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Doom Patrol vol. 1 - Grant Morrison Richard Case

Doom Patrol vol. 1 - Grant Morrison Richard Case

By Arion in Blog on July 23, 2013

Brian Bolland“The world needs the Doom Patrol, needs us more than ever. Don’t you see? There are areas in which only we are qualified to operate. When the rational world breaks down, we can cope, because we’ve been there, in ourselves. We have known madness, and delirium, and we’re no longer afraid”, proclaims Niles Caulder, the Chief, the man responsible for reuniting the “world’s strangest heroes”. In strangeness there’s power. Power that was squandered by unimaginative writers until Grant Morrison decided to recuperate the ‘strange’ factor, and amplify it exponentially. Crawling from the Wreckage is the result of this new approach, a four-issue arc that not only reinvigorates the Doom Patrol but also introduces new characters and reinvents old ones. The Scottish author delves deep into the marginal aspect of the members of this uncanny patrol. If you’ve ever read superhero comics growing up you must have felt identified with your favorite characters, maybe you even wanted to put on a cape and imitate Superman, or wear your red pajamas and pretend you could outrun Flash. Traditional superheroes are meant to be inspirational. Role models. The teenage power fantasy is reinforced by the ‘cleanly chiseled chin’ heroes and their sculptural bodies. You look at them, and you want to be like them. But, as Tom Peyer (the editor of the series in the late 80s) reminds us in his introduction, no one in his right mind would like to have his brain transplanted to a robotic body, or be covered in bandages like a mummy. The Doom Patrol never had the kind of heroes you wanted to emulate, on the contrary, it had the kind of heroes that you wouldn’t even want to shake hands with.  Richard Case & Carlos GarzonOf course, in order to preserve the quirkiness of the patrol it was necessary to make us remember what was so weird about them in the first place. In 1963, Leonard Drake and Bruno Premiani came up with a group of anomalous individuals that followed the instructions of their paraplegic leader. For some, the similarities between the Doom Patrol and the X-Men were more than evident (heroes saving a world that fears and hates them, ‘cerebral’ leader confined to a wheelchair, etc.), but there was one big difference between the Children of the Atom and the doomed adventurers: failure, both fictional and real. Because whereas Marvel’s book was a success, DC’s title –faithful to its name– was canceled due to low sales… and the protagonists died, sacrificing their lives in the dramatic final issue. And "Crawling from the Wreckage" (published in Doom Patrol # 19-22, from February to May, 1989) begins with an overcoming sensation of failure. Cliff Steele, AKA Robotman, is in a madhouse, depressed, frustrated and above all, furious; he can’t cope with the death of some of his teammates. He can’t shed any tears, since his robotic body won’t allow it. He has the urge to eat but he has no bowels, and when he looks at some of the pretty nurses he wishes he could have an erection but that’s no longer a possibility for him.Doctor William Magnus, the creator of the Metal Men, visits Cliff and reminds him that he still has a human brain, and even if he’s forgetting how it feels to be human, he can still help people. And he introduces him to Crazy Jane, a woman who suffers from multiple personality disorder, she has 64 different personalities inside her mind, and each one has a unique ability or superpower.  Larry Trainor, AKA Negative Man, is even in worse shape than Robotman. Affected by the negative energy that gave him powers in the past, his body is transformed into something new: a hermaphrodite. Male and female at the same time, he / she is no longer Negative (man or woman), now he / she is Rebis. Meanwhile, the Chief starts recruiting the Doom Patrol, to fight the foes no sane superhero could withstand. Joshua Clay, AKA Tempest, decides to join only as the group’s doctor. Dorothy Spinner, a deformed girl, becomes the newest member of the patrol.  Their first mission is to fight against a fictitious city called Orqwith that is seeping through the junctures of the real world. Everyone is a potential victim, as a kid from Greenock discovers. “Father it has been three weeks since my last confession and it was Jamie Belshaw that gave me the dirty books and I only looked at them a few times”, he declares. And then he’s ‘cut’ from reality by the Scissormen. The same happens to hundreds of people throughout the world. But how can an imaginary city destroy our reality? To solve this riddle Robotman, Rebis and Crazy Jane will have to answer another question “Why there is something instead of nothing?”, which is a question that has perplexed philosophers and scientists for centuries, if we accept the theory of the Big Bang as an explosion that created matter, the question still remains “Why there is something instead of nothing?”.  In the subsequent chapters, the deranged Red Jack kidnaps Rhea Jones, a former member of the Doom Patrol who has been in a comma for months. “The Butterfly Collector” and “The House That Jack Built” (Doom Patrol # 23 and 24) are an oneiric journey and an audacious tale about the butterfly effect, surreal poetry and insanity. Finally, “Imaginary Friends” takes place in Doom Patrol’s new base of operations, located in the former HQ of the Justice League of America. There, Dorothy projects her fear of growing up, and her revulsion towards menstruation.Morrison combines dementia, originality and surrealism in equal doses. His proposal includes metafiction, an analysis of the imaginary and the real in Lacanian terms, Feigenbaum’s sequence of imaginary numbers, memetic theory, Heinrich Hoffmann’s “Struwwelpeter”, De Quincey’s “Confessions of an English Opium Eater” and he even manages to include references to British children’s comics like “The Beano”. Doom Patrol is the most intellectually ambitious title of the 80s, as well as one of Morrison’s most awarded and revered runs. Decades after it was originally released, it still remains as a breath of fresh air and a whiff of undiluted and inspiring craziness.  The boy feels guilty about his porn collection / El chico se siente culpable por su colección porno Rebis: the hermaphrodite / Rebis: el hermafrodita________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Richard Case & Scott Hanna"El mundo necesita a la Patrulla Condenada, nos necesita más que nunca. ¿No lo ven? Hay áreas en las que sólo nosotros estamos calificados para operar. Cuando el mundo racional se derrumba, podemos hacerle frente, porque nosotros mismos hemos estado allí. Hemos conocido la locura, y el delirio, y ya no nos asusta", proclama Niles Caulder, el Jefe, el hombre responsable de reunir a los "héroes más extraños del mundo". En lo extraño, hay poder. Poder que fue desperdiciado por escritores poco imaginativos hasta que Grant Morrison decidió recuperar el factor 'extraño', y amplificarlo exponencialmente. "Arrastrándose desde los escombros" es el resultado de este nuevo enfoque, un arco argumental de 4 números que no sólo revigoriza a la Patrulla Condenada sino que también introduce nuevos personajes y reinventa a los antiguos. El autor escocés se sumerge profundamente en el aspecto marginal de los integrantes de esta insólita patrulla. Si alguna vez, de niños, han leído cómics de superhéroes deben haberse sentido identificados con sus personajes favoritos, quizás han querido incluso ponerse una capa e imitar a Superman, o usar una pijama roja y pretender que pueden correr más rápido que Flash. Se supone que los superhéroes tradicionales deben ser inspiradores. Modelos a seguir. La fantasía de poder adolescente es reforzada por los héroes de 'quijada limpiamente cincelada' y sus cuerpos esculturales. Los miras, y quieres ser como ellos. Pero, como nos recuerda Tom Peyer (el editor de la serie a fines de los 80) en su introducción, nadie con dos dedos de frente querría que trasplanten su cerebro a un cuerpo robótico, o estar cubierto de vendajes como una momia. La Patrulla Condenada nunca tuvo el tipo de héroes a los que hubieras querido emular, por el contrario, tenía el tipo de héroes a los que ni siquiera les darías la mano.Por supuesto, para preservar lo inaudito de la patrulla era necesario hacernos recordar por qué era tan rara en primer lugar. En 1963, Leonard Drake y Bruno Premiani crearon un grupo de individuos anómalos bajo las órdenes de su líder parapléjico. Para algunos, las similitudes entre la Patrulla Condenada y los X-Men (más conocidos como Patrulla X en España) eran más que evidentes (héroes odiados y temidos por un mundo al que debían salvar, un líder ‘cerebral’ confinado a una silla de ruedas, etc.), pero había una gran diferencia entre los Hijos del Átomo y los aventureros condenados: el fracaso, tanto real como ficticio. Porque mientras los héroes de Marvel fueron un éxito, el título de DC –fiel a su nombre– fue cancelado a causa de las bajas ventas... y los protagonistas murieron, sacrificando sus vidas en un el dramático episodio final. Y "Arrastrándose desde los escombros" (publicado en "Doom Patrol" # 19-22, de febrero a mayo, 1989) inicia con una abrumadora sensación de fracaso. Cliff Steele, alias Robotman, está en un manicomio, deprimido, frustrado y, por encima de todo, furioso; no puede lidiar con la muerte de algunos de sus camaradas. No puede derramar lágrimas porque su cuerpo robótico no se lo permite. Tiene ganas de comer pero ya no tiene intestinos, y cuando ve a una enfermera atractiva desearía poder tener una erección, pero eso ya no es posible para él.El doctor William Magnus, creador de los Metal Men, visita a Cliff y le recuerda que todavía tiene un cerebro humano, e incluso aunque esté olvidando qué se siente ser humano, todavía puede ayudar a la gente. Y le presenta a Crazy Jane, una mujer que sufre de personalidad múltiple, ella tiene 64 personalidades diferentes en su mente, y cada una de ellas tiene su propia habilidad o superpoder.  OrqwithLarry Trainor, alias Hombre Negativo, está incluso en peores condiciones que Robotman. Afectado por la energía negativa que le otorgó sus poderes en el pasado, su cuerpo es transformado en algo nuevo: un hermafrodita. Masculino y femenino al mismo tiempo, él / ella ya no es ni Hombre Negativo ni Mujer Negativa, ahora él / ella es Rebis. Mientras tanto, el Jefe empieza a reclutar a la Patrulla Condenada, para luchar contra los enemigos que ningún superhéroe cuerdo podría enfrentar. Joshua Clay, alias Tempest, decide unirse sólo como el doctor del grupo. Dorothy Spinner, una chica deforme, se convierte en la nueva integrante de la patrulla. Red Jack Oh dear, what’s for dinner? Why, hands of course! / Oh vaya, ¿qué hay para cenar? ¡Manos, por supuesto!Su primera misión es pelear contra una ciudad ficticia llamada Orqwith que se chorrea por las ranuras del mundo real. Todos son una víctima potencial, tal como descubre un chiquillo de Greenock. "Padre, han pasado tres semanas desde mi última confesión y fue Jamie Belshaw el que me dio esas revistas guarras y yo solamente las miré unas cuantas veces", declara. Y luego él es 'cortado' de la realidad por los Hombres-tijera. Lo mismo sucede con cientos de personas a lo largo del mundo. Pero, ¿cómo una ciudad imaginaria puede destruir nuestra realidad? Para resolver este acertijo, Robotman, Rebis y Crazy Jane tendrán que responder otra pregunta "¿Por qué hay algo en vez de nada?", una pregunta que ha dejado perplejos a los filósofos y los científicos por siglos, si aceptamos la teoría del Big Bang como una explosión que creó la materia, la pregunta permanece igual "¿Por qué hay algo en vez de nada?".En capítulos subsiguientes, el desquiciado Red Jack rapta a Rhea Jones, una ex-integrante de la Patrulla Condenada, que ha estado en coma por meses. "El coleccionista de mariposas" y "La casa que Jack construyó" (Doom Patrol # 23 y 24) son un viaje onírico y un audaz relato sobre el efecto mariposa, la poesía surrealista y la demencia. Finalmente, "Amigos imaginarios" ocurre en la nueva base de operaciones de la Patrulla Condenada, ubicada en el ex cuartel general de la Liga de la Justicia de América. Allí, Dorothy proyecta su miedo a crecer, y su repulsión hacia la menstruación.Morrison combina la demencia, la originalidad y el surrealismo en dosis iguales. Su propuesta incluye la metaficción, un análisis de lo imaginario y lo real en términos lacanianos, la secuencia de números imaginarios de Feigenbaum, teoría memética, el “Struwwelpeter” de Heinrich Hoffman, “Confesiones de un inglés que come opio” de De Quincey e incluso se las arregla para incluir referencias a cómics británicos para niños como “The Beano”. Doom Patrol es la colección intelectualmente más ambiciosa de los 80, así como una de las obras más reverenciadas y premiadas de Morrison. Décadas después de su primera aparición, sigue siendo una bocanada de aire fresco y un soplo de locura inspiradora y sin diluir.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/07/doom-patrol-vol-1-grant-morrison.html

