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Paradax - Peter Milligan Brendan McCarthy

Paradax - Peter Milligan Brendan McCarthy

By Arion in Blog on November 10, 2013

Paradax (Al Cooper) You are a young superhero. You enjoy drinking beer and having sex with your girlfriend. But youth isn’t a synonym of happiness. After all, you need money in your wallet to buy that beer or impress your girl. In 1984, Peter Milligan and Brendan McCarthy came up with a very audacious concept: a working-class superhero.Paradax wasn’t a famous journalist like Clark Kent or a rich businessman like Tony Stark. He was never meant to be an inspirational figure or an example of virtue. This was a character that defied the status quo: 30 years ago, superheroes were supposed to be model citizens, clean, good and honest –and, of course, in their secret identities, successful professionals. For decades, the superhero genre had always embraced a very strict set of rules. Superheroes were supposed to act in certain ways, they were supposed to be altruistic, brave and decent. Well, Milligan decided to say ‘sod off’ to the old regime; it was time to implement a new one.    Paradax’s secret origin isn’t a tragic event (no parents or relatives are murdered) or a spectacular accident (no radioactive explosions). Al Cooper simply finds a yellow suit –forgotten by one of his passengers– in the back seat of his taxi. Curious, of course, he tries it on. He immediately knows that it might be ill-advised to walk down Christopher Street –a place visited mostly by gay men– wearing such a skin tight costume. But even in a “regular” street he is mocked and ridiculed.  The yellow suit / el traje amarilloAl’s girlfriend suggests a new look. And so he wears a jacket and jeans on top of his yellow suit (curiously this look has been imitated by hundreds of superheroes in the 80s and 90s). But obviously he doesn’t go out to patrol the streets or prevent bank assaults. He simply stays indoors, in his messy and dirty apartment, having sex with his girlfriend and drinking beer. Al Cooper realizes that the suit gives him the power to phase through solid objects. And that means he could make a fortune stealing bank vaults. In the end, however, he’s convinced by his girlfriend and his manager that he could earn more money as a legitimate superhero. And thus, the adventures of Paradax begin.There are some similarities between Milligan’s Paradax and Grant Morrison’s Zenith (the ‘jacket’ look, the youthfulness, the chrematistic interest, the antihero approach). Milligan’s whimsical proposal relies heavily on satire and parody, whereas Morrison intends to deconstruct the superhero mythos and to reinvent it under a different light (much like Alan Moore did with Miracleman in the 80s).Brendan McCarthy pencils, inks and colors Paradax. His pages are a psychedelic party that never ends. McCarthy transfers movement and a very special rhythm to this young hero, without forgetting the importance of sensuality. Yes, sex is a big part of this title, and that is made clear since the beginning. There is such a powerful irreverence in McCarthy’s designs and in Paradax’s unexpected acts: pissing on the street or opening a can of beer (the eruption of foam is like a metaphor for ejaculation) or simply wearing underwear that no honorable superhero –not even the champions of having underclothing outside their pants– could tolerate.“Paradax erupted from left field, scruffily iconoclastic and filled with the joie de vivre of an earlier comic book age. Paradax behaved like a hooligan in fancy dress getting drunk at a somber black-tie event”. I totally agree with this. Although short lived, Paradax is pure life; perhaps, like those famous rock stars that die young, Al Cooper was doomed to outshine all others and finally be consumed. I don’t know how Milligan does it, but he makes us recover that longing for a more exciting life. Al Cooper isn’t a rock star, though; he spends most of his time doing what any other guy of his age would do. It’s all very quotidian and yet very rich. And I guess that proves that the weirdest settings are those that are closest to us: the most exotic land a superhero can inhabit is his own filthy couch in the middle of a smelly and untidy room.________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ pissing on the streets and drinking beer / meando en la calle y tomando cervezaEres un joven superhéroe. Disfrutas tomando una cerveza y follando con tu enamorada. Pero la juventud no es sinónimo de felicidad. Después de todo, necesitas dinero en tu billetera para comprar esa cerveza o impresionar a tu chica. En 1984, Peter Milligan y Brendan McCarthy desarrollaron un concepto muy audaz: un superhéroe de la clase obrera. Paradax no era un periodista famoso como Clark Kent o un rico hombre de negocios como Tony Stark. No era una figura que sirviese de inspiración, ni un ejemplo de virtud. Este era un personaje que desafiaba el statu quo: hace 30 años, se suponía que los superhéroes debían ser ciudadanos modelos, hombres limpios, buenos y honestos –y, por supuesto, en sus identidades secretas, profesionales exitosos. Por décadas, el género superheroico se había aferrado a reglas muy estrictas. Los superhéroes debían actuar de cierta manera, debían ser altruistas, valientes y decentes. Bueno Milligan decidió decirle al viejo régimen 'a tomar por culo'; ya era hora de implementar algo nuevo.El origen secreto de Paradax no es un evento trágico (no hay padres o familiares asesinados) o un accidente espectacular (no hay explosiones radioactivas). Al Cooper simplemente encuentra un traje amarillo –olvidado por uno de sus pasajeros– en el asiento trasero de su taxi. Curioso, por supuesto, se lo prueba. Y de inmediato se da cuenta que no sería apropiado pasear por la Calle Christopher –un lugar merodeado sobre todo por gays– usando un atuendo tan apretado. Pero incluso en una calle "normal" la gente se burla de él y lo ridiculiza.  Al Cooper & Kopper KeenLa enamorada de Al le sugiere un nuevo look. Así que él se pone una chaqueta y unos jeans encima del traje amarillo (curiosamente, este look ha sido imitado por cientos de superhéroes en los 80 y 90s). Pero obviamente él no sale a patrullar por las calles ni a prevenir asaltos de banco. Él simplemente se queda bajo techo, en su desordenado y cochino departamento, y tiene sexo con su enamorada y toma cerveza. The weirdest villains in the world / los villanos más raros del mundoAl Cooper descubre que el traje la da el poder de atravesar objetos sólidos. Y eso significa que podría ganar una fortuna robando las bóvedas de los bancos. Al final, sin embargo, su enamorada lo convence para que gane dinero como un superhéroe legítimo. Y de este modo, comienzan las aventuras de Paradax.Hay algunas similitudes entre el Paradax de Milligan y el Zenith de Grant Morrison (el look ‘chaqueta’, la juventud, el interés crematístico, el enfoque antihéroe). La irónica propuesta de Milligan se apoya firmemente en la sátira y en la parodia, mientras que Morrison intenta deconstruir el mito del superhéroe y reinventarlo bajo una luz diferente (tal como hizo Alan Moore con Miracleman en los 80).Brendan McCarthy dibuja a lápiz, entinta y colorea Paradax. Sus páginas son una fiesta psicodélica que nunca termina. McCarthy transfiere movimiento y un ritmo muy especial a este héroe juvenil, sin olvidar la importancia de la sensualidad. Sí, el sexo es parte esencial de este título, y eso resulta claro desde el inicio. Hay una irreverencia tan poderosa en los diseños de McCarthy y en los inesperados actos de Paradax: mear en la calle o abrir una lata de cerveza (la erupción de la espuma es como una metáfora de la eyaculación) o simplemente usar calzoncillos que ningún honorable superhéroe–ni siquiera los campeones de llevar la ropa interior encima de los pantalones– podría tolerar.“Paradax erupcionó desde el campo de la izquierda, desaliñadamente iconoclasta y lleno de un joie de vivre propio de las eras tempranas del cómic. Paradax se comportaba como un hooligan en un traje de gala emborrachándose en un sombrío evento de corbatas negras”. Estoy totalmente de acuerdo. Aunque de corta duración, Paradax es vida pura; tal vez, como esas famosas estrellas de rock que murieron jóvenes, Al Cooper estaba condenado a deslumbrar a todos y finalmente ser consumido. No sé cómo Milligan lo logra, pero nos hace recuperar ese anhelo por una vida más excitante. Aunque Al Cooper no es una estrella de rock; de hecho, pasa la mayor parte de su tiempo haciendo lo que haría cualquier chico de su edad. Todo es muy cotidiano y, no obstante, muy rico. Y supongo que eso demuestra que los escenarios más extraños son aquellos que nos resultan más cercanos: la tierra más exótica que puede habitar un superhéroe es su propio sofá mugriento en medio de una maloliente y desordenada habitación. Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/11/paradax-peter-milligan-brendan-mccarthy.html

Young Avengers # 10 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie

Young Avengers # 10 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie

By Arion in Blog on November 8, 2013

For most people, Mother’s Day is a happy occasion, albeit slightly smeared by the corporate interests of the greeting cards industry. For the Young Avengers, on the other hand, Mother’s Day is the most miserable moment of the year. Mother, the inter-dimensional demon accidentally summoned by Billy (Wiccan) is still at large. And that means the Young Avengers are still in danger. One of my favorite pages shows just how ferocious this devilish woman can be: she devours a caption. I love the way in which Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie have pushed the boundaries of the fourth wall, and this is a clever example of the narrative style they have developed in earlier issues. Gillen finally starts showing us that Loki isn’t the sweet kid we thought he was (although, seriously, how sweet can the god of mischief be?). He has been plotting all along. Poisoning the mind of Billy and making Teddy (Hulkling) feel insecure about his boyfriend. By effectively ruining the loving relationship between these two boys, Loki is manipulating Billy’s existence, just enough so that his destiny as the galaxy’s mightiest demiurge might be fulfilled. “Imagine all realities as a deck of cards, and you with the hands born to shuffle”, says Thor’s brother.The conversation between Loki and the demoniac Mother is especially revealing. But Leah’s presence is also an interesting turn of events. Now, I must confess I have never read Gillen’s Journey Into Mystery, but I understand is one of Marvel’s best series of recent years, and I think I understand why. The mystery between Leah of Hel and Loki of Asgard was fully explored in Journey Into Mystery, but it’s also present in these pages. Mother, inter-dimensional demon / Madre, demonio inter-dimensionalNow Leah has deceived Teddy. She has convinced him that he needs a “special group therapy”. And when Teddy agrees to be a part of one of these highly unorthodox counseling sessions, he runs into an old acquaintance of Ms. America, three Marvel Boy’s ex-girlfriends (a Kree female, a human girl and Oubliette, the Exterminatrix) and the evil Patriot that kidnapped Speed in issue # 6. Teddy realizes he has willingly walked into a trap, and what is worse, after weeks of being weakened by Leah’s powerful magical enchantments, he can no longer break free. Every month, the first book I read is Young Avengers. I’m always very excited to find out what has happened. And every month there is a great cliffhanger that leaves me completely surprised. And then I impatiently wait an entire month to read the next issue. This time, however, not only the cliffhanger was unexpected but the whole poker game, there isn’t one card that trumps the other but rather a combination of cards that will turn any reader into a compulsive gambler. I’m already betting on what might be some of the possible outcomes.Of course, the end of the second volume of Young Avengers wouldn’t have been as impressive without the superb art of Jamie McKelvie. Through his immaculate and symbolic designs, McKelvie blurs gender lines and mocks male superiority. Perhaps this is made evident in one particular moment of rage, in which Teddy turns into Hulkling and literally rips off not only his t-shirt (as the original Hulk always did) but also his pants (luckily for him, beneath his regular clothes he’s wearing his unstable molecules costume, so nudity is avoided). McKelvie’s drawings also play on contemporary anxieties about sexual expression (and repression).Did you miss my previous posts about Young Avengers? Worry not, my friends, and check out the following links:Volume 1Young Avengers # 1Young Avengers # 2Young Avengers # 3Young Avengers # 4Young Avengers # 5Volume 2Young Avengers # 6Young Avengers # 7Young Avengers # 8Young Avengers # 9________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Loki manipulate Billy's mind / Loki manipula la mente de BillyPara la mayoría de las personas, el día de la madre es una ocasión feliz, aunque ligeramente mancillada por los intereses corporativos de la industria de tarjetas de saludos. Para los Jóvenes Vengadores, por el contrario, el día de la madre es el momento más miserable del año.Madre, el demonio inter-dimensional invocado accidentalmente por Billy (Wiccan) sigue en libertad. Y eso significa que los Jóvenes Vengadores aún están en peligro. Una de mis páginas favoritas muestra qué tan feroz es esta diabólica mujer: ella devora un cuadro de texto. Me encanta la manera en la que Kieron Gillen y Jamie McKelvie han empujado las fronteras de realidad y ficción, y este es un ejemplo muy astuto del estilo narrativo que han desarrollado en números anteriores.Gillen finalmente empieza a mostrarnos que Loki no es el dulce niño que habíamos pensado que era (aunque, en serio, ¿qué tan dulce puede ser el dios de los engaños?). Él ha estado conspirando todo este tiempo. Envenenando la mente de Billy y haciendo que Teddy (Hulkling) se sienta inseguro con su enamorado. Al arruinar la relación entre estos dos chicos, Loki está manipulando la existencia de Billy, lo suficiente para que se cumpla su destino como el más poderosos demiurgo de la galaxia. “Imagina todas esas realidades como un mazo de cartas, y a ti como las manos nacidas para barajarlas”, dice el hermano de Thor. Group therapy / terapia grupalLa conversación entre Loki y la demoniaca Madre es especialmente reveladora. Pero la presencia de Leah es también un giro interesante. Debo confesar que nunca he leído Journey Into Mystery de Gillen, pero entiendo que es una de las mejores series de Marvel de los últimos años, y creo que sé por qué. El misterio entre Leah de Hel y Loki de Asgard fue explorado por completo en Journey Into Mystery, pero también está presente en estas páginas. Hulking rips off his pants / Hulkling destroza sus pantalonesLeah ha engañado a Teddy. Ella lo ha convencido de que necesita una "terapia grupal especial". Y cuando Teddy acepta ser parte de estas sesiones tan poco ortodoxas, se encuentra con un viejo conocido de Ms. America, con tres ex-enamoradas de Marvel Boy (una hembra Kree, una chica humana y Oubliette, la Exterminatrix) y con el malvado Patriot que secuestró a Speed en el número 6. Teddy se da cuenta de que caído voluntariamente en una emboscada, y lo que es peor, después de semanas de ser debilitado por los poderosos hechizos de Leah, ya no es capaz de huir.Cada mes, lo primero que leo es Jóvenes Vengadores. Siempre me emociona saber qué ha pasado. Y todos los meses quedo impaciente por saber qué sucederá en la próxima entrega. Y hay que esperar todo un mes. Esta vez, sin embargo, no sólo la última escena fue inesperada sino todo el juego de póker; no hay una carta que le gane a las demás sino, más bien, una combinación de cartas que convertirán a todos los lectores en apostadores compulsivos. Yo ya estoy apostando sobre cuáles podrían ser algunos de los desenlaces posibles.Por supuesto, el final del segundo volumen de los Jóvenes Vengadores no habría sido tan impresionante sin el soberbio arte de Jamie McKelvie. A través de sus diseños inmaculados y simbólicos, McKelvie difumina las líneas de género y se burla de la superioridad masculina. Tal vez esto se hace evidente en un particular momento de ira, en el que Teddy se convierte en Hulkling y literalmente destroza no sólo su camiseta (tal como siempre pasaba con el Hulk original) sino también sus pantalones (afortunadamente para él, debajo de sus ropas está usando su uniforme de moléculas inestables, así que la desnudez logra evitarse). Los dibujos de McKelvie también juegan con las ansiedades contemporáneas en relación a la expresión (y represión) sexual.¿Se perdieron los posts anteriores de Jóvenes Vengadores? No se preocupen, amigos míos, y revisen los siguientes links:Volumen 1Young Avengers # 1Young Avengers # 2Young Avengers # 3Young Avengers # 4Young Avengers # 5Volumen 2Young Avengers # 6Young Avengers # 7Young Avengers # 8Young Avengers # 9Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/11/young-avengers-10-kieron-gillen-jamie.html

