”) pero el premio va para “Kick-Ass 3”. Una vez más, he sido seducido por el mundo de Dave Lizewski y su combinación única de humor e ingenio.Cuando empecé con mis nominaciones a mejor nueva serie inmediatamente constaté cuántos asombrosos primeros números había leído. Me encantaron “Sidekick”, “Sex Criminals”, “Alex + Ada”, “FF”, “Jupiter’s Legacy”, “Astro City”, “Guardians of the Galaxy” y “Thor God of Thunder”, pero este premio no puede ser compartido. Así que la única mejor nueva serie es “Sandman Overture”, un ejemplo de imaginación, un triunfo de los sueños.“The Best of Milligan and McCarthy” merece todos los elogios posibles. Ciertamente es la mejor obra coleccionada / reimpresión que compré en el año y también uno de los tomos en tapa dura más extraordinarios que tengo en mi colección. ¡Marvel y DC deberían aprender de Dark Horse Comics cómo hacer una verdadera edición de lujo!  my drawing / mi dibujoAunque en los últimos 3 años he comprado sobre todo títulos de Image, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite y otras editoriales independientes, el 2013 fue el año de la resurrección de Marvel. Con los mejores equipos artísticos de la industria, Marvel Now fue un buen relanzamiento (respetando sabiamente la continuidad… a diferencia de la desastrosa propuesta de DC). Así que, en contra de todo pronóstico, la mejor editorial del 2013 es Marvel Comics.Leer noticias sobre la industria del cómic ha sido parte de mi rutina diaria por años. Hay tantas páginas interesantes e informativas, pero sólo unas pocas son tan útiles como ComicBookResources.com CBR lo tiene todo: desde solicitaciones mensuales, reseñas diarias hasta las columnas más entretenidas.  En el 2013 decimos adiós a varios creadores prominentes: Carmine Infantino y Nick Cardy eran artistas clásicos, y para muchos lectores siempre serán símbolos de la Edad de Plata de los cómics. Scott Clark, por otro lado, era un artista algo más joven que había estado dibujando cómics para Image y Wildstorm en los 90s. Vi sus páginas en números recientes de "Batman Incorporated" y resulta claro que estaba experimentando con nuevos formatos y técnicas digitales. Pero hay una pérdida en particular que me ha entristecido profundamente: José Ortiz. Él fue un brillante artista español que contribuyó a algunos de los más memorables títulos que he leído en mi vida (Cimoc, Zona 84, Creepy, Totem, etc.) y fue el artista de algunos de mis cómics favoritos, particularmente “Burton & Cyb” y “Hombre”. Crecí leyéndolos y admirando a Ortiz al máximo. Él fue definitivamente uno de los mejores autores europeos y desearía haber hablado sobre su obra mientras aún seguía con vida.Cada mes reviso una y otra vez mi lista de cómics... siempre empiezo con una docena de candidatos y luego la criba comienza. Además de adquirir cómics escritos por autores en los que confío plenamente, también pruebo títulos nuevos que parecen prometedores. Pero a veces, en mi deseo de encontrar novedades, termino con algunos bodrios... Ultimate Comics X-Men de Brian Wood es el peor título del año; predecible e innecesariamente aburrido. Aunque no es tan malo como "The Bounce", un número fue suficiente para hacerme sentir que había perdido el tiempo leyendo algo sin valor (ciertamente el peor primer número del año). El proyecto más decepcionante es, una vez más, de IDW. Estoy hablando de las desastrosas reimpresiones de "Judge Dredd Classics"; en vez de respetar el material original, IDW ha armado una edición mutilada, con páginas omitidas, arruinando una de las más grandes historias de 2000AD (juzguen ustedes mismos aquí). Un consejo: intenten encontrar la edición estadounidense de Eagle de los 80, y entonces serán capaces de ver por qué Judge Dredd es un personaje tan fascinante y por qué "La guerra del apocalipsis" es una de las sagas más grandiosas. Es difícil creer que IDW metiera la pata de tan mala manera. Por Odín, he de cruzar multitud de ciudades para hallar esta audiencia. Y el alba se iluminaría prestamente si acaso dejase mi muesca en este diario en línea. Os propongo que encontréis opiniones, de guisa que complementéis las mías o las contradigáis. Os preguntaré, y sabré la verdad raudamente. Si vosotros, honorables lectores, seguís mi estandarte, seréis recompensados con creces. ¡Sea! Divaguemos y debatamos, baste en nuestros pensamientos íntimos que aquestas opiniones derramadas con lisura por nuestras bocas sean tan cándidas como siempre. ¡Os digo adiós y larga vida al noveno arte!Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/12/2013-comic-books-arions-achievement.html