Fashion Beast # 10 - Alan Moore Facundo Percio

Fashion Beast # 10 - Alan Moore Facundo Percio

By Arion in Blog on July 21, 2013

Does everything need to be answered? I guess that’s the writer’s prerogative. But when the final issue of a miniseries is released, the reader will be expecting some sort of conclusion, a neat little bow that wraps up all the subplots and narrative premises. Now, if you’re waiting for such an ending in Fashion Beast, you will be disappointed. But, like I said, providing a proper resolution is the author’s decision. And in this case, the participation of Alan Moore, Malcolm McLaren and Anthony Johnston as authors makes it difficult to know exactly who was in charge of the final pages...Tomboy is accused of sodomy and is quickly expelled from the army. If, as Foucault wrote "The sodomite was a recidivist, but the homosexual is now a species", Tomboy should be a part of that new species (except that his homosexuality inexplicably ceases to exist in this final chapter). He returns to Celestine’s HQ and creates an entire new line of clothing that defies the sexual repression instituted by the now deceased Celestine. Doll versus MadameUp to this point we had seen the results of the repression of sexuality in the fashion industry. Sexuality was unmentionable for Celestine, something impossible to speak about. Tomboy brings about a much needed sexual revolution, perhaps following the ideas of the psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich (who affirmed that to conserve your mental health you needed to liberate your sexual energy). The past was a dark age where sexuality had been something forbidden, and with the new designs proposed by Tomboy, everything is about to change.At the beginning of the story Doll and Tomboy were presented as transsexual individuals, characters of an undefined gender and sexuality. Now, however, Doll is no longer an ambiguous character, she’s just a normal woman; and Tomboy is a just a man. At the end, the sexual union between Doll and Tomboy prevails. What started as a very audacious proposal turns out to be a foundational fiction, built upon the union of male and female heroes, the victory of fertility and the confirmation of the heterosexual normativity.In case you missed my previous reviews, just click here: Fashion Beast # 1, Fashion Beast # 2, Fashion Beast # 3, Fashion Beast # 4, Fashion Beast # 5, Fashion Beast # 6, Fashion Beast # 7, Fashion Beast # 8 & Fashion Beast # 9. The wedding dress / El vestido de novia________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ the confirmation of the heterosexual normativity /la confirmación de la normatividad heterosexual¿Todo necesita ser respondido? Supongo que esa es la prerrogativa del escritor. Pero cuando llega el último número de una miniserie, el lector estará esperando algún tipo de conclusión, un nudo que ate todas las líneas argumentales y premisas narrativas. Si están esperando un final así en Fashion Beast, quedarán decepcionados. Pero, como dije, proporcionar una resolución apropiada es decisión del autor. Y en este caso, la participación de Alan Moore, Malcolm McLaren y Anthony Johnston como autores hace difícil saber exactamente quién estuvo a cargo de las páginas finales...Tomboy es acusado de sodomía y es rápidamente expulsado del ejército. Si, como escribió Foucault, "El sodomita era un reincidente, pero ahora el homosexual era una nueva especie", Tomboy debería ser parte de esta nueva especie (excepto que su homosexualidad inexplicablemente cesa de existir en este capítulo final). Él regresa al cuartel general de Celestine y crea una nueva línea de ropa que desafía la represión sexual instituida por el difunto Celestine. my drawing: from pencils to inks / mi dibujo: del lápiz a la tintaHasta este momento, habíamos visto los resultados de la represión de la sexualidad en la industria de la moda. La sexualidad no podía ser mencionada por Celestine, eso era algo imposible. Tomboy impulsa una muy necesaria revolución sexual, tal vez siguiendo las ideas del psicoanalista Wilhelm Reich (quien afirmaba que para conservar tu salud mental necesitabas liberar tu energía sexual). El pasado fue una edad oscura en la que la sexualidad había sido algo prohibido, y con los nuevos diseños propuestos por Tomboy, todo está a punto de cambiar.Al comienzo de la historia, Doll y Tomboy fueron presentados como transexuales, individuos de un género y de una sexualidad indefinida. Sin embargo, ahora Doll ya no es un personaje ambiguo, es una mujer normal; y Tomboy es simplemente un hombre. Al final, la unión sexual entre Doll y Tomboy prevalece. Lo que empezó como una propuesta muy audaz se convierte en una ficción fundacional, construida sobre la unión de los héroes masculinos y femeninos, la victoria de la fertilidad y la confirmación de la normatividad heterosexual.Si quieren leer los posts anteriores, pueden hacerlo ahora: Fashion Beast # 1, Fashion Beast # 2, Fashion Beast # 3, Fashion Beast # 4, Fashion Beast # 5, Fashion Beast # 6, Fashion Beast # 7, Fashion Beast # 8 & Fashion Beast # 9.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/07/fashion-beast-10-alan-moore-facundo.html

Después de que el mundo perdiera su forma - Alejandra Gálvez

Después de que el mundo perdiera su forma - Alejandra Gálvez

By Arion in Blog on July 20, 2013

I have read the Legion of Super-Heroes practically in its whole myriad of reincarnations. Carlos Pacheco, way back when he lived in Spain said that the Legion was somehow visceral: people either loved it or hated it. Well, I loved it since the very beginning, or since the first issues I ever read. Paul Levitz was the writer then and I was lucky enough to get in the middle of a crossover of Crisis on Infinite Earths (a very memorable episode where Brainiac 5 mourns for Supergirl). Yes, it's cheesy, naive and by today's standards simply childish, but there's something I love about it. The flashy costumes, having so many superheroes with the suffix 'Boy', 'Girl', 'Lad' or 'Lass' added to might prefixes like Ultra, Phantom, Lightening and Shadow.  Of course my favorite run was written by Abnett and Lanning, what can I say? I started with The Legion # 22, and after a few months I had the entire run, and I kept buying the new issues until the end. Like I said, my first Legion of Super-Heroes was Levitz’s old eighties stuff, and I loved the idea of the Legion so much that I hated when the publication was interrupted in Spain (right before the 1989 new numbering). But I don’t let nostalgia cloud my judgment. Those issues represent good memories, sure. Nevertheless, you should know that there is a vast distance separating nostalgia from memories. Memories are good or bad, and that’s it. They hurt us or please us, nothing else. And I believe that we always try to cope with our best memories –a task often very difficult–. To remember is something that always depends on our will. Something that is much more linked to the will –will dressed of evocation– that we use to think. Once again: memories are good or bad, a bit in the middle, if you wish. The writer can make of them whatever he wants when he creates his masterpiece. The nostalgia, on the contrary, contains the wondrous ability of being totally free from our will. It is easy, very easy, it is simply a matter of efficient or inefficient memory to remember. It is impossible in contrast to ‘nostalgiate’. Because of the simple reason that there is nothing more independent from our memory than our own nostalgia. And The Legion of Super-Heroes sure makes me feel nostalgic. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Alejandra GálvezDurante medio mes, mis ocupaciones me han impedido asistir a las galerías de arte que con tanta frecuencia visito. No obstante, este jueves hice lo posible para estar en el Centro Colich, y aunque apenas pude quedarme una hora, la visita valió la pena.Apenas llegué a la antigua casona barranquina, me encontré con Renzo Núñez Melgar Vega y conversé con él brevemente. "Como es arriba es abajo" era la muestra de Abracadabra Eco Diseño Chic, para esta ocasión Renzo, también conocido como REVE, había intervenido artísticamente dos veladores antiguos. Pude observar los muebles que habían sido transformados por el pincel y el acrílico de mi amigo, y quedé impresionado. En setiembre, Abracadabra Eco Diseño Chic lanzará una nueva línea de quince lámparas, íntegramente inteREVEnidas por mi amigo. Habrá que estar atentos al evento de lanzamiento, que sin duda dará mucho de qué hablar. my drawing: from pencils to inks / mi dibujo: del lápiz a la tintaAl mismo tiempo, se llevó a cabo la inauguración de la muestra “Tiempos oscuros” de Ángel Loayza, pero sin duda mi favorita fue “Después de que el mundo perdiera su forma” de Alejandra Gálvez. Ya había visto su interesantísima instalación en la muestra anual de artistas jóvenes y recién egresados de la PUCP, pero en esta ocasión he quedado maravillado con sus ilustraciones lúgubres y sombrías, quizás inspiradas en obras de maestros como HR Giger, que exploran lo alienígeno, lo monstruoso, lo inhumano, a partir de una textura y un enfoque únicos. Se trata, realmente, de un trabajo de primer nivel.  Ahora que ya ha pasado la mitad del año, hago un recuento rápido de las muestras de arte que he podido ver, y compruebo gratamente el alto nivel de calidad y creatividad desplegado por los artistas de Lima. Los dejo con las tarjetas de invitación y los catálogos. Y, desde luego, para no perder la costumbre, un dibujo mío en dos partes (versión preliminar a lápiz y versión entintada). Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/07/despues-de-que-el-mundo-perdiera-su.html