October comic books / cómics de octubre

October comic books / cómics de octubre

By Arion in Blog on November 6, 2013

While you were out there celebrating Halloween, I was a happy prisoner of a veritable mountain of good comics! Some were simply good (Night of the Living Dead, New Mutants), others were very good (Thor: God of Thunder) and others were a masterpiece (Sandman: Endless Nights). I had a wonderful triple dose of Quitely: Sandman: Endless Nights (it’s so great that I had to mention it at least twice), Jupiter’s Legacy (I must write about it on a future post) and Earth 2 (Morrison’s story is very impressive and those Quitely pages are gorgeous). I hadn’t read any good Jeph Loeb comic in the past decade or so, but I enjoyed these issues of Nova, I don’t know if the protagonist (Sam) is Jeph’s homage to his own deceased son (Sam Loeb), but I certainly liked the idea of a kid following his father’s example (in real life Sam Loeb wrote comics just like his father did). I had fun with the reprint of the classic Wally Wood’s Thunder Agents. And I got bored with Wood’s Ultimate X-Men. But if I talk only about new releases, what I probably enjoyed the most this month was the first issues of Three (Gillen is quickly becoming one of my favorite new British writers) and Sex Criminals (by far, my favorite Matt Fraction creator-owned property… I don’t know why, but I was very disappointed by Fraction’s Casanova and Satellite Sam; and for a long time I thought he was only good writing Iron Man, FF or Defenders for Marvel but turns out that Sex Criminals is a brilliant series with a very seductive concept). And now, without further ado, here are October comics as per solicitations. 100 PENNY PRESS THUNDER AGENTS CLASSIC (W) Larry Ivie, Len Brown (A) Wally Wood, Reed Crandall (CA) Wally Wood. The origins of the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents' remarkable powers are revealed in three short yet action-packed stories for only one dollar! This bargain-priced collection of stories is a must-read for comic fans that want to know more about the beginnings of the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. universe! AMERICAS GOT POWERS #7 (OF 7)(W) Jonathan Ross (A/CA) Bryan Hitch. story JONATHAN ROSS art / cover BRYAN HITCH  Too many Americans with too many powers...so the government decides it's time to wipe them all out and start from scratch. Nobody ever said it would be easy. GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #6 (W) Brian Michael Bendis, Neil Gaiman (A/CA) Sara Pichelli • The blockbuster new series hits hard as Marvel's newest superstar Angela comes right for the Guardians! • Round one is Gamora versus Angela…with an entire universe at stake! • All that and comics legend Neil Gaiman joins the award-winning Ultimate Spider-Man team of Bendis and Pichelli in this one-of-a-kind comic book event! JLA EARTH 2 DELUXE EDITION HC (W) Grant Morrison (A/CA) Frank Quitely The amazing original graphic novel from the ALL-STAR SUPERMAN creative team of writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely is back in a new deluxe edition hardcover, that includes a gallery of preliminary art that's never been published before! Ultraman, Owlman, Power Ring, and Johnny Quick rule their world without mercy or opposition, until the sudden appearance of Superman, Batman and the rest of the Justice League! Realties clash as the Justice League travels to an alternate reality to face off against distorted mirror images of themselves… This Deluxe Edition features a new cover by Frank Quitely, plus previously unpublished sketch material and more. JUDGE DREDD CLASSICS #3 (W) John Wagner (A) Carlos Ezquerra (CA) Jim Fern. 'The Apocalypse War' starts here! Long-contained tension between Mega-City One and East-Meg One is about to explode. East-Meg One's Diktatorat has successfully infected all the citizens of Dredd's city with Block Mania! What will Dredd do to contain this madness, and what else do the Sov forces have in mind?!  JUDGE DREDD CLASSICS #4 (W) John Wagner, Alan Grant (A) Carlos Ezquerra (CA) Jim Fern. 'Apocalypse War' rages on in vibrant new color! Mega-City One retaliates against the East-Meg forces by attempting to nuke their city to kingdom come! The Sov forces have a trick up their sleeves, though, and with the Chief Judge out of commission, it looks like Dredd will have to take the reigns of resistance! JUPITERS LEGACY #3 (MR) (W) Mark Millar (A/CA) Frank Quitely. The heroes conspire to overthrow The Utopian, discontent rumbling in the bars and the clubs where the superheroes get wasted and complain how much he's been holding them all back with his old-fashioned ideas of power and responsibility. There's a new world out there if they will only grasp it. But what is his daughter's secret and how will it change things forever for their family? NEW MUTANTS #39  Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (W) • Leo Fernandez (A) Cover By Kris Anka • Trapped On An Island Consumed By A Super Virus, The New Mutants Fall One By One To The Monstrous Infection...And Begin To Change. • Can Warlock Keep The Virus In Check, Even If It Means Going Against His Friends? 32 Pgs./Rated T+ ?$2.99 NEW MUTANTS #40 • Part 3 Of 3! • The New Mutants Have Fallen! Only Cypher And Warlock Remain • Can They Stop The Virulent Mutation Of The Animator Before It Engulfs The Whole World? NIGHT O/T LIVING DEAD AFTERMATH #1 (MR)(W) David Hine (A) German Erramouspe (CA) Raulo Caceres This Halloween, David (Civil War X-Men) Hine defines a horrific era of fear with the new ongoing Night of the Living Dead! Set in the excess of the late 1970s we follow the world as it has evolved with the zombie threat, a disaster they thought they had under control. When the city is locked down with quarantine, a group of survivors finds out the hard way that even with the undead, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. And in this case it means a female punk rock zombie fetishist has to grow up in a hurry when her hedonistic boyfriend is bitten by a real ghoul. No more fun and games - it's time for a horror tale that rips you out of the safe zone with a fast paced violent survival story. Tired of no shambling ghouls in your favorite undead comics® It is the next evolution in the undead and you can't afford to miss out on this year's biggest zombie chronicle! Available with Regular Wraparound, or Gore cover by Raulo Caceres, a special Terror Retailer Incentive by Caceres, and don't miss the ultra-limited, fully-painted, original art cover on this month's NLD Day of the Undead graphic novel that is also a Retailer Incentive for this issue.  NOVA #4 NOW (W) Jeph Loeb (A/CA) Ed McGuinness The comic everyone is talking about continues! • The mysteries surrounding the disappearance of Sam's dad deepen and the helmet leads Nova into intergalactic conflict that will affect the entire Marvel Universe! NOVA #5 NOW (W) Jeph Loeb (A/CA) Ed McGuinness • The origin of the most talked about new character of the year comes to a shattering conclusion. • Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness, two of the most popular creators in comics, bring you an Infinite-ly dramatic turning point in the life of Nova as he discovers that something out in the galaxy is threatening everything he knows. SANDMAN ENDLESS NIGHTS TP NEW EDITION (MR) (W) Neil Gaiman (A) Glenn Fabry & Various (CA) Dave McKean. The classic short story collection by Neil Gaiman and a host of internationally renowned artists is now available in a new trade paperback at DC's standard trim size. Alternately haunting, bittersweet, erotic and nightmarish, the seven stories in this book-one for each of the Endless siblings, each illustrated by a different artist-reveal strange secrets and surprising truths about The Endless.  SEX CRIMINALS #1 (MR) (W) Matt Fraction (A/CA) Chip Zdarsky. A SEX COMEDY FOR COMICS Suzie's a normal girl with an extraordinary ability: when she has sex, she stops time. One night she meets John...  who has the same gift. And so they do what any other sex-having, time-stopping, couple would do: they rob banks. In the vein of THE 40-YEAR OLD VIRGIN and BRIDESMAIDS, Image Comics invites you to come along with MATT FRACTION (Hawkeye, SATELLITE SAM) and CHIP ZDARSKY  (Prison Funnies, Monster Cops) for the series that puts the 'comic' back in 'comics' and the 'sexy' back in 'sex crimes.' SIDEKICK #3 (MR) (W) J. Michael Straczynski (A/CA) Tom Mandrake,  HiFi. Flyboy finds himself increasingly under the seductive spell of one of the Moonglow Twins, who leaves no memory of her actions the next morning.  Driven by a subconscious memory of their dangerous affair, and by his abject failure to get anyone in his home town to take him seriously, Flyboy decides to leave behind his current heroic identity and reinvent himself as a totally different hero in another part of the country.  But everything that can go wrong, does go wrong, and he must face an even more humiliating defeat before the eyes of the world. 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. THOR GOD OF THUNDER #5 NOW (W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Esad Ribic • The shocking finale of our opening salvo…! • As three Thors from three eras race to stop the God Butcher, the full extent of his vicious scheme takes terrifying shape. THOR GOD OF THUNDER #6 NOW(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Esad Ribic GODBOMB Part One • Somewhere at the end of the time, all the gods of the universe are enslaved, working to build a machine that will forever change the face of creation. • What is...the Godbomb? And what can Thor, the last free god in all the cosmos, do to stop it? THOR GOD OF THUNDER #8 NOW (W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Esad Ribic GODBOMB Part Two of Five • Thor in chains. Gorr transcendent. All hope for divinity lost. As the clock ticks down on one very large bomb, as enslaved gods look to the skies for a savior, enter...the Girls of Thunder? THOR GOD OF THUNDER #9 NOW (W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Esad Ribic GODBOMB Part Three of Five Three Thors, side by side at last, united in battle! But will even that be enough, as Gorr the God Butcher's grand plan nears completion and his powers grow beyond anything we've seen before…? THREE #1 (W) Kieron Gillen (A) Ryan Kelly, Jordie Bellaire (CA) Jordie Bellaire, Ryan Kelly. When a member of the Spartan ruling class visits an isolated homestead of Helot workers, a brutal massacre is only the beginning. KIERON GILLEN (PHONOGRAM, Über, Iron Man), RYAN KELLY (Saucer County, Local) and JORDIE BELLAIRE (THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, NOWHERE MEN) unite to tell the heroic story of three slaves and their desperate attempt to escape 300 of the finest warriors who've ever lived. ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #27 (W) Brian Wood (A) Mahmud A. Asrar (CA) Dave Johnson THE EARTH-SHATTERING CONCLUSION TO 'NATURAL RESOURCES' • The big battle for Utopia is here! • Finally, some answers about Psylocke… • When the dust clears, who will lead the mutant nation? ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #28 (W) Brian Wood (A) Mahmud A. Asrar (CA) Dave Johnson 'NATURAL RESOURCES' AFTERMATH • The Kitty Pryde/Jean Grey showdown begins here! • Utopia or Tian? Make your choice. • Can Mach Two rejoin the fold? Will she? UNWRITTEN #53 (MR) (W) Mike Carey, Bill Willingham (A) Peter Gross, Mark Buckingham (CA) Yuko Shimizu. As 'The Unwritten Fables' continues, it looks like the darkest hour, but somehow things continue to get darker. Nothing stands between Mister Dark and the endless, nested worlds of reality and story-except a witch without a conscience, a prince crippled by grief and three schoolchildren who are starting to realize that they're wearing the wrong faces. WALKING DEAD #1 10TH ANNIVERSARY ED (MR) (W) Robert Kirkman (A) Tony Moore, Dave Stewart (CA) Dave Stewart, Tony Moore. The historic first issue of THE WALKING DEAD presented for the first time in FULL COLOR by colorist extraordinaire DAVE STEWART!  Along with the original covers and variants done for this issue throughout the years and tons of other bonus material. YOUNG AVENGERS #10 NOW (W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Jamie McKelvie • It's Mother's Day. Don't worry. You won't forget. She won't let you. • Who's bringing Mother presents? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Mientras ustedes estaban celebrando Halloween, yo era un feliz prisionero de una verdadera montaña de buenos cómics. Algunos fueron simplemente buenos (Night of the Living Dead, New Mutants), otros fueron muy buenos (Thor: God of Thunder) y otros fueron una obra maestra (Sandman: Endless Nights). Recibí una maravillosa dosis triple de Quitely: Sandman: Endless Nights (es tan grandioso que tenía que mencionarlo al menos dos veces), Jupiter’s Legacy (le dedicaré un post dentro de poco) y Earth 2 (la historia de Morrison es muy impresionante y las páginas de Quitely son preciosas). No había leído ningún cómic bueno de Jeph Loeb en la última década, pero disfruté con estos números de Nova, no sé si el protagonista (Sam) es un homenaje de Jeph a su propio hijo fallecido (Sam Loeb), pero ciertamente me gustó la idea de un chiquillo que sigue el ejemplo de su padre (en la vida real Sam Loeb escribió cómics al igual que su padre). Me divertí con la reimpresión del clásico Thunder Agents de Wally Wood. Y me aburrí con los Ultimate X-Men de Wood. Pero si sólo hablara de nuevas entregas, probablemente lo que más disfruté este mes fueron los primeros números de Three (Gillen rápidamente se está convirtiendo en uno de mis nuevos escritores británicos favoritos) y Sex Criminals (de lejos, mi creación original favorita de Matt Fraction... no sé por qué, pero me decepcionó mucho el Casanova de Fraction y su Satellite Sam; y por mucho tiempo pensé que él solamente era bueno escribiendo Iron Man, FF o Defenders para Marvel pero resulta que Sex Criminals es una serie brillante con un concepto muy seductor). Y ahora, sin mayores preámbulos, ahí van los cómics de octubre. 100 PENNY PRESS THUNDER AGENTS CLASSICEl origen de los THUNDER Agentes.AMERICAS GOT POWERS #7 (OF 7)Hay demasiados estadounidenses y todos tienen demasiados poderes... así que el gobierno decide que es hora de eliminarlos a todos y empezar desde cero. Claro que nadie dijo que sería fácil. GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #6ANGELA ha llegado. Primer round: ANGELA versus GAMORA.  JLA EARTH 2 DELUXE EDITION HCULTRAMAN, OWLMAN, POWER RING y JOHNNY QUICK dominan el mundo. No tienen rivales ni piedad, hasta que repentinamente aparecen Superman, Batman y el resto de la Liga de la Justicia. Es un verdadero choque entre dimensiones: la Liga ha viajado a una realidad alternativa para enfrentarse a versiones distorsionadas de ellos mismos.JUDGE DREDD CLASSICS #3La Guerra del Apocalipsis empieza aquí.JUDGE DREDD CLASSICS #4Historias clásicas de John Wagner, Alan Grant y Carlos Ezquerra.JUPITERS LEGACY #3 (MR)Los héroes conspiran para derrocar a UTOPIAN, el descontento se desborda en los bares y clubes en los que los superhéroes se emborrachan y se quejan de las ideas pasadas de moda sobre el poder y la responsabilidad. Hay un mundo entero listo para ser sujetado y exprimido. NEW MUTANTS #39  Atrapados en una isla y consumidos por un súper virus, los Nuevos Mutantes caen uno por uno. Y empiezan a cambiar. ¿Podrá WARLOCK mantener el virus a raya si es que esto significa enfrentarse a sus amigos?NEW MUTANTS #40Los Nuevos Mutantes han caído. Sólo se han salvado WARLOCK y CYPHER. ¿Podrán detener la virulenta mutación del Animador?NIGHT O/T LIVING DEAD AFTERMATH #1 (MR)Ambientado en los excesos de los 70, seguimos a un mundo que ha evolucionado con la amenaza zombi, un desastre que creyeron que estaba bajo control. Cuando la ciudad está en cuarentena, un grupo de sobrevivientes encuentran a una fanática del fetiche zombi pero su novio ha sido mordido. NOVA #4 NOW Aumenta el misterio que rodea la desaparición del papá de Sam. Y el casco dirige a Nova a un conflicto intergaláctico que afectará al universo.NOVA #5 NOW  El momento más dramático en la vida de Nova llega cuando descubre que hay algo en la galaxia que amenaza todo lo que él conoce. SANDMAN ENDLESS NIGHTS TP NEW EDITION (MR)Obra de Neil Gaiman, Glenn Fabry, Frank Quitely, Milo Manara, etc.SEX CRIMINALS #1 (MR)Una comedia de sexo en cómic. Ella es una chica normal con una habilidad extraordinaria: cuando tiene sexo, detiene el tiempo. Una noche conoce a John… quien tiene la misma habilidad. Así que hacen lo que haría cualquier pareja que detiene el tiempo al tener sexo: robar bancos.SIDEKICK #3 (MR)FLYBOY es seducido por una de las gemelas Brillo de Luna, que le hace perder la memoria. Impulsado por el recuerdo inconsciente del peligroso affaire y por su fracaso de ser tomado en serio, FLYBOY decide dejar atrás su identidad heroica y reinventarse como un héroe totalmente diferente en otra parte del país. Pero todo saldrá mal. Y el fracaso será mucho mayor.THOR GOD OF THUNDER #5 NOWLos tres Thor de eras diferentes se apresuran para detener al carnicero de los dioses, y descubren los verdaderos planes de la criatura.THOR GOD OF THUNDER #6 NOWEn algún lugar al final del tiempo, todos los dioses del universo son esclavizados, y trabajan para construir una máquina que cambiará para siempre el rostro de la creación. ¿Qué es... la bomba-dios? ¿Y qué puede hacer Thor, el último dios libre del cosmos, para detener todo esto?THOR GOD OF THUNDER #8 NOWThor está en cadenas. La esperanza de la divinidad está perdida. Y el reloj de una gran bomba se activa. Cuando los dioses esclavizados miran al cielo en busca de un salvador, llegan ¿las chicas del trueno?THOR GOD OF THUNDER #9 NOWTres Thor, por fin lado a lado, unidos en batalla. ¿Será esto suficiente ahora que el plan del carnicero de los dioses está por completarse?THREE #1Cuando un miembro de la clase dominante espartana visita una vivienda de ilotas, una brutal masacre será sólo el comienzo. Esta es la historia de tres esclavos y su desesperado intento por escapar.ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #27Es el fin de ‘Recursos naturales’. La lucha empieza aquí.ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #28La batalla por la utopía está aquí.UNWRITTEN #53 (MR)Las Fábulas No Escritas continúan. Parecía ser la hora más oscura, pero de algún modo todo se oscurece aún más. Nada se interpone entre el Señor Oscuro y los infinitos mundos de realidad e historias, excepto una bruja sin consciencia, un príncipe asediado por la culpa y tres niños de colegio que empiezan a darse cuenta que están usando el rostro equivocado.WALKING DEAD #1 10TH ANNIVERSARY ED (MR)El primer número de TWD a color.YOUNG AVENGERS #10 Es el día de la madre. No se preocupen. No lo olvidarán. Ella no lo permitirá. ¿Quién le llevará regalos a la madre?Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/11/october-comic-books-comics-de-octubre.html

Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. 11 - Yoshiyuki Sadamoto

Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. 11 - Yoshiyuki Sadamoto

By Arion in Blog on November 3, 2013

Kaworu Nagisa & Shinji IkariI’ve always been selfish, but I could not discern the degree of my own egocentrism till I was confronted with a very difficult decision. I was 16 years old when I turned my back on a person that meant the world to me. To this day, I still don’t know why I chose rejection over reconciliation, but one thing is certain: I was afraid; I was terrified of having such strong feelings for someone. I mistook a longing for companionship with weakness, and affection with vulnerability. Breaking someone else’s heart also broke mine –it shattered it to smithereens– but it’s not like I can travel back in time and fix things. I can only live my life, here and now, trying to do better. Trying to accept that, despite my initial apprehension, relationships are worth fighting for.  When I see Shinji Ikari I think of myself, at a younger age. We both had armors, shields that would protect us from the rest of the world. We would sacrifice our happiness as long as we could preserve our loneliness. But try as we may, in the end we were destined to love and be loved. Shinji opened his heart to Rei, Asuka, Misato, Kensuke and Toji. His friends brought him happiness; and their absence, suffering.  And then came Kaworu Nagisa, the fifth child. “An angel’s love is sublime, adorable, divine, beyond the imagination of man –infinitely beyond it! But it is limited to his own august order. If it fell upon one of your race for only an instant, it would consume its object to ashes. No, we cannot love men but we can be harmlessly indifferent to them; we can also like them, sometimes” (“The Mysterious Stranger”, Mark Twain). Kaworu clumsily tries to process his feelings towards Shinji; time and time again, he makes advances, he gambles on Shinji’s sexual confusion. But his advances are halted; and his bluffs, called. Shinji is captivated by this handsome boy, but in his heart shyness and selfishness finally reign supreme. The 11th volume of Neon Genesis Evangelion (comprising stages 77 through 83, “Descendant of Adam”, “The Last Messenger”, “Reaching the Boundary”, “Memories Within My Palm”, “Broken Heart” and “Final Enemy”) explores the protagonist’s fears and insecurities, in a way that forces us to discover our own deficiencies. Even an angel’s heart can be broken / incluso el corazón de un ángel puede romperse  There is a painful and sad moment in “Descendant of Adam”. After everything that they’ve experienced in previous chapters, Kaworu finally has the courage to be honest with Shinji. And Shinji rejects Kaworu. Like I’ve said before, the beauty of adolescence is ambiguity. We can’t be sure if Shinji was in love with Kaworu, and perhaps not even Kaworu can be sure of his own feelings. But what remains clear is that Kaworu left a mark in Shinji’s life, just like the angel from “The Mysterious Stranger” changed the life of the boys who were around him: “He made us drunk with the joy of being with him and of looking into the heaven of his eyes, and of feeling the ecstasy that thrilled along our veins from the touch of his hand”. When Seele orders Kaworu to fulfill his destiny, the fifth child is in an acute state of desolation. Shinji has rejected him. Shinji has turned his back on him –much in the same way that I have turned my back on others. Now Kaworu must obey Seele’s instructions. As the Angel Tabris he must provoke the third impact and bring about the destruction of all mankind. Taking control of Unit-02, Tabris destroys NERV’s barriers and finds his way towards Central Dogma. Shinji is sent in Unit-01 to fight against his friend. And here we can witness Shinji’s tragic fate, the pain beyond all measure, the agony of not knowing if his connection to Kaworu was defined by friendship or love. The fifth child describes the A.T. field –that energy signature unique only to an angel and an Eva– as “the divine boundary that humans cannot violate […] a wall that everyone possesses in their hearts”, I think that indeed we all have that wall; sometimes we manage to tear it down, and sometimes we can’t. And Shinji, just like me, had a huge and impenetrable wall that made it impossible for him to feel connected to others. And without others, he can’t define his own humanity. That is why, at the beginning of the series, Shinji didn’t give a damn about his life or possible death, and that’s why he had no intentions of saving the world. He just didn’t care.After reaching Central Dogma, Shinji only has seconds to stop the fifth child. Kaworu was created to destroy all humans; that is his destiny. But he’s Tabris, Angel of Free Will, and he refuses to accept that everything is predetermined. In order to save mankind, Kaworu decides to sacrifice himself at the hands of Shinji. This is by far the most dramatic development in Neon Genesis Evangelion and one of the most intense conflicts I’ve ever read in my entire life.  The fifth child / el quinto niñoShinji can’t do it. He doesn’t want to do it. How could he kill a boy that means so much for him? Kaworu then talks to Shinji. He reminds him of how they first met and what happened that day: Shinji told a stray kitten to stop following him, remarking that he couldn’t take care of it. Kaworu “picked up the kitten, and with his hands showed what Shinji’s choice meant”. Left alone, the animal would’ve starved to death. By breaking his neck, the last angel had proved to have a better grasp on mercy than most humans. “Let me go” had said Shinji to Kaworu. “Guys don’t like guys!”, he had affirmed. And now Ikari must deal with the consequences of his decision. He must kill Kaworu with his bare hands. And so he does, just like he did on episode 24 of the original anime series. I’ve seen that episode so many times and it always shocks me. Reading this chapter in the manga series, I felt identified with Kaworu, I could feel myself getting strangled, by emotions, by memories, by the fact that I had also been unmerciful in the past, and far from punishing others I ended up punishing myself and poisoning what little happiness I had managed to acquire so far.Kaworu was “held captive by feelings that would get him nowhere –because he was still unable to even comprehend the feelings”, but he had the courage to act upon them. Kaworu is a tragic hero, but Shinji is even more tragic. He harbors only doubts and the painful uncertainty of what might have been. I should know, because after over a decade, I still wonder what would have happened if I hadn’t said “leave me alone” at the moment when I most needed to be with someone. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Kaworu versus ShinjiSiempre he sido egoísta, pero no pude discernir el nivel de mi propio egocentrismo hasta que fui confrontado con una decisión muy difícil. Tenía 16 años cuando le di la espalda a una persona que significaba mucho para mí. Hasta este día, no sé por qué elegí el rechazo antes que la reconciliación, pero algo es seguro: estaba asustado, estaba aterrorizado al tener sentimientos tan fuertes por alguien. Confundí el anhelo de compañía con debilidad, y el afecto con vulnerabilidad. Romper el corazón de alguien también rompió el mío -lo hizo añicos- pero no puedo viajar en el tiempo y arreglar las cosas. Sólo puedo vivir mi vida, aquí y ahora, intentando ser mejor. Intentando aceptar que, a pesar de mi aprensión inicial, vale la pena luchar por una relación.Cuando veo a Shinji Ikari pienso en mí mismo, con menos años. Ambos teníamos armaduras, escudos que nos protegían del resto del mundo. Sacrificaríamos nuestra felicidad con tal de preservar nuestra soledad. Pero por más que nos empeñáramos, al final estábamos destinados a amar y a ser amados. Shinji le abrió su corazón a Rei, Asuka, Misato, Kensuke y Toji. Sus amigos le trajeron felicidad; y su ausencia, sufrimiento.Y luego llegó Kaworu Nagisa, el quinto niño. “El amor de un ángel es sublime, adorable, divino, está más allá de la imaginación del hombre –¡infinitamente más allá! Pero está limitado a su propia orden augusta. Si acaso cayese sobre uno de vuestra raza, por tan sólo un instante, consumiría su objeto hasta las cenizas. No, no podemos amar a los hombres pero podemos ser inofensivamente indiferentes a ellos; también nos pueden gustar, a veces” (“El extraño misterioso”, Mark Twain). Kaworu torpemente trata de procesar sus sentimientos hacia Shinji, una y otra vez, se lanza, apuesta por la confusión sexual de Shinji. Pero sus lances son detenidos; y pierde la apuesta. Shinji está cautivado por este atractivo chico, pero en su corazón la timidez y el egoísmo son los reyes supremos. El volumen 11 de “Neon Genesis Evangelion” (que abarca las etapas 77 a 83, “Descendiente de Adán”, “El último mensajero”, “Alcanzando el límite”, “Memorias dentro de mi palma”, “Corazón roto” y “El enemigo final”) explora los miedos e inseguridades del protagonista, de una manera que nos obliga a descubrir nuestras propias deficiencias.Hay un momento doloroso y triste en “Descendiente de Adán”. Después de todo lo que han experimentado en capítulos previos, Kaworu finalmente tiene la valentía de ser honesto con Shinji. Y Shinji rechaza a Kaworu. Como he dicho antes, lo bello de la adolescencia es la ambigüedad. No podemos asegurar que Shinji estaba enamorado de Kaworu, y tal vez ni siquiera Kaworu podía estar seguro de sus propios sentimientos. Pero si algo queda claro es que Kaworu marcó la vida de Shinji, al igual que el ángel de “El extraño misterioso” cambió la vida de los chicos a su alrededor: “Él nos embriagó con el goce de estar con él y ver el paraíso en sus ojos, y sentir el éxtasis que sacudía nuestras venas al tocar su mano”.  Unit-01 about to destroy Kaworu / Unidad-01 a punto de destrozar a KaworuCuando Seele le ordena a Kaworu cumplir con su destino, el quinto niño está completamente desolado. Shinji lo ha rechazado. Shinji le ha dado la espalda –del mismo modo que yo le he dado la espalda a otras personas. Ahora Kaworu debe obedecer las instrucciones de Seele. Como el ángel Tabris deberá provocar el tercer impacto y destruir a toda la humanidad.Al tomar el control de la Unidad-02, Tabris destruye las barreras de NERV y se abre paso hacia Dogma Central. Shinji es enviado en la Unidad-01 para pelear contra su amigo. Y aquí podemos ser testigos del destino trágico de Shinji, el dolor más allá de toda medida, la agonía de no saber si su conexión con Kaworu era definida por la amistad o el amor.El quinto niño describe el campo A.T. –esa energía que únicamente poseen los ángeles y los Eva– como “el límite divino que los humanos no pueden violar [...] un muro que todos poseen en sus corazones”, creo que de hecho todos tenemos ese muro; a veces logramos derribarlo, a veces no podemos. Y Shinji, al igual que yo, tenía un muro gigantesco e impenetrable que le imposibilitaba sentirse conectado con otros. Y sin los demás, él no podía definir su propia humanidad. Es por eso que, al comienzo de la serie, a Shinji no le importaba si vivía o moría, y no tenía ninguna intención de salvar el mundo. No le importaba.Después de llegar a Dogma Central, Shinji sólo tiene segundos para detener al quinto niño. Kaworu fue creado para destruir a todos los humanos; ese es su destino. Pero él es Tabris, ángel del libre albedrío, y se rehúsa a aceptar que todo está predeterminado. Para salvar a la humanidad, Kaworu decide sacrificarse a sí mismo a manos de Shinji. Este es de lejos el desarrollo más dramático de “Neon Genesis Evangelion” y uno de los conflictos más intensos que he leído en mi vida.Shinji no puede hacerlo. No quiere hacerlo. ¿Cómo podría matar al chico que significa tanto para él? Kaworu entonces habla con Shinji. Le recuerda la primera vez que se encontraron y lo que pasó ese día: Shinji le dijo a un gatito abandonado que no lo siguiera, remarcando que no podía hacerse cargo de él. Kaworu “recogió al gatito, y mostró con sus manos lo que significaba la elección de Shinji”. Si se quedaba solo, el animal habría muerto de hambre. Al romper su cuello, el último ángel había demostrado tener una mejor comprensión de la piedad que la mayoría de los humanos. “Déjame ir” le dijo Shinji a Kaworu. “¡A los chicos no les gustan los chicos!”, había afirmado. Y ahora Ikari debe lidiar con las consecuencias de su decisión. Debe matar a Kaworu con sus manos. Y lo hace, al igual que lo hizo en el episodio 24 del anime original. He visto ese episodio tantas veces y siempre me impresiona. Al leer este capítulo del manga, me sentí identificado con Kaworu, pude sentir como si estuviese siendo estrangulado, por emociones, por recuerdos, por el hecho de que yo también había sido inmisericorde en el pasado, y en vez de castigar a otros terminé castigándome a mí mismo y envenenando la poca felicidad que había logrado adquirir. Inside Shinji's mind / dentro de la mente de ShinjiKaworu había sido “capturado por sentimientos que no lo llevarían a ningún lado –porque él todavía era incapaz de comprender los sentimientos”, pero tuvo la valentía de actuar. Kaworu es un héroe trágico, pero Shinji es incluso más trágico. Él alberga no sólo dudas y la dolorosa incertidumbre de lo que pudo haber sido. Lo sé, porque después de más de una década, aún me pregunto qué habría sucedido si no hubiese dicho “déjame solo” en el momento en el que más necesitaba estar con alguien. Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/11/neon-genesis-evangelion-vol-11.html

Aspen Comics Exclusives For Stan Lee’s Comikaze 2013

Aspen Comics Exclusives For Stan Lee’s Comikaze 2013

By Rui Esteves in Blog on October 30, 2013

Soulfire #1 Aspen Comics has announced their creator appearances, exclusive items and list of events for this weekend’s upcoming Stan Lee’s Comikaze 2013. Aspen creators Frank Mastromauro (Overtaken, Shrugged), Peter Steigerwald (Fathom, Soulfire), Vince Hernandez (Trish Out of Water, Charismagic), Mark Roslan (BubbleGun, Broken Pieces), J.T. Krul (Jirni, All New Soulfire), Beth Sotelo (All New Fathom, Shrugged), David Wohl (All New Fathom, Legend of the Shadow Clan) and Josh Reed (All New Fathom, All New Soulfire) will be appearing at the Aspen Comics Booth #708 throughout the weekend to meet with fans, sign autographs and offer free sketches.The publisher will be offering numerous Stan Lee’s Comikaze exclusives including the world premiere launch of their final “10 for 10” series, All New Soulfire with an exclusive All New Soulfire #1 Comikaze 2013 cover by Aspen founder and series creator Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald, limited to 200 copies and only available at the Aspen Comics Booth #708. Fathom Aspen will be offering a new series of their art prints including the Aspen Comikaze 2013 print by Turner and Steigerwald limited to 50 signed and numbered editions. The publisher will also release two All New Soulfire prints by Turner, V. Ken Marion with Steigerwald limited to 50 and 75 signed and numbered editions respectively. A new Trish Out of Water print by superstar J. Scott Campbell limited to 75 signed and numbered editions will be released in addition to an All New Fathom print by Eric “Ebas” Basaldua and Steigerwald limited to 75 signed and numbered editions.“The Official Aspen Comics Panel” will take place on Saturday at 11AM in room 303AB and will include creators Frank Mastromaro, Peter Steigerwald, Vince Hernandez, Mark Roslan, J.T. Krul, David Wohl, Beth Sotelo, David Schwartz and Josh Reed as they reveal never-before-seen art for upcoming releases and open the floor to a special Q&A session with fans. Aspen will also be hosting a “How to Prepare Your Portfolio and Sample Reviews” panel on Saturday at 3:30PM in Room 308AB with creators Peter Steigerwald and Vince Hernandez. Fathom Soulfire Soulfire Trish Out of WaterFor more information on Stan Lee’s Comikaze please check: www.comikazeexpo.comFollow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/10/aspen-comics-exclusives-for-stan-lees.html