Lo mejor del arte en Lima - 2013

Lo mejor del arte en Lima - 2013

By Arion in Blog on December 27, 2013

2013 wasn’t precisely a good year for me, sure, during the first months there were many promising things going on and then, like in a drought, it all vanished.  Luckily, I can gladly say that I’m still a part of GrayHaven Comics and that I had the chance to contribute with my comics and have them published at least on 3 occasions: Sci-Fi/Horror (OGN), Erotica (one-shot), and The Gathering: Ghost Stories. I also wish that I had completed Un-American Chronicles, my own comic, before the end of the year, but turns out you will have to wait a couple of months before reading it. I’m very impatient to finally hold it in my hands, it will be the first comic I’ve done that has my name on the cover. Isn’t that just fantastic?Anyway, I’m sure 2014 will be a much a better year. At least, you’ll get to read my stories in GrayHaven’s You Are Not Alone trade paperback, in The Gathering: Cities and probably in some other title.As you all know, besides comic books I also talk about art here. Contemporary art.  Peruvian contemporary art. You may not be familiar with the following names but, I promise you, they are really good.Anyway, here’s the list of the best Peruvian artists of 2013:Best artist: Hugo Salazar Best solo exhibit: Renzo Núñez Melgar Vega (REVE)Best collective exhibit: 74th annual exhibit of the arts faculty - PUCP  Best new talent: Tomás Prochazka Núñez Best artistic proposal: Iosu Aramburu (“Todo lo sólido”) Best retrospective: Picasso, el eterno femenino - PUCPBest international art exhibit: Somos Libres – MATE * In MATE we had the works of very famous European artists such as Henry Bourne, Thomas Ruff, Dan Colen, Keith Haring, Sarah Lucas, Douglas Gordon, Steven Shearer, Anselm Reyle, Thomas Houseago, George Condo, Lucy Birkhead, Rachel Feinstein (my favorite) and Waled Beshty, and more.In my next post you’ll find out which were the finest authors and best comic books of 2013. Yes, it’s the third edition of the famous and prestigious AAA (Arion's Achievement Awards). It usually takes me a long time to complete this list, and this year it has been particularly difficult because there were a lot more comics than last year. Once the AAA is done, I can categorically affirm that the year is officially over.Stay tuned, my friends. And don’t forget to leave as many comments as you want.________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Tomás Prochazka NúñezEl año empezó lleno de ilusiones y buenos augurios, pero luego de una rápida evaluación puedo constatar que mucho de lo que planifiqué simplemente quedó en el aire. No obstante, me enorgullece haber seguido formando parte de GrayHaven Comics, y haber publicado cómics en tres ocasiones (ya sea como escritor o dibujante) durante el 2013: Sci Fi/Horror (novela gráfica), Erotica (one-shot), y The Gathering Ghost Stories.El 2014 empieza más que nada con incertidumbre. Sobre todo luego de decirle adiós al Grupo Editorial COSAS. Trabajar en la revistas COSAS sin duda ha sido una experiencia sumamente enriquecedora; realmente llegué a encariñarme con la gente de la oficina y, de hecho, me alegra mucho seguir encontrándome con ellos en inauguraciones, cocteles y eventos similares. No obstante, al margen de aquello que funcionó o dejó de funcionar, este año mi pasión por el arte me llevó a innumerables muestras y creo que es justo, y hasta