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Aspen Comics Solicitations for December 2014

Aspen Comics Solicitations for December 2014

By Rui Esteves in Blog on September 20, 2014

Overtaken #2OVERTAKEN #2 Frank Mastromauro – Story / Marco Lorenzana – Art / Wes Hartman - ColorsPrepare yourself for the return of - OVERTAKEN!Picking up from the shocking events of issue #1… after months of dead ends and uncooperative authorities, Will Harden focuses his desperation to find his missing wife and turns to an unlikely source to help locate her…but is it already too late?? As he begins to unravel the truth, Harden will discover that the answers he seeks are far out of this world!Written and created by Frank Mastromauro, featuring artwork by the talented newcomer Marco Lorenzana, OVERTAKEN is going to take your breath away and leave you gasping for more!OVERTAKEN #2 is in stores December 17th, 2014!FC 32 pages $3.99 Fathom #1FATHOM: SOURCEBOOK #1 Michael Turner ; various – Art / Peter Steigerwald ; various – ColorsYour journey into the FATHOM Universe begins here!Michael Turner's best-selling Fathom series has celebrated over 15 years of thrilling adventures, and now fans and new readers alike can dive even deeper into the depths of the Fathom Universe with Aspen's first-ever FATHOM: SOURCEBOOK! Jam-packed from cover to cover with detailed character profiles, in-depth power charts, revealing story elements and so much more--this is the definitive source to learn about all things Fathom!FATHOM: SOURCEBOOK #1 is in stores December 10th, 2014!FC 32 pages $4.99 Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2014/09/aspen-comics-solicitations-for-december.html

KICK-ASS 3 - Mark Millar

KICK-ASS 3 - Mark Millar

By Arion in Blog on September 17, 2014

Most writers spend entire decades mimicking the style of their predecessors, unable to come up with new ideas. Only a few seem to have what it takes to reenergize the medium, to resurrect our passion towards a genre that is so easily cluttered with trivial titles and meaningless sagas. With Kick-Ass, writer Mark Millar unleashed his creativity and unlocked his potential as an author that could succeed outside the big two. This third and last volume begins with the tribulations of Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl, still recovering from recent events. Hit-Girl is in jail, waiting to be rescued. But when weeks turn into months she realizes that the incompetence of Kick-Ass and his improvised group of self-appointed “superheroes” is greater than she had imagined. Life after high school / la vida después de la secundariaHit-Girl understands that, and she manages to hold her ground in jail, killing inmates or maiming them as she sees fit. There is one memorable scene in which a psychiatrist visits her. In a way, this is a parody of the classic mental games between an imprisoned dangerous criminal and a normal person. We’ve seen similar sequences in “The Silence of the Lambs” (Hannibal Lecter and agent Clarisse Sterling) and most especially in “Watchmen” (Rorschach and Dr. Malcolm Long). In fact, if we reread Alan Moore’s magnum opus, we’ll remember that Dr. Malcolm Long eventually starts suffering from mental fatigue and anxiety after his sessions with Rorschach; the same has already happened with Hit-Girl’s first two shrinks, but the new one seems to be more resilient. Still, the dialogue between the perfect assassin and a doctor with good intentions is priceless. Meanwhile, Hit-Girl’s old headquarter is now a playground for adults that behave like children. One of Dave’s associates decides to move in. He is a fat man, a useless masked adventurer, an even bigger loser than the rest of the gang. Sitting on his dirty laundry while playing video games all day long, it’s clear that neither he nor any other member of ‘Justice Forever’ will fight to get Mindy out of jail. If Dave Lizewski was the average high school loser at the beginning of the series, he’s now a mediocre young man, working in a fast food joint and sharing an apartment with his friend Todd. Dave is too self-absorbed in his own world. After the death of his father, he finds solace in the Kick-Ass persona, and he gets even more tangled than usual in the absurdity and ridiculousness of superhero conventions. He can’t even mourn his parents as a regular kid: “It’s also so much cooler when you’re brooding in a big, black coat. I tried this in my jeans last week but it all just looked so inappropriately casual”. Kick-Ass missions have now become even more futile and ludicrous than they ever were. But still, he keeps at it. He has to. There’s no normal life for him to get back to.  Kick-Ass & Justice ForeverIn fact, even the slightest sense of normalcy will become a much-coveted asset. Hit-Girl is in jail, Kick-Ass is trying to adapt to a life devoid of grandeur. And even Chris –AKA the Motherfucker, formerly known as the Red Mist– is recovering from the multiple injuries, lesions and fractures he suffered at the end of the second volume of Kick-Ass. He may not have a normal life, but the one who is suffering the most is Angie Genovese, his mom; and not because, as a mother, she’s supposed to be worried about her son’s wellbeing... In fact, she feels repulsed and disgusted. Her life is miserable, she’s often insulted for giving birth to a homicidal monster. Still the woman visits the young man daily in the hospital. There she hears Chris complaints. It wasn’t supposed to be like this, he says. He’s in pain and he knows his life has been ruined. But she’s also in pain and her life has been ruined as well. Mark Millar explores an aspect of the supervillain figure that has rarely been acknowledged: the impact that the villain has not on society or the hero community, but on those closer to him, in other words, his friends and family. Because while Chris selfishly whines about being prostrated in bed, or having his ass kicked by Kick-Ass, Angie Genovese is enraged: “You think this was MY PLAN. You think I grew you for nine months and fed you my milk just to watch you become a FIGURE of PUBLIC HATE? Your father only killed people for BUSINESS. You killed people for FUN”. After long months of planning, Kick-Ass decides to intimidate mafia leader Rocco Genovese by recreating a classic scene from “Batman: Year One”. His goal is to instill fear in the hearts of the mobsters (just like Batman did in the classic Frank Miller miniseries). Of course, he fails. And he fails miserably.  (... to be continued)________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Todd is having fun, Dave isn't / Todd se divierte, pero Dave noMuchos escritores pasan años imitando el estilo de sus predecesores, incapaces de aportar nuevas ideas. Sólo unos pocos parecen tener lo necesario para re-energizar el medio, para revivir nuestra pasión por un género que a menudo es estorbado por títulos triviales y sagas intrascendentes. Con Kick-Ass, el escritor Mark Millar desató su creatividad y liberó su potencial como un autor que podía tener éxito más allá de las grandes editoriales.Este tercer y último volumen empieza con las tribulaciones de Kick-Ass y Hit-Girl, todavía recuperándose de eventos recientes. Hit-Girl está en la cárcel, esperando a ser rescatada. Pero cuando las semanas se convierten en meses, ella se da cuenta de que la incompetencia de Kick-Ass y su improvisado grupo de “superhéroes” voluntarios es mayor de lo imaginado. Hit-Girl entiende esto, y se las arregla para defenderse en prisión, matando reos o mutilándolos según considere conveniente. Hay una escena memorable en la que un psiquiatra la visita. En cierto modo, esta es una parodia de los clásicos juegos mentales entre un peligroso criminal apresado y una persona normal. Hemos vistos secuencias similares en “The Silence of the Lambs” (Hannibal Lecter y la agente Clarisse Sterling) y sobre todo en “Watchmen” (Rorschach y Dr. Malcolm Long). De hecho, si releemos el magnum opus de Alan Moore, recordaremos que el Dr. Malcolm Long eventualmente empieza a sufrir fatiga mental y ansiedad después de sus sesiones con Rorschach; lo mismo ha pasado con los primeros dos psiquiatras de Hit-Girl, pero el nuevo parece ser más resistente. Y sí, el dialogo entre la asesina perfecta y un doctor con buenas intenciones es de primera. Mientras tanto, el viejo cuartel general de Hit-Girl ahora es un patio de juegos para adultos que se comportan como niños. Uno de los colegas de Dave decide mudarse. Este es un hombre gordo, un aventurero enmascarado inútil, un perdedor de mayor calibre que el resto. Se sienta sobre su ropa sucia mientras juega videojuegos todo el día, es claro que ni él ni ningún otro miembro de ‘Justicia para siempre’ pelearán para sacar a Mindy de la cárcel. Dave is about to get some / Dave está a punto de tener algoSi es que Dave Lizewski era un perdedor promedio de secundaria al inicio de la serie, ahora es un joven mediocre, que trabaja en un fast food y comparte un departamento con su amigo Todd. Dave está demasiado absorbido en su propio mundo. Después de la muerte de su padre, encuentra solaz en la personalidad de Kick-Ass, y se enreda aún más de lo habitual en las absurdas y ridículas convenciones de los superhéroes. Ni siquiera puede estar de duelo por sus padres como un chiquillo normal. “También es mucho más genial cuando estás solemne en un gran abrigo negro. Lo intenté con jeans la semana pasado pero todo se veía tan inapropiadamente casual”. Las misiones de Kick-Ass se han vuelto aún más fútiles y ridículas. Pero aun así, él sigue en ello. Tiene que seguir en ello. No hay una vida normal a la que pueda regresar.De hecho, incluso el más mínimo sentido de normalidad se convertirá en un bien muy deseado. Hit-Girl está en prisión, Kick-Ass intenta adaptarse a una vida desprovista de grandiosidad. E incluso Chris –Motherfucker, también conocido antes como Red Mist– se está recuperando de múltiples heridas, lesiones y fracturas sufridas al final del segundo volumen de Kick-Ass. Puede ser que él no ha tenido una vida normal, pero la que más está sufriendo es Angie Genovese, su mamá; y no porque, como madre, se supone que deba sentirse preocupada por el bienestar de su hijo... De hecho, ella siente repulsión y disgusto. Su vida es miserable, ella a menudo es insultada por parir a un monstruo homicida. Aun así, la mujer visita al joven a diario en el hospital. Allí, ella escucha las quejas de Chris. No se suponía que sería así, dice él. Tiene dolor y sabe que su vida ha sido arruinada. Pero ella también tiene dolor y su vida también está arruinada. Mark Millar explora un aspecto de la figura del villano que raramente ha sido reconocido: el impacto que el villano tiene no en la sociedad o en la comunidad heroica, sino en aquellos que le son cercanos, en otras palabras, sus amigos y familia. Porque cuando Chris se queja egoístamente mientras está postrado en cama, o se queja de haber sido derrotado por Kick-Ass, Angie Genovese está furiosa: “¿Crees que este era MI PLAN. Crees que te tuve por nueve meses y te di mi leche sólo para ver que te convertías en una FIGURA ODIADA PÚBLICAMENTE? Tu padre sólo mataba gente por NEGOCIOS. Tú mataste gente por DIVERSIÓN”.  Sex changes everything / el sexo lo cambia todoDespués de largos meses de planeamiento, Kick-Ass decide intimidar al líder de la mafia Rocco Genovese, recreando la escena clásica de “Batman: Año Uno”. Su meta es infundir miedo en los corazones de los mafiosos (tal como hace Batman en la clásica miniserie de Frank Miller). Por supuesto, fracasa. Y fracasa miserablemente.  (...continuará)Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2014/09/kick-ass-3-mark-millar.html