Young Avengers # 5 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie

Young Avengers # 5 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie

By Arion in Blog on July 16, 2013

You must kill your father. At least symbolically. That’s what Freud tells us. And faithful to the quandaries of the Oedipus complex, Billy (Wiccan), Teddy (Hulkling), Noh-Varr (Marvel Boy), Kate Bishop (Hawkeye) and Loki (Thor’s brother) will have to do just that: exterminate their parents. But annihilating a horde of adults possessed by an extra-dimensional-motherly demon is easier said than done. And once you kill your father, you’re supposed to have sex with your mother, or at least that’s what good old Oedipus did many and many a century ago. Of course, the result is guilt, guilt intense enough that you’ll feel forced to rip off your own eyes and blindly bathe in your own blood. It’s quite funny that for some (very traditional) psychoanalysts, failure in overcoming the Oedipus complex will provoke a sexual “deviation” in the individual, thus replacing heterosexuality with homosexuality. Nothing further from the truth, but still, there’s something deliciously (anti) Oedipal going on in Wiccan’s head. Unable to kill his father, let alone have carnal knowledge with his mother (symbolically, of course), Billy can only think of killing himself.    “I wish I was someone better”, declares Wiccan. This self-loathing, these feelings of inadequacy are part of the growing pains we all experience. I know I can relate to it. And this is not the first time we see Billy depressed. In the last issue of Allan Heinberg’s Avengers the Children’s Crusade, he spends a month secluded in his house, disheartened, sad and hopeless, and it’s only thanks to Teddy’s care and loving gestures that he manages to recover. Now, however, Billy takes a more drastic decision. He puts a gun to his head… and he shoots. Loki’s timely intervention saves Billy’s life. But the decision to pull the trigger, to consider suicide as an option is still there. And that doesn’t wash away easily, and it will surely come back to haunt him in the future. How desperate must you be if you consider suicide as an option? / ¿Qué tan desesperado debes estar si consideras el suicidio como una opción?In a final battle against hundreds of possessed adults, the combined power of Wiccan’s reality-altering powers and Loki’s eldritch energies are finally sufficient to neutralize the enemy. The Young Avengers get inside Marvel Boy’s spaceship, but before flying they must activate the “Kirby engines” that are “Imagination engines […] sparked by belief”. And thus, “powered by teenage delusions”, the vessel takes off at last. The pages of this fifth issue are just breathtakingly beautiful. Jamie McKelvie deserves a place among the best artists of the year. There’s an indelible artistic unity in McKelvie’s work, his lines are melodious, undulating, they flow in front of our eyes, and get inside of our heart. Because what the British artist shows us is true emotion: when we see Billy crying, about to pull the trigger, we feel that emotion; when Loki stops him from committing suicide, we see the teenager’s anguish.The fighting sequence is another delightful example of creativity. The panels’ composition revolves around a central pentagram (with Loki in the middle) and several fighting snapshots that take place simultaneously and that can be read in order or in disorder without affecting the narrative integrity. In the end, Billy is forced to say goodbye to his parents. By creating a distance, he finally is “killing” them in Oedipal terms. Teddy hugs Billy lovingly, and thus “neck deep in crazy teenage hormones”, this awesome saga concludes. Gillen and McKelvie have proved that you don’t need the typical six-issue arc to tell one of the best Marvel stories of the year.______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Loki saves Billy / Loki salva a BillyDebes matar a tu padre. Al menos simbóli-camente. Eso es lo que Freud nos dice. Y fiel a los predicamentos del complejo de Edipo, Billy (Wiccan), Teddy (Hulkling), Noh-Varr (Marvel Boy), Kate Bishop (Hawkeye) y Loki (el hermano de Thor) tendrán que hacer justamente eso: exterminar a sus padres. Pero aniquilar una horda de adultos poseídos por un demonio maternal-extra-dimensional no será nada sencillo.Y una vez que matas a tu padre, se supone que debes tener sexo con tu madre, o al menos eso es lo que el bueno de Edipo hizo hace muchos, muchísimos siglos. Por supuesto, el resultado es la culpa, una culpa tan intensa que te obligará a arrancarte los ojos y bañarte en tu propia sangre. Es bastante divertido que para algunos (muy tradicionales) psicoanalistas, si no se supera el complejo de Edipo, el individuo será un "desviado" sexual, y la heterosexualidad será reemplazada por homosexualidad. Nada más lejos de la verdad, pero aún así, hay algo deliciosamente (anti) edípico en la cabeza de Wiccan. Incapaz de dar muerte a su padre, mucho menos de tener comercio carnal con su madre (simbólicamente, claro está), Billy sólo puede pensar en matarse a sí mismo. Extraordinary composition / extraordinaria composición"Desearía ser alguien mejor", declara Wiccan. El odio a sí mismo y esos sentimientos de inadecuación son parte del doloroso proceso de crecer, y todos hemos pasado por algo así. Sé que me siento identificado con todo ello. Y esta no es la primera vez que vemos a Billy deprimido. En el último número de “Avengers the Children’s Crusade” de Allan Heinberg, él se encierra en su casa por un mes, descorazonado, triste, sin esperanzas, y es solamente gracias a al cuidado y los gestos cariñosos de Teddy que logra recuperarse. Ahora, sin embargo, Billy toma una decisión más drástica. Se pone una pistola en la cabeza... y dispara. La oportuna intervención de Loki salva a Billy. Pero la decisión de jalar el gatillo, de considerar el suicidio como una opción sigue allí. Y eso no se va fácilmente, y seguramente regresará a acosarlo en el futuro. En la batalla final contra cientos de adultos poseídos, el poder combinado ‘altera-realidad’ de Wiccan y las energías arcanas de Loki finalmente son suficientes para neutralizar al enemigo. Los Jóvenes Vengadores entran a la nave de Marvel Boy, pero antes de volar deben activar los "motores Kirby" que son "motores de la imaginación [...] encendidos por creencias". Y de este modo, "energizado por alucinaciones adolescentes" el bajel por fin despega.  Billy and Teddy: teens in love / Billy y Teddy: adolescentes enamoradosLas páginas de este quinto número son tan hermosas que nos dejan sin aliento. Jamie McKelvie merece un puesto entre los mejores artistas del año. Hay una unidad artística indeleble en la obra de McKelvie, sus líneas son melodiosas, ondulatorias, flotan frente a nuestros ojos, y se meten en nuestro corazón. Porque lo que el artista británico nos muestra es emoción de verdad: cuando vemos a Billy llorando, a punto de jalar el gatillo, sentimos esa emoción; cuando Loki le impide suicidarse, vemos la angustia del adolescente. La secuencia de pelea es otro delicioso ejemplo de creatividad. La composición de las viñetas gira en torno a un pentagrama central (con Loki en el medio) y varias tomas de la pelea en simultáneo que pueden ser leídas en orden o en desorden, sin afectar la integridad narrativa.Al final, Billy se ve obligado a despedirse de sus padres. Al crear una distancia, finalmente él los está "matando" en términos edípicos. Teddy abraza a Billy cariñosamente y, así "sumergidos hasta el cuello en hormonas adolescentes" esta asombrosa saga concluye. Gillen y McKelvie han demostrado que no es necesario el típico arco argumental de seis números para contar una de las mejores historias de Marvel del año.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/07/young-avengers-5-kieron-gillen-jamie.html