necesario, establecer en líneas generales un balance de lo mejor del arte en Lima. Hugo SalazarMejor artista: Hugo Salazar Mejor muestra individual: Renzo Núñez Melgar Vega (REVE)Mejor muestra colectiva: 74º exposición anual de la facultad de arte de la PUCP Mejor nuevo talento: Tomás Prochazka Núñez Mejor propuesta artística: Iosu Aramburu (“Todo lo sólido”) Mejor retrospectiva: Picasso, El eterno femenino - PUCPMejor muestra de arte internacional: Somos Libres - MATEEn el 2011 vi por primera vez la extraordinaria obra de Hugo Salazar y quedé deslumbrado. En esta ocasión el ICPNA de Miraflores presentó “ExcluidoS al azar”, muestra que confirma el enorme talento de Hugo Salazar, sin lugar a dudas, el mejor artista del 2013.El premio a la mejor muestra individual va para “Un día en la vida” (Galería Enlace), de Renzo Núñez Melgar Vega, más conocido como REVE. Durante un año visité a REVE en su taller barranquino y documenté fotográficamente su proceso creativo; y luego de tanto tiempo me encantó ver los impresionantes cuadros, ya terminados, en la sala de la galería. Asistí a muchas colectivas pero la más impresionante fue la 74º exposición anual de la facultad de arte de la PUCP. Debo resaltar los trabajos de Aldo Romero Scattolon, Alejandra Gálvez, Mayra Chipana y Renzo Bazán Marroquín.El año pasado comenté lo mucho que me había fascinado la obra de Tomás Prochazka Núñez. En ese momento afirmé que el joven artista nos sorprendería gratamente en el futuro, y por suerte, no tuvimos que esperar mucho para que así fuese. En el 2013, Tomás compartió con nosotros sus más originales y alucinantes pinturas en espacios como el Bisetti de Barranco y su propia alma máter, Corriente Alterna. Iosu Aramburu plantea una propuesta interesante y profunda en “Todo lo sólido” (Galería 80M2). Es importante reconocer que una obra adquiere mayor validez siempre y cuando se fundamente en una propuesta óptima. Duchamp lo sabía, y cada vez más los artistas de nuestro medio entienden que es necesario acompañar la acción de pintar con la de pensar.Poder visitar una retrospectiva de Picasso es, sin duda, un auténtico lujo. “El eterno femenino” presenta 67 obras del inmortal artista español. La muestra abarca diversas décadas de su producción (años 30, 40, 50 y 60) así como diversos estilos e influencias (clasicismo, renacimiento, cubismo, etc.) y variadas técnicas y soportes (litografía, aguada, gouache, etc.). Visité el CCPUCP en un buen momento, y de hecho tuve la sala de exposiciones para mí solo así que pude pasearme con calma y admirar cada una de las obras en exhibición. Realmente ha sido una maravilla, no solamente es la muestra más imprescindible del año sino también una de las más importantes que ha habido en Lima en la última década. “El eterno femenino” permanecerá en nuestro país hasta el 26 de enero. “Somos Libres” es un lúcido testimonio de Mario Testino sobre el arte contemporáneo. MATE (Asociación Mario Testino) ha convocado a importantísimos artistas europeos y el resultado es una muestra imperdible que estará abierta al público limeño hasta el 6 de abril del 2014. En esta colectiva participan Henry Bourne, Thomas Ruff, Miguel Andrade Valdez, Dan Colen, Keith Haring, Sarah Lucas, Douglas Gordon, Steven Shearer, Anselm Reyle, Thomas Houseago, George Condo, Lucy Birkhead, Rachel Feinstein (mi favorita) y Waled Beshty, entre otros.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/12/lo-mejor-del-arte-en-lima-2013.html