Interrogantes - Dare Dovidjenko (Galería Lucía de la Puente)

Interrogantes - Dare Dovidjenko (Galería Lucía de la Puente)

By Arion in Blog on September 13, 2014

À toute vitesse (1996) Directed by Gaël Morel Can homosexuality be successfully articulated in society? According to some, homosexuals are doomed to be secluded and restricted to marginalized worlds. As filmmaker, Gaël Morel has often chosen to portray such worlds, enquiring deeply below the surface of what actually means to be an outcast.In "Le Clan", for example, Morel digs into the lives of outcast youngsters, which share an obvious resemblance to some of the protagonists of "À toute vitesse". There is, however, a much subtler approach of such topics in this film, perhaps as part of André Téchiné's influence (who appears listed in the credits).Spivak's book "Can the Subaltern Speak?" explains that authority is built upon a specific loci of enunciation. In this film, traditional society has already attributed a certain loci or place to those who dare to defy the heterosexual normative.Nonetheless, Morel goes much deeper than that. Handsome and talented Quentin is a young writer that has just won an award and is on his way to success. He does have quite an ambivalent position about marginalization. For example, he accuses the French bourgeois of misunderstanding his novel, as he has no intentions of depicting outcasts because for him they are normal people; he affirms that it is the bourgeois who constantly ostracize and discriminate others. Clearly, some of that is truth, as the mesocratic class tends to judge harshly those who do not fit into the symbolic order.As the film goes on, Quentin starts spending time with Samir, an Algerian boy that is still grieving the loss of his boyfriend; Quentin's tantalizing physic presence serves as cannon fodder for Samir's masturbatory urges as can be explicitly seen in one scene. Will the two boys consummate their passion or is only one of them interested in such consummation? Quentin apparently defends the rights of the Algerians as he publicly accuses acts of racism and violence, but at the same time he despises Samir just as much as he spurns Julie, his girlfriend or Jimmy, his best friend (interpreted by Stéphane Rideau, an actor extremely familiarized with gay productions). Over and over again, Quentin is seen as someone who takes advantage of social unfairness in order to gain publicity for himself, and certainly once he starts making his way in the publishing world he decides to move to Paris, quickly discarding friends and love interests. Dare DovidjenkoJimmy is a jobless guy, with no real prospects of a 'decent' future. And Samir is a boy who barely has enough money to pay the rent. Except for Julie, all other characters are on the edge of poverty or delinquency. They are, however, strong and coherent. Julie trusts in the possibility to have a good relationship whether with Quentin or someone else, Samir decides to defend himself against French fascists that brutally assault him while Jimmy bravely defends Samir even if that means risking his physical integrity. Quentin, on the contrary, is unable to find coherence, his loci of enunciation becomes so firmly inserted in the symbolic order that he loses all true authority. That's how we can understand the lack of commitment in his acts: he has a relationship with Julie but seems willing to let her go as he sees fit; he starts a sentimental relationship with Samir only until he completes enough research for his next book; he supports gays or Algerians only as a marketing strategy, but he is never there when his friends need him. Despise all that, Morel manages to create a fascinating, talented, smart young man that carries the traits of a hero although none of the true virtues. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dare DovidjenkoEl miércoles de esta semana, en la Galería Lucía de la Puente, se inauguró la muestra “Interrogantes” de Dare Dovidjenko Bozanik, artista croata de amplia trayectoria en el escenario nacional. Dare Dovidjenko eligió el Perú quizás en su época más convulsa, en los años del terrorismo y la súper inflación; en ese entonces, sus innovadores y curiosos dibujos eran publicados en el suplemento “No”, de la revista “Sí”; a menudo colaboró con cómics de temática experimental, en donde la narrativa visual prevalecía por encima de lo convencional.Han pasado ya varias décadas desde aquellas épocas, pero Dare continúa experimentando. Su búsqueda, sus interrogantes, ya no se limitan a la expresión plástica ni a la técnica del pincel, sino al mensaje oculto, al contenido de las imágenes que comparte con nosotros. De manera sutil pero no por ello menos reveladora, los cuadros de Dare nos interrogan también a nosotros, los espectadores, y nos obligan a detenernos, a tomarnos una pausa, y a reflexionar. Con trazos depurados, precisos y de gran realismo, Dare delinea para nosotros el símbolo de pregunta. A mí particularmente me han encantado la imagen surrealista del caballo reflejado sobre el charco de agua, en un pueblo de la serranía peruana, la bolsa de pan que luce tan amenazante como un cráneo, y el extraordinario juego entre luces y sombras entre dos cuadros que, vistos por separado, parecieran no tener nada en común, pero que juntos sorprenden por su fuerza y cohesión. Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2014/09/interrogantes-dare-dovidjenko-galeria.html

Review: Judge Dredd Day Of Chaos: Fallout

Review: Judge Dredd Day Of Chaos: Fallout

By Rui Esteves in Blog on September 9, 2014

Cover I have a strange relationship with Judge Dredd. I love the concept and the characters. More often than not I love the stories. I really enjoy the tone and overall theme, political and social commentary, and the badassery that is Dredd. But (there's always a but) I own (and read) very few Dredd stories.Why?! Don't know. Probably its a marketing thing (or lack thereof). When I buy a Judge Dredd book I can't put it down until the very last page (usually this is true), but after that I never hear any new news form 2000AD publicizing the next book. This turned into a (first world) problem when I stopped shopping at traditional brick and mortar stores.The point here is, going into this book, I had no idea what Day of Chaos was. But this books does a good job summering it up for me. An enemy Mega-City (East-Sov) made a (successful) biological attack on Mega-City One. The majority of the population died and Mega-City One is in ruins. And everyone blames Dredd. This is the story of what happens next.Actually its the stories of what happens next. Each chapter is a different story, with a different creative team. This could be the recipe for disaster, but it works here. 2000AD is used to manage several creative teams for their periodic format, and it shows. Sure there are a few fluctuation both in quality of the art and style of writing, but overall it works well.In this book you'll get everything from whole blocks declaring independence, rouge judges, deserting cadets,  jealousy driven murder, xenophobia, and much more. Of course all this is seasoned with a (un)healthy dose of the old British ultra-violence we all love so much. Do it Dredd and his colleagues face-off against Mega-City One's most foul creeps. What most characterizes Dredd is his unshaken confidence and unbreakable morals. Well, both are put to the test several times, when he is faced with the ruination of his beloved Mega-City One and the degradation of its citizens.Art wise this book is all over the place. Its easier to set a guideline for the writers to follow than it is to get artistic uniformity. There is one or two chapters where the art is bad(ish), the others is mostly about personal taste. Not much else to say, your eyes won't bleed out, but it could hurt to get a bit more consistency. The smirk talks volumes I've yet to buy a book from 2000AD that I didn't though I was getting my money's worth. Sure not all are master pieces, but all (thus far) have been ranging form entertaining to absolute awesome. This one is not on top end, but is almost there. Even if, like me, you haven't read Day of Chaos, this is be one of the most entertaining comics you'll read this year.Publisher: 2000ADYear: 2014Pages: 240Authors: John Wagner, Rob Williams, Michael Carrol, Robert Williams, Laurence Campbell , PJ Holden, James HarrenISBN: 1781082715Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2014/09/review-judge-dredd-day-of-chaos-fallout.html