June Comic Books / Cómics de junio

June Comic Books / Cómics de junio

By Arion in Blog on July 15, 2013

I’m glad to see that DC has included some of the best Alan Moore, Grant Morrison and Neil Gaiman works in the Essential Graphic Novels special, but there’s a lot of crap there too, although the good outweighs the bad. I had so much fun reading The Pro, I love Garth Ennis and his irreverence. Vertigo has two new titles: The Wake and Astro City, and they’re both really, really good. I’ll wait till I read the next issues before reviewing them. The conclusion of Gillen and McKelvie’s first arc on Young Avengers was so brilliant. And I’m glad I ordered the reprint of Phonogram, Gillen and McKelvie create something so unique, and at the same time so British and so full of wild ideas, I wish I could’ve picked up this series 7 years ago. Fashion Beast ends and The Bounce begins, but if I had to choose the best comic of the month the award would go to Kick-Ass 3 # 1. What a great first chapter! Millar has done it again. Have you read it? And if you haven’t, what are you waiting for? (in case anyone’s keeping count of the “best of”, in May we had Jupiter’s Legacy # 1 and Young Avengers # 4; in April, Uncanny Avengers # 5 and FF # 4; In March, Young Avengers # 2; in February, Young Avengers # 1; in January, Secret Service # 5). Anyway, without further ado, June comics are here as per solicitations: ASTRO CITY #1  (W) Kurt Busiek (A) Brent Eric Anderson (CA) Alex Ross. ASTRO CITY is back in a new, ongoing monthly series that showcases old heroes and new, as The Ambassador comes to Earth, and an ordinary man is caught up in a cosmic conflict! Featuring the return of favorites like Samaritan and Honor Guard, and the debut of some new sensations! Plus, the seeds of a new mystery: Who is the Broken Man? The entire award-winning creative team is back to kick off a new epoch of the human and the super human. Get in on the ground floor of Astro City's next epic! BOUNCE #1 (MR) (W) Joe Casey (A/CA) David Messina. written by JOE CASEY art and cover by DAVID MESSINA  FIRST ISSUE SPECTACULAR!  Meet the ultimate slacker superhero for the 21st Century! Jasper Jenkins is a super-head AND a super-hero! He's relatable AND reliable and he's embarking on the adventure of a lifetime! The sensational debut of the new feel-good hero of the decade! You can't afford to miss it!  FASHION BEAST #10 WRAP CVR (MR)(W) Alan Moore (A/CA) Facundo Percio. The final issue of ALAN MOORE's time-lost masterpiece screams to an unbelievable conclusion.  Le Patron is dead.  Long live the new king of fashion.  Jonni has turned Celestine's empire into a fashion revolution.  As the world at large struggles with the new sensual vision being given them, a long and sordid relationship is finally embraced.  The final tarot card is flipped and the world, ready or not, must contend with the consequences.  Available with a Regular or Wraparound Cover by series artist Facundo Percio, the Haute Couture Incentive (by Percio), or the very rare Tarot (by Paul Duffield) Incentive cover.IMAGE FIRSTS PHONOGRAM #1 (W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Jamie McKelvie. From Image Comics. Phonomancer David Kohl goes hunting for new flames at a feminist festival, only to get burnt by a very old one. A Goddess scorned returns to collect her pound of flesh and demand reparations. Phonogram: a world where music is magic, where a song can save your life… or end it. KICK-ASS 3 #1 (OF 8) (MR) (W) Mark Millar (A/CA) John Romita. Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl's blockbuster return for the LAST EVER story arc of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr's mega-selling series. Hit-Girl's in jail, leaving Kick-Ass to lead the superhero team of Justice Forever. Their first mission: Bust Hit-Girl out of the clink. But superheroes have now been outlawed, leaving Kick-Ass to dodge both cops AND criminals. For the first time since donning the costume, Kick-Ass is beginning to have his doubts. Is he now in too deep to get out? The phenomenal follow-up to the Kick-Ass 2 movie coming this June. Issue #1 features six different covers by the industry's biggest artists, all available for order. Each cover will feature a different character, and when all six covers are linked, a special message will be revealed.  MORNING GLORIES #27 (MR)(W) Nick Spencer (A) Joe Eisma. story NICK SPENCER art JOE EISMA cover VARIOUS  'THERE IS NO BEGINNING' The double-sized Season 2 premiere! With an astonishing array of covers by some of the hottest artists working today: JENNY FRISSON, ROB GUILLORY, SHAWN  MARTINBROUGH, JAMIE McKELVIE, EMMA RIOS and MORNING GLORIES' own JOE EISMA! SEX #3 (MR)(W) Joe Casey (A/CA) Piotr Kowalski. story JOE CASEY art / cover PIOTR KOWALSKI  There are a million stories in Saturn City, and Simon Cooke's is just one of them! His future may be wide open, but the past is hot on his tail! The Old Man can still get it up! No two ways about it -- this is the perfect time to pay for SEX!  It's even better than you think! THE PRO ONE SHOT (NEW PTG) (MR) (W) Garth Ennis (A/CA) Amanda Conner, Jimmy PalmiottiBACK IN PRINT! Reintroducing the outrageous story of THE PRO in a paperback version of the deluxe hardcover edition.  Just when you think GARTH ENNIS has gone too far, just when you thought it was safe to walk the streets, just when you thought no one would go near the idea of the world's first superhero prostitute… here comes THE PRO!  Plus, in 'The Pro Meets the Ho,' our plucky heroine faces a super-powered 'soiled dove' whose powers of perversion exceed the Pro's own!UNWRITTEN #49 (MR)(W) Mike Carey (A) Peter Gross (CA) Yuko Shimizu. In the conclusion to 'Orpheus In the Underworld,' Tom meets the King of Hell again-and this time it's even more unpleasant than before. The only way out is up, and the only way to get there is through a story. But what if the story says you have to lose? This issue leads directly into the epic fiftieth issue, and the start of THE UNWRITTEN FABLES! WAKE #1 (MR) (W) Scott Snyder (A/CA) Sean Murphy. 'THERE'S SOMETHING DOWN THERE…' When Marine Biologist Lee Archer is approached by the Department of Homeland Security for help with a new threat, she declines, but quickly realizes they won't take no for an answer. Soon she is plunging to the depths of the Arctic Circle to a secret, underwater oilrig where they've discovered something miraculous and terrifying... Writer Scott Snyder (BATMAN, AMERICAN VAMPIRE) and artist Sean Murphy (PUNK ROCK JESUS) bring their acclaimed talents to this sci-fi/horror epic that explores the horrors of the deep, probes the origins of human history, and leaps far beyond to a frightening future. WALKING DEAD #111 (MR)(W) Robert Kirkman (A/CA) Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn. Lucille is going to be so jealous. YOUNG AVENGERS #5 NOW(W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Jamie McKelvie • The book where when a character says 'I did it half an hour ago' normally means doing 'it' half an hour ago reaches its first epic conclusion. • Why Did Loki Do It? No one kno... okay, we'll tell you...Well, part of it. • Miss America probably punches someone. She usually does. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Me alegra que DC haya incluido algunas de las mejores obras de Alan Moore, Grant Morrison y Neil Gaiman en el especial Novelas Gráficas Esenciales, pero hay mucha basurilla también, aunque lo bueno sobrepasa lo malo. Me divertí tanto leyendo The Pro, me encanta Garth Ennis y su irreverencia. Vertigo tiene dos nuevos títulos: The Wake y Astro City, y ambos son realmente buenos. Esperaré hasta leer los próximos números antes de analizarlos. La conclusión del primer arco de Gillen y McKelvie en Young Avengers fue brillante. Y me alegra haber comprado la reimpresión de Phonogram, Gillen y McKelvie crean algo único, y al mismo tiempo tan británico y tan lleno de ideas alocadas, me hubiera encantado comprar la colección cuando salió hace 7 años. Fashion Beast termina y The Bounce comienza, pero si tuviera que elegir el mejor cómic del mes el premio sería para Kick-Ass 3 # 1. ¡Qué estupendo primer capítulo! Millar lo ha conseguido de nuevo. ¿Lo han leído? Y si no lo han hecho, ¿qué están esperando? (en caso que alguien esté llevando la cuenta de "lo mejor", en mayo tuvimos a Jupiter’s Legacy # 1 y Young Avengers # 4; en abril, Uncanny Avengers # 5 y FF # 4; en marzo, Young Avengers # 2; en febrero, Young Avengers # 1; en enero, Secret Service # 5). En fin, sin más preámbulos, aquí están los cómics de junio: ASTRO CITY #1 COVER AEl Embajador llega a la Tierra, y un hombre ordinario se encuentra en medio de un conflicto cósmico. Vuelven Samaritano y la Guardia de Honor.BOUNCE #1 (MR)Jenkins es el súper-héroe más holgazán del siglo XXI. Pero es confiable y amigable, y está por embarcarse en la aventura de su vida. FASHION BEAST #10 WRAP CVR (MR)El patrón está muerto. Larga vida al nuevo rey de la moda. El imperio será ahora una revolución de la moda. Mientras el mundo forcejea con estas nuevas sensaciones visuales, una sórdida relación es concretada.IMAGE FIRSTS PHONOGRAM #1David sale a cazar nuevas flamas en un festival feminista, sólo para quemarse con una llama nueva. Una diosa desdeñada regresa para recoger su libra de carne y demandar reparaciones. Aquí, la música es magia.KICK-ASS 3 #1 (OF 8) (MR)HIT-GIRL está en la cárcel, y ahora KICK-ASS deberá ser el líder del equipo. Su primera misión: salvar a HIT-GIRL. Pero ahora que todos están fuera de la ley, KICK-ASS deberá escapar de los policías y de los criminales. Por primera vez desde que usa el uniforme, Dave empieza a tener dudas.MORNING GLORIES #27 (MR)No hay comienzo.  my drawing: from pencils to inks / mi dibujo: del lápiz a la tintaSEX #3 (MR)Hay millones de historias en Ciudad Saturno, y Simon es sólo una de ellas. Su futuro puede estar abierto, pero el pasado lo persigue. Al hombre todavía se le para. Este es el momento perfecto para pagar por sexo. THE PRO ONE SHOT (NEW PTG) (MR)Ella es la primera súper-heroína que se dedica a la prostitución.UNWRITTEN #49 (MR)Es la conclusión de "Orfeo en el inframundo", Tom se encuentra con el Rey del Infierno de nuevo, y esta vez es incluso más desagradable que antes. La única manera de escapar es a través de un relato. Pero ¿qué pasa si el relato dice que debes perder? WAKE #1 (MR)“Hay algo allí abajo...”. La bióloga marina Lee es interpelada por el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional. Ella se rehúsa a ayudarlos, pero rápidamente descubre que no aceptarán esta negativa. Pronto, viajará a las profundidades del Círculo Ártico, donde han descubierto algo aterrador. WALKING DEAD #111 (MR)Alguien va a tener muchos celos.YOUNG AVENGERS #5Aquí, cuando uno de los personajes dice que "lo hizo" hace media hora, normalmente significa que sí "lo hizo". Pero, ¿qué es lo que LOKI hizo? Nadie sabe... OK, se los contaremos... Bueno, al menos en parte. Y MISS AMERICA probablemente se líe a puñetazos con alguien. Ella suele ser así. Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/07/june-comic-books-comics-de-junio.html

