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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

Hawkeye vol. 1 - Fraction Aja

Hawkeye vol. 1 - Fraction Aja

By Arion in Blog on December 22, 2013

Hawkeye breezes in, nonchalantly, suggesting that there is something else going on in the lives of masked heroes. Or at least it should be. Like fresh air, Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye intends to re-oxygenate the clogged arteries of the House of Ideas.  Every writer wants to be original, every author wants to do something new with well-established characters. But where is the novelty in a hero that has existed for decades and that is –very likely– older than your parents? “New” isn’t the superheroic antics, that’s for sure, after all, we’ve read thousands of stories about do-gooders kicking the villain’s ass. And that gets old. Way too fast. So how can you recapture the reader’s attention? Fraction has an idea: let’s forget about the Avengers, the larger-than-life threats, the cosmic dangers, and let’s keep our feet in the ground and, above all, let’s have fun. Enters… Hawkguy! He isn’t Hawkeye, the world-famous adventurer and founding member of the Avengers. He’s Hawkguy, just a guy, a regular Joe trying to survive in the streets of New York, paying his rent, rescuing pizza-loving dogs, sleeping around –yes, even if that means cheating on his friend-girl– getting a divorce and so on.Enters… Pizza Dog! The cutest and smartest pet since Krypto, the super canine. When Clint Barton is attacked by Russian mobsters, bro, a dog saves his life. The dog, of course, pays for the effrontery. Clint takes the dog to the nearest veterinarian, and although the initial prognosis is quite negative Clint insists on his demands: the dog must be saved. Oh, and my favorite episode (issue # 11): Pizza Dog versus the Russian mob, bro! I’ve always loved nice doggies, but Pizza Dog sure deserves an award for best fictional pet of the year!Enters… Hawkeye (Not the Hawkguy). While Pizza Dog is in rehabilitation, Kate Bishop decides to hang out with the expert archer. Only to prove, over and over again, that she’s better with a bow and an arrow, more resourceful, intelligent… in short, the best ally Clint could ask for. Enters… the Russian mobsters, bro. A group of tracksuit-wearing, machinegun-firing, bro-cursing gangsters. And they’re angry because Clint Barton has stopped them from increasing the rent in his building… by buying the whole damn thing. And they are also mad at him because he has stolen money from the Kingpin, the Owl and many of New York’s most corrupted and powerful men. Fraction combines a lighthearted approach with a retro sensibility that has caused much furor amongst Marvel fans, just like Mark Waid’s Daredevil. Coincidentally –or not so much– both series are defined by a highly stylized art signature, by the ubiquity of design and the notion that a comic book artist should be well-versed in graphic design endeavors. The result is a visual delight that challenges the rules of a “normal” comic book. Spanish artist David Aja surprises us with his innovative page layouts and his notably uncommon panels.  