Top 10: Best books I've read in 2013

Top 10: Best books I've read in 2013

By Rui Esteves in Blog on December 27, 2013

Once Again the end of the year is upon us. This means its time to take a look at my top reads of this year.These are the best books I've read this year, not necessarily books that came out this year, just books that I've read for the first time in 2013. Top Reads 2013 O Baile 10 - O Baile A Portuguese secret police officer finds himself in the middle of a zombie invasion of a small village. Being a secret police officer he is unwelcome there. On top of that he has to fight his own inner demons.Cool art and a good plot make this fantasy story a great read.You can read the review here. Happy! 9 - Happy! Grant Morrison writes a story about a down on his luck gun for hire and his imaginary friend Happy. Happy is a blue flying horse that acts as a moral beacon for Nick.Sex, violence, and a man trying to do something good make up for a very enjoyable read.Click here to read the review. The Goon Vol 0 8 - The Goon Volume 0 Rough Stuff Eric Powell admits in the preface of this book that this isn't his best work. This is basically a compilation of his earlier The Goon stories. However they made such a good impression on me that I think it deserved a spot on my list.After I read this Volume 0 I surrendered to The Goon. Its a great series and, even if this isn't the first collection, it all started here.Read more about it here. Book of DA 7 - Book of DA A Kickstarter project that blossomed into a fabulous book. The wait was long but worthy.A truly graphical story that, using mostly images, conveys not only a story but also a wide array of felling such as a deeply sense of peace, urgency, danger and many more.Sure it has its flaws (like the print format) but the story and art more than make up for them.Review can be read here. Atomic Robo Vol 7 6 - Atomic Robo Volume 7 The Flying She-Devils of the Pacific Robo fights high tech Japanese air-forces over the Pacific with Jet-packs and the company of the She-Devils. Air piracy, explosions, action, drama, comedy, awesome art and the deepest story so far in Robo's printing history.What more can you ask from a Atomic Robo story?One of the best Volumes of Atomic Robo to date.  More about Atomic Robo here. Astro City Vol 1 5 - Astro City Volume 1 Life in the Big City This might be an oldie, and a classic to many, but I only got to read Astro City for the first time this year. I got this as a secret Santa gift. And it was love on first read.The way Busiek portraits super-heroes and his deconstruction of the genre is just a marvel to behold. Read my thoughts on this book here. The Manhattan Projects Vol 1 4 - The Manhattan Projects Volume 1 Science. Bad. I'm not the biggest fan of Jonathan Hickman's work. I find that most of his books showcase great concepts with tons of potential, but the execution is always lackluster.This however is a different story. I loved it since the first page. Originality never was a problem for Hickman, but this time he allied that to a great execution.Review can be found here. Batman/Judge Dredd 3 - Batman/Judge Dredd Collection Crossovers usually suck. They prey on the fanboy inside us all, and target that versus or team-up that feed many fan scripts out there in the web. That on itself is not a bad thing, but it tends to be delivered in uninspired and inconsequential story telling. However this is not the case here. Sure its inconsequential, but that's almost inevitable with crossovers, but the stories are very enjoyable. Mainly because none of the characters were emasculated in order to accommodate each other's alpha dog status. For more crossover opinion go here. Punk Rock Jesus 2 - Punk Rock Jesus Sean Murphy is an awesome artist. When he pencils a book I'm 95% convinced it will be worth my money. If the story is at least competent, then its highly probable that I'll buy the book.When the story is about a Jesus Christ clone that is raised in a Reality Show and that later on rebels against the established power and takes the world by storm, that's a no-brainer. Black and white art at its best and a (very) cool story that lures you into the false sense of chiché, just to turn around and finish with a bang. Catch the review here. Prophet Vol 1 1 - Prophet Volume 1 Remission I'm still not sure if this is one of the best or worst sci-fi books I've read, but there's no denying its an interesting one.This has everything to be a cult book, loved by some, hated by others. Edgy art and unorthodox story telling  usually doesn't gather much consensus. Love it or hate it its very much worth at least one read through.While it might not have the finest art or most intricate plot, this is the book that stuck with me the most after it was shelved. I think it very much deserves the top spot for 2013. For more sci-fi greatness go here.That's it for 2013. Lets see what comic book greatness 2014 has to offer.I would love to read about your top reads of 2013. Share them in the comments if you like.Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/12/top-10-best-books-ive-read-in-2013.html

Review: Chew Volume 7 Bad Apples

Review: Chew Volume 7 Bad Apples

By Rui Esteves in Blog on December 26, 2013

Cover The Chew franchise reached its seventh volume.  Who new this original take on cop stories would stick with us for this long?Not me, but I'm very happy it did. Its with big anticipation that I wait for every Chew volume to arrive and thus far I have not been disappointed. Sure it lost a bit of steam in the past 2 or 3 volumes, but it never got stale.This time Layman and Guillory recaptured the original magic and even managed to one up the original story. Agent Chu recovers his mojo and then some in this 7th volume of one of the freshest and most original comics out there.How is it?Ever wonder what it would be like if Tony Chu ever got sick of being pushed around and decided to take control of everything and in the process became a major Badass? This is basically what happens in this story arc.After the demise of Toni (Tony's sister) in the last volume, Tony's heart hardens and he stop staking bullshit. Be it from his family, his boss, his partner and even from his enemies. Regardless of what everyone says he decides to hunt the Vampire down and make him pay for killing his sister. Me Tarzan, you Chu! This change of focus brings a refreshing twist to an already quirky Universe. Not that it need one, but in doing do they opened a new bunch of opportunities that indicate a bright future for the series. Also, some loose threads finally start to get some closure. Can't wait to see Olive get some real impact in the story and Savoy regain relevance. Lovesick If there's one thing that these author books have that is great (versus publisher owned titles) is that the book is its authors and the authors are the book. This usually means no fill in artists, strong identity and (thank God) no editorial mandates. If you like it, great, if not, its a bummer. In this case I love it. Its always top notch and it stays consistent throughout the book.Verdict?This book has a place in everyone's reading pile, wishlist or shelf. It continues to bring fresh and original stories and if quirky is your thing, then Chew is your book. This is probably one of the best TPB of the series thus far and things look promising for the future. Chew is a sure bet. get it, read it and you're (most probably) going to love it.Publisher: Image ComicsYear: 2013Pages: 128Authors: Rob Guillory, John LaymanISBN: 1607067676Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/12/review-chew-volume-7-bad-apples.html