Preview: FATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #5

Preview: FATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #5

By Rui Esteves in Blog on July 14, 2013

CoverFATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #5Vince Hernandez ; JT Krul ; David Wohl ­ writers / Ken Marion ­ pencils / Kyle Ritter - colorsThe most epic storyline in Fathom¹s 15-year history reaches its finale!The future of the Fathom Universe will be forged as Anya¹s quest to reunite with her kidnapped‹and extremely powerful‹daughter brings her to a place that Aspen Matthews remembers all too well. Here, in the place where it all started, the battle for the baby¹s life, as well as their own, will be waged‹and no one is certain to survive!Aspen newcomer Ken Marion is joined by an all-star group of past and present FATHOM writers, all coming together for a FATHOM story 15 years in the making! Plus, fan-favorite artist Talent Caldwell returns with a stunning 5 part interconnecting cover that all leads up to an unbelievable new direction in the All New FATHOM Universe!FATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #5 is in stores July 17th, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2-3 Cover B Cover CFollow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/07/preview-fathom-elite-saga-5.html

Aspen Comics Reveals All New Fathom #1 SDCC 2013 Exclusives

Aspen Comics Reveals All New Fathom #1 SDCC 2013 Exclusives

By Rui Esteves in Blog on July 13, 2013

Alex KonatAspen Comics Reveals All New Fathom #1 SDCC 2013 ExclusivesAspen Comics continues to unveil more Comic Con International: San Diego 2013 exclusives and today announced the world premiere of their sixth “10 for 10” title, Michael Turner’s Fathom, next week at the convention. The publisher will feature two SDCC 2013 exclusive covers, a Fathom #1 cover by series artist Alex Konat along with Peter Steigerwald limited to 250 copies, and a rare Fathom #1 Aspen Century Edition by J. Scott Campbell and Steigerwald, highly limited to 100 editions.In addition to the exclusive books, Aspen today revealed the latest Aspen Tour Print 2013 Anniversary Print by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald. This Comic Con International: San Diego 2013 edition features a classic Turner and Steigerwald image re-mastered, and is limited to only 75 signed editions.Aspen Comics recently revealed two new Aspen Splash 2013 exclusives for Comic Con International: San Diego 2013. The publisher will feature a special Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald SDCC cover limited to 250 copies, in addition to an exclusive SDCC cover by Mike DeBalfo and Peter Steigerwald, limited to 200 copies. Both Mike DeBalfo and Peter Steigerwald will be appearing at the Aspen Comics Booth #2321 all weekend long as well. J. Scott Campbell Earlier in the week, Aspen revealed an exclusive Comic Con International: San Diego 2013 BubbleGun #2 cover by Pasquale Qualano and Peter Steigerwald, only available at the Aspen Comics Booth #2321 and limited to 200 copies, with quantities made available on the AspenStore.com as well. BubbleGun creator and writer Mark Roslan will be appearing at the Aspen Comics Booth all week long during the con as well.The publisher also has previously revealed a Fathom: The Elite Saga #1 cover by Joe Benitez and Peter Steigerwald, only available at the Aspen Comics Booth #2321, with quantities made available on the AspenStore.com as well. This Comic Con exclusive cover for Aspen’s weekly Fathom event commemorating 15 years of Fathom will be limited to 250 copies, and the publisher will be featuring appearances by both Benitez and Steigerwald at the Aspen Comics Booth throughout the weekend.Aspen will be unveiling more SDCC exclusives throughout the week in addition to some major announcements regarding their upcoming projects to be shown at the “Ten Years of Aspen Comics” panel on Friday at Comic Con. Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/07/aspen-comics-reveals-all-new-fathom-1.html