The Legion # 4 5 - Abnett, Lanning, Coipel Snejbjerg

The Legion # 4 5 - Abnett, Lanning, Coipel Snejbjerg

By Arion in Blog on September 8, 2014

Under the ruling of Ra’s Al Ghul, the world has changed. Nobody has realized how serious the change is, after all, people still think their president is Leland McCauley. And now, posing as McCauley, the Head of the Demon and former Batman enemy is determined to terraform the Moon. The surprise is, I suppose, as big as the one experienced by readers in the 80s when it was revealed that Darkseid was the villain behind the Great Darkness Saga; so it makes perfect sense to choose another immortal and take him to the 31st century. As president, Ra’s Al Ghul has violated the law and has stepped onto the rights of sentient beings. With a sinister purpose, he has endorsed illegal experimentations with former legionnaire Gates and other species from different planets. Declared missing in action and tortured for an entire year, Gates is finally rescued by Brainiac 5 and a small group of legionnaires. “I always knew the system stunk… but I had no idea it was this rotten and corrupt”, complains Gates. “It’s taken that monster a single year to turn the U.P. into an authoritarian regime that answers to no one”, explains Triad.In “Moonrise” (The Legion # 4, March 2002), Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning delve deep into the horrors of a dictatorship disguised as a democracy. They are audacious enough to include a legionnaire as one of the victims. I think it makes sense to see men and women being corrupted so easily. And it’s also interesting to observe that the Legion of Super-Heroes, that beacon of hope, no longer exists. They’ve been disbanded, even outlawed by Earth’s government. Some of them have returned to their homeworlds, others are lost in distant galaxies. By underlining how necessary the Legion is, the writers also have the chance to prove how big the universe is, and how distant the legionnaires are from each other. Ra's Al Ghul & M'OnelWhile Legion World is attacked by a government fleet, Xs and Star Boy are trapped in Xanthu, witnessing the increasing menace of Robotica and M’Onel is cruelly injured by Ra’s Al Ghul, who has weakened him to the point that bullets can actually harm him. But perhaps the most interesting development takes place in the Kwai galaxy, where Saturn Girl and other legionnaires are searching for the Matriarch, the leader of Shikari’s wandering race. Xs & Star Boy“Credo” (The Legion # 5) is an extraordinary standalone adventure, focusing on the experiences of Saturn Girl, Invisible Kid, Wildfire and Spark. They have returned to the devastated solar system that once sheltered the Progenitor. And what they find there is quite shocking. Countless alien species are traveling in their spaceships, looking for worlds to settle in, in some cases only a few thousands remain after the extermination caused by the Progenitor.  Abnett and Lanning immediately point out the contrast between Saturn Girl and Invisible Kid: she is still angry at the Progeny for their genocidal past, but he is willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. Now that the Progenitor is gone, the Progeny is under attack. Suffering the same fate as other species, the Progeny is no longer the hunter but the hunted. An interplanetary cult known as Credo has been targeting the Progeny. The leader of such cult is no other than Singularity, the superhuman creature who was in charge of protecting a ghost city in a planet that had been dead for eons.Saturn Girl soon understands that she can retain her dignity through the other: it doesn’t matter if during the Legion Lost saga she and her comrades were reduced to a cruel struggle for survival, the Progeny must still be treated with dignity because that is the only way she can maintain a minimal link to humanity. Paradoxically, the Progeny has forgotten to struggle for their bare survival, as it’s been exterminated by Singularity and his Credo. Even the peaceful Kwai are now ready to join the ranks of the Credo. In only a handful of pages, Abnett and Lanning examine the concept of genocide, the roles of victims and victimizers and the notion that dignity and respect towards other species must always be a part of the Legion’s values. “Credo” also has Peter Snejbjerg as a guest artist, and his pages are amazing. With gloomy settings and thick lines, Snejbjerg creates an oppressive atmosphere that reflects the miserable living conditions of the Progeny.________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Bajo el gobierno de Ra’s Al Ghul, el mundo ha cambiado. Nadie se ha dado cuenta de lo serio que es el cambio, después de todo, la gente aún piensa que su presidente es Leland McCauley. Y ahora, enmascarado como McCauley, la Cabeza del Demonio y antiguo enemigo de Batman está determinado a terraformar la Luna. La sopresa es, supongo, tan grande como la experimentada por los lectores en los 80s, cuando se reveló que Darkseid era el villano de la Gran Saga de la Oscuridad; así que tiene perfecto sentido elegir otro inmortal para llevarlo al siglo XXXI. Living conditions of the Progeny / las condiciones de vida de la ProgenieComo presidente, Ra’s Al Ghul ha violado la ley y ha pisoteado los derechos de todos los seres. Con un propósito siniestro, ha apoyado la experimentación ilegal con el ex legionario Gates y con otras especies de distintos planetas. Declarado como caído en batalla y torturado por un año entero, Gates es finalmente rescatado por Brainiac 5 y un pequeño grupo de legionarios. “Siempre supe que el sistema apestaba… pero no tenía idea de que fuera tan podrido y corrupto”, se queja Gates. “A ese monstruo le ha tomado un sólo año convertir a los Planetas Unidos en un régimen autoritario que no responde ante nadie”, explica Triad.En “Luna elevada” (The Legion # 4, marzo de 2002), Dan Abnett y Andy Lanning se sumergen profundamente en los horrores de una dictadura disfrazada de democracia. Ellos son lo suficientemente audaces para incluir a un legionario como una de las víctimas. Creo que tiene sentido ver a hombres y mujeres siendo corrompidos tan fácilmente. Y también es interesante observar que la Legión de Súper-Héroes, esa luz de la esperanza, ya no existe. Han sido desbandados, incluso prohibidos por el gobierno de la Tierra. Algunos han regresado a sus mundos, otros están perdidos en galaxias distantes. Al subrayar lo necesaria que es la Legión, los escritores también tienen la oportunidad de demostrar lo grande que es el universo, y lo distantes que están los legionarios entre sí.Mientras el Mundo Legión es atacado por una flota del gobierno, Xs y Star Boy están atrapados en Xanthu, cara a cara con la amenaza creciente de Robótica y M’Onel es cruelmente herido por Ra’s Al Ghul, quien lo ha debilitado al punto que las balas pueden hacerle daño. Pero tal vez lo más interesante sucede en la galaxia Kwai, donde Saturn Girl y otros legionarios están buscando a la Matriarca, la líder de la raza errante de Shikari.“Credo” (The Legion # 5) es una extraordinaria aventura autoconclusiva, que se enfoca en las experiencias de Saturn Girl, Invisible Kid, Wildfire y Spark. Ellos han regresado al devastado sistema solar que alguna vez albergó al Progenitor. Y lo que encuentran allí es bastante impactante. Incontables especies alienígenas viajan en sus naves, buscando mundos en los que instalarse, en algunos sólo quedan algunos miles después de la exterminación causada por el Progenitor.   Saturn Girl, Karate Kid, Spark & WildfireAbnett y Lanning señalan de inmediato el contraste entre Saturn Girl e Invisible Kid: ella aún está furiosa con la Progenie por su pasado genocida, pero él está dispuesto a darles el beneficio de la duda. Ahora que el Progenitor ya no existe, la Progenie está bajo ataque. Sufriendo el mismo destino que otras especies, la Progenie ya no es la cazadora sino la cazada. Un culto interplanetario conocido como Credo está persiguiendo a la Progenie. El líder de semejante culto no es otro que Singularidad, la criatura superhumana que estaba a cargo de proteger una ciudad fantasma en un planeta que había estado muerto por eones. Saturn Girl pronto entiende que puede retener su dignidad a través del otro: no importa si durante la saga de la Legión Perdida ella y sus camaradas fueron reducidos a la cruel lucha por la supervivencia, la Progenie aun así debe ser tratada con dignidad porque esa es la única manera en la que ella puede mantener un mínimo vínculo con la humanidad. Paradójicamente, la Progenie ha olvidado luchar por su supervivencia, y está siendo exterminada por Singularidad y su Credo. Incluso los pacíficos Kwai ahora están listos para unirse a las filas del Credo. En sólo un puñado de páginas, Abnett y Lanning examinan el concepto del genocidio, los roles de las víctimas y los victimarios y la noción de que la dignidad y el respeto hacia otras especies deben ser siempre parte de los valores de la Legión. “Credo” también cuenta con Peter Snejbjerg como artista invitado, y sus páginas son asombrosas. Con escenarios sombríos y trazos gruesos, Snejbjerg crea una atmósfera opresiva que refleja las miserables condiciones de vida de la Progenie.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-legion-4-5-abnett-lanning-coipel.html