Preview: ALL NEW FATHOM #3

Preview: ALL NEW FATHOM #3

By Rui Esteves in Blog on October 30, 2013

CoverALL NEW FATHOM #3 David Wohl ­ Story / Alex Konat ­ Art / Beth Sotelo, John Starr ­ Colors / Josh Reed - LettersA new direction in the FATHOM Universe begins!Aspen Matthews attempts to return to a normal life with her fellow humans after turning down the Blue's pleas for help. However, the ice queen Vana and her deadly minions step up their machinations with a devastating attack on the surface world. Yet, the biggest surprise may be the return of one of Fathom's most instrumental characters--and someone that shares a painful past with Aspen!Writer David Wohl, artist Alex Konat and colorist Beth Sotelo team up once again to bring you the latest adventures of Michael Turner¹s most beloved creation!ALL NEW FATHOM #3 is in stores October 30th, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Cover B Sketch Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/10/preview-all-new-fathom-3.html

Narcopolis - Jamie Delano Jeremy Rock

Narcopolis - Jamie Delano Jeremy Rock

By Arion in Blog on October 28, 2013

The pursuit of happiness has long been forsaken. It has been replaced with unabashed and endless consumerism. Certainly, our century can be defined by people’s obsession to consume… either products or their own lives. We no longer live to be happy. Our one and only goal is to be good clients, loyal customers and perpetual consumers. Jamie Delano understands the zeitgeist of the 21st century and extrapolates the characteristics of our time, projecting them onto a future that feels extremely close to our present. Delano is the architect of Narcopolis, the City of Joy. In this huge metropolis all citizens max out their credit lines in order to purchase joos, a slimy substance that is consumed by 99.99% of the population. Everyone craves for MamaDream’s joos, in fact, everyone is addicted to it but they don’t know it. They enthusiastically spend their money to buy this juice, and once the money is gone they contract debts to keep on buying. Consumerism never stops, not even for a second.The protagonist, Gray Neighbor, is a hardworking man with one defect: curiosity. He wonders why Narcopolis is at war with “the enemy”, an abstract menace that causes panic in the streets of the city. He also has another weakness: unlike most citizens he enjoys reading. And he has a small collection of books, those ‘lettered artifacts’ that most people avoid touching, after all, as popular belief would have it, paper can transmit diseases and cause skin infections. Delano pays homage to sci-fi classics such as George Orwell’s “1984”, Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” and Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World”. We have a totalitarian government (“1984”), a complete rejection towards culture and books (“Fahrenheit 451”) and the illusion of a happy world (“Brave New World”). Of course the British author spices it all up with the presence of marketing and the need for people to consume and keep on consuming.  For years, Gray Neighbor has lived a quiet and anodyne life. But lately he has been making a lot of mistakes. He never watches SlickArt, the predominant form of visual entertainment (similar to this century’s pornographic videos). Besides that, he doesn’t consume joos, and because he isn’t addicted to this substance he’s not using his credit line. He’s the only citizen that has liquidity instead of debts. And that makes him a suspect. So the government sends agent Azure Love to spy on him. After all, a man that reads books and doesn’t enjoy joos may very well be a terrorist.But what’s wrong with drinking joos? Isn’t a good offer irresistible for us? And, if we forget fiction for a moment, what’s wrong with wanting to buy the latest smartphone model or a brand new car or the trendiest clothes? Well, there is nothing wrong with it as long as we are aware of the nature of desire. The human condition can be expressed as a struggle between lack and excess. As Jacques Lacan wrote once, “the word kills the thing”.  The word kills the thing because it introduces the concept of absence. Thanks to the word, it is possible for us to refer to things that are absent and that don’t even exist.  But language is never enough for us. And thus a gap is produced. Lacan also talks about the Real, that which cannot be symbolized through language, and that operates as lack, but also as an excess. The subject’s desire can never be satisfied; instead we all go on wanting more and more in a never ending process of consumption unconsciously believed to be the path to wholeness, to a primordial time previous to the absence created by the word.“In order to continue to exist, desire must have its objects perpetually absent. It’s not the ‘it’ that you want, it’s the fantasy of ‘it’”, explains Slavoj Žižek. Let’s try to understand what desires means. It would be a blatant mistake if you tell me that what you really want is the object of your desire. No. what you really want is the fantasy and the thrill of trying to find that object of desire and, because you are after a fantasy, your object of desire will be perpetually unobtainable. The bases of publicity respond to that psychoanalytical notion. Advertisers can capitalize on this knowledge by promoting and advertising such fantasies as the perfect house, the ideal holiday, a successful lifestyle, and so on. It is for these reasons that the inhabitants of Narcopolis are easy prey to the publicity of MamaDreamThe word Narcopolis comes from two Greek terms: “narcos” meaning stupor and slumber, and “polis”, meaning city. It is no surprise, then, that the people in this metropolis live in a constant state of stupor produced by the substances they ingest on a daily basis. But they can’t overcome their addiction. Because MamaDream promises them pleasure but gives them jouissance instead. Gray NeighborFor Lacan, pleasure is satisfaction. For instance, when I’m hungry I feel satisfied eating a delicious meal.  Jouissance is the opposite of relief. It’s what happens when I eat compulsively, disregarding the consequences, unaware to the pain and discomfort that I experience because of my continued consumption. That jouissance is the repetition of a trauma that permanently subverts pleasure and happiness and from which we cannot escape.Agent Love suspects that Gray Neighbor might be a dangerous, subversive individual, nonetheless she feels attracted to him. After a few weeks living together, Gray agrees to become a law enforcement agent. As much as he hates MamaDream and the soulless corporative reality in which he’s trapped, he concludes that the alternative, the ever invisible “enemy” could be much worse.  But Gray still has problems adapting to his new life. First of all, he isn’t a fan of SlickArt. Why would someone feel uncomfortable watching pornographic shows every minute of every day in the walls of countless public buildings, cafés and restaurants? Because never-ending pornography deteriorates imagination. By showing explicit penetration, ejaculation and everything in-between, porn, indeed “leaves nothing to the imagination”. But it also supersedes the order of the symbolic with a more tangible representation. What happens when a lover is confronted with the naked body of the other in all its materiality? Attraction can turn into disgust. This happens because the lover will stare at the other’s moles, pimples, excretions, etc. (elements that would have no effect on animal copulation). To be a part of the symbolic order (with its laws, conventions and images of perfection), the human subject effectively disassociates from the materiality of the body. SlickArt creates an image of physical perfection, constantly erected cocks and large genitalia that do not necessarily correspond with reality. Furthermore, by eliminating the materiality of the body, our sexual urge is “disinfected”. In second place, Gray loathes the immanent greed of the mega-corporations. In “The Sublime Object of Ideology”, Žižek argued that there is a constitutive, necessary excess within capitalism, an imbalance which, rather than weakening capitalism reveals the truth of its constitution. Capitalism is in essence a system in crisis, but a constitutive crisis which generates the upwards spiral of productivity which is the basis of the capitalist production of surplus. This is one of the reasons why capitalism could never be replaced and why it fits so well with the human psyche. Only capitalism can take advantage of the lack and the excess, of desire and jouissance. The world of tomorrow / el mundo del mañanaGray had refused to drink joos since the first chapter. And he realizes he was right when he discovers that hundreds of men and women are sucked dry by the tentacles of MamaDream. If we consider the Real as the detritus of the signifier, then it would be fair to affirm that joos is that excess, that Lacanian Real that penetrates through the pores of society. This liquid excrement remains as a void to be filled, “an excess of existence over representation”.After graduating as an agent, Gray and Love are invited to the Cathedral of Desire, a place that exemplifies very well this civilization’s ideal of entertainment. Every citizen of Narcopolis has visited the cathedral at least once. Let’s remember that the command the superego directs to the subject is, of all things, "Enjoy!". And everyone here follows that command. The only one who can protest against this command is Gray. “Wake up, Azure. You can’t love a brand. MamaDream is a FeelGood drug, not a sucking ideology”, he declares. Why does MamaDream demand complete devotion? Evidently, because she feeds on human jouissance. Far from being an anonymous brand, MamaDream needs the constant influx of jouissance from the citizens to define, even constitute itself. In the end, it’s clear that Gray and Love cannot overcome the corporation. They can’t change the world. Perhaps this is a crisis of symbolic investiture, or simply an admittance of defeat. Anyway, they have but two choices: freedom or safety. Freedom means to flee the city and no longer be a consumer, and safety means to return to their old lives and embrace the omnipotence of MamaDream. What would you choose? Jamie Delano has created a fantastic and scary world, adding layer upon layer of innovative ideas and concepts. Such an extraordinary level of complexity deserved a more thorough analysis than usual. And I must say I’ve enjoyed studying all the references included in the work of the brilliant British author. I think I’ve only scratched the surface but that will have to suffice for now. The artistic team of Jeremy Rock and Greg Waller deserves a special recognition. They pencil, ink and color the futuristic designs of Narcopolis, infusing life in all the characters and adding a much needed touch of sophistication to a world in agony.   ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Surrounded by SlickArt and joos / rodeados de SlickArt y joosLa búsqueda de la felicidad ha sido abandonada hace mucho tiempo. Ha sido reemplazada por un inacabable y descarado consumismo. Ciertamente, nuestro siglo puede ser definido por la obsesión de la gente por consumir... ya sea productos o sus propias vidas. Ya no vivimos para ser felices. Nuestro único objetivo es ser buenos clientes, compradores fieles y consumidores perpetuos.Jamie Delano entiende el espíritu de la época y extrapola las características del siglo XXI, proyectándolas en un futuro que se siente extremadamente cercano a nuestro presente. Delano es el arquitecto de Narcopolis, la Ciudad del Goce. En esta gigantesca metrópolis todos los ciudadanos exceden sus líneas de crédito para poder comprar joos (jugo), una sustancia viscosa que es consumida por el 99.99% de la población. Todos quieren el joos de MamaDream, de hecho, todos son adictos aunque no se den cuenta. Gastan su dinero con entusiasmo para comprar este jugo, y una vez que el dinero se termina, contraen deudas para seguir comprando. El consumismo nunca se detiene, ni siquiera por un segundo. El protagonista, Gray Neighbor, es un hombre trabajador con un defecto: la curiosidad. Él se pregunta por qué Narcopolis está en guerra con “el enemigo”, una amenaza abstracta que causa pánico en las calles de la urbe. También tiene otra debilidad: a diferencia de la mayoría de los ciudadanos, él disfruta con la lectura. Y tiene una pequeña colección de libros, esos 'artefactos con letras' que la mayoría evita tocar, después de todo, una creencia popular afirma que el papel puede transmitir enfermedades y causar infecciones cutáneas. Delano rinde homenaje a clásicos de la ciencia ficción como “1984” de George Orwell, “Fahrenheit 451” de Ray Bradbury y “Un mundo feliz” de Aldous Huxley. Tenemos un gobierno totalitario (“1984”), un completo rechazo hacia la cultura y los libros (“Fahrenheit 451”) y la ilusión de un mundo feliz (de la novela del mismo título). Por supuesto, el autor británico condimenta todo esto con la presencia del marketing y la necesidad de la gente por consumir y seguir consumiendo.Por años, Gray Neighbor ha tenido una vida tranquila y anodina. Pero últimamente ha estado cometiendo muchos errores. Nunca ve SlickArt, la forma predominante de entretenimiento visual (similar a los videos pornográficos de este siglo). Además, no consume joos, y como no es un adicto a esta sustancia no utiliza su línea de crédito. Él es el único ciudadano que tiene liquidez en vez de deudas. Y eso lo convierte en un sospechoso. Así que el gobierno envía a la agente Azure Love para espiarlo. Después de todo, un hombre que lee libros y que no disfruta del joos bien puede ser un terrorista. The secret of MamaDream / el secreto de MamaDream¿Pero qué hay de malo en tomar joos? ¿Una buena oferta no es irresistible para nosotros? Y, si olvidamos la ficción por un momento, ¿qué hay de malo en querer comprar el último modelo de smartphone o un auto del año o ropa de moda? Bueno, no hay nada de malo en ello siempre y cuando seamos concientes de la naturaleza del deseo. La condición humana puede expresarse como una lucha entre la ausencia y el exceso. Como escribió Jacques Lacan alguna vez, “la palabra mata a la cosa”.  La palabra mata a la cosa porque introduce el concepto de ausencia. Gracias a la palabra, nos resulta posible referirnos a cosas que están ausentes o que ni siquiera existen.Pero el lenguaje nunca es suficiente para nosotros. Y de este modo se produce una brecha. Lacan también habla de lo Real, aquello que no puede ser simbolizado a través del lenguaje, y que opera como falta pero también como exceso. El deseo del sujeto nunca puede ser satisfecho; en lugar de ello, todos queremos más y más en un proceso sin fin de consumo que creemos, inconscientemente, que es el camino a la completitud, a esa etapa primordial previa a la ausencia creada por la palabra.“Para seguir existiendo, el deseo debe tener a su objeto perpetuamente ausente. No es el 'ello' lo que queremos sino la fantasía del 'ello'”, explica Slavoj Žižek. Intentemos entender lo que significa el deseo. Sería un claro error si ustedes me dicen que lo que realmente quieren es el objeto de deseo. No. Lo que ustedes realmente quieren es la fantasía y la emoción de intentar encontrar ese objeto de deseo y, como están detrás de una fantasía, ese objeto de deseo será inalcanzable. Las bases de la publicidad responden a esta noción psicoanalítica. Los publicistas capitalizan este conocimiento al promover y propagandizar fantasías como la casa perfecta, las vacaciones ideales, un exitoso estilo de vida, etc. Es por estas razones que los habitantes de Narcopolis son presa fácil de la publicidad de MamaDreamLa palabra Narcopolis viene de dos términos griegos: “narcos” que significa estupor y sueño, y “polis”, que significa ciudad. No es una sorpresa, entonces, que la gente en esta urbe viva en un constante estado de estupor producido por las sustancias que ingieren a diario. Pero no pueden superar su adicción. Porque MamaDream les promete placer pero en vez de eso les da goce. Gray & Azure LovePara Lacan, el placer es satisfacción. Por ejemplo, cuando estoy hambriento me siento satisfecho al comer una deliciosa cena. El goce es lo opuesto al alivio. Es lo que sucede cuando como compulsivamente, olvidando las consecuencias, desatendiendo el dolor y la incomodidad que experimento a causa de mi consumo continuo. Ese goce es la repetición de un trauma que subvierte permanentemente al placer y la felicidad, y es algo de lo que no podemos escapar.La agente Love sospecha que Gray Neighbor podría ser un individuo subversivo y peligroso, no obstante se siente atraída por él. Después de algunas semanas viviendo juntos, Gray accede a convertirse en un agente de la ley. Por más que odie a MamaDream y a la realidad corporativa y sin alma en la que está atrapado, concluye que la alternativa, el siempre invisible “enemigo” podría ser mucho peor.  Pero Gray aún tiene problemas para adaptarse a su nueva vida. Para empezar, no es un fan del SlickArt. ¿Por qué alguien se sentiría incómodo viendo shows pornográficos cada minuto de cada día en las paredes de incontables edificios públicos, cafés y restaurantes? Porque la pornografía sin fin deteriora la imaginación. Al mostrar la penetración explícita, la eyaculación y todo lo demás, el porno, de hecho "no deja nada a la imaginación". Pero también suplanta el orden de lo simbólico con una representación más tangible.¿Qué sucede cuando un amante es confrontado con el cuerpo desnudo del otro en toda su materialidad? La atracción puede convertirse en asco. Eso pasa porque el amante observará en el otro los lunares, granitos, excreciones, etc. (elementos que no afectarían en nada a la cópula animal). Para ser parte del orden simbólico (con sus leyes, convenciones e imágenes de perfección), el sujeto humano efectivamente disocia la materialidad del cuerpo. SlickArt crea una imagen de perfección física, penes constantemente erectos y grandes genitales que no necesariamente se corresponden con la realidad. Más aún, al eliminar la materialidad del cuerpo, nuestro impulso sexual es “desinfectado”. En segundo lugar, Gray aborrece la codicia inmanente de las mega-corporaciones. En “El sublime objeto de la ideología”, Žižek argumenta que hay un exceso necesario y constitutivo en el capitalismo, un desbalance que en vez de debilitar al capitalismo revela su verdadera constitución. El capitalismo es en esencia un sistema en crisis, pero una crisis constitutiva que genera una espiral ascendente de productividad, lo que es la base de la producción capitalista de la plusvalía. Esta es una de las razones por las que el capitalismo jamás podría ser reemplazado así como por qué encaja tan bien con la psique humana. Sólo el capitalismo puede aprovecharse de la falta y el exceso, del deseo y el goce.Gray se había rehusado a beber joos desde el primer capítulo. Y se da cuenta de que hizo lo correcto cuando descubre que cientos de hombres y mujeres son chupados por los tentáculos de MamaDream. Si consideramos lo real como un detritus del significante, entonces sería justo afirmar que joos es aquel exceso, aquel real Lacaniano que penetra a través de los poros de la sociedad. Este excremento líquido permanece como un vacío a ser llenado, “un exceso de la existencia sobre la representación”. the Cathedral of Desire / la Catedral del DeseoDespués de graduarse como agente, Gray y Love son invitados a la Catedral del Deseo, un lugar que ejemplifica muy bien el ideal de entretenimiento de esta civilización. Todos los ciudadanos de Narcopolis han visitado la catedral al menos una vez. Recordemos que la orden que el superego dirige al sujeto es, por encima de todo, "¡goza!". Y aquí todos obedecen esa orden.El único que puede protestar contra este mandato es Gray. “Despierta, Azure. No puedes amar a una marca. MamaDream es una droga de SentirseBien, no una jodida ideología”, declara. ¿Por qué MamaDream demanda una completa devoción? Evidentemente, porque se alimenta del goce humano. Lejos de ser una marca anónima, MamaDream necesita ese influjo constante de goce de los ciudadanos para definirse e incluso constituirse. Al final, es claro que Gray y Love no pueden vencer a la corporación. No pueden cambiar el mundo. Tal vez esta es una crisis de investidura simbólica, o simplemente la aceptación de la derrota. De todos modos, tienen dos opciones: libertad o seguridad. Libertad significa huir de la ciudad y dejar de ser consumidores, y seguridad significa regresar a sus viejas vidas y aceptar la omnipotencia de MamaDream. ¿Qué decidirían ustedes? Jamie Delano ha creado un escalofriante y fantástico mundo, añadiendo capa tras capa de ideas y conceptos innovadores. Un nivel tan extraordinario de complejidad merecía un análisis más minucioso del habitual. Debo decir que he disfrutado estudiando todas las referencias incluidas en el trabajo de este brillante autor británico. Creo que apenas he arañado la superficie, pero por ahora basta. El equipo artístico de Jeremy Rock y Greg Waller merece un reconocimiento especial. Dibujan, entintan y colorean los diseños futuristas de Narcopolis, imbuyendo de vida a todos los personajes y añadiendo un muy necesitado toque de sofisticación a un mundo en agonía.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/10/narcopolis-jamie-delano-jeremy-rock.html