A dangerous sexual escapade / una peligrosa escapada sexualMatt Hollingsworth also provides some of the best coloring I’ve seen in a long time. Playing with a minimalistic approach, a color palette of solid tones and constant chromatic reiterations, he manages to create a very unique feel. Hollingsworth is one of the best colorists of the industry but here he has achieved something truly outstanding.Hawkguy’s triumph relies on two premises: a retro sensitivity that translates in a very amusing narrative structure and the episodic nature of the title. Unlike the hundreds of regular Marvel comics we see each month, Hawkeye never –not even once– falls in the trap of the six-issue arc. Au contraire, most issues are stand-alone adventures that can be read and enjoyed by themselves. In fact, the largest saga of the first volume is The Tape (illustrated by Javier Pulido), encompassing two issues. Now, I can’t remember the last time I saw somebody doing a two-part story. You don’t get to see much of that nowadays. All writers should forget about the six-issue arc, just like Fraction does here.The narrative structure, on the other hand, is quite funny. Fraction shuffles pages like a card deck, playing with time and the sequential order of events. But one thing is for sure, at least in half of the 11 issues of the volume, Hawkguy fights against his enemies, mostly the Russians, bro, and gets hit in the head; then he is either left unconscious and / or temporarily kidnapped by the Russians, bro, or someone else, at which point he’s mocked and ridiculed for his clumsiness. Thanks to Fraction’s pervading whimsical tone, these moments get funnier and funnier with each issue, highlighting the fact that Hawkguy is an average man, without superpowers, magic amulets or ultra-advanced technology. Ironically, this superhero without superpowers turned into a super-popular character in 2012, receiving many Eisner nominations. I’ve been waiting over a year to get my hands on the deluxe hardcover edition and I’m thrilled to hold it in my hands now. It sure was worth the wait. I must say thank you to the good friend that sent it to me as a Christmas gift.________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Hawkeye, Wolverine & Spider-Man"Hawkeye" llega con desfachatez, sugiriendo que hay algo más en las vidas de los héroes enmascarados. O debería haberlo. Como una bocanada de aire fresco, "Hawkeye" de Matt Fraction intenta re-oxigenar las arterias tapadas de la Casa de las Ideas. Todo escritor quiere ser original, todo autor quiere hacer algo nuevo con personajes bien establecidos. Pero ¿dónde está la novedad en un héroe que ha existido por décadas y que es -muy probablemente- más viejo que tus padres? Lo “nuevo” no está en las payasadas superheroicas, sin duda, después de todo, hemos leído miles de historias sobre bienhechores pateando al villano en el culo. Y esto se hace repetitivo. Y mucho. Así que ¿cómo puedes recapturar la atención del lector? Fraction tiene una idea: olvidémonos de los Vengadores, de las amenazas más grandes que la vida, los peligros cósmicos, y pongamos los pies sobre la tierra y, por encima de todo, divirtámonos. Llega… ¡Hawkguy! Él no es Hawkeye, el mundialmente famoso aventurero y miembro fundador de los Vengadores. Él es Hawkguy, un tipo común y corriente que intenta sobrevivir en las calles de New York, pagar el alquiler, rescatar a perros que adoran la pizza, follar -sí, incluso si eso significa engañar a su chica-,  divorciarse, etc. HawkguyLlega… ¡Pizza Dog! La mascota más tierna y pícara desde Krypto, el súper canino. Cuando Clint Barton es atacado por la mafia rusa, mano, un perro salva su vida. El perro, por supuesto, sufre las consecuencias. Clint lleva al perro a la veterinaria más cercana, y aunque la prognosis inicial es bastante negativa, Clint insiste en sus demandas: el perro debe ser salvado. Oh, y mi episodio favorito (el # 11): ¡Pizza Dog versus la mafia rusa, mano! Siempre me han gustado los perritos, pero Pizza Dog merece el premio a la mejor