November Comic Books / cómics de noviembre

November Comic Books / cómics de noviembre

By Arion in Blog on December 25, 2013

It’s time to say Merry Christmas. There’s an old saying that goes “the more the merrier”, and that applies perfectly to comics! I read two wonderful Young Avengers issues, and I was nicely surprised by Jason Aaron’s high level of quality (Wolverine & X-Men, Thor God of Thunder and Thanos Rising have been very good). Kick-Ass was amazing but if I had to choose my two favorite books of the month they would be Sandman Overture and Alex + Ada (both first issues). And now, without further ado, here are November comics as per solicitations: AGE OF ULTRON #2 (OF 10) (W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Bryan Hitch For years the heroes of the Marvel Universe have lived in fear that the artificial intelligence known as Ultron would one day evolve to fulfill its desire to wipe out all organic life and take over the Earth -- that day has arrived. This massive 10-part Marvel Universe-spanning event is brought to you by Eisner award-winning writer Brian Michael Bendis and comics legend Bryan Hitch. ALEX + ADA #1(W) Jonathan Luna, Sarah Vaughn (A/CA) Jonathan Luna From JONATHAN LUNA (GIRLS, THE SWORD, Spider-Woman, ULTRA) and SARAH VAUGHN (Sparkshooter) comes ALEX + ADA, a sci-fi drama set in the near future. The last thing in the world Alex wanted was an X5, the latest in realistic androids. But when Ada is dropped into his life, will Alex keep her® This will be JONATHAN LUNA's return to comics after three years off since the end of THE SWORD! AMAZING X-MEN #1 (W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Ed McGuinness An AMAZING new era for the X-Men starts here! Ever since his Nightcrawler's death in X-MEN MESSIAH COMPLEX, the X-Men have been without their heart and soul. After learning that their friend may not be gone after all, it's up to WOLVERINE, STORM, BEAST, ICEMAN, NORTHSTAR and FIRESTAR to find and bring back the fan favorite fuzzy blue elf! Super star artist ED MCGUINNESS (HULK) joins master X-Writer JASON AARON (WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN, X-MEN: SCHISM) to bring you the most exciting comic on the stands! CABLE AND X-FORCE #8 NOW (W) Dennis Hopeless (A/CA) Salvador Larroca • Cable and his team go into space facing down an armada! • Will this put them face-to-face with the UNCANNY AVENGERS, who are still hot in pursuit? DCE ESSENTIALS THE SANDMAN #1 (MR) (W) Neil Gaiman (A) Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg (CA) Dave McKean. A chapter from the issue that launched the most acclaimed comics series ever is reprinted! Morpheus is introduced when the Order of Ancient Mysteries attempts to summon Death but instead seizes Dream. Freed after 70 years of confinement, Morpheus emerges in the present day and exacts a terrifying vengeance upon his captor…  DCE ESSENTIALS V FOR VENDETTA # 1 (MR) (W) Alan Moore (A/CA) David Lloyd. In a dystopian future London, young Evey Hammond is rescued from officers of the law called Fingerman by a mysterious, Guy Fawkes mask-wearing man called V. And while the government tightens its grip on the people of London, V wages a one-man war against its reign. Reprinting a chapter of the groundbreaking first issue.  GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #0.1 NOW (W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Steve McNiven. Move over Avengers…the Guardians got this. Star-Lord. Gamora. Drax. Rocket Raccoon. Groot. …and the Invincible Iron Man?! The Marvel Universe just got bigger as the legendary cosmic epic returns in the hands of superstar creators Brian Michael Bendis (Avengers, All-New X-Men) and Steve McNiven (Civil War; Old Man Logan). In this special prelude issue meet the man behind the Guardians: Star-Lord… and discover how this child of Earth became the leader of the rag-taggiest of teams in all the Galaxy. All setting the stage for next month's historic Guardians of the Galaxy #1. This is the start of something big, Marvel fans. HAWKEYE HC Deluxe EditionMatt Fraction (W), David Aja (A/CA). Includes Hawkeye 1-11.JUDGE DREDD CLASSICS #5 (W) John Wagner, Alan Grant (A) Carlos Ezquerra (CA) Jim Fern. 'Apocalypse War' rages on in vibrant new color! Will East-Meg One release the citizens of Mega-City One from the clutches of Block Mania? And will Dredd be able to cut the Sovs off in time to keep them from infiltrating the south?  