Tejiendo el instante - Ana Teresa Barboza (Galería Wu)

Tejiendo el instante - Ana Teresa Barboza (Galería Wu)

By Arion in Blog on October 26, 2013

my drawing / mi dibujoSomeone told to me once that I was far too smart for my own good and that I had “good memory”; I only smiled, that person was wrong. Yes, I can name the kings and queens of England in approximately correct order from William the conqueror on; I know the lives of the first Emperors of Rome from Julius Caesar to Marcos Aurelius, I can make my way with fair prowess through the Commentaries of Caesar in original Latin (provided you let me use a dictionary); I can hold forth for hours on wines and fine liquors or classical music. I am well versed in the history of art from Lascaux to Picasso, and then some. I can surprise people, or make them laugh. But if there is something that I will never be able to do, no matter how hard I try, is to withstand the coldness of some people. A very unpleasant truth was revealed to me not so long ago; and I felt a real rage when some of my friends acted so unemotionally after hearing me sharing this truth, this fact; because in this world there are some things that I can and I cannot do; what I cannot do is to tolerate the coldness, the indifference and the lack of interest that I see in some persons. That day, when I tried to communicate some horrible news, I saw all of it, it was as if I were looking straight into the heart of a machine, and that is what scares me the most in these urban-modern ages, to look at people wondering whether if they are fully human or not.I wish I had bad memory. Turns out, in the end, after days like these sometimes I can't even remember my own name. □________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Mabel Poblet Ana Teresa BarbozaEsta semana las inauguraciones empezaron temprano, de hecho, el día martes ya estaba camino a San Isidro, rumbo a la Galería Enlace. Se inauguraba la muestra “Desapariencia” de Mabel Poblet, talentosa artista cubana que llega a nuestro país con una obra de significados profundos y desarrollos minuciosos. Basta observar su cuadro principal, una serie de impresiones-miniatura en serigrafía que son colocadas con sumo cuidado, una al lado de la otra, como si fueran las escamas que permiten el movimiento de un pez, hasta que una sola imagen, mucho mayor que la suma de las partes, se va formando. Es una obra impresionante, para verla de lejos y de cerca. Su trabajo sobre discos de vinilo y otros materiales también debe ser destacado.En Enlace me encontré con mi amigo Marcos Palacios, y luego de varias copitas de vino tinto y de los deliciosos sanguchitos y bocaditos con los que nos agasajó la galería, decidimos ir a Miraflores. En Larco, en la nueva Galería Carolina de Rossi, se presentaba “La magia del color” de Enrique Galdos Rivas, artista de amplia trayectoria que nuevamente deleita al público con su inspirada pintura. El día miércoles también hubo dos eventos, por suerte, ambos estaban en ese magnífico eje cultural compuesto por el paseo Sáenz Peña y las galerías que allí se encuentran. La Galería Yvonne Sanguineti presentaba “Bipersonal” de Hernán Sosa y la Galería Wu Ediciones presentaba “Tejiendo el instante” de Ana Teresa Barboza. Ana Teresa BarbozaEn el 2011, Ana Teresa Barboza estuvo presente en la galería de Francis Wu con su muestra “Animales familiares”. Fue, de lejos, una de las mejores muestras que vi ese año. Ahora, Barboza vuelve a sorprenderme con esa combinación delicada entre tejidos y trazos finísimos. Hay pocos artistas en nuestro medio capaces de expresar tanto y con tanta sensibilidad, y hay muy pocos que poseen el talento y la dedicación para plasmar todas sus ideas y generar belleza. Ana Teresa es una de estas personas. En ella convergen el talento puro, la destreza y la pasión por el arte. “Tejiendo el instante” se convierte, por lo tanto, en una de las mejores muestras del 2013.En la Galería Yvonne Sanguineti los cuadros de Hernán Sosa se centraban en las nadadoras, tema muy presente en la historia del arte. La obra de Sosa demuestra un amplio dominio de la técnica pictórica, y sus imágenes son sumamente sugestivas. En esta ocasión, Sosa también ha utilizado el collage en algunos de sus cuadros, con muy buenos resultados.  Hernán SosaLuego de tomar algunas copas de vino tinto, me quedé conversando con Marcos Palacios, Roberto Cores, Hugo Alegre, Mónica Cuba y Tatiana Páez Sanguineti. Lo más importante es que pude encontrarme con mi amigo Max, a quien no veía desde hacía varios meses. Estuvimos hablando durante un buen rato, y de hecho también pudimos dar una vuelta por la galería de Francis Wu.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/10/tejiendo-el-instante-ana-teresa-barboza.html

Next on RGN #9

Next on RGN #9

By Rui Esteves in Blog on October 24, 2013

Transmetropolitan Vol 4 Its been a while since the last Next on RGN, almost four months, but here it is again.Since the last time we "talked" I've had the chance to travel abroad on work and on vacation, read a few books and feed the photography bug. Comics wise I've read great comics, a few good and thankfully very few bad.So, whats planed for next? The 4th Transmetropolitan'o'ton for one. Its been great (at least for me) to re-read and revisit one of my favorite series of all times.The following books will also find their way into the pages of ReadingGraphicNovels.blogspot.com: MTG: Path of Vegeance The Manhattan Projects Vol 2 Road to OZ Wolverine and the X-Men Vol 4Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/10/next-on-rgn-9.html