mascota ficticia del año. Llega… Hawkeye (no Hawkguy). Mientras Pizza Dog está en rehabilitación, Kate Bishop decide pasar el rato con el arquero experto. Sólo para demostrar una y otra vez que ella es mejor con el arco y la flecha, más recursiva, inteligente... en breve, la mejor aliada que Clint podría desear. Llegan… los mafiosos rusos, mano. Un grupo de gánsteres que usan sudaderas, disparan metralletas y dicen mano. Y están furiosos porque Clint Barton impidió que subieran el alquiler en su edificio... comprándolo todo. Y también están molestos porque él le ha robado dinero a Kingpin, Owl y muchos de los hombres más corruptos y poderosos de New York.Fraction combina un tono ligero con una sensibilidad retro que ha causado mucho furor entre los fans de Marvel, al igual que el "Daredevil" de Mark Waid. Es una coincidencia –o quizás no– que ambas series se definan por una rúbrica artística altamente estilizada, por la ubicuidad del diseño y por la noción de que un artista del cómic debería estar bien versado en las labores del diseño gráfico. El resultado es una delicia visual que reta las normas de un cómic “normal”. El artista español David Aja nos sorprende con sus innovadoras páginas y sus viñetas notablemente fuera de lo común. Pizza DogMatt Hollingsworth también proporciona el mejor coloreado que he visto en mucho tiempo. Jugando con un enfoque minimalista, una paleta de color de tonos sólidos y constantes reiteraciones cromáticas, se las arregla para crear algo único. Hollingsworth es uno de los mejores coloristas de la industria pero aquí logra algo realmente admirable.El triunfo de Hawkguy se apoya en dos premisas: una sensibilidad retro que se traduce en una estructura narrativa muy amena y la naturaleza episódica del título. A diferencia del centenar de cómics Marvel que vemos cada mes, Hawkeye nunca –ni siquiera una sola vez– cae en la trampa del arco argumental de 6 números. Al contrario, la mayoría de los números son aventuras auto-conclusivas, que pueden disfrutarse independientemente de las demás. De hecho, la saga más grande del primer volumen es "La cinta" (con ilustraciones de Javier Pulido), que abarca dos números. No puedo recordar la última vez que vi a alguien haciendo una historia en dos partes. Es algo que ya no se ve hoy en día. Todos los escritores deberían olvidarse del arco argumental de 6 números, tal como lo hace Fraction.La estructura narrativa, por otro lado, es bastante chistosa. Fraction baraja las páginas como si fueran naipes, jugando con el tiempo y el orden secuencial de los eventos. Pero hay una constante, al menos en la mitad de los 11 números del volumen, Hawkguy se pelea contra sus enemigos, sobre todo con la mafia rusa, mano, y es golpeado en la cabeza; luego es dejado inconsciente y/o es secuestrado temporalmente por los rusos, mano, o por alguien más, y entonces es humillado o ridiculizado por su torpeza. Gracias al saturado y caprichoso tono de Fraction, estos momentos son más y más divertidos en cada número, resaltando el hecho de que Hawkguy es un hombre promedio, sin poderes, amuletos mágicos o tecnología ultra-avanzada. Irónicamente, este superhéroe sin superpoderes se convirtió en un personaje súper-popular en el 2012, recibiendo muchas nominaciones al Eisner. He estado esperando más de un año para poner mis manos en la edición de lujo en tapa dura y me entusiasma poder sujetarla en estos momentos. Sin duda la espera valió la pena. Debo darle las gracias al buen amigo que me la envió como regalo de navidad.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/12/hawkeye-vol-1-fraction-aja.html