Skizz - Alan Moore Jim Baikie

Skizz - Alan Moore Jim Baikie

By Arion in Blog on July 12, 2013

When I was around 11 or 12 I read a dozen of pages of Skizz. Back then my usual reading would consist on thrilling Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog and Robo-Hunter adventures, and it was clear to me, even at such tender age, that Skizz was something rather different. I was habituated to having one protagonist –Judge Dredd, Johnny Alpha or Sam Slade– and a supporting cast. In Skizz, however, everyone seemed to play a main role and it was hard to locate one character with more prominence than the others. Of course, I had no idea who Alan Moore was and, surely, I would never spend my time reading the credits to find out who were the authors behind the stories I was so fond of. But there was something about those Skizz pages that made me read them over and over again. I often felt as if I were spying on this people. And at times I even felt strangely uncomfortable witnessing the private lives and thoughts of these men and women. Certainly, over the years I have embraced this voyeuristic aspect of human nature, and I no longer recoil from it. Spying on others, whether on real life or fiction, can be a consistent source of pleasure. It took me over a decade to find the missing chapters, to put them together, and enjoy Skizz as it was meant to be enjoyed: as a 100 page graphic novel. And, again, I experienced that feeling of proximity, which is only fitting for a story that deals with ‘close encounters’ of the alien type. Everything begins when a spaceship accidentally crashes on the outsides of Birmingham. “He stopped the plasmotors dead. He polarized all his gravity buffers. He recited five of the nine sacred equations. He was still going far too fast when he hit the atmosphere of the blue planet”. Barely surviving the crash, Zhcchz realizes that he’s in a ‘forbidden’ planet, labeled as dangerous due to its primitive inhabitants.Zhcchz expedition through the streets of Birmingham is fascinating. The first chapter is told from the point of view of the alien, and we see him suffering with Earth’s gravity, stumbling as he tries to walk over the pavement, witnessing with horror and revulsion the factories, those “strange, deformed buildings, the giant alien structures that reek of poison. What can they be like, he wonders, the creatures that built these horrifying monuments?”. And as he gets closer to the busiest avenue, at last, he sees them –he sees us– and, concealed in the shadows of the night, he assesses if these hominids represent a threat or not. And that’s when he sees two drunk guys hitting each other. The very concept of trying to hurt someone else with a limb –an arm and a fist, in this case– is unimaginable to Zhcchz and so he understands that the levels of primitivism surpass even his more pessimistic assumptions.   "He was still going far too fast when he hit the atmosphere of the blue planet" /"Todavía estaba yendo demasiado rápido cuando chocó contra la atmósfera del planeta azul"And Zhcchz keeps on moving, until he finds a secluded place in the suburbs when he hides, fearing for his life. He’s lucky, though, because there he meets a young girl named Roxy. But this isn’t E.T. the Extra-Terres-trial, this a darker tale of British sensi-bilities and an example of how the concept of other-worldly presences can help us define, or redefine, the place we live in. And this isn’t a kind city, nor a kind country, the United Kingdom is ruled by Margaret Thatcher, and hordes of unemployed people vomit their frustrations in the alleys of Birmingham. The punk movement, the motorcyclists, the hooligans, it’s all there, and it’s all combined with the innocence of a girl that takes care of an alien. She can’t even feed him properly, as Zhcchz keeps throwing up everything he’s ingested, but still she tries to help him.As the story progresses new characters appear, such as Loz –a smart young man that can’t find a job but that can surely find a solution to the strangest problems– and Cornelius –an unemployed workman, bitter and frustrated, who stays silent most of the time, except when he says he still has his pride–. Of course, the British government knows that an unknown flying object landed on Birmingham, and the investigation soon brings them to Roxy’s doorstep. They immediately capture Zhcchz and take him to a military facility. This is the first extraterrestrial humans have seen, but unlike Roxy, Loz and Cornelius, the government is convinced that Zhcchz plans on invading the Earth. The only thing the little alien wants is to return to his homeworld, but instead he’s brutally questioned about intergalactic weapons and conquering plans. As a highly intelligent creature, Zhcchz learns English in a matter of days but he cannot convey a simple message to his captors: “when technology has reached a certain level weapons are redundant”. This alien species has such an advanced technology that they can disintegrate suns. Obviously, the human concept of war is something as alien to Zhcchz as is his technology to humans.  Eventually, Roxy, Loz and Cornelius come up with a brilliant plan to rescue Zhcchz –to whom they have affectionately nicknamed Skizz– and they succeed. As they escape, Alan Moore takes us inside the heads of every character: Roxy, her father and her mother, the military authorities, Loz and Cornelius; this particular narrative device captured my attention over a decade ago. Skizz & Roxy To create a distraction, Loz abandons Roxy and Cornelius, and he visits the areas he’s most familiar with: those zones inhabited by the poor and the unem-ployed; and he rallies them, and sends them in motor-cycles and buses to blockade the advance of the army vehicles. In many ways, they’re also aliens to a government that cares very little about their wellbeing. When Roxy talks to Skizz, she explains her that people can help him get back to his world. That he can be sent on a space rocket, after all, humankind has reached the moon. And that’s when Skizz loses all hope. The distance between his planet and Earth is almost infinite, and getting as far as the moon is a truly insignificant feat for him. He understands that there is no point in trying to escape from the soldiers, but he still follows Roxy’s lead, not because he thinks he’ll be saved but because he wants to repay her kindness. The punks, the motorcyclists, the hooligans and the unemployed men fight against the soldiers. But in the Thatcher era, soldiers and police officers are experts in crushing civil movements and manifestations. All the hundreds of outcasts from Birmingham are doomed to lose the battle. In the final moment, Cornelius, the silent man, breaks his silence and shouts. They’ve taken his job, his rights, his social benefits, but they haven’t taken his pride. Unarmed, Cornelius, Roxy and the fragile alien try to fight for their lives.Jim Baikie provides an amazing depiction of poverty and urban misery. His characters have no glamour and no sophistication, and yet, they exude a certain nobility, a strength that comes from some unknown region of the heart. Baikie’s lines scratch the surface of the paper, creating a sensation of untidiness, of spontaneity, and his dark inks add the necessary touch of melancholy. Together, Moore and Baikie create an evocative and meaningful tale about first encounters, a cruel reality and the mechanisms of alienation. Originally serialized in 2000AD in 1983, there have been many collected editions. If you can find one, hop in, you may feel slightly estranged at first, but then you’ll see it’s worth the ride.   ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Cuando tenía 11 o 12 años, leí una docena de páginas de "Skizz". En ese entonces, mis lecturas habituales consistían en las emocionantes aventuras de Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog y Robo-Hunter, y para mí era claro, incluso a tan tierna edad, que Skizz era algo bastante diferente. Estaba acostumbrado a tener un protagonista –Juez Dredd, Johnny Alpha o Sam Slade– y personajes secundarios. En Skizz, sin embargo, todos parecían desempeñar un papel principal y era difícil ubicar a un personaje con mayor prominencia que los otros. Feeding an alien is not an easy task / Alimentar a un alienígena no es tarea fácilPor supuesto, no tenía idea de quién era Alan Moore y, por cierto, nunca gastaba mi tiempo en leer los créditos para descubrir quiénes eran los autores detrás de las historias que tanto me gustaban. Pero había algo en esas páginas de Skizz que hizo que las leyera una y otra vez. A menudo me sentía como si estuviese espiando a esta gente. Y en ocasiones me sentí extrañamente incómodo al ser testigo de las vidas y pensamientos privados de estos hombres y mujeres. Ciertamente, con los años he asumido este aspecto voyerístico de la naturaleza humana, y ya no lo rehúyo. Espiar a otros, ya sea en la vida real o en la ficción, puede ser una consistente fuente de placer.Me llevó más de una década encontrar los capítulos faltantes, ponerlos en orden, y disfrutar Skizz como debía ser disfrutado: como una novela gráfica de 100 páginas. Y, de nuevo, experimenté esa sensación de proximidad, algo que va muy bien con una historia sobre 'encuentros cercanos' de tipo alienígeno. Todo empieza cuando una nave espacial se estrella accidentalmente en las afueras de Birmingham. "Detuvo en seco los plasmotores. Polarizó los soportes de gravedad. Recitó cinco de las nueve ecuaciones sagradas. Todavía estaba yendo demasiado rápido cuando chocó contra la atmósfera del planeta azul". Zhcchz apenas sobrevive luego del choque, y se da cuenta que está en un planeta 'prohibido', catalogado como peligroso a causa de sus primitivos habitantes.La expedición de Zhcchz en las calles de Birmingham es fascinante. El primer capítulo es contado desde el punto de vista del extraterrestre, y lo vemos sufrir con la gravedad de la Tierra, tropezarse al caminar sobre el pavimento, y ser testigo, horrorizado y asqueado, de las fábricas, esas “extrañas y deformes construcciones, las gigantescas estructuras alienígenas que apestan a veneno. ¿Cómo serán, se pregunta, las criaturas que han construido estos horrorosos monumentos?” Y al acercarse a la avenida más transitada, por fin, los ve -nos ve- y, oculto en las sombras de la noche, determina si estos homínidos representan una amenaza. Y entonces ve a dos borrachos golpeándose entre sí. El concepto de intentar hacerle daño a alguien con una extremidad -un brazo y un puño, en este caso- es inimaginable para Zhcchz y de este modo comprende que los niveles de primitivismo sobrepasan incluso sus suposiciones más pesimistas.  Loz tries to cure Skizz while Cornelius stares at the birds /Loz intenta curar a Skizz mientras Cornelius mira las avesY Zhcchz sigue avanzando, hasta que encuentra un lugar apartado en los suburbios, donde se esconde, lleno de miedo. Aunque tiene suerte, porque allí conoce a una chica llamada Roxy. Pero esto no es "E.T. el extraterrestre", esto es un relato más oscuro de sensibilidad británica y un ejemplo de cómo el concepto de la presencia de otros mundos puede ayudarnos a definir, o redefinir, el sitio en el que vivimos. Y esta no es una ciudad amable, ni un país amable, el Reino Unido es gobernado por Margaret Thatcher, y hordas de desempleados vomitan sus frustraciones en los callejones de Birmingham. El movimiento punk, los motociclistas, los 'hooligans', todo está allí, y todo está combinado con la inocencia de una chica que cuida del extraterrestre. Ella ni siquiera puede alimentarlo apropiadamente, Zhcchz vomita todo lo que ingiere, pero ella igual intenta ayudarlo. Conforme progresa la historia, aparecen nuevos personajes como Loz –un joven astuto que no puede encontrar trabajo pero que puede encontrar soluciones a los más extraños problemas– y Cornelius –un obrero desempleado, amargado y frustrado, que permanece en silencio casi todo el tiempo, excepto cuando dice que todavía tiene su orgullo–. Por supuesto, el gobierno británico sabe que un objeto volador no identificado ha aterrizado en Birmingham, y la investigación los lleva a la puerta de Roxy. Inmediatamente capturan a Zhcchz y lo llevan a una instalación militar. Este es el primer extraterrestre que los humanos han visto, pero a diferencia de Roxy, Loz y Cornelius, el gobierno está convencido de que Zhcchz planea invadir la Tierra. Lo único que quiere el pequeño alienígena es regresar a su mundo, pero en lugar de eso es brutalmente interrogado sobre armas intergalácticas y planes de conquista. Al ser una criatura de gran inteligencia, Zhcchz aprende inglés en cuestión de días pero no puede transmitir un sencillo mensaje a sus captores: "Cuando la tecnología ha alcanzado un cierto nivel las armas son redundantes". Esta especie alienígena tiene una tecnología tan avanzada que pueden desintegrar soles. Obviamente, el concepto humano de guerra es algo tan ajeno para Zhcchz como su tecnología para los humanos.Eventualmente, Roxy, Loz y Cornelius elaboran un brillante plan para rescatar a Zhcchz –a quien han apodado cariñosamente como Skizz– y tienen éxito. Mientras escapan, Alan Moore nos lleva al interior de las cabezas de cada personaje: Roxy, su padre y su madre, las autoridades militares, Loz y Cornelius; este particular recurso narrativo atrapó mi atención hace más de una década. They can disintegrate suns /Ellos pueden desintegrar solesPara crear una distracción, Loz abandona a Roxy y Cornelius, y visita las áreas que le son más familiares: esas zonas habitadas por los pobres y los desem-pleados; y los convoca a todos, y los envía en motos y buses para bloquear el avance de los vehículos del ejército. De cierta manera, ellos también son aliens para un gobierno que se preocupa muy poco por su bienestar. Cuando Roxy habla con Skizz, ella le explica que la gente puede ayudarlo a regresar a su mundo. Que puede ser enviado en un cohete espacial, después de todo, la humanidad ha llegado hasta la luna. Y es entonces cuando Skizz pierde toda esperanza. La distancia entre su planeta y la Tierra es casi infinita, y para él llegar a la luna es una hazaña realmente insignificante. Él entiende que no tiene sentido intentar escapar de los soldados, pero igual sigue al lado de Roxy, no porque crea que puede salvarse sino porque quiere retribuir su generosidad.Los punks, los motociclistas, los 'hooligans' y los desempleados pelean contra los soldados. Pero en la era de Thatcher, los soldados y policías son expertos en someter manifestaciones y movimientos civiles. Los cientos de desposeídos de Birmingham están condenados a perder la batalla. En el último momento, Cornelius, el hombre callado, rompe su silencio y grita. Le han quitado su trabajo, sus derechos, sus beneficios sociales, pero no su orgullo. Desarmados, Cornelius, Roxy y el frágil alien intentan pelear por sus vidas.Jim Baikie nos entrega un asombroso retrato de la pobreza y la miseria urbana. Sus personajes no tienen glamour ni sofisticación, y no obstante, exudan una cierta nobleza, una fortaleza que viene de alguna región desconocida del corazón. Las líneas de Baikie arañan la superficie del papel, creando una sensación de desorden, de espontaneidad, y sus oscuras tintas añaden el toque necesario de melancolía. Juntos Moore y Baikie crean un relato evocativo y significativo sobre los primeros encuentros, una cruel realidad y los mecanismos de la alienación. Serializada originalmente en 2000AD en 1983, hay muchas ediciones recopilatorias. Si pueden encontrar una, suban a bordo, podrán sentirse ligeramente alienados al inicio, pero luego verán que el viaje vale la pena. Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/07/skizz-alan-moore-jim-baikie.html