Preview: ALL NEW FATHOM #8

Preview: ALL NEW FATHOM #8

By Rui Esteves in Blog on September 5, 2014

CoverALL NEW FATHOM #8 David Wohl – Story / Alex Konat – Art / Beth Sotelo – ColorsA new direction in the FATHOM Universe reaches its finale!As Vana's plan nears its apocalyptic fruition, the temperature of the Earth's oceans are plummeting and wreaking havoc with the ecological balance of the world. Nations are in turmoil, and their military might’s are helpless to stop it. Amidst this cataclysmic backdrop, only Aspen Matthews understands what must be done to return the world from the brink of certain doom, but in order to accomplish her goal, she must team up with Chance and KIllian in order to battle with the most powerful being on the planet-- Killian's daughter, Anika!Writer David Wohl, artist Alex Konat and colorist Beth Sotelo team up once again to bring you the latest adventures of Michael Turner’s most beloved creation!ALL NEW FATHOM #8 is in stores September 17th, 2014! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Cover B Cover C Cover CFollow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2014/09/preview-all-new-fathom-8.html

Review: Black Science Volume 1 How to Fall Forever

Review: Black Science Volume 1 How to Fall Forever

By Rui Esteves in Blog on September 4, 2014

Cover Rick Remender is back to writing (hopefully) sci-fi greatness with his new book Black Science. He is most known for his creator-owned series Fear Agent (BTW, if you haven't read this, you're missing out on a great sci-fi series), and he as a new book that also dwell in the sci-fi pool.Black Science (poorly chosen name BTW) is about this guy that invents a way to jump around dimensions and things (of course) go south really fast. In fact, the best way to explain what this is about is to talk about Quantum Leap (remember that kids?! If not go see it now). This is basically Quantum Leap with Dimensional jumps instead of time ones and punches and ray guns. Its starts with a experiment with dimensional jumping and end up stranded with no way to know where they'll end up (sounds familiar?).What is Black Science after all? I have no ideia. As far as I know the title was an excuse for the main character to say something that Reminder though was cool (I guess). Its never explained nor does it have any impact in the story. It could very well be named Bureau of Dimensional Quantum Leap (much better title).Sadly Rememder doesn't deliver the goods as he once did. Black Science is a cool book, but nothing compared with some of his former creations (Fear Agent for one). The plot, while interesting (Quantum Leap was the bomb back in the day), is all pace and little substance. The characters are shallow and one dimension, for the most part at least.Not everything is bad of course, in fact this isn't a bad book, but it could be so much better. Remender has showed in the past that he can produce great books, and the book does get better as it moves forward. One thing in its favor is that it is never boring. Convoluted and shallow perhaps, but never boring. The action keeps poring in, mixed with a pinch of sexy and some ray guns. Getting high with your floozy It ends on an old fashion cliffhanger, and that mister Remender was well played because it does leave you wanting more. I'm in for another volume, but it as to get better. I want some flesh on my characters (please).The art on the other hand is almost flawless. Of course this is highly subjective because if the art style is not to your liking chances are you're not going to give it much credit, but if that's the case, try to look past it. The first few pages are a bit harsh to the eye. Matteo Scalera and Dean White use a style filled with squared jaws, strait lines, steep angles, rough shapes and the occasional Dutch Angle. After those first pages, once you get used to it, its when it really shines. It suits the fast pace and action packed plot very well. Monkey Business If they can keep the consistency up and the fill-in artists down, it is an Image book after all, the visual aspect of the book will contribute greatly to its success. Only time will tell, but it is looking good.So, will this surpass Fear Agent? Lets wait and see, but comparing both series first volume, Fear Agent takes the lead.Publisher: Image ComicsYear: 2014Pages: 152Authors: Rick Remender, Matteo Scalera, Dean WhiteISBN: 1607069679Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2014/09/review-black-science-volume-1-how-to.html

Transmetropolitan'o'ton #6

Transmetropolitan'o'ton #6

By Rui Esteves in Blog on September 3, 2014

Cover Spider gets turned into a porno, a cartoon, an action flick and gets really high. He also kicks a cat, kills a puppy, punches a reporter, headbutts a poor excuse for a human being, eats a pigeon, exposes a pedophile and steps on a pimp. In 2000 comics were still fun.Apart from the silliness and the ultra-violence, in this volume shit gets real again. Spider prepares the troops (Filthy Assistants) to take on the Smiler once and for all. Last time The Smiler won the battle. Spider was ill prepared and got out witted by the insane president. This time Spider won't let it happen.Have you ever picked up a camera and walked down the street just taking pictures and observing your city? The Walk is about that, taking the time to observe and take in your city. In it Spider walks around The City observing the conditions in with its citizens live in, the practical effect of the corrupt government, the rotten police department and the way the people see him. Its a great little insight to Spider's mind and motivation. Transmetropolitan is abundant in these type of short stories that make for good reading and greatly built up characterization adding layers of complexity to Spider and his Filthy Assistants.To end the first half of the book there's a story about the toll that the current situation is having on Yelena's and Channon's life. The girls (self proclaimed) day off quickly does a dark turn when they feel the need to arm themselves. Also, if you didn't get that by now, its evident that Yelena is slowly transforming into a female version of Spider. All in due time Spider In the last half of the book, the story is put into high gear and takes off. The pace fastens, the action gets brutal and the shit hits the proverbial fan. The Smiler takes one on the shin and Spider starts to unveil the full extent of the problem that is The Smiler. Our favorite journalist's easy and luxurious life is about to end.Transmetropolian belong to a rare breed of books that can withstand the passing of time and starts strong and gets better as the story progresses.Publisher: VertigoYear: 2010Pages: 144Authors: Warren Ellis, Darick RobertsonISBN: 1401228186Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2014/09/transmetropolitanoton-6.html