JLA Earth 2 - Grant Morrison Frank Quitely

JLA Earth 2 - Grant Morrison Frank Quitely

By Arion in Blog on December 19, 2013

The good guys always win. Evildoers are doomed to a life of failure. Superman always defeats Lex Luthor, Batman always kicks Joker’s ass. Traditional superhero comics have focused, for decades, on the triumph of the forces of good. Any reader knows this, but this is isn’t a surprise, after all, even when we go to the movies we expect to see the good guys victorious at the end.  Obstacles can be hard, villains can be dangerous. None of it matters. If you have your heart on the right side, then you shall be blessed with a happy ending. Grant Morrison, like any other reader, knows this. But instead of simply ignoring the conventionalisms of the superhero genre, he tweaks them a little bit. If superheroes are the undisputed champions of our world, what would happen in a mirror dimension, in which everything works backwards? Crime Syndicate of Amerika / Sindicato del Crimen de AmerikaIn this second planet Earth, the good guys always lose, evil plans are always successful. The Crime Syndicate of Amerika reigns supreme in a world plagued by corruption, depravation and malevolence. Ultraman (the equivalent of Superman) has defeated Lex Luthor over and over again. But as Earth’s last superhero, Luthor must never surrender; and so he uses his genius and his intellect to subdue the CSA. Luthor’s strategy is brilliant. Using alien technology he travels to our world, a world inhabited by noble men and women, a world protected by the Justice League of America. The first time I saw the Crime Syndicate of Amerika was in the pages of Crisis on Infinite Earths. Ultraman (Superman), Owl-Man (Batman), Superwoman (Wonder Woman), Johnny Quick (Flash) and Power Ring (Green Lantern) are powerless before the antimatter wave that is devouring the universe. And although their appearance is brief, there was something very appealing about this group of villains inspired in the world’s greatest heroes. Morrison, of course, explores the fascinating dynamics of a world dominated by the CSA. And what’s even more impressive is the way in which the Scottish writer fleshes out the personalities of these 5 despots. Ultraman is the opposite of Superman, he has no respect for privacy and with his superior abilities he spies on every single person in the world. He is the Orwellian Big Brother but exponentially more powerful.Superwoman’s secret identity in this parallel dimension is Lois Lane. But she isn’t the Lois Lane we know: a honest, hardworking and loyal reporter. She is a liar and a provocateur. In fact she cheats on Ultraman all the time, mostly with Owl-Man, but that barely covers her nymphomaniac urges, and she even participates in a degenerate game of fetishism and voyeurism with a very perverted Jimmy Olsen.Owl-Man is Bruce Wayne. His greatest enemy is his own father, Thomas Wayne; and his greatest ally is Commissioner Gordon, the most corrupted man in Gotham City. Johnny Quick has super-speed thanks to his addiction to a mysterious substance, a drug that he shoots in his arm with the ferocity of a junkie. Power Ring is also a slave of his ring, so instead of the will power of Green Lantern his main characteristic is his submissiveness. Lex LuthorWhen the JLA visits Earth 2, they think they can help this world. They even beat the CSA. But soon they understand that even without the tyrants, everyone in this world is a potential dictator, murderer or criminal. Nothing they do can ever work there. And what’s worse, during this visit, the CSA manages to break the dimensional barrier and they invade our Earth. I was very seduced by the idea of fatality. By the notion that, no matter what Lex Luthor does as a hero, he is doomed to fail. And fail he does. Because not even the JLA can bring peace to a tormented world. But, at the same time, when the CSA attacks our dimension, they are easily defeated by Aquaman and Martian Manhunter. Because that’s the way it always works in the comics: the good guys win; the bad guys never have a chance, no matter how much effort they put into it or how effective their stratagems are. Although, at the end of this original graphic novel we can’t really talk about the JLA’s triumph. Sure, they manage to save their world, but they lose the fight in the parallel dimension. There, the CSA continues to reign supreme. And this encounter between two different realities and two different states of mind has left a profound scar in those who defend justice and those who preserve injustice.Frank Quitely has some truly extraordinary pages here. I love the design of Lex Luthor’s office, and the decoration of the CSA’s bathroom. The scene between Superwoman and Jimmy Olsen is terrific, you can almost see the guy drooling over her. Morrison and Quitely once again prove why they’re one of the most sought-after creative teams. JLA Earth 2 is one of the most creative and entertaining DC graphic novels of the past decade.