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Jupiter’s Legacy # 1 - Mark Millar Frank Quitely

Jupiter’s Legacy # 1 - Mark Millar Frank Quitely

By Arion in Blog on June 23, 2013

1929. The Wall Street Crash. The richest men of the US lose their fortunes in a day. The working class loses absolutely everything. The country is in ruins. “America was the greatest idea in human history, the most resourceful people the world had ever known, and yet here we were reduced to breadlines and soup kitchens”. Sounds like fiction, but anyone with the slightest knowledge of American history will understand how serious the economic crisis of the 20s was. When people have no money and no hope, the entertainment industry thrives. It’s the need for escapism. That’s why two high school teenagers invented a character that was “faster than a bullet and stronger than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound”. It’s no coincidence that the greatest financial depression is accompanied by the creation of Superman and hundreds of superheroes (as well as extravagant movies that had little or nothing to do with the “real” world). 1929: America's darkest hour / 1929: la hora más oscura de Estados UnidosIn Mark Millar’s opening chapter, however, something different happens. A bankrupted man seeks out a mysterious island he has inspected in his dreams. He’s accompanied by his brother, his wife and his closest friends. After arriving to the island they return to firm land “wrapped in costumes that raised the spirits of anyone who saw them”, their superhuman powers and abilities seem to rival only their high morals: “We didn’t care about money or politics. Our only desire was to serve our country and our infinite idealism inspired the best in everyone who came near us”... except, of course, their own children. Worshipped as demigods and super-celebrities, these heroes are the most famous people in the world, and of course their sons and daughters cash in their popularity, and bask in the unmerited glory of being the heirs of the saviors of the world. The man who found the island is the world-renowned Utopian, a superhero similar to the father of the genre, the Man of Steel himself. Morality, decency and admiration for the American Way define him. He’s the team leader, responsible for defending the world against countless menaces. After 80 years, all the cool villains have been defeated, all the cosmic threats neutralized, and only the occasional supervillain escapee ruins the languid calm that has been established long ago.  The Utopian: an old hero still active / Utopian: un viejo héroe todavía activoWhen one of those villains tries to escape, he’s attacked by the Utopian and his team. Utopian’s brother, perhaps out of mercy or simply out of boredom, enters into the enemy’s mind and takes him to a ‘psychic painting’ of his own creation. There both of them can experience the peacefulness of a blue lake, in a sunny afternoon. He does it, so that the villain won’t feel any pain as the superhumans break his spine and splinter his bones.  The Utopian’s children, as usual, haven’t responded the emergency call. They’re somewhat occupied getting drunk or taking drugs, and they don’t give a damn about their parent’s old-fashioned sense of justice. Utopian’s brother is sick of the world they live in, he is against the ambition of the bankers that caused the crash in 1929 and the warmongers that profited thanks to the US tendency of declaring war to other nations. The economy is again in peril, Wall Street is out of control again and as a result people are losing their homes and realizing that food has become a luxurious commodity, while the kids of the superheroic generation continue to make millions thanks to publicity endorsements and the clever ways in which they exploit their fame. Mark Millar’s script is fascinating, and he has found the perfect artist for this project. Frank Quitely, perhaps the greatest artist of his generation. Quitely vigorously recreates the atmosphere of 1929 in the first pages, showing us the impoverished streets of New York, the tattered people that make lines to get some food, the dark alleys with homeless guys and the decadent scenario behind them. There is visual drama here, but also historical accuracy. The fighting sequence is as amazing as his work in “Flex Mentallo”, the psychic painting is an idyllic image, aggressively contrasted by the Utopian’s daughter and her habit of snorting cocaine. ______________________________________________________________________     ______________________________________________________________________1929. La caída de Wall Street. Los hombres más ricos de Estados Unidos pierden sus fortunas en un día. La clase trabajadora pierde absolutamente todo. El país está en ruinas. "Estados Unidos fue la idea más grandiosa en la historia humana, las personas más recursivas que el mundo jamás había conocido y, sin embargo, aquí estábamos reducidos a hacer colas para el pan o para la sopa de caridad". Suena como ficción, pero cualquiera con el más mínimo conocimiento de historia estadounidense entenderá qué tan seria fue la crisis económica de los 20.  The Utopian’s brother inside one his psychic paintings / el hermano de Utopian dentro de una de sus pinturas psíquicasCuando la gente no tiene dinero ni esperanza, la industria del entretenimiento florece. Es la necesidad del escapismo. Es por eso que dos adolescentes, todavía en secundaria, inventaron un personaje "más rápido que una bala y más fuerte que una locomotora, capaz de saltar edificios de un sólo brinco". No es coincidencia que la más grande depresión financiera fuese acompañada por la creación de Superman y cientos de súper-héroes (así como extravagantes películas que tenían poco o nada que ver con el mundo "real"). Sin embargo, en el capítulo inicial de Mark Millar, sucede algo diferente. Un hombre en bancarrota busca una isla misteriosa que ha inspeccionado en sus sueños. Lo acompañan su hermano, su esposa y sus mejores amigos. Después de llegar a la isla retornan a tierra firma "envueltos en trajes que levantaban el espíritu de cualquier que los viese", sus habilidades y poderes sobrehumanos parecen rivalizar sólo con su elevada moral: "No nos importaba el dinero o la política. Nuestro único deseo era servir a nuestro país y nuestro idealismo infinito inspiró lo mejor en todos los que se nos acercaron"... excepto, por supuesto, sus propios hijos. Idolatrados como semidioses y súper-celebridades, estos héroes son las figuras más famosas del mundo, y desde luego sus hijos e hijas sacan provecho de esta popularidad, y retozan en la inmerecida gloria de ser los herederos de los salvadores del mundo. El hombre que encontró la isla es el mundialmente renombrado Utopian, un súper-héroe similar al padre del género, el mismísimo Hombre de Acero. Lo definen la moralidad, decencia y admiración por el estilo de vida norteamericano. Él es el líder del equipo, responsable de defender al mundo contra incontables amenazas. Después de 80 años, todos los villanos importantes han sido derrotados, todas las amenazas cósmicas neutralizadas, y sólo el ocasional villano fugitivo arruina la calma lánguida que ha sido establecida hace mucho.Cuando uno de estos villanos intenta escapar, es atacado por Utopian y su equipo. El hermano de Utopian, tal vez por piedad o simplemente por aburrimiento, entra a la mente del enemigo y lo lleva a una 'pintura psíquica' de su propia creación. Allí, ambos pueden experimentar la paz de un lago azul, en una tarde soleada. Así, el villano no sentirá ningún dolor mientras los superhumanos rompen su columna y quiebran sus huesos. The Utopian's daughter and her cocaine-addicted friends / La hija de Utopian y sus amigos adictos a la cocaínaLos hijos de Utopian, como siempre, no han respondido la llamada de emergencia. Están un tanto ocupados emborra-chándose o drogándose, y no les importa un carajo el desfasado concepto de justicia de sus padres. El hermano de Utopian está harto del mundo en el que viven, está en contra de la ambición de los banqueros que causaron la caída de 1929 y los que lucran con los conflictos bélicos gracias a la tendencia de Estados Unidos de declararle la guerra a otras naciones. La economía está de nuevo en peligro, Wall Street está fuera de control otra vez y como resultado la gente está perdiendo sus hogares y dándose cuenta que la comida se ha convertido en un bien escaso; mientras tanto, los hijos de la generación superheroica continúan amasando millones gracias a la publicidad y la astuta manera en la que explotan su fama.El guión de Mark Millar es fascinante, y ha encontrado al artista perfecto para este proyecto. Frank Quitely, quizás el mejor artista de su generación. Quitely recrea vigorosamente la atmósfera de 1929 en las primeras páginas, mostrándonos las calles empobrecidas de New York, la gente andrajosa que hace cola para recibir un poco de comida, los callejones oscuros con mendigos y el decadente escenario detrás de ellos. Hay un drama visual aquí, pero también rigor histórico. La secuencia de pelea es tan asombrosa como su trabajo en “Flex Mentallo”, la pintura psíquica es una imagen idílica, contrastada agresivamente con la hija de Utopian y su hábito de inhalar cocaína.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/06/jupiters-legacy-1-mark-millar-frank.html