The Legion # 1, 2 3 - Abnett, Lanning Coipel

The Legion # 1, 2 3 - Abnett, Lanning Coipel

By Arion in Blog on September 2, 2014

Sometimes, the return of the heroes is just as important as their departure. As we have seen in the pages of “Legion Lost”, a group of 9 legionnaires traveled to the furthest reaches of the universe, and discovered an uncharted galaxy with new and unexpected menaces. In “Legion Worlds”, Earth and the rest of the United Planets suffered the absence of this intergalactic team of idealistic youths. But it’s only in the pages of “The Legion” where we get to see the world’s reaction now that the legionnaires are back. The return of the Legion / el regreso de la Legión“Three of our friends have lost their lives. We’re shocked, tired… some of us are hurt. After being away a year, only to come back to a brand new millennium and a world we barely recognize… it’s possible we may need a moment to adjust”, explains Brainiac 5. And indeed, a lot has changed during their one year absence. Earth’s president is no longer RJ Brande but rather an obscure and sinister figure that answers to the name of Leland McCauley. Venge and the Oversight Watch have replaced the Legion of Super-Heroes, and in their ranks we find former legionnaire M’Onel, who harbors serious doubts about his role as the planet’s savior and main bodyguard of the president.Of course, British writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning won’t let the Legion sit comfortably while they receive a warm welcome in “No Place Like Home” (The Legion # 1, December 2001). On the contrary, from the very beginning we get to see the legionnaires fighting to adapt to an unfamiliar planet, to a world that has mourned them and probably forgotten them. Almost immediately upon arrival, the legionnaires are forced to disregard their own wounds and exhaustion in order to save president McCauley from an extraterrestrial terrorist faction. But this is not a grateful president, this is a man convinced that the Legion represents an obstacle for his plans, and he quickly decides to get rid of the heroes.After crossing entire galaxies to land on their homeworld, the legionnaires are now being hunted. Without headquarters or even allies at their disposal, they have no other choice but to flee. “Fight or Flight” (The Legion # 2), describes the perilous situation of the legionnaires and how they stumble upon some of the darkest secrets of Earth’s government. They understand how dangerous Venge and the Oversight Watch are, but they also step on an improvised graveyard that has many skeletons, all of them opponents to the government’s administration, including the skull of the original Leland McCauley. M'Onel & Leland McCauleyFor the first time in history, the Legion must face the awful truth about politics: the murders, the lies, the conspiracies; they cannot remain apolitical as they had always been in the past, because now they no longer receive any sort of benefit or support from the presidential office. By altering the status quo, Abnett and Lanning create a fascinating and thrilling adventure that will surprise any and all readers.In “Legion World” (The Legion # 3), the writers explore the essential aspects of the Legion. The core idea has always been a group of young people, united by a common dream. The legionnaires were always the embodiment of the United Planets, as long as they stayed together, humans and aliens could work in unison, Earth and the rest of the planets could be allies. But not anymore, without the Legion, it all starts to fall apart. The United Planets may exist as a legal entity but that’s not nearly enough. I think this is the first time an author explores the performativity associated to the Legion of Super-Heroes. Generally speaking, one could say that the United Planets is an entelechy, defined by laws and treaties: in it, the union is reduced to mere symbolism, devoid of true meaning. The Legion, on the other hand, confers the performative force on the edicts as determined by the elected governing body. Nonetheless, in this case the problem is far more serious than anyone could have anticipated. Because the governing body is nothing but a lifeless body, as the legionnaires have already found out. The governing body is a usurper, a man that has been manipulating Earth and the United Planets with an ability that would require thousands of years of knowledge. This man, as M’Onel discovers too late, is no other than the immortal Ra’s Al Ghul.A complex and intense script becomes even more powerful thanks to the fantastic art of Olivier Coipel. There are some really magnificent sequences in these 3 issues. Particularly, I’m a big fan of the iconic images that show the cast of the Legion, but I’m also very fond of the more peaceful and quotidian scenes.________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________A veces, el regreso de los héroes es tan importante como su partida. Como hemos visto en las páginas de “Legion Lost”, un grupo de 9 legionarios viajaron a los más lejanos confines del universo, y descubrieron una galaxia inexplorada con nuevas e inesperadas amenazas. En “Legion Worlds”, la Tierra y el resto de los Planetas Unidos sufrieron la ausencia de este equipo intergaláctico de jóvenes idealistas. Pero es sólo en las páginas de “The Legion” donde podemos ver la reacción del mundo ahora que los legionarios están de vuelta. The hidden graveyard / el cementerio oculto“Tres de nuestros amigos han perdido sus vidas. Estamos en shock, cansados... algunos de nosotros estamos heridos. Después de estar lejos por un año, hemos regresado a un nuevo milenio y a un mundo que apenas reconocemos... es posible que necesitemos un momento para adaptarnos”, explica Brainiac 5. Y de hecho, mucho ha cambiado durante ese año de ausencia. El presidente de la Tierra ya no es RJ Brande sino una figura oscura y siniestra que responde al nombre de Leland McCauley. Venge y la Oversight Watch han reemplazado a la Legión de Súper-Héroes, y en sus filas encontramos al ex legionario M’Onel, quien alberga serias dudas sobre su rol como salvador del planeta y guardaespaldas principal del presidente.Desde luego, los escritores británicos Dan Abnett y Andy Lanning no permiten que la Legión se siente cómodamente mientras reciben una cálida bienvenida en “No hay lugar como el hogar” (The Legion # 1, diciembre de 2001). Por el contrario, desde el inicio vemos a los legionarios luchando por adaptarse a un planeta que no les resulta familiar, a un mundo que ha estado de luto por ellos y que probablemente los ha olvidado. Casi de manera inmediata a su llegada, los legionarios se ven obligados a olvidar sus heridas y su cansancio para poder salvar al presidente McCauley de una facción terrorista extraterrestre. Pero este no es un presidente agradecido, este es un hombre convencido de que la Legión representa un obstáculo para sus planes, y rápidamente decide deshacerse de los héroes.Después de cruzar galaxias enteras para aterrizar en su mundo de origen, los legionarios están siendo cazados. Sin un cuartel general o incluso aliados a su disposición, no tienen otra opción que escapar. “Pelea o huye” (The Legion # 2), describe la peligrosa situación de los legionarios y cómo encuentran accidentalmente algunos de los secretos más oscuros del gobierno de la Tierra. Ellos entienden lo peligroso que es Venge y la Oversight Watch, pero también tropiezan con un cementerio improvisado que tiene muchos esqueletos, todos ellos oponentes a la administración del gobierno, incluyendo el cráneo original de Leland McCauley. Leviathan, Triad, Cosmic Boy & Invisible KidPor primera vez en la historia, la Legión debe enfrentar la horrible verdad sobre la política: los asesinatos, las mentiras, las conspiraciones; ya no pueden seguir siendo apolíticos como siempre lo fueron en el pasado, porque ahora ya no reciben ningún beneficio ni apoyo del despacho presidencial. Al alterar el statu quo, Abnett y Lanning crean una fascinante e intrigante aventura que sorprenderá a todos los lectores.En “Legion World” (The Legion # 3), los escritores exploran los aspectos esenciales de la Legión. La idea central siempre ha sido un grupo de jóvenes, unidos por un sueño en común. Los legionarios siempre fueron la encarnación de los Planetas Unidos, siempre y cuando permanecieran juntos, humanos y alienígenas podrían trabajar al unísono, la Tierra y el resto de los planetas podrían ser aliados. Pero esto ya no es así, sin la Legión, todo empieza a desmoronarse. Los Planetas Unidos pueden existir como una entidad legal, pero eso no es suficiente.Creo que esta es la primera vez que un autor explora la performatividad asociada a la Legión de Súper-Héroes. Hablando generalmente, uno podría decir que los Planetas Unidos son una entelequia, definida por leyes y tratados: en ella, la unión se reduce a un mero simbolismo, desprovisto de verdadero significado. La Legión, por otro lado, confiere la fuerza performativa a los edictos determinados por el cuerpo de gobierno elegido.No obstante, en este caso el problema es más serio de lo que se podría haber anticipado. Porque el cuerpo de gobierno no es más que un cuerpo sin vida, como los legionarios han descubierto. El cuerpo de gobierno es un usurpador, un hombre que ha estado manipulando a la Tierra y a los Planetas Unidos con una habilidad que requeriría miles de años de conocimiento. Este hombre, como descubre M’Onel demasiado tarde, no es otro que el inmortal Ra’s Al Ghul. The legionnaires are reunited / los legionarios son reunidosUn complejo e intenso guión se vuelve aún más poderoso gracias al fantástico arte de Olivier Coipel. Hay algunas secuencias realmente magníficas en estos 3 números. Particularmente, soy un gran fan de las imágenes icónicas que muestran al elenco de la Legión, pero también me agradan mucho las escenas más pacíficas y cotidianas.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-legion-1-2-3-abnett-lanning-coipel.html

Review: The Goon Volume 4 Virtue and the Grim Consequences Thereof

Review: The Goon Volume 4 Virtue and the Grim Consequences Thereof

By Rui Esteves in Blog on September 1, 2014

CoverThe Goon in Virtue and the Grim Consequences Thereof is a weird mixed of issue long stories. From that time when the Goon, together with a bunch of his fellow criminal friends, started a pro football team, to a journey into another dimension this book has it all.Unfortunately, unlike previous volumes, not all weirdness is good weirdness.The Goon doesn't follow a conventional story telling style, true, but there is usually an order to the Chaos that is put to paper by Powell. However in this volume there are a few stories that break that order and add even more chaos, but in a less than optimal way. I'm not saying this is a bad book, far from it, but Powell has been spoiling his readers with stellar story telling and fun comic books, and this one is just a bit above ok. The Goon getting drafted Personally I didn't connect with two stories in this collection, the one about the football team and the adaptation of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. The first one is just and atypical story for this book, its not funny nor it contributes to the overall mythos of the characters (at least thus far), while the second one add little no nothing new to the myriad of adaptations done of the A Christmas Carol. There is nothing wrong with them, but they're not Goonish enough (whatever that may be).However there is a strong reason to get this book, and that is everything else. Doctor Alloy goes insane and the Goon and our favorite eye stabber jump to his aid. Of course things don't go accourding to plan and the Goon's world is turn inside out. All this plus Powell's twisted humor and awesome artistic style.Talking about the art of the book, its really good. Powell manages to give each story its unique feel while at the same time keeping it consistent and true to the Goon style. Sometimes he does it through a different color pallet, sometimes ist by the way he draws faces. Its subtle changes that work really well. Frankie of Christmas Present In sum, half is great, half is meh. It's still worth your money, but it doesn't hit the awesomeness that are the previous volumes.Publisher: Dark HorseYear: 2010Pages: 144Authors: Eric PowellISBN: 1595826173Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2014/09/review-goon-volume-4-virtue-and-grim.html