________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Los buenos siempre ganan. Los malhechores están condenados a una vida de fracasos. Superman siempre derrota a Lex Luthor, Batman siempre le patea el trasero al Joker. Los cómics tradicionales de superhéroes se han enfocado, por décadas, en el triunfo de las fuerzas del bien. Cualquier lector lo sabe, esto no es ninguna sorpresa, después de todo, incluso cuando vamos al cine esperamos que los buenos salgan victoriosos.  A strange bathroom meeting / una extraña reunión en el bañoLos obstáculos pueden ser difíciles, los villanos pueden ser peligrosos. Nada de esto importa. Si tienes el corazón del lado correcto, entonces serás bendecido con un final feliz. Grant Morrison, como cualquier lector, lo sabe. Pero en vez de simplemente ignorar los convencionalismos del género superheroico, los retuerce un poco. Si los superhéroes son los campeones indisputados de nuestro mundo, ¿qué pasaría en una dimensión paralela, en la que todo funciona al revés?En este segundo planeta Tierra, los buenos siempre pierden, los planes malévolos siempre son exitosos. El Sindicato del Crimen de Amerika reina supremo en un mundo plagado por la corrupción, la depravación y la malignidad. Ultraman (el equivalente a Superman) ha vencido a Lex Luthor una y otra vez. Pero al ser el último superhéroe de la Tierra, Luthor jamás debe rendirse; así que usa su genio y su intelecto para someter a la SCA. La estrategia de Luthor es brillante. Usa tecnología alienígena para viajar a nuestro mundo, un mundo habitado por hombres y mujeres nobles, un mundo protegido por la Liga de la Justicia de América. La primera vez que vi al Sindicato del Crimen de Amerika fue en las páginas de "Crisis en Tierras Infinitas". Ultraman (Superman), Owl-Man (Batman), Superwoman (Wonder Woman), Johnny Quick (Flash) y Power Ring (Green Lantern) eran impotentes ante la antimateria que devoraba el universo. Y aunque su aparición era breve, había algo muy atrayente en este grupo de villanos inspirados en los más grandes héroes del mundo.Morrison, por supuesto, explora la fascinante dinámica de un mundo dominado por la SCA. Y lo más impresionante es la forma en la que el escritor escocés perfila las personalidades de estos 5 déspotas. Ultraman es lo opuesto a Superman, no tiene ningún respeto por la privacidad y con sus habilidades superiores espía a todas las personas del mundo. Él es el gran hermano Orwelliano pero exponencialmente más poderoso. Superwoman & Jimmy OlsenEn esta dimensión paralela, la identidad secreta de Superwoman es Lois Lane. Pero ella no es la Lois Lane que conocemos: una reportera honesta, trabajadora y leal. Ella es una mentirosa y una provocadora. De hecho, le saca la vuelta a Ultraman todo el tiempo, sobre todo con Owl-Man, pero eso apenas cubre sus necesidades ninfomaníacas, e incluso participa en un juego degenerado de fetichismo y voyerismo con un Jimmy Olsen muy pervertido. Aquaman versus Power RingOwl-Man es Bruce Wayne. Su mayor enemigo es su propio padre, Thomas Wayne; y su más grande aliado es el comisionado Gordon, el hombre más corrupto de Gotham City. Johnny Quick tiene súper-velocidad gracias a su adicción a una misteriosa substancia, una droga que se inyecta en el brazo con la ferocidad de un adicto. Power Ring (Anillo de Poder) es también un esclavo de su anillo, así que en vez de tener el poder de voluntad de Green Lantern su principal característica es su sumisión.Cuando la JLA visita Tierra 2, creen que pueden ayudar a este mundo. Incluso vencen a la SCA. Pero entienden que sin los tiranos, todos en este mundo son dictadores potenciales, asesinos o criminales. Nada de lo que hagan podrá funcionar allí. Y lo peor es que, durante esta visita, la SCA se las arregla para romper la barrera dimensional e invadir nuestra Tierra.Me sedujo mucho la idea de la fatalidad. La noción de que, sin importar lo que haga Lex Luthor como héroe, está condenado a fracasar. Y fracasa. Porque ni siquiera la JLA puede traer la paz a un mundo atormentado. Pero, al mismo tiempo, cuando la SCA ataca nuestra dimensión, son fácilmente derrotados por Aquaman y Martian Manhunter. Porque así es como el asunto funciona siempre en los cómics: los buenos ganan, los malos nunca tienen ni una oportunidad, sin importar cuánto se esfuercen o qué tan efectivas sean sus estratagemas. Aunque, al final de esta novela gráfica original no podemos hablar realmente de un triunfo de la JLA. Claro que salvan su mundo, pero pierden la pelea en la dimensión paralela. Allí, la SCA continúa al mando. Y este encuentro entre dos realidades diferentes y dos estados mentales deja una profunda cicatriz en aquellos que defienden la justicia y aquellos que preservan la injusticia.Frank Quitely tiene algunas páginas verdaderamente extraordinarias. Me encanta el diseño de la oficina de Lex Luthor, y la decoración del baño de la SCA. La escena entre Superwoman y Jimmy Olsen es estupenda, casi podemos ver cómo el chico se babea por ella. Morrison y Quitely una vez más demuestran por qué son uno de los equipos creativos más premiados. "JLA Earth 2" es una de las novelas gráficas de DC más creativas y entretenidas de la última década.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/12/jla-earth-2-grant-morrison-frank-quitely.html