KICK-ASS 3 #4 (OF 8) (MR) (W) Mark Millar (A/CA) John Romita. Dissension in the ranks! Kick-Ass has had it up to HERE with the newest (and laziest) member of Justice Forever. But when he finally takes a stand…will the rest of the team back him up? Also, the super-villain formerly known as Red Mist faces an education from the most terrifying crime boss in the Genovese family. KIRBY GENESIS #5 Covers: Alex Ross (main), Ryan Sook (1-in-10) Writer: Kurt Busiek Artist and Painter: Jack Herbert, Alex Ross Colorist: Vinicius Andrade. The stakes are already high in a battle royale pitting Silver Star, Captain Victory and the Glory Knights versus Darius Drumm, the Lightning Lady and Roag over the Proto-Seed -- and when Sigurd Dragonsbane and the Mythics join in, the results will shake he heavens themselves. Meanwhile, Kirby's only hope for survival on the Phantom Continent lies in the Primals, whose secrets are rooted deep in the history of mankind itself. SANDMAN OVERTURE #1 (OF 6) CVR A (MR) (W) Neil Gaiman (A/CA) J. H. Williams. Twenty-five years since THE SANDMAN changed the landscape of modern comics, Neil Gaiman's legendary series is back! THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE heralds New York Times best-selling writer Neil Gaiman's return to the art form that made him famous, ably abetted by artistic luminary JH Williams III (BATWOMAN, PROMETHEA), whose lush, widescreen images provide an epic scope to The Sandman's origin story. From the birth of a galaxy to the moment that Morpheus is captured, THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE will feature cameo appearances by fan-favorite characters such as The Corinthian, Merv Pumpkinhead and, of course, the Dream King's siblings: Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction and Destiny. 'People have often asked me what happened to Morpheus to make it possible for him to be captured in THE SANDMAN #1,' Gaiman said. 'And now they get to find out. And finding out, they get to learn secrets of the Endless that I've kept to myself for 25 years. Family secrets. And I should warn you: one of the Endless dies on page five.' The first issue of this 6-issue, bimonthly miniseries features a stunning double-page interior foldout.  SCARLET #7 (MR) THE REVOLUTION IS HAPPENING NOW. SCARLET TAKES CITY HALL WITH HER LIST OF DEMANDS, AND THE CITY'S REACTION WILL SURPRISE YOU. THE CREATOR-OWNED HIT OF THE YEAR IS BACK AND BOLDER THAN EVER! FROM THE EISNER AWARD-WINNING TEAM OF MALEEV AND BENDIS! SECRET AVENGERS #4 NOW (W) Nick Spencer (A) Luke Ross (CA) Tomm Coker 'Tehran' • The Scientist Supreme and the new High Council of AIM ignite global war! • The Secret Avengers welcome their newest recruit: The Indestructible Hulk! SNAPSHOT #4 (OF 4) (W) Andy Diggle (A/CA) Jock script ANDY DIGGLE art / cover JOCK MINISERIES CONCLUSION! It all ends here as the awful truth behind a multi-million dollar conspiracy is revealed, with deadly consequences. If young Jake is to survive , what kind of man must he become? And is it worth the price? THANOS RISING #3 (OF 5) (W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Simone Bianchi • The Mad Titan flees his home in search of true love. • But how many lives will he have to take to find it? • The book so blood-soaked you'll be glad it's a mini-series. THREE #2 (W) Kieron Gillen (A) Ryan Kelly, Jordie Bellaire (CA) Jordie Bellaire, Ryan Kelly. Three slaughter survivors race towards the free city of Messene. Pursuing them are 300 Spartans. Why? What makes Sparta think that unleashing this isn't massive overkill? What makes a Spartan king agree to lead them? And what secrets do the Helot workers hold that changes everything... UNWRITTEN #54 (MR) (W) Mike Carey, Bill Willingham (A) Peter Gross, Mark Buckingham (CA) Yuko Shimizu. The big finale of 'The Unwritten Fables' is here! The survivors of Fabletown have launched their final assault on Castle Dark-and been broken. Their king is dead and their champions defeated. But the battle's not over until the wicked witch says it is, and Frau Totenkinder still has plans for Tom Taylor and Boy Blue. Unfortunately, the cure she has in mind is even worse than the disease... VELVET #1 (MR) (W) Ed Brubaker (A) Steve Epting, Bettie Breitweiser (CA) Steve Epting. ED BRUBAKER and STEVE EPTING redefined Captain America with the 'Winter Soldier' saga... and everything they've done so far has been leading to VELVET!  When the world's best secret agent is killed, Velvet Templeton, the Personal Assistant to the Director of the Agency, is drawn off her desk and back into the field for the first time in nearly 20 years... and is immediately caught in a web of mystery, murder and hi-octane action.  