Planetary # 5 - Warren Ellis John Cassaday

Planetary # 5 - Warren Ellis John Cassaday

By Arion in Blog on August 27, 2014

Forget everything you were taught in school. The world has a secret history, a hidden past, something that can only be unearthed by the Archeologists of the Impossible. And what better way to understand the world’s secret history than by asking directly to one of its protagonists? That’s how “The Good Doctor” (September 1999) begins, as Elijah Snow asks Axel Brass a number of biographical questions.Brass shares his memories with Snow. And the latter shares with the former updates about the lives of the heroes of yore, such as Jenny Sparks or John Cumberland. Brass comes to the following conclusion “We crisscross the world, making it right, making it strange, and the people never see our coming or our going…”, which in a certain way is a metatextual reference to the origins and ends of the heroes that were popular more than half a century ago. Whatever happened to Doc Savage, The Shadow or Flash Gordon is as much as a mystery to the new generations as one could expect, after all, new readers are interested in new characters, or at least in new interpretations of the classic myths, but it’s very rare to see new readers revising material published before their parents were born.  Another important aspect in this conversation is the Hark Corporation. In the 40s, Brass and Hark were close allies, however, as we saw in the first chapter, everyone dies violently except Axel Brass. Anna Hark, the daughter, takes her father’s money and inventions and turns it all into a corporation “in the Western mold”, and she quickly grows rich in America. That’s another example of how the heroic nature of the progenitor can completely disappear in just one generation. In 1999 the Hark Corporation is one of the world’s largest and most powerful companies, but also one of the most sinister and dangerous.  The heroes of yesteryear/ Los héroes de antaño In “The Good Doctor”, British writer Warren Ellis pays homage to the popular pulp novels from the 40s. As we have seen in the first issue of Planetary, Doc Brass is an alternative version of Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze, perhaps the quintessential pulp hero. And artist extraordinaire John Cassaday recovers the mythical dimension of Brass / Savage in an amazing cover quite reminiscent of the old pulp novels. Nevertheless, that is not the only artistic exploration that deserves its own recognition. There are several pages that are presented as actual pages of a pulp book, even with yellow and worn-out paper. There is a remarkable double page spread which shows Doc Brass fighting against arachnid creatures, half-spiders, half-men, surrounded by monstrous fetuses of this unnatural species. The masterful composition, the intensity and the horror of this sequence are undeniable. There is another anthological illustration: Brass and his men fighting against demonic creatures. Symmetry, dynamism and plenty of details turn this into an unforgettable scene. Cassaday also plays here with the contrast between light (Brass, at the top of the page) and shadow (the masked vigilante at the bottom).Finally, the last page gathers different moods: we have the cheerful joy of Brass and his victorious men, and then we have a tired and almost saddened Elijah Snow. The final silent frame is pure visual poetry, aided by the stunning coloring by Laura Depuy and Ali Fuchs. Axel Brass versus the arachnid menace / Axel Brass versus la amenaza arácnida________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Extrordinary composition / composición extraordinariaOlvidad todo lo que aprendisteis en la escuela. El mundo tiene una historia secreta, un pasado oculto, algo que sólo puede ser desenterrado por los Arqueólogos de lo Imposible. ¿Y qué mejor modo de entender la historia secreta del mundo que preguntándole directamente a uno de sus protagonistas? Así es cómo empieza “El buen doctor” (setiembre de 1999), cuando Elijah Snow le hace a Axel Brass una serie de preguntas autobiográficas.Brass comparte sus recuerdos con Snow. Y Snow comparte con él datos actuales sobre las vidas de los héroes de antaño, tales como Jenny Sparks o John Cumberland. Brass llega a la siguiente conclusión “Cruzamos el mundo, para hacer lo correcto, para volverlo extraño, y la gente jamás ve nuestras idas o venidas…”, lo que en cierto modo es una referencia metatextual a los orígenes y los finales de los héroes que fueron populares hace más de medio siglo. Lo que sea que le sucediese a Doc Savage, The Shadow o Flash Gordon es un misterio para las nuevas generaciones, como uno podría esperar, después de todo, los nuevos lectores están interesados en nuevos personajes, o por lo menos en nuevas interpretaciones de los mitos clásicos, pero es muy raro ver a nuevos lectores revisando material que se publicó antes que sus padres hubiesen nacido. Otro aspecto importante en esta conversación es la Corporación Hark. En los 40s, Brass y Hark fueron aliados cercanos, sin embargo, como vimos en el primer capítulo, todos mueren violentamente excepto Axel Brass. Anna Hark, la hija, toma el dinero y los inventos del padre y convierte todo ello en una corporación “en el molde occidental”, y rápidamente se enriquece en Estados Unidos. Ese es otro ejemplo de cómo la naturaleza heroica del progenitor puede desaparecer completamente en tan sólo una generación. En 1999, la Corporación Hark es una de las empresas más grandes y poderosas del mundo, pero también una de las más siniestras y peligrosas.   Remembering the past / Recordando el pasadoEn “El buen doctor”, el escritor británico Warren Ellis rinde homenaje a las populares novelas pulp de los 40s. Como vimos en el primer número de Planetary, Doc Brass es una version alternativa de Doc Savage, el Hombre de Bronce, tal vez la quintaesencia del héroe pulp. Y el extraordinario artista John Cassaday recupera la dimensión mítica de Brass / Savage en una asombrosa portada bastante reminiscente de las viejas novelas pulp.No obstante, esa no es la única exploración artística que merece reconocimiento. Hay varias páginas que son presentadas como páginas de un libro pulp, incluso con papel gastado y amarillento. Hay una notable página doble que muestra a Doc Brass peleando contra criaturas arácnidas, mitad arañas, mitad hombres, rodeado de monstruosos fetos de esta especia anti-natural. La magistral composición, la intensidad y el terror de esta secuencia son innegables. Hay otra ilustración de antología: Brass y sus hombres pelando contra criaturas demoníacas. Simetría, dinamismo y abundancia de detalles hace de esta una escena inolvidable. Cassaday también juega aquí con el contraste entre luz (Brass, en la parte superior de la página) y sombra (el vigilante enmascarado en la parte inferior).Finalmente, la última página reúne diferentes estados de ánimo: tenemos la gozosa celebración de Brass y sus hombres victoriosos, y luego tenemos a un cansado y casi entristecido Elijah Snow. La viñeta final muda es pura poesía visual, ayudada por el espectacular coloreado de Laura Depuy y Ali Fuchs.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2014/08/planetary-5-warren-ellis-john-cassaday.html

Miracleman # 8 - Alan Moore Chuck Austen

Miracleman # 8 - Alan Moore Chuck Austen

By Arion in Blog on August 24, 2014

As a veteran horror fan, I’ve seen plenty of persecutions, hundreds of movies about people being chased by something awful, monstrous, supernatural and terribly lethal. And I’ve gotten used to it to the point that now I find those scenes barely surprising. In “Bodies”, however, the suspense is very intense (“Bodies” was originally published in Eclipse’s Miracleman # 7, in April 1986). Michael Moran is being hunted by an extraterrestrial hound. Evelyn Cream has already been devoured. And he’s next. Unless he can find a way to escape from the monster. Moran’s first instinct is to use the gun Cream gave to him to shoot at the scaly creature. But he’s too slow, too clumsy, too human. The monster simply eats part of his hand and the revolver.As we’ve seen in earlier chapters, the contrast between Miracleman and Moran was more than evident. The Superman was superior to the man in every conceivable way. That is why Moran has no trust in his own abilities, and yet his survival instinct remains intact. Thanks to a clever ruse, Moran is able to use the key word “Steppenwolf” to revert the creature to his original state: a defenseless, normal dog.    “The Wish I Wish Tonight” is an extraordinary example of Alan Moore’s brilliant exploration of characters. Miracleman is back, a superhuman amongst ordinary people, a wolf surrounded by sheep. Moore gets inside the head of Gargunza’s ruthless killers, and inside the head of one of them in particular. A former Nazi soldier remembers Hitler’s dream of the Übermensch, the superior race: “He was a vision… That blond hair. Those blue eyes […] We waited for him to come for forty years… and then we killed him”. Michael Moran versus Miracledog For the Nazi mercenary, Miracleman was the superior man Hitler had promised to his SS troops. And he feels remorse for helping Gargunza in his homicidal plans. “Forty years we have waited for you. For the first of the blond gods that would replace us. Overman. You have come at last”, says the mercenary, almost as if pleading for his life. Miracleman’s reaction is terribly inhuman: he has already crushed the skulls of the other two henchmen, and now he simply breaks the Nazi’s chest with his finger, killing him immediately.There is something almost demential in Miracleman’s apparent cruelty, but at the same time it’s reassuring to observe how a superhuman uses his superpowers without any limits or moral constraints. He kills everyone and everything in his path until reaching Gargunza. The hunted victim of the first pages is now the merciless hunter.“Can you see the planet, how big it is? Can you see the scale I live on? Gargunza, can you see how small you have always been?”, asks Miracleman. And in an unexpected and very shocking scene, Miracleman decides to put an end to the life of his creator. Moore combines a moment of tenderness (the “kiss of death” that Miracleman gives to the scientist) with a brutal sequence that shows how Gargunza’s body is incinerated upon entry in our planet’s atmosphere.________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Miracleman kills Gargunza's men / Miracleman mata a los hombres de GargunzaComo fanático veterano del terror, he visto muchas persecuciones, cientos de películas sobre gente que es cazada por algo horrendo, monstruoso, sobrenatural y terriblemente letal. Y me he acostumbrado a ello al punto que ahora esas escenas apenas me sorprenden. En “Cuerpos”, sin embargo, el suspenso es muy intenso (“Cuerpos” se publicó originalmente en Miracleman # 7 de Eclipse, en abril de 1986). Michael Moran está a punto de ser cazado por un sabueso extraterrestre. Evelyn Cream ya ha sido devorado. Y él es el siguiente. A menos que pueda hallar el modo de escapar del monstruo. El primer instinto de Moran es usar el arma que Cream le dio para disparar a la criatura escamosa. Pero él es demasiado lento, demasiado torpe, demasiado humano. El monstruo simplemente se come parte de su mano y el revólver.Como hemos visto en capítulos anteriores, el contraste entre Miracleman y Moran era más que evidente. El superhombre era superior al hombre en cada aspecto imaginable. Es por ello que Moran no tiene confianza en sus propias habilidades, y no obstante su instinto de supervivencia permanece intacto. Gracias a una astuta treta, Moran es capaz de usar la palabra clave “Steppenwolf” para revertir a la criatura a su estado original: un perro normal e indefenso.“El deseo que yo deseo esta noche” es un extraordinario ejemplo de la brillante exploración de personajes de Alan Moore. Miracleman ha regresado, un súper-humano entre gente ordinaria, un lobo rodeado de ovejas. Moore se mete en la cabeza de los despiadados asesinos de Gargunza, y al interior de la cabeza de uno de ellos en particular. Un ex-soldado nazi que recuerda el sueño de Hitler del Übermensch, la raza superior: “Él era una visión... Ese pelo rubio. Esos ojos azules […] Esperamos su llegada por cuarenta años… y luego lo matamos”. the kiss of death / el beso de la muertePara el mercenario nazi, Miracleman era el hombre superior que Hitler había prometido a sus tropas de la SS. Y siente remordimiento al ayudar a Gargunza en sus planes homicidas. “Cuarenta años hemos esperado por ti. Por el primero de los dioses rubios que nos reemplazarían. Sobre-Hombre. Has venido por fin”, dice el mercenario, casi como si rogara por su vida. La reacción de Miracleman es terriblemente inhumana: ya ha destrozado el cráneo de los otros dos matones, y ahora simplemente rompe el pecho del nazi con un dedo, matándolo de inmediato.Hay algo casi demencial en la aparente crueldad de Miracleman, pero al mismo tiempo es convincente observar cómo un súper-humano usa sus superpoderes sin límites ni restricciones morales. Mata a todos y a todo en su camino hasta llegar a Gargunza. La víctima cazada de las primeras páginas es ahora el cazador sin piedad.“¿Puedes ver el planeta?, ¿lo grande que es? ¿Puedes ver la escala en la que vivo? Gargunza, ¿puedes ver lo pequeño siempre has sido?”, pregunta Miracleman. Y en una inesperada e impactante escena, Miracleman decide darle fin a la vida de su creador. Moore combina un momento de ternura (el “beso de la muerte” que Miracleman le da al científico) con una brutal secuencia que muestra el cuerpo de Gargunza que se incinera al entrar en la atmósfera de nuestro planeta.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2014/08/miracleman-8-alan-moore-chuck-austen.html