Preview: Trish Out of Water #3

Preview: Trish Out of Water #3

By Rui Esteves in Blog on December 16, 2013

CoverTRISH OUT OF WATER #3 Vince Hernandez ­ Story / Giuseppe Cafaro ­ Art / Ruben Curto, Manuela Nerolini & Mad5 Factory - ColorsWhen her life comes crashing down on her "literally" Trish discovers she is more alone than she ever could have anticipated! After the startling revelation at the conclusion of last issue, Trish must now deal with a devastating tidal wave that threatens to destroy what little remains in her life, as well as an even more shocking discovery that she may indeed be the cause of everything terrible that is happening to her!Aspen's own Vince Hernandez is joined by the artistic talents of Giuseppe Cafaro to bring to you Aspen¹s newest hit series, TRISH OUT OF WATER!TRISH OUT OF WATER #3 is in stores December 18th, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Cover BFollow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/12/preview-trish-out-of-water-3.html

The Best of Milligan McCarthy

The Best of Milligan McCarthy

By Arion in Blog on December 15, 2013

Half a year ago I was reading Dark Horse’s solicitations and I found “The Best of Milligan & McCarthy”. I had no idea it was a gorgeous, deluxe edition. I just paid attention to the names. I’ve been a big fan of Peter Milligan and Brendan McCarthy for over a decade.As British authors they both honed their abilities in the pages of 2000AD, Milligan as a writer and McCarthy as an artist. Together, they were an amazing creative team. I admired Milligan’s narrative talent in “Dark Night, Dark City” one of my favorite Batman sagas (3 brilliant issues), I was fascinated by his reinterpretation of Shade, the Changing Man for Vertigo in the 90s and I loved his X-Force and X-Statix for Marvel a few years ago. As for McCarthy, his art on some Judge Dredd stories frightened me when I was around 8 or 9 years old; he was that good. Because, you see, there is always a certain degree of madness in McCarthy’s composition, a certain dementia in his designs, and also so much richness in his colors.  For years, I saw the works of Milligan with other artists and the art of McCarthy for other writers. And my wish was to see them together. Turns out, I had missed their greatest collaborations. Luckily for me, Dark Horse editors Mike Richardson and Brendan Wright decided it was about time to rescue some of the most wonderful comics ever published and give them the deluxe treatment they so justly deserved. Announced several months in advance, I was impatient to see the book. When I finally received it I felt like a little boy in Christmas getting the present he had been waiting for the entire year. The edition is beautiful, much better than the deluxe editions from other companies. I had so much fun reading this that I had the need to share with you, my readers, how awesome it was. By now you’ve probably read my reviews on Paradax, Rogan Gosh, Skin, Mirkin the Mystic and Freakwave. But this volume includes many other extraordinary works such as Electro Hoax, Roaring’s Rantin’s, Summer of Love, The Hollow Circus and Sooner or Later.Electro Hoax is a black and white horizontal comic strip that reunites some of Milligan’s wildest and craziest concepts. It’s quite old and here we can see McCarthy working specifically for a black and white publication. This is really the only story in traditional black and white, and later on McCarthy would surprise all his readers with his stunning coloring techniques. Most artists are either good at penciling or inking, some are good at both things, but it’s very rare to find artists that excel at penciling, inking and coloring. McCarthy is one of them.Roaring’s Rantin’s is a hilarious chronicle about two old gay men that live in the post-apocalyptic world of Freakwave. Instead of finding survivors they visit other gay men that are still ‘active’ in their social calendar, and together they have fun in some really bizarre parties that reminds us that this is, indeed, an alternative future. Some lines made me laugh until I started choking: “Stuff ‘n nonsense. I used to twist that silly little arse round me fingers”. And McCarthy’s art is so charming here, intensifying the surrealistic surroundings. "He was 17 years old, with vinegar on his lips and time on his hands" / "Él tenía 17 años, con vinagre en sus labios y tiempo en sus manos"Summer of Love is a bittersweet comic strip published in a newspaper that was declared in bankruptcy so the ending is a bit abrupt. The protagonist is a 17-year-old boy that falls in love with a girl that is obsessed with her modeling career. Together, they explore a coast town that receives neither attention nor tourism; lost in the map, this is a place that nobody gives a damn about. The Hollow Circus is a very experimental comic first included in the A1 anthology (Atomeka Press). For some, this may be a very disturbing story about a hunchback with pedophiliac tendencies, but I think this was a conscientious effort on behalf of Milligan and McCarthy to do something disturbing. They both tried something very new, thematically and artistically (here McCarthy’s highly experimental art is similar to Dave McKean’s style).Sooner or Later, finally, is the only one I was familiar with. I had the chance to read the first chapters a couple of years ago (I found them as backups in Fleetway’s edition of Alan Moore’s Halo Jones). Tony Riot and Brendan McCarthy work together as artists, and the result is spectacular.