Sexy and provocative, with a dark twist on the spy genre, this EXTRA-LENGTH first issue by two of the industry's best-selling creators will knock you out! VERTIGO ESSENTIALS FABLES #1 (MR) (W) Bill Willingham (A) Lan Medina, Steve Leialoha (CA) James Jean. The first issue of Bill Willingham's Eisner Award-winning series is reprinted in this new edition. Don't miss the issue that introduced the Fables of legend into New York City-and asked the question 'Who killed Rose Red?' WOLVERINE #4 (W) Paul Cornell (A/CA) Alan Davis • The conclusion of Hunting Season! • New York City is under biological attack. Can Wolverine save it before it's too late? • Guest starring Nick Fury! WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #31(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Nick Bradshaw HELLFIRE SAGA PART 1! • Welcome to the Hellfire Academy, there's little chance you'll survive the experience. • The most villainous school you've ever seen has its grand opening. With teachers like Mystique, Sauron, Mojo, Wendigo and Master Pandemonium there's no limit to the terrible things you'll learn. • Can Wolverine and the X-Men find the school before their kidnapped students are turned into villains? X-MEN #1 NOW (W) Brian Wood (A/CA) Olivier Coipel. Because you demanded it! The X-Women finally get their own book, from critically acclaimed superstars Brian Wood (X-MEN, ULTIMATE X-MEN, DMZ, The Massive) and Olivier Coipel (AVX, HOUSE OF M, THOR)! An old enemy shows up at the X-Men's door, seeking asylum from an ancient evil come back to earth. Meanwhile, Jubilee has come home, and she's brought with her an orphaned baby who might hold the key to the earth's survival…or its destruction. Against a backdrop of what seems like an alien invasion and an eons-spanning war between brother and sister, Storm steps up and puts together a team to protect the child and stop a new threat that could destroy all life on earth! YOUNG AVENGERS #11 (W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Jamie McKelvie • They say you can never go home. For the Young Avengers, it's not true. They can go home. It's just that if they do, the universe may end. Better not go home then, eh® • WHAT ARE YOU DOING, YOUNG AVENGERS? YOU'VE DECIDED TO GO HOME? GAHHKKH! YOU GUYS!  • Is Kate Bishop an enemy in waiting? Is this the last we see of the loveable/strangle-able Kid Loki? • Are rhetorical questions a cheap device when writing solicits? All answers revealed, except the last one, which you'll  have to work out by yourselves.  YOUNG AVENGERS #12 (W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Jamie McKelvie • The Young Avengers versus 'The Young Avengers'. The stakes? What have you got? • Loki's scheme reaches its final twist. Expect the team's jaws to just hit the floor and lie there, twitching for the rest of the comic. • A tempting offer for Noh-Varr may get an arrow through his head. Other romance based drama too, as kissing is the new planetary extinction event. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Es hora de decir feliz navidad. Y además de buena compañía también he tenido muchos buenos cómics. Leí dos maravillosos números de “Young Avengers” y Jason Aaron me sorprendió favorablemente con un alto nivel de calidad (“Wolverine & X-Men”, “Thor God of Thunder” y “Thanos Rising” han sido muy buenos). Kick-Ass fue asombroso pero si tuviera que elegir mis dos títulos favoritos del mes serían “Sandman Overture” y “Alex + Ada” (ambos primeros números). Y ahora sin más preámbulos, aquí van los cómics de noviembre. AGE OF ULTRON #2 (OF 10)Durante años, los héroes han vivido con el temor de que la inteligencia artificial conocida como ULTRON evolucionaría hasta exterminar toda la vida orgánica y conquistar la Tierra… ese día ha llegado. ALEX + ADA #1Lo que Alex no quiere es una X5, lo más reciente en androides realísticos. Pero cuando Ada entra a su vida, Alex decidirá quedarse con ella.AMAZING X-MEN #1Cuando NIGHTCRAWLER murió, fue como si los X-MEN perdieran su corazón y alma. Pero al enterarse de que quizás no esté muerto, dependerá de WOLVERINE, STORM, BEAST, ICEMAN, NORTHSTAR and FIRESTAR encontrar y rescatar al elfo azulino al que tanto aprecian. CABLE AND X-FORCE #8 NOWCable y su equipo van al espacio y enfrentan a una armada. DCE ESSENTIALS THE SANDMAN #1 (MR)Cuando la Orden de los Antiguos Misterios intentan invocar a la Muerte terminan atrapando al Sueño. Liberado luego de 70 años de confinamiento, Morfeo emerge en el presente y se venga de sus captores.DCE ESSENTIALS V FOR VENDETTA # 1 (MR)V de Vendetta se enfrenta a un gobierno totalitario.GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #0.1 NOW¿STAR-LORD, GAMORA, DRAX, ROCKET RACCOON, GROOT y el invencible IRON MAN? En este preludio especial podéis conocer a STAR-LORD, el hombre detrás de los Guardianes y descubrir cómo este hijo de la Tierra se convirtió en el líder de la pandilla más extraña de la galaxia. HAWKEYE HC Matt Fraction & David Aja.JUDGE DREDD CLASSICS #5Mega-City del Este versus Mega-City Uno.KICK-ASS 3 #4 (OF 8) (MR)Disensión en las filas. KICK-ASS está harto del más nuevo (y más flojo) miembro del equipo, pero ¿el resto del grupo lo apoyará?  