The Pro - Garth Ennis Amanda Conner

The Pro - Garth Ennis Amanda Conner

By Arion in Blog on August 18, 2014

Most superheroes have secret identities and a civilian life. Clark Kent, for instance, is a journalist. Hawkman is an archeologist. Daredevil is a lawyer. Hulk is a scientist. Doctor Strange is a surgeon. And so on. Throughout many decades, we’ve become familiar with the fact that superheroes have normal, decent jobs. But isn’t it slightly baffling that out of the thousands of characters from Marvel or DC none of them has a controversial career, so to speak? Well, Irish writer Garth Ennis probably asked himself the same question. Why do all superheroes must have a decent and respectable job? Why can’t they be something else? The answer comes unapologetically in the pages of “The Pro”, a tale about “a superpowered prostitute with a lousy attitude”.The story begins with a street whore, a woman who tries to make a few bucks to feed her baby and pay the rent. A woman without hope, without joy, with nothing but the searing certainty that all she can do in life is suck cocks or bend down to get penetrated by stingy men who always try to pay her less than they should.That’s how her life goes until the Viewer (AKA the Voyeur), a merciless parody of Marvel’s the Watcher, decides to intervene and grants her amazing superpowers. Suddenly she can fly, she has super-strength and superhuman endurance. The Pro punishes the enemy / la Pro castiga al enemigoOf course, even with powers she is still a bitch. She swears, she smokes and she has no problems in accusing the members of the League of Honor of being the greatest perverts she’s ever met. Even so, she’s welcomed into the ranks of the world’s premiere superhero team. Once again, Ennis satirical approach dissects the classic superhero archetypes and turns the Justice League of America into a group of do-gooders with a holier-than-thou behavior. Although their perversions are hidden under this peaceful and respectable façade.When the League tries to save the UN, The Pro points out how all those ambassadors pay for the weirdest and kinkiest sexual encounters one could possibly imagine. Her “golden shower” moment can’t compare with the depravities she has seen in the past. Obviously, the vulgarity, the wild sexuality and profanity of The Pro scandalizes all members of the League. Especially the Saint, a Superman parody, who eventually is seduced by the prostitute and agrees to a blow job proposal that will have major repercussions for his sanctimonious reputation.The Lady, a Wonder Woman parody, exhibits certain lesbian tendencies, while Speedo, a Flash parody, can’t stop masturbating in the presence of the Pro. At super-speed, of course, he’s able to ejaculate and wipe out his dick without anyone taking notice of his actions…  The Saint gets a blow job / el Santo recibe sexo oralOf course, no satire would be complete without rubbing in a little bit of Wertham’s fears. As suggested by the psychiatrist, Batman and Robin are the ultimate gay couple, although they’ve never been as obviously out of the closet as Knight and Squire (parodies of the Dynamic Duo). Finally, the Lime is the typical black character that exists only to act like a black man, in the most stereotyped manner (similar, certainly, to the way in which minorities were inappropriately portrayed in the 50s and 60s), reaffirming the inherent racism in a world populated by white superheroes. Surely, as a reader you won’t be able to stop laughing as the absurd adventures of the Pro go on, but the humor doesn’t take away the social criticism. In the end, there is a bitter affirmation about this wonderful and colorful universe of escapism. Superheroes don’t matter, nothing they do has real consequences, they claim to save humanity but they are unable help regular people, they can’t change our society so that impoverished women like the Pro won’t have to sell their bodies in order to survive. Perhaps, for Ennis, the real prostitution lies in corporate trademarks and franchises disguised as cultural icons, and in the greedy nature of editors and businessmen who want only to squeeze every dollar out of the pockets of mindless fanboys that will endlessly consume the latest iteration of their favorite childhood heroes.________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Speedo masturbates at superspeed / Speedo se masturba a súpervelocidadCasi todos los superhéroes tienen identidades secretas y una vida como civiles. Clark Kent, por ejemplo, es periodista. Hawkman es arqueólogo. Daredevil es abogado. Hulk es científico. Doctor Strange es un cirujano. Y así sucesivamente. A lo largo de las décadas, nos hemos familiarizado con el hecho de que los superhéroes tienen trabajos normales y decentes. Pero ¿no es ligeramente sorprendente que de los miles de personajes de Marvel o DC, ninguno de ellos tenga una carrera controversial, por así decirlo? Bueno, el escritor irlandés Garth Ennis probablemente se hizo esa misma pregunta. ¿Por qué todos los superhéroes deben tener empleos decentes y respetables? ¿Por qué no pueden ser algo distinto? La respuesta llega, sin pedir disculpas, en las páginas de “The Pro”, un relato sobre “una prostituta superpoderosa con una muy mala actitud”.La historia empieza con una ramera callejera, una mujer que intenta ganar algunos dólares para alimentar a su bebé y pagar el alquiler. Una mujer sin esperanza, sin alegría, con la certeza demoledora de que lo único que puede hacer en la vida es chupar penes o agacharse para ser penetrada por hombres tacaños que siempre intentan pagarle menos de lo que deberían.Y esa es su vida hasta que el Observador (también conocido como el Voyeur), una despiadada parodia de Watcher, de Marvel, decide intervenir y otorgarle asombrosos superpoderes. Repentinamente, ella puede volar, tiene súper fuerza y resistencia sobrehumana.  The League of Honor / la Liga del HonorDesde luego, incluso con poderes sigue siendo una puta. Maldice, fuma y no tiene empacho en acusar a los miembros de la Liga del Honor de ser los más grandes pervertidos que ha conocido. Aun así, ella es aceptada en las filas del primer equipo de superhéroes del mundo. Una vez más, el enfoque satírico de Ennis disecciona los clásicos arquetipo heroicos y convierte a la Liga de la Justicia de América en un grupo de bienhechores con comportamiento de santurrones. Aunque sus perversiones se ocultan bajo esta respetable y pacífica fachada. Cuando la Liga intenta salvar a la ONU, la Pro señala que estos embajadores pagan por los más extraños y degenerados encuentros sexuales que uno podría imaginar. Su “lluvia dorada” no se puede comparar con las depravaciones que ha visto en el pasado. Obviamente, la vulgaridad, sexualidad salvaje y la profanidad de la Pro escandalizan a todos los integrantes de la Liga. Especialmente al Santo, una parodia de Superman, quien eventualmente es seducido por la prostituta y accede a una propuesta de sexo oral que tendrá graves repercusiones para su sacrosanta reputación.La dama, una parodia de Wonder Woman, exhibe ciertas tendencias lésbicas, mientras que Speedo, una parodia de Flash, no puede parar de masturbarse en presencia de la Pro. A súper velocidad, por supuesto, es capaz de eyacular y limpiarse el pene sin que nadie se pueda dar cuenta de sus actividades...  The Pro uses her powers to make a few bucks / la Pro usa sus poderes para ganar algunos dólaresPor supuesto, ninguna sátira estaría completa sin frotar un poco los miedos de Wertham. Como sugirió el psiquiatra, Batman y Robin son la pareja gay definitiva, aunque ellos nunca han estado tan obviamente fuera del closet como Caballero y Escudero (parodias del Dúo Dinámico). Finalmente, Lima es el típico personaje negro que existe únicamente para actuar como un hombre negro, de la manera más estereotipada (similar, ciertamente, a la forma en la que las minorías eran inadecuadamente retratadas en los 50s y 60s), reafirmando el racismo inherente en un mundo poblado por superhéroes blancos. Seguramente, como lectores no serán capaces de dejar de reír con las absurdas aventuras de la Pro, pero el humor no quita la crítica social. Al final, hay una amarga afirmación sobre este maravilloso y colorido universo de escapismo. Los superhéroes no importan, nada de lo que hacen tiene consecuencias reales, ellos profesan haber salvado a la humanidad pero no son capaces de ayudar a la gente común y corriente, ellos no pueden cambiar nuestra sociedad para que mujeres empobrecidas como la Pro no tengan que vender sus cuerpos para lograr sobrevivir. Tal vez, para Ennis, la verdadera prostitución yace en las marcas registradas corporativas y en las franquicias disfrazadas de íconos culturales, y en la naturaleza avariciosa de editores y empresarios que únicamente quieren exprimir cada dólar de los bolsillos de fans insensatos que consumirán sin fin la más moderna versión de sus héroes favoritos de la infancia.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-pro-garth-ennis-amanda-conner.html