Aspen Comics Reveals Aspen Splash 2013 SDCC Exclusives

Aspen Comics Reveals Aspen Splash 2013 SDCC Exclusives

By Rui Esteves in Blog on July 12, 2013

Michael TurnerAspen Comics Reveals Aspen Splash 2013 SDCC ExclusivesAspen Comics revealed two new Aspen Splash 2013 exclusives for Comic Con International: San Diego 2013 today. The publisher will feature a special Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald SDCC cover limited to 250 copies, in addition to an exclusive SDCC cover by Mike DeBalfo and Peter Steigerwald, limited to 200 copies. Both Mike DeBalfo and Peter Steigerwald will be appearing at the Aspen Comics Booth #2321 all weekend long as well.Earlier in the week, Aspen revealed an exclusive Comic Con International: San Diego 2013 BubbleGun #2 cover by Pasquale Qualano and Peter Steigerwald, only available at the Aspen Comics Booth #2321 and limited to 200 copies, with quantities made available on the AspenStore.com as well. BubbleGun creator and writer Mark Roslan will be appearing at the Aspen Comics Booth all week long during the con as well. Mike DeBalfo The publisher also has previously revealed a Fathom: The Elite Saga #1 cover by Joe Benitez and Peter Steigerwald, only available at the Aspen Comics Booth #2321, with quantities made available on the AspenStore.com as well. This Comic Con exclusive cover for Aspen’s weekly Fathom event commemorating 15 years of Fathom will be limited to 250 copies, and the publisher will be featuring appearances by both Benitez and Steigerwald at the Aspen Comics Booth throughout the weekend.Aspen will be unveiling more SDCC exclusives throughout the week in addition to some major announcements regarding their upcoming projects to be shown at the “Ten Years of Aspen Comics” panel on Friday at Comic Con. Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/07/aspen-comics-reveals-aspen-splash-2013.html

Preview: DEAD MAN¹S RUN #6

Preview: DEAD MAN¹S RUN #6

By Rui Esteves in Blog on July 11, 2013

CoverDEAD MAN¹S RUN #6Greg Pak ­ Writer / Tony Parker ­ Art / Wes Hartman - ColorsFrom acclaimed "Hulk" writer Greg Pak, legendary "Walking Dead" producer Gale Anne Hurd, and Tony Parker, artist of the Eisner-nominated "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep², comes the biggest blockbuster series of the year ­ DEAD MAN¹S RUN!The finale to the critically revered journey through hell ushers Sam Tinker and his allies straight into the heart of darkness! As the Warden finally makes her true intentions known to the shocked group, they must decide whether they can trust their fate to her actions‹as it might be their only option to remain alive. However, their present comes brutally crashing down on them in the City of Corruption, as the Captain also makes his purpose devastatingly clear to the group, at the cost of several of their lives! Don¹t miss the mind-blowing conclusion to this year¹s most depraved action adventure series!DEAD MAN¹S RUN #6 is in stores July 10th, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/07/preview-dead-mans-run-6.html

Review: Book of DA

Review: Book of DA

By Rui Esteves in Blog on July 11, 2013

Cover DA rules over the seas. DA is a good deity. DA keeps all the sea creatures happy and gifts them with harmonious lives. All DA asks in return is absolute devotion and servitude.One day a diver crosses path with DA. At first the diver complies with every request DA makes. But one little gesture of defiance changes everything.DA isn't happy, and if DA isn't happy the sea is a bad place to be in.The Book of DA narrates the journey of the diver while he searches for DA, for the reason that made the seas turn on him and the way to turn it around and bring harmony back.How is it?The divers journey is an epic tale. Its almost like a biblical tale in a sense that you have a bigger than life deity that rules over all and the struggle of an insignificant and harmless being for a peaceful life. Its a story of struggle and innocence, of blind servitude and emotional slavery. But its also a story about something else. About something very human and very earthly. DA Mike Mccubbins writes this story in two different ways. In half the story we follow the diver's silent journey. In the other half a priest like character narrates the story to an eager audience. This dichotomy of styles works very well. When the story is in diver mode it transmits a smooth tranquility, even when DA is present. If it were a song it would be Simon and Garfunkel's Sound of Silent. In priest mode the story picks up the pace. It also and gains a dramatic feel to it that greatly enhances the reading experience. If it were a song it would be Ben Harper's Power of the Gospel.Matt Bryan is in charge of the art of the Book of DA. Question: Do you like high contrast B&W art? I do, very much in fact. For the most part its great. In fact it takes center stage every time the story hits diver mode. In this mode the story is almost only driven by the art. And it works very well. However I'm not very keen on the style Matt adopted for the priest mode. Its not bad, its just to as glorious as the diver mode one is.My biggest complain is the format of the book. Its not in the standard US trade size. Its more like Disney sized books. Matt's art is somewhat minimalist, but I think it would benefit from a larger format. But it was probably a financial decision. We have to keep in mind that the printing that I got was funded by a Kickstarter project. The DiverVerdict?Overall its Book of DA is a very good book. I liked it a lot. Its fresh and unique. A cool little story told in a very graphical format. I love indie books and this is no exception. Recommended.It can be hard to get a hand on a copy of Book of DA, but you can hop on the authors online store and buy a copy.Publisher: Big List of Dead PeopleYear: 2013Pages: 148Authors: Mike Mccubbins, Matt BryanISBN: 9780615778501Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/07/review-book-of-da.html

Preview: FATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #4

Preview: FATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #4

By Rui Esteves in Blog on July 11, 2013

CoverFATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #4JT Krul ; Vince Hernandez ; David Wohl ­ writers / Ken Marion ­ pencils / Kyle Ritter - colorsThe ending to the most epic storyline in Fathom¹s 15-year history draws near!The return of one of the most significant Blue citizens to ever live will shatter the fabric of the Fathom Universe as we know it! While Anya will learn that Anika¹s fate may be tied to the arrival of this person‹which could lead to the baby¹s unfortunate demise!Aspen newcomer Ken Marion is joined by an all-star group of past and present FATHOM writers, all coming together for a FATHOM story 15 years in the making! Plus, fan-favorite artist Talent Caldwell returns with a stunning 5 part interconnecting cover that all leads up to an unbelievable new direction in the All New FATHOM Universe!FATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #4 is in stores July 10th, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Preview Page 4 Cover B Cover CFollow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/07/preview-fathom-elite-saga-4.html

Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. 8 - Yoshiyuki Sadamoto

Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. 8 - Yoshiyuki Sadamoto

By Arion in Blog on July 10, 2013

Misato & KajiWhen I first saw Neon Genesis Evangelion, Shinji Ikari was 14 years old… and so was I. But unlike other fictitious characters Shinji would think, act and react like a real teenager, in fact, in more ways than I could have anticipated, he was living an alternative version of my life. The surprising battles between biomechanical colossuses and gigantic angels captured my attention from the get go, and I don’t think I ever stopped to ask what else was going on. Or what had been going on in a world that had survived the apocalyptical second impact.Reading this manga volume is like pausing the exciting scenes that I remember from the anime; it’s like taking a deep breath and looking at familiar faces with a whole new perspective. For sure, that’s how I’ve felt reading stages 49 through 56: “…Kiss”, “Into the Heart…”, “Mother”, “Flashback”, “A Giant Made of Light”, “The Birth of NERV”, “Message” and “Of Jealousy”. There is also a matter of age here. I’m older now. I’m about to turn 29, I’m just a few days away from being as old as Kaji and Misato. My life no longer revolves around the discovery of sexuality but rather on the formalization of long-term relationships; teen angst has been replaced by simple adult weariness. Of course, now I’m more attuned to the dilemmas experienced by Kaji and Misato. Shinji has been absent for a month, submerged in the Link Connected Liquid (LCL), inside the cockpit of Unit-01. Like a fetus unaware of the existence of the world, the teenager has severed all physical ties to reality and is lost inside his own mind. The Eva here functions as a surrogate mother, its inner machineries are an artificial womb and the LCL replaces the amniotic fluid. For an entire month, Shinji dreams and gets in touch with his unconsciousness. There he finds the ever present figure of his mother: Yui Ikari, and although he’s very tempted to stay there forever, nurtured and sheltered by the motherly bosom, that would cause his death in the real world.  Rei AyanamiThere is one particular scene that I found fascinating. Shinji wakes up naked in the ocean, near the shore. On the beach, he sees his parents and a younger version of himself. His only desire is to walk towards them, in an obvious attempt to regress to a more innocent and tender age. Except that he can’t. His legs don’t obey them, and so he stands there, silent, exposing himself, exposing his naked body, proving with his nudity and the development of his sexual organs that his not the child he used to be, although he is not a grown up either. At least not yet. And then, Yui makes a very meaningful statement: “Is it that you can’t move? Or is it that where you really want to go isn’t where I am?”. Probably every human being has experienced the same existential doubt, where do we go? Do we follow the path carefully laid out for us by our parents? Or do we throw away the notion of family traditions and choose a different destiny?   Meanwhile, everyone misses Shinji, even Asuka. Rei Ayanami is also worried about him. There’s an odd connection between Shinji and his Evangelion –imbued with his mother’s essence–, and Rei, whose link with Shinji’s mother places her on a difficult position: on one hand she feels replaceable, on the other hand, her closeness with Commander Gendo Ikari causes some sort of displaced –or misplaced– Oedipal complex.The exploration of the past continues. Right after Sub-Commander Fuyutsuki is kidnapped, his interrogation begins. Deprived of food and water during 30 hours, the anonymous high council of SEELE –a super-secret organization whose name means ‘Soul’ in German– asks him how GEHIRN (Brain) turned into NERV, how the geo-front was built, what is the role of Gendo Ikari and why did he marry to Yui (rumors state that he marries her for two reasons: for her scientific work and to gain access to SEELE, the only organization wealthy enough to finance NERV). Shinji and his mother, Yui / Shinji y su madre, YuiFinally Ryoji Kaji, the man responsible for Fuyutsuki’s kidnapping, rescues the Sub-Commander, even at the risk of his own life. Cornered in one of the tallest buildings of Tokyo 3, Kaji is wounded. He continues to run, until he has nowhere to go. With the arrogance that characterizes him, he shouts at his enemy. Aim better this time, he suggests. And, indeed, the next bullet destroys his chest cavity. He dies in seconds, but not before imagining the presence of all the boys he unwillingly sentenced to death when he was a teenager. Kaji’s death will have major repercussions on Katsuragi and even Asuka.A very moving sequence takes place between Rei and Shinji, who at last regains consciousness. For weeks, Shinji has been in utero, in a limbo devoid of all human contact. Ayanami, on the other hand, has been in the real world, but also deprived of a much needed human touch. She tells Shinji how much it meant for her to be touched by him, even if this has only happened four times: the first, when a wounded Ayanami was in his way to the infirmary, right before the first time Shinji piloted Unit-01; the second, when the boy accidentally trips and falls on top of a naked Rei; third, wearing their suits, after a battle with an angel; fourth, when Shinji cleans Rei’s hand after a kitchen incident. One of the reasons I love Neon Genesis Evangelion so much is because I can identify with all the characters. Surely, Shinji is the one that reminds me of my teenage years. But at some point in my life I’ve also been as sad and lonely as Rei, counting with desperation the number of times that I had been touched by another human being. And now, for example, I feel a lot like Ryoji Kaji. I look unworried, arrogant, too proud of myself, but I too have skeletons in the closet; like Kaji, I’ve made some really lousy decisions when I was 15 or 16, and just like him I’ve felt, perhaps too many times, that I didn’t deserve happiness. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ In his dreams, Shinji talks with Misato / En sus sueños, Shinji habla con MisatoLa primera vez que vi Neon Genesis Evangelion, Shinji Ikari tenía 14 años... al igual que yo. Pero a diferencia de otros personajes ficticios, Shinji pensaba, actuaba y reaccionaba como un adolescente de verdad, más aún, de una forma que no podría haber anticipado, él estaba viviendo una versión alternativa de mi vida.Las sorprendentes batallas entre colosos biomecánicos y gigantescos ángeles atraparon mi atención desde el comienzo, y no creo haberme detenido jamás a preguntar que más estaba sucediendo. O qué había estado sucediendo en un mundo que sobrevivió al apocalíptico segundo impacto.Leer este volumen del manga es como hacer pausa en las emocionantes escenas que recuerdo del anime; es como tomar aliento y mirar esos rostros familiares con una nueva perspectiva. Desde luego, así es como me he sentido leyendo las etapas 49 a 56: "...Beso", "Dentro del corazón...", "Madre", "Flashback", "Un gigante hecho de luz", "El nacimiento de NERV", "Mensaje" y "Sobre celos". Aquí también va el asunto de la edad. Ahora tengo más años. Estoy a punto de cumplir 29, estoy a pocos días de distancia de ser tan viejo como Kaji y Misato. Mi vida ya no gira en torno al descubrimiento de la sexualidad sino más bien a la formalización de relaciones de largo plazo; la angustia adolescente ha sido reemplazada por el simple hastío del adulto. Por supuesto, ahora estoy más sintonizado con los dilemas experimentados por Kaji y Misato.Shinji ha estado ausente por un mes, sumergido en el Líquido de Conexión de Enlace (LCL en inglés), dentro de la cabina de la Unidad-01. Como un feto que ignora la existencia del mundo, el adolescente ha cercenado todas sus ataduras físicas a la realidad y está perdido dentro de su propia mente. Aquí el Eva funciona como una madre sustituta, sus maquinarias internas son el útero artificial y el LCL reemplaza el fluido amniótico. Por todo un mes, Shinji sueña y entra en contacto con su inconsciente. Allí encuentra la siempre presente figura de su madre: Yui Ikari, y aunque tiene la tentación de quedarse allí para siempre, nutrido y cobijado en el seno materno, eso causaría su muerte en el mundo real. Oedipus complex can take many forms / El complejo de Edipo puede tomar muchas formasHay una escena particular que me resulta fascinante. Shinji se despierta desnudo en el océano, cerca de la costa. En la playa, ve a sus padres y a una versión infantil de sí mismo. Su único deseo es caminar hacia ellos, en un obvio intento de regresión a una edad más tierna e inocente. Excepto que no puede. Sus piernas no lo obedecen, así que él se queda allí, en silencio, exhibiéndose, exhibiendo su cuerpo desnudo, demostrando con su desnudez y el desarrollo de sus órganos sexuales que ya no es el niño que solía ser, aunque tampoco es un adulto. Aún no. Y entonces, Yui ofrece una significativa interpelación: "¿Es que no te puedes mover? ¿O es que donde realmente quieres ir no es donde yo estoy?" Probablemente todo ser humano ha experimentado la misma duda existencial, ¿a dónde vamos? ¿Seguimos el camino cuidadosamente planeado para nosotros por nuestros padres? ¿O nos deshacemos de la noción de las tradiciones familiares y elegimos un destino diferente?Mientras tanto, todos extrañan a Shinji, incluso Asuka. Rei Ayanami también está preocupada por él. Hay una rara conexión entre Shinji y su Evangelion –imbuido de la esencia de su madre–, y Rei, cuyo vínculo con la madre de Shinji la coloca en una posición difícil: por un lado siente que es reemplazable, por otro, su cercanía con el comandante Gendo Ikari genera cierto tipo de complejo de Edipo desplazado o mal emplazado. La exploración del pasado continúa. Apenas el sub-comandante Fuyutsuki es secuestrado, comienza el interrogatorio. Sin recibir agua ni comida durante 30 horas, el anónimo alto consejo de SEELE –una organización súper-secreta con un nombre que significa 'alma' en alemán– le pregunta cómo GEHIRN (cerebro) se convirtió en NERV, cómo fue construido el geo-frente, cuál es el rol de Gendo Ikari y por qué se casó con Yui (los rumores afirman que se casó con ella por dos razones: por su labor científica y para ganar acceso a SEELE, la única organización con el dinero suficiente para financiar NERV). The death of Kaji / La muerte de KajiFinalmente Ryoji Kaji, el hombre responsable por el secuestro de Fuyutsuki, rescata al sub-comandante, aunque al hacerlo su vida peligra. Acorralado en uno de los edificios más grandes de Tokyo 3, Kaji es herido. Continúa huyendo, hasta que no puede más. Con la arrogancia que lo caracteriza, grita al enemigo. Apunta mejor la próxima vez, sugiere. Y, de hecho, la siguiente bala le destroza la cavidad pectoral. Muere en segundos, pero no sin antes imaginar la presencia de todos los chicos que él, involuntariamente, sentenció a muerte cuando era un adolescente. La muerte de Kaji causará graves repercusiones en Katsuragi e incluso en Asuka.Hay una escena muy conmovedora entre Rei y Shinji, cuando él despierta por fin. Por semanas, Shinji ha estado en un útero, en un limbo desprovisto de contacto humano. Ayanami, por otro lado, ha estado en el mundo real, pero sin ese tan necesario contacto humano. Ella le dice a Shinji lo mucho que significó que él la tocara, algo que sólo pasó cuatro veces: la primera, cuando una malherida Ayanami era llevada a la enfermería, justo antes de la primera vez que Shinji piloteara la Unidad-01; la segunda, cuando el chico accidentalmente tropieza y cae encima de una Rei desnuda; la tercera, enfundados en sus trajes, luego de una batalla con un ángel; la cuarta, cuando Shinji lava la mano de Rei tras un incidente de cocina.Una de las razones por las que me encanta "Neon Genesis Evangelion" es porque me puedo identificar con todos los personajes. Seguramente, Shinji es el que más me recuerda mis años de adolescencia. Pero en algún momento de mi vida también he estado tan triste y solitario como Rei, contando con desesperación el número de veces que sido tocado por otro ser humano. Y ahora, por ejemplo, me siento como Ryoji Kaji. Me veo despreocupado, arrogante, demasiado orgulloso de mí mismo, pero yo también tengo secretos oscuros; al igual que Kaji, he tomado algunas decisiones realmente desastrosas cuando tenía 15 o 16 años, y he sentido como él, tal vez demasiadas veces, que no merecía ser feliz.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/07/neon-genesis-evangelion-vol-8-yoshiyuki.html

Preview: BUBBLEGUN #2

Preview: BUBBLEGUN #2

By Rui Esteves in Blog on July 10, 2013

CoverBUBBLEGUN #2 Mark Roslan ­ Story / Mike Bowden ­ Art / David Curiel - ColorsThey like the tech, but live for the high stakes!When the gang realized the ³package² they painstaking retrieved could possibly be the most high-tech performance machine on the planet‹and more importantly, a young, kidnapped cyber boy‹the weight of their crime quickly comes into focus. Secrets are revealed, alliances shattered, and one of the team could literally never recover her psyche as the stakes have grown far greater than they could have ever imagined!Creator and writer Mark Roslan, along with penciler Mike Bowden and colorist David Curiel invite you to take part in what¹s sure to become Aspen¹s next hit sci-fi, action adventure series, BUBBLEGUN!BUBBLEGUN #2 is in stores July 10th, 2013! Preview Page 1, 2 Preview Page 3 Cover BFollow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/07/preview-bubblegun-2.html

Aspen Comics Announces New Series for 2014

Aspen Comics Announces New Series for 2014

By Rui Esteves in Blog on July 9, 2013

Lola XOXOAspen Comics Announces New Series for 2014Aspen Comics is pleased to announce an all-new series slated for 2014, the action-adventure series Lola XOXO, created, written and illustrated by Siya Oum. The publisher has revealed the first promotional image for the upcoming Aspen series with more information to be revealed at the “Ten Years of Aspen Comics” panel on Friday afternoon from 12-1 pm in Room 9 at next week’s Comic Con International: San Diego 2013. Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/07/aspen-comics-announces-new-series-for.html

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