Aspen Comics Heads To Texas for Alamo City Comic Con

Aspen Comics Heads To Texas for Alamo City Comic Con

By Rui Esteves in Blog on October 23, 2013

Alamo 2013 Aspen Comics is returning to Texas for this weekend’s Alamo City Comic Con 2013, and will be debuting several convention exclusive items along with several popular creators. Aspen’s Frank Mastromauro (Shrugged, Overtaken), Vince Hernandez (Trish Out of Water, Charismagic), Mark Roslan (BubbleGun, Broken Pieces), Brian Buccellato (AllNew Executive Assistant: Iris, The Flash), and Paolo Pantalena (Jirni) will be appearing at the Aspen Comics Booth #’s B6, B7 and B8 throughout the weekend.In addition to creator appearances, Aspen is debuting two convention exclusive comics at the show. All New Fathom #3 will feature a special Alamo City Comic Con cover by illustrator Siya Oum, limited to 200 copies. Aspen will also be offering an Executive Assistant: Assassins #16 ACCC 2013 cover by Pantalena and Chuck Pires, limited to 200 copies, a week early at the show.The publisher will also be a featuring a new release of their industry-leading art prints including the all new Aspen Tour Print ACCC Anniversary Edition by Ale Garza and Peter Steigerwald, limited to 50 editions, a ACCC Soulfire print by Pantalena and Steigerwald limited to 50 editions, a ACCC Executive Assistant: Assassins print by Pantalena and Pires limited to 50 editions, and an ACCC Fathom print by Siya Oum limited to 40 editions.For more information on the Alamo City Comic Con please see:www.alamocitycomiccon.com Fathom #3 EA Assassins #16 Soulfire #8 Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/10/aspen-comics-heads-to-texas-for-alamo.html

Young Avengers # 9 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie

Young Avengers # 9 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie

By Arion in Blog on October 22, 2013

I don't know if it would be fair to affirm that gay teens suffer a whole lot more than straight teens. Certainly, adolescence is a complicated age, but I still think it’s much harder for gay kids who are constantly bullied, rejected by their parents and belittled by society; and if we take a look at suicide rates in teenagers we will certainly find a correlation between homosexuality and the possibility of dying. Yes, as painful as it sounds, some of these boys don't make it into adulthood. And isn’t unrequited love a risk factor for those who want to kill themselves? “The Kiss and the Make-Up” is an insightful and honest exploration of teen angst and the nature of love. The last time I saw Wiccan (Billy) and Hulkling (Teddy) in such emotional turmoil was in Avengers Children’s Crusade # 9, written by Allan Heinberg, the Young Avengers creator. In the last issue of that wonderful miniseries, Billy was depressed and his boyfriend Teddy, tried to do everything he could to cheer him up. Nothing seemed to work until Billy realizes that the future isn’t as horrible or dark as he had envisioned, and when the two boys kiss passionately, all problems seem to fade away. There was something special about this issue, so much that I chose it as the best single issue of 2012.Young Avengers # 9 (“The Kiss and the Make-Up”), might very well be a strong contender for best single issue of 2013 and I’ll explain why. Kieron Gillen started this new ongoing series by showing us how much Billy loved Teddy, but he also introduced an element of doubt. I guess love can’t be seen as a perennial certainty; on the contrary, we all know that human relationships, no matter how intense or magic, are destined to evolve. Whether the change is for the better or the worse… that’s not for us to predict. Loki knows this and he had his reasons for making Billy wonder if his altering reality powers had anything to do with finding his prince charming. Young Avengers to the rescue / Los Jóvenes Vengadores al rescateTrapped in limbo, Teddy and David kissed. Billy was already hesitating, and now, for the first time, Teddy starts having doubts too. The rest of the Young Avengers arrive in time to rescue their teammates, and after weeks of searching for Speed they decide to take a rest and make new plans. Therefore they return to Earth. And that’s where one of the most dramatic moments in the history of Young Avengers takes place: Teddy tells Billy that he’s leaving. The two teenagers cry and hug each other, they understand the reasons behind this decision but that doesn’t make it any less painful. “I see Billy shatter […] he asks me to stay the night. I say no”. When I put down the book I had to take a long breath, I was in shock, almost as if somebody had broken up with me. The emotional impact was just as strong as the one I felt reading Heinberg’s Avengers Children’s Crusade. But this time I had no way of knowing what would happen next. Gillen wisely adds to the complexity of relationships, the complicated dynamics of teen angst and gay love.Jamie McKelvie’s artistic proposal is consistent from the first to the last page. The empty space of the cover accentuates Teddy’s melancholy and prophesies his solitude, and the interior art is as sublime as ever. There is never a sign of hurriedness: there are no negligent choices in McKelvie’s deft and tidy drawing. His most elaborate designs are so neat that I can only imagine how many sketches he worked over and discarded before deciding on the final form and composition. A brilliant artist and an excellent writer turn this into the best ongoing series of 2013. Young Avengers from parallel dimensions / Jóvenes Vengadores de dimensiones paralelas________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The calm before the storm / la calma antes de la tormentaNo sé si sería justo afirmar que los adolescentes gays sufren mucho más que los heterosexuales. Ciertamente, la adolescencia es una edad complicada, pero aun así pienso que es mucho más difícil para chicos gays, quienes son constantemente atacados, rechazados por sus padres y despreciados por la sociedad; y si observamos la tasa de suicidio en adolescentes ciertamente encontraremos una correlación entre la homosexualidad y la posibilidad de morir. Sí, por doloroso que sea, algunos de estos muchachos no llegan a la adultez.¿Y cuando el amor no es correspondido, acaso no es ese un factor de riesgo para aquellos que quieren matarse? “El beso y la reconciliación” es una lúcida y honesta exploración de la angustia juvenil y la naturaleza del amor. La última vez que vi a Wiccan (Billy) y Hulkling (Teddy) en semejante caos emocional fue en Avengers Children’s Crusade # 9, escrito por Allan Heinberg, creador de los Jóvenes Vengadores. En el último número de esta maravillosa miniserie, Billy estaba deprimido y su enamorado, Teddy, hacía lo posible para intentar animarlo. Nada parecía funcionar hasta que Billy se da cuenta de que el futuro no es tan horrible ni tan oscuro como suponía, y cuando los dos chicos se besan apasionadamente, todos los problemas parecen desvanecerse. Hay algo especial en este número, tanto así que lo elegí como el mejor número único del 2012.Young Avengers # 9 (“El beso y la reconciliación”), bien podría ser un competidor a mejor número único del 2013 y explicaré por qué. Kieron Gillen empezó esta nueva colección mostrándonos lo mucho que Billy amaba a Teddy, pero también introdujo un elemento de duda. Supongo que el amor no puede ser visto como una certeza perenne; por el contrario, todos sabemos que las relaciones humanas, sin importar qué tan intensas o mágicas sean, están destinadas a evolucionar. Si es que el cambio es para mejor o peor... es algo que no podemos predecir. Loki lo sabe y tenía sus razones al hacer que Billy se preguntara si sus poderes alteradores de la realidad tuvieron algo que ver al encontrar a su príncipe azul. Billy & TeddyAtrapados en el limbo, Teddy y David se besan. Billy ya estaba dudando, y ahora, por primera vez, Teddy también empieza a tener dudas. El resto de los Jóvenes Vengadores llegan a tiempo para rescatar a sus compañeros, y después de semanas de buscar a Speed, deciden descansar y hacer nuevos planes. Por lo tanto, regresan a la Tierra. Y allí es donde ocurre uno de los momentos más dramáticos en la historia de los Jóvenes Vengadores: Teddy le dice a Billy que se va.Los dos adolescentes lloran y se abrazan, entienden las razones detrás de esta decisión pero eso no la hace menos dolorosa. “Veo a Billy destruido […] me pide que pasemos la noche juntos. Le digo que no”. Cuando solté el cómic tuve que tomar aliento, estaba en shock, casi como si alguien hubiese roto conmigo. El impacto emocional era tan fuerte como el que sentí cuando leía "Avengers Children’s Crusade" de Heinberg. Pero esta vez no tenía forma de saber qué pasaría a continuación. A la complejidad de las relaciones, Gillen sabiamente añade la complicada dinámica de la angustia juvenil y el amor gay.La propuesta artística de Jamie McKelvie es consistente desde la primera hasta la última página. El espacio vacío de la portada acentúa la melancolía de Teddy y profetiza su soledad, y el arte interior es tan sublime como siempre. Jamás hay una señal de apresuramiento: no hay elecciones negligentes en el fino e impecable dibujo de McKelvie. Sus diseños más elaborados son tan nítidos que lo único que puedo hacer es imaginar cuántos bocetos elaboró y descartó antes de decidirse por la forma y composición final. Un artista brillante y un escritor excelente hacen de esta la mejor serie mensual del 2013. Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/10/young-avengers-9-kieron-gillen-jamie.html

Review: Skullkickers Volume 3 Six Shooter on the Seven Seas

Review: Skullkickers Volume 3 Six Shooter on the Seven Seas

By Rui Esteves in Blog on October 22, 2013

Cover Last time we saw Baldy and Shorty they had just escaped Urbia after being framed for a bunch of murders. To accomplish said escape they hitched a ride in the first ship leaving Urbia's harbor.Little did they know that they were boarding the Mermaid's Bottom, a women only pirate ship. Enter the swashbuckling buccaneer ladies of the high seas.Its true, this time our heroes go on a trip around the (don't know how many) seas, with a detour by the Wild West and a pit stop at a Lovecraftian Monster's lair.Its a wild and randomly crazy story arc.How is it?Reading this volume is a crazy experience. The randomness is all the way up at eleven. Jim Zub throws new and unexpected twists left and right. But, if you've read the previous volumes, you'd won't be all that surprised about it. Skullkickers is about having fun, and fun is what you'll have when you read it.Zub finally unveils the past of one of our heroes *cof*Baldy*cof*. It was not what I was expecting, but one thing is certain, imagination is something Jim Zub has in abundance. Imagination and a bit of a Terminator fanboyish vibe going there. Baldy I've talked about this in the reviews of previous volumes, but the little tidbits of comedy that are thrown here and there are very much noteworthy. In this story arc, on top of the humorous sound effects, Zub added a narrator dialog gimmick. Basically you have the hypothetical writer and the artist of the book narrating the story and getting on each other's nerves. Think of it as Skullkickers version of Statler and Waldorf.Besides the main story arc, this volume also collects four short stories. This is becoming usual, and to be honest, I hope they keep it up. Its a great little desert to complete the fantastic meal that is the main story. Izzat so? Edwin Huang and Misty Coats do a good job in the art department. They stay true to the style that's been established in the last volumes and do it in a consistent way. While this is a bit too much cartoony for my liking, it suites the story well.Verdict?Just get it. Its a feel good comic book. Its hard not to get a smile going when reading this pages, and that's a rare thing these days.Publisher: Image ComicsYear: 2012Pages: 144Authors: Jim Zub, Edwin Huang, Misty CoatsISBN: 1607066122Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/10/review-skullkickers-volume-3-six.html

Preview: SHRUGGED #4

Preview: SHRUGGED #4

By Rui Esteves in Blog on October 22, 2013

CoverSHRUGGED #4 Frank Mastromauro ­ Story / Jonathan Marks ­ Art / Beth Sotelo, Kyle Ritter - ColorsNot much hope remains as Lord Slive and his fear creatures have gained control over Perspecta and the Earth. Though all seems lost, Theo isn't giving up and heads to a forgotten land where one last bastion of help may reside. However, the journey itself is a task very few have ever survived, and Theo's chances of making it are not looking up!Created by Michael Turner and Frank Mastromauro, with illustrations by newcomer Jonathan Marks and colors by Beth Sotelo, make sure to listen tot he voices inside your head and pick up the newest issue of SHRUGGED today!SHRUGGED #4 is in stores October 23rd, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Cover B Cover C Cover DFollow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/10/cover-shrugged-4-frank-mastromauro.html