Aspen Comics Solicitations for November 2014

Aspen Comics Solicitations for November 2014

By Rui Esteves in Blog on August 15, 2014

Zoohunters #2THE ZOOHUNTERS #2 Peter Steigerwald – Story / Peter Steigerwald – ArtThere IS life on other planets—THEY find it.Abros has been teaching his son Ty the skills it takes to be a ZooHunter when on a far frozen planet they are ambushed by the rogue ZooHunter Minalara! What menace does her appearance spell for our duo? Read issue two to find out!Creator and artist Peter Steigerwald presents to you the newest Aspen hit series – THE ZOOHUNTERS!THE ZOOHUNTERS #2 is in stores November 26th, 2014!FC 32 pages $3.99 Damsels in Excess #5DAMSELS IN EXCESS #5 Vince Hernandez – Story / Mirka Andolfo – ArtFive realms. Five princesses. Zero men.The war for Evanfar begins as Bethany and Kimberlein make the decision to take back the kingdom by force—even if it means destroying the union of the Five Realms forever! The climactic—and deadly--end to the first volume will forever change the lives of all the princesses forever!DAMSELS IN EXCESS #5 is in stores November 19th, 2014!FC 32 pages $3.99 Seven to DieSEVEN TO DIE  T. G. Roberts – WriterSEVEN TO DIE tells the story of Lex MacArthur, a San Francisco college student who comes into possession of an enigmatic clay pendant that unlocks a bevy of dormant superhuman genes. She’s stronger, she’s faster, and she’s on a mission to find out why. As Lex sets out to discover who she is and where she really came from, she comes face-to-face with Egil, a killer who has been tracking Lex her entire life.  At the helm of an enormous operation to eradicate all of Lex’s kind, Egil captures Lex’s long-lost mother, forcing Lex to confront him head on and save those she loves from certain death.Aspen Novels continues its genre-spanning adventure into the prose world with this latest young adult, urban fantasy thriller that is an edge-of-your-seat page turner!SEVEN TO DIE is in stores November 5th, 2014!B&W 320 pages $7.99 NOVEL Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2014/08/aspen-comics-solicitations-for-november.html

Miracleman # 6 7 - Alan Moore Alan Davis

Miracleman # 6 7 - Alan Moore Alan Davis

By Arion in Blog on August 13, 2014

Miracleman attacks! / ¡Miracleman ataca!While Doctor Gargunza tells Liz Moran the details of his horrid past, Miracleman and Evelyn Cream track down the old villain and find his well-guarded villa. But the security personnel is no match for the invincible Miracleman.Nevertheless, “…And Every Dog Its Day” (August 1984) shows the defeat of Miracleman, as he is outwitted by his “creator”, Doctor Gargunza. Once again, Alan Moore re-elaborates classic superhero plot twists but in this case he does it so amazingly that the reader is rooting simultaneously for the hero as well as the villain. Unfortunately, it is in this chapter that Alan Davis says goodbye to the Northampton writer. And consequently “All Heads Turn as the Hunt Goes By” (February 1986) is illustrated by Chuck Austen (or Chuck Beckum as he was known back in the day). Although Chuck Austen’s abilities aren’t nearly as impressive as the ones we find in Alan Davis or Garry Leach, Chuck still manages to give us a very correct visual interpretation of Moore’s script.Evelyn Cream, the man with sapphire teeth, England’s most ruthless killer is defenseless against a monstrous creature engineered in the labs of Doctor Gargunza. Using a fascinating game of frames and panels, Moore presents to us the entire persecution as a single moment in time, thus augmenting the suspense and the sense of fear experienced by Michael Moran and Evelyn Cream. MiracledogI’ve often wondered, as a writer, when to kill a character. It’s not an easy choice and it becomes even more complicated when we have a fascinating character in mind. If the most appealing, most intriguing and most mysterious hero is on the line, do we let him go or do we retrieve him for future plotlines? For example, I wonder how George R.R. Martin manages to create so many fantastic men and women in the pages of his novels and how he gets to decide who lives and who dies. Obviously I cannot know the motives behind the writer’s work, but I can see the results. And the result of this chapter is devastating: Evelyn Cream is beheaded with a single movement, and quickly devoured by an alien beast designed to kill Miracleman. The last page, pure genius (but then again, we are talking about Alan Moore), shows the green and scaly lizard spitting out some undigested residuals. There is blood and there is, of course, the sapphire teeth of Evelyn Cream.________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Michael Moran & Evelyn CreamMientras el doctor Gargunza le cuenta a Liz Moran los detalles de su horrendo pasado,  Miracleman y Evelyn Cream rastrean al viejo villano y encuentran su resguardada villa. Pero el personal de seguridad no es rival para el invencible Miracleman.No obstante, “…Y cada día de perro” (agosto de 1984) muestra la derrota de Miracleman, que es superado en astucia por su “creador”, el doctor Gargunza. Una vez más, Alan Moore reelabora giros argumentales de superhéroes clásicos pero en este caso lo hace tan asombrosamente que el lector está entusiasmado simultáneamente con el héroe así como con el villano.Desafortunadamente, es en este capítulo en el que Alan Davis le dice adiós al escritor de Northampton. Y en consecuencia “Todas las cabezas se voltean mientras la cacería continúa” (febrero de 1986) tiene ilustraciones de Chuck Austen (o Chuck Beckum como se le conocía en ese entonces). Aunque las habilidades de Chuck Austen no son para nada tan impresionantes como las de Alan Davis o Garry Leach, Chuck aun así se las arregla para darnos una correcta interpretación visual del guión de Moore.Evelyn Cream, el hombre de los dientes de zafiro, el más despiadado asesino de Inglaterra, está indefenso frente a una criatura monstruosa creada en los laboratorios del doctor Gargunza. Usando un fascinante juego de encuadres y viñetas, Moore nos presenta toda la persecución como un sólo momento en el tiempo, aumentando así el suspenso y la sensación de miedo experimentada por Michael Moran y Evelyn Cream. man against beast / el hombre contra la bestiaComo escritor, me he preguntado a menudo cuándo matar a un personaje. No es una alternativa fácil y se vuelve más complicada cuando tenemos en mente a un personaje fascinante. Si el héroes más atractivo, más intrigante y misterioso, está al borde del abismo, ¿lo dejamos caer o lo recuperamos para futuras líneas argumentales? Me pregunto, por ejemplo, cómo se las arregla George R.R. Martin para crear tantos hombres y mujeres fantásticos en las páginas de sus novelas y cómo decide quién vive y quién muere.Obviamente no puedo saber los motivos detrás de la obra del escritor, pero puedo ver los resultados. Y el resultado de este capítulo es devastador: Evelyn Cream es decapitado con un sólo movimiento, y es rápidamente devorado por una bestia alienígena diseñada para matar a Miracleman. La última página es una genialidad pura (claro está, hablamos al fin y al cabo de Alan Moore), vemos al lagarto de escamas verdes escupiendo algunos residuos que no han sido digeridos. Ahí está la sangre y también están, por supuesto, los dientes de zafiro de Evelyn Cream.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2014/08/miracleman-6-7-alan-moore-alan-davis.html

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