________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ McCarthy's experimental art / el arte experimental de McCarthyHace medio año estaba leyendo las solicitaciones de Dark Horse y encontré “The Best of Milligan & McCarthy”. No tenía ni idea de que se trataba de una preciosa edición de lujo. Sólo le presté atención a los nombres. He sido un gran fan de Peter Milligan y Brendan McCarthy por más de una década.Ambos autores británicos pulieron sus habilidades en las páginas de "2000AD", Milligan como escritor y McCarthy como artista. Juntos eran un asombroso equipo creativo. Admiré el talento narrativo de Milligan en “Dark Night, Dark City” una de mis sagas favoritas de Batman (3 números brillantes), me fascinó su reinterpretación de "Shade, the Changing Man" para Vertigo en los 90s y me encantó su "X-Force" y "X-Statix" para Marvel pocos años atrás. En cuanto a McCarthy, su arte en algunas historias de Judge Dredd lograba asustarme cuando tenía 8 o 9 años; era así de bueno. Porque, verán, siempre hay un cierto grado de locura en la composición de McCarthy, una cierta demencia en sus diseños, y también tanta riqueza en sus colores. Por años, vi las obras de Milligan con otros artistas y el arte de McCarthy para otros escritores. Y mi deseo era verlos juntos. Resulta que me había perdido sus más grandiosas colaboraciones. Afortunadamente, Mike Richardson y Brendan Wright, editores de Dark Horse, decidieron que ya era hora de rescatar algunos de los más maravillosos cómics jamás publicadas y darles el tratamiento de lujo que tan justamente merecían. Anunciado con varios meses de antelación, estaba impaciente por ver el libro. Cuando finalmente lo recibí me sentí como un niño pequeño en navidad recibiendo el regalo que había estado esperando todo el año. La edición es hermosa, mucho mejor que las ediciones de lujo de otras editoriales.Me divertí tanto leyendo todo esto que sentí la necesidad de compartir con ustedes, mis lectores, lo impresionante que fue. A estas alturas probablemente ya han leído mis reseñas sobre "Paradax", "Rogan Gosh", "Skin", "Mirkin the Mystic" y "Freakwave". Pero este volumen incluye muchos otros trabajos extraordinarios como "Electro Hoax", "Roaring’s Rantin’s", "Summer of Love", "The Hollow Circus" y "Sooner or Later". Milligan writes about a teen looking for work in an England ruled by Thatcher / Milligan escribe sobre un adolescente que busca empleo en la Inglaterra de Thatcher"Electro Hoax" es una tira cómica horizontal a blanco y negro que reúne algunos de los más salvajes y alocados conceptos de Milligan. Es bastante vieja y aquí podemos ver a McCarthy trabajando específicamente para una publicación a blanco y negro. Esta es realmente la única historia en blanco y negro tradicional, y después McCarthy sorprendería a todos sus lectores con sus espectaculares técnicas de coloreado. La mayoría de artistas son buenos dibujando a lápiz o entintando, algunos son buenos en ambas cosas, pero es muy raro encontrar artistas que sobresalgan en el dibujo a lápiz, en la tinta y en el coloreado. McCarthy es uno de ellos."Roaring’s Rantin’s" es una hilarante crónica sobre dos gays viejos que viven en el mundo post-apocalíptico de "Freakwave". En vez de encontrar sobrevivientes, visitan a otros gays que todavía están ‘activos’ en el calendario social, y juntos se divierten en algunas fiestas realmente bizarras que nos recuerdan que este es, de hecho, un futuro alternativo. Algunas líneas me hicieron reír al máximo: “Sandeces y tonterías. Solía darle la vuelta a ese tonto culito con mis dedos”. Y el arte de McCarthy es tan encantador, intensificando el entorno surrealista."Summer of Love" es una agridulce tira cómica publicada en un periódico que se declaró en bancarrota, así que el final es un poco abrupto. El protagonista es un chico de 17 años que se enamora de una chica que está obsesionada con su carrera de modelaje. Juntos, exploran un pueblo costero que no recibe ni atención ni turismo; perdido en el mapa, este es un lugar que no le importa a nadie."The Hollow Circus" es un cómic muy experimental incluido en la antología "A1" (Atomeka Press). Para algunos, esta puede ser una perturbadora historia sobre un jorobado con tendencias pedofílicas, pero creo que esto fue un esfuerzo conciente de parte de Milligan y McCarthy por hacer algo perturbador. Ambos probaron algo muy nuevo, temática y artísticamente (aquí el arte sumamente experimental de  McCarthy es similar al estilo de Dave McKean).Finalmente, "Sooner or Later" fue lo único que me resultó familiar. Había tenido la oportunidad de leer los primeros capítulos hace un par de años (los encontré como historias de respaldo en la edición de Fleetway del "Halo Jones" de Alan Moore). Tony Riot y Brendan McCarthy trabajan juntos como artistas, y el resultado es espectacular.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-best-of-milligan-mccarthy.html

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