KIRBY GENESIS #5La batalla continúa. Mientras tanto, la única esperanza de Kirby para sobrevivir en el continente fantasma yace en los primates.SANDMAN OVERTURE #1 (OF 6) CVR A (MR)Desde el nacimiento de una galaxia hasta el momento en que Morfeo es capturado, ‘Obertura’ traerá de regreso al Corintio y a los hermanos de Sueño: Muerte, Deseo, Desesperación, Delirio, Destrucción y Destino.  SCARLET #7 (MR)La revolución es ahora. SCARLET se apodera del ayuntamiento y hace sus demandas. Y la reacción de la ciudad será sorpresiva. I drew this in 2011 (page 1 of 7) / dibujé esto el 2011 (página 1 de 7)SECRET AVENGERS #4 NOWEl Científico Supremo y el nuevo Alto Consejo de AIM promuevan una guerra global. Y los Vengadores Secretos reciben a un nuevo recluta.SNAPSHOT #4 (OF 4)Se revela la verdad detrás de una millonaria conspiración, con fatales consecuencias. ¿Podrá sobrevivir el joven Jake? ¿Y a qué precio?THANOS RISING #3 (OF 5)El Titán loco huye de su hogar en busca de un amor verdadero. ¿Pero cuántas vidas extinguirá para poder encontrarlo? THREE #2Tres sobrevivientes de la masacre huyan a la ciudad libre de Mesina. Los persiguen 300 espartanos. ¿Qué secretos guardan los ilotas?UNWRITTEN #54 (MR)El gran final de las Fábulas No Escritas está aquí. Los sobrevivientes del pueblo de fábulas han lanzado su ataque final al Castillo Oscuro. Su rey está muerto y sus campeones derrotados.VELVET #1 (MR)Cuando el mejor agente secreto del mundo es asesinado, VELVET, la asistenta del director de la Agencia Secreta, saldrá de su despacho al campo de batalla por primera vez en años… y de inmediato quedará capturada en una red de misterios y asesinatos. VERTIGO ESSENTIALS FABLES #1 (MR)Las Fábulas están en New York. WOLVERINE #4La conclusión de temporada de caza. New York está bajo ataque. WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #31Bienvenidos a la Academia Fuego Infernal. Aunque hay pocas probabilidades de que sobrevivan. La más villanesca escuela abre sus puertas. Con profesores como MYSTIQUE, SAURON, MOJO, WENDIGO y MASTER PANDEMONIUM no hay límites para el aprendizaje de la maldad. X-MEN #1 NOWPorque lo habéis demandado, las Mujeres X finalmente tienen su propio título. Un viejo enemigo aparece, buscando asilo de un mal antiguo que ha regresado a la Tierra. Ahora Storm deberá liderar un nuevo equipo.YOUNG AVENGERS #11Dicen que no puedes ir a casa. Para los Jóvenes Vengadores eso no es cierto. Ellos pueden ir a casa. Pero si lo hacen el universo podría llegar a su fin. Entonces, lo mejor es no ir a casa. ¿Qué están haciendo? ¿Han decidido ir a casa? ¿Veremos por última vez al adorable-entrañable LOKI? ¿Son estas preguntas retóricas un recurso barato? Pronto lo sabrán.YOUNG AVENGERS #12Los Jóvenes Vengadores versus los Jóvenes Vengadores. ¿Qué está en riesgo? La estratagema de LOKI se retuerce. Esperen a que las mandíbulas del equipo se caigan hasta el piso, retorciéndose por lo que queda del cómic. Una tentadora oferta para MARVEL BOY pondrá una flecha en su cabeza. Besarse será el nuevo evento de extinción planetaria.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/12/november-comic-books-comics-de-noviembre.html

Merry Christmas Everybody

Merry Christmas Everybody

By Rui Esteves in Blog on December 23, 2013

Santa Spider Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays or Jolly whatever you celebrate.Doesn't really matter what deity each of us prays to, it only matters that we all get along, are happy and read good comics. Be it blistering hot or chillingly cold where you are, just enjoy the moment and be with your loved ones.If you happen to receive awesome gifts great, but if you remembered to give heartfelt memories even better.Just have fun and read good comics.Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/12/merry-christmas-everybody.html

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