Review: Saga Volume 2

Review: Saga Volume 2

By Rui Esteves in Blog on October 20, 2013

Cover Marko, Alana and Hazel continue their struggle for freedom. As if being persecuted by both sides of the war wasn't enough, now they have to deal with one of the most powerful and disruptive force in the Universe. Alana's parents-in-law.After their sudden and abrupt acquaintance in the last chapter of Saga. Alana has the difficult task of getting to know her parents-in-law. At the same time Marko and his mother set out to rescue Izabel, their ghostly nanny that got banished by Barr (Marko's father).How is it? Meet-cute There are two main themes in this volume, Marko and Alana's get to know each other story and a meet the parents arc. Brian K. Vaughan manages to write both of them in a very interesting light. He takes the opportunity of writing an origin story and enhances it with enough sociological background for the reader to get a better understanding of the scale and meaning (or lack there of) of the war.In the meet the parents section BKV does something a bit different. He doesn't play the angle of the conflict between Alana and Marko's parents very much. Sure there is tension, they come from different sides of the war after all, but BKV goes beyond it. Instead the story focus more on how Marko's parents try to reconnect with their son and how they'll face a terrible secret together.In fact family is a common theme for all characters in this book. Even the antagonists have to deal with family issues. Some to remember what they lost, other to confirm their resolve.What this volume manages is to enlarge Saga's Universe by adding new characters, while at the same time fleshing out the existing ones. BKV gives the reader a deeper insight into Marko and Alana's relationship and also at the conflict between their races. He is paving the road for the long run. Saga is being built on solid ground, if BKV and Fiona keep this creative flow going we're going to have top list series.Art wise Fiona Staples keeps the same art style from the previous volume. She draws Saga with a very consistent style. If by now you're still feeling jarred by the art style, then this might not be for you. But in all honesty, and this comes from someone that found the initial pages of Saga unpleasing to the eye, this art direction is an acquired taste. An easily acquired taste. If you give it a chance, you'll surely fall in love with it.Personally I love the character designs the most. I love how unique and detailed they are. Not only there are different humanoid races, but the characters are truly unique. On the other hand the coloring is fantastic. The pastel colors fit the art like a glove. Nothing is muddy and unrecognizable. Even in the most chaotic of panels everything is distinguishable. Meet my wifeVerdict?The first volume told a good story and promised a great series. This second volume confirms that promise. This is a great series for any comic book reader. I can't recommend this enough.Publisher: Image ComicsYear: 2013Pages: 144Authors: Brian K Vaughan, Fiona StaplesISBN: 1607066920Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/10/review-saga-volume-2.html

Tommy Taylor the Ship That Sank Twice - Mike Carey Peter Gross

Tommy Taylor the Ship That Sank Twice - Mike Carey Peter Gross

By Arion in Blog on October 20, 2013

Yuko ShimizuI’ve often wondered what we can accomplish as writers. Can we create ex nihilo? Or, in order to tell a story, we depend on narrative elements established centuries ago? Writers are considered creators, but hundreds of critics affirm that not even a single new story has been created since Shakespeare’s time, and even before that. So, in many ways, what we do is reinterpret certain primordial tales over and over again. Genres are like paths that we walk together, and what makes a difference between one writer and another is whether we turn left or right when the path leads to a bifurcation. But the trail is already there, it has always been there.Mike Carey is a brilliant British author that has devoured thousands of novels for decades. He, too, has walked down many pathways. That much is made evident since the opening chapter of The Unwritten. All that knowledge has helped him to scrutinize the nature of writers and the essence of literature in “Tommy Taylor & the Ship That Sank Twice”.The protagonist of The Unwritten (Vertigo’s best ongoing series) is Tom Taylor, the son of writer Wilson Taylor. Wilson wrote a worldwide success: a series of books about a young wizard named Tommy Taylor who studies in a magical school; helped by his loyal friends, Sue and Peter, he defeats Count Ambrosio, the dark lord. Does it ring any bells for you? Clearly, Tommy Taylor is Harry Potter, he even wears glasses, has black hair, is an orphan, is destined to save the world from Count Ambrosio (the equivalent of Lord Voldemort), and his friends Sue and Peter are Hermione and Ron. Of course, the school’s headmaster is very similar to Albus Dumbledore. The Unwritten, however, deals with the life of Tom Taylor, the son of the writer, and how his ties with fiction go far beyond sharing his name with the world’s favorite literary hero. “The Ship That Sank Twice” is an original graphic novel that focuses on Wilson Taylor’s first book. Carey masterfully balances at least three different narrative levels. First, we have the events of the novel (“The Ship That Sank Twice”), illustrated by Peter Gross, Kurt Huggins, Shawn McManus, Gary Erskine, Al Davison, Dean Ormston and Zelda Devon; and then we have Wilson Taylor’s “real life” illustrated by Peter Gross and Russ Braun and finally we have the paratext, the made-up reviews and reactions of readers of “The Ship That Sank Twice”. Wilson Taylor, the writer / Wilson Taylor, el escritorIn the first narrative level, Carey pays homage to Harry Potter and follows the initial premises: a boy destined to protect the world is saved by the sacrifice of his parents; then he’s sent to a magical school that reminds us of Hogwarts where he befriends Sue and Peter. But after that the story embarks in its own journey. Like I said before, once we get to a fork in the road we must decide which way to go. Carey explores a fascinating magical world, inhabited by vibrant and unforgettable characters. Reading this made me feel, in a lot of ways, as enthusiastic and awestruck as I was when I first read Harry Potter, 10 years ago. A magician in his own right, Carey captivates the reader with the charming spell of literature.   Tommy Taylor, the hero / Tommy Taylor, el héroeIn the second narrative level, Carey gets inside the mind of Wilson Taylor, a writer obsessed with the mysteries of creation. We see Wilson’s first failed attempts at recreating stories we’re all familiar with: The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia or Superman’s origin: “I’m not ruling out plagiarism at this stage. The trouble with these paradigms is that they’ve been plagiarized to death already”. Obviously, while Wilson Taylor points at Tolkien as a reference in fantasy, as readers we must look at how Carey points at JK Rowling as a reference in children’s books. What Wilson Taylor wants is “to make my character such a powerful archetype that he works backwards and erases his own precursors”. Many of the secrets of “The Unwritten” are revealed here, and we finally understand why it was necessary for Wilson Taylor to combine the creation of the Tommy Taylor novels and the birth of his son, Tom Taylor. This is a very ambitious metatextual adventure and it does pay off in the end. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t read the entire series (I haven’t), somehow you realize what the scope is and you feel grateful for finding a writer that trusts in the intelligence of readers and their ability to comprehend and value prose and poetry. Finally, in the third narrative level, Carey writes reviews about his own work. We have nonexistent webpages and newspapers talking about “The Ship That Sank Twice”, they analyze plot structure, literary references and archetypes, among many other things.Mike Carey provides us with a lucid and complex exploration of literature that everyone can understand and cherish. He writes a graphic novel that is at the same time a novel and an academic essay, and thanks to the collaboration of Peter Gross there is an artistic unity, a visual signature that guides the pencils, inks and colors of a dozen collaborators. A truly excellent original graphic novel!________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Me he preguntado a menudo qué podemos lograr como escritores. ¿Podemos crear de la nada? ¿O, para contar una historia, dependemos de elementos narrativos establecidos hace siglos? Los escritores son considerados creadores, pero cientos de críticos afirman que ni siquiera una sola historia nueva ha sido creada desde la época de Shakespeare, e incluso desde antes. Así que, de muchas maneras, lo que hacemos es reinterpretar ciertos relatos primordiales una y otra vez. Los géneros son como senderos que recorremos juntos, y lo que diferencia a un escritor de otro es si es que volteamos a la izquierda o a la derecha al llegar a una bifurcación del camino. Pero el camino ya está allí, siempre ha estado allí. Tommy, Sue & PeterMike Carey es un brillante autor británico que ha devorado miles de novelas durante décadas. Él, también, ha caminado por muchas rutas. Y eso ha sido evidente desde el capítulo inicial de "The Unwritten". Todo ese conocimiento lo ha ayudado para escudriñar la naturaleza de los escritores y la esencia de la literatura en “Tommy Taylor & the Ship That Sank Twice”.El protagonista de "The Unwritten" (la mejor serie continua de Vertigo) es Tom Taylor, el hijo del escritor Wilson Taylor. Wilson escribió un éxito mundial: una serie de libros sobre un joven hechicero llamado Tommy Taylor que estudia en una escuela de magia; ayudado por sus leales amigos, Sue y Peter, derrota al Conde Ambrosio, el lord oscuro. ¿Les suena familiar? Desde luego, Tommy Taylor es Harry Potter, incluso usa lentes, tiene pelo negro, es huérfano, está destinado a salvar al mundo del Conde Ambrosio (el equivalente a Lord Voldemort), y sus amigos Sue y Peter son Hermione y Ron. Por supuesto, el director de la escuela es muy similar a Albus Dumbledore. Sin embargo, “The Unwritten” se centra en la vida de Tom Taylor, el hijo del escritor, y cómo sus ataduras con la ficción van más allá de compartir su nombre con el héroe literario favorito del mundo. “El barco que se hundió dos veces” es una novela gráfica original que se enfoca en el primer libro de Wilson Taylor. Carey equilibra magistralmente al menos tres niveles narrativos diferentes. Primero, tenemos los eventos de la novela (“El barco que se hundió dos veces”), ilustrados por Peter Gross, Kurt Huggins, Shawn McManus, Gary Erskine, Al Davison, Dean Ormston y Zelda Devon; y luego tenemos la “vida real” de Wilson Taylor, ilustrada por Peter Gross y Russ Braun y finalmente tenemos el paratexto, las inventadas reseñas y reacciones de los lectores de “El barco que se hundió dos veces”.En el primer nivel narrativo, Carey rinde homenaje a Harry Potter y sigue las premisas iniciales: un chico destinado a proteger al mundo y salvado por el sacrificio de sus padres; luego es enviado a una escuela mágica que nos recuerda a Hogwarts donde traba amistad con Sue y Peter. Pero después de eso, la historia se embarca en una travesía propia. Como dije antes, una vez que llegamos a una encrucijada en el camino debemos decidir qué ruta seguir. Carey explora un fascinante mundo mágico, habitado por personajes vibrantes e inolvidables. Leer esto me hizo sentir tan entusiasmado y encandilado como la primera vez que leí Harry Potter, hace 10 años. Como un mago, Carey cautiva al lector con el encantador hechizo de la literatura.   The secret origin of Count Ambrosio / el origen secreto del Conde AmbrosioEn el segundo nivel narrativo, Carey entra en la mente de Wilson Taylor, un escritor obsesionado con los misterios de la creación. Vemos los primeros intentos fallidos de Wilson al recrear historias que todos conocemos: "El señor de los anillos", "Las crónicas de Narnia" o el origen de Superman: “No estoy invalidando el plagio en esta etapa. El problema con estos paradigmas es que ya han sido plagiados a morir”. Obviamente, mientras Wilson Taylor señala a Tolkien como una referencia en la fantasía, como lectores debemos ver a Carey señalando a JK Rowling como una referencia en libros infantiles. Lo que Wilson Taylor quiere es “hacer de mi personaje un arquetipo tan poderoso que funciona retroactivamente y borre a sus propios precursores”. Muchos de los secretos de “The Unwritten” son revelados aquí, y finalmente entendemos por qué era necesario para Wilson Taylor combinar la creación de las novelas de Tommy Taylor y el nacimiento de su hijo, Tom Taylor. Esta es una aventura metatextual ambiciosa que al final cumple con lo prometido. No importa si es que no han leído toda la serie (yo no lo he hecho), de algún modo, te das cuenta de todo lo que abarca y te sientes agradecido por encontrar a un escritor que confía en la inteligencia de los lectores y en su habilidad para comprender y valorar la prosa y la poesía.Finalmente, en el tercer nivel narrativo, Carey escribe reseñas sobre su propio trabajo. Tenemos inexistentes páginas web y periódicos que hablan sobre “El barco que se hundió dos veces”, analizan la estructura argumental, las referencias literarias y los arquetipos, entre otras cosas.Mike Carey nos entrega una lúcida y compleja exploración de la literatura que todos pueden entender y atesorar. Él ha escrito una novela gráfica que es al mismo tiempo una novela y un ensayo académico, y gracias a la colaboración de Peter Gross hay una unidad artística, una firma visual que guía los lápices, tintas y colores de una docena de colaboradores. ¡Una excelente novela gráfica original!Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/10/tommy-taylor-ship-that-sank-twice-mike.html

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