Transmetropolitan'O'ton #2

Transmetropolitan'O'ton #2

By Rui Esteves in Blog on June 23, 2013

Cover How doesn't love Futurama? A 20th century kid gets frozen and wakes up in the year 3000. Simple concept yet rich in comedy and stories. Well, Transmetropolitan has its own version of that story. Grittier, darker and way more depressing of course.Actually this second volume is more a collection of issue long stories than a continuous story arc. Some will have impact in the future, others will be just footnotes in the grander scheme of thing, but there is one you'll probably re-read once you get to volume 8 or 9.How is it?By telling 5 different issue long stories plus a bunch of short stories this volume slows things down a bit from the first volume. However it plants the seeds for many future plot points. Not all of this stories will create ripples in the Transmetropolitan Universe, but the ones that don't make it up with gripping and (dark) humorous story telling. Dog-Cop The story that resonated more on me is the Futurama "ish" one. Mary had a good life. She lived, loved, witnessed the World changing. She got old and death became a certainty. On the moment of her dead she was put in cryopreservation. In Spider Jerusalem's time she was unfrozen, cloned and release upon the world with a beautiful, slim and fit young body.However her new birth is not as fun and easy like in Futurama. Transmetropolitan's timeline is a harsh and unforgiving place. Its nothing like the world Mary left behind. Mary will pop up here and there in the upcoming volumes. Sad Channon is Sad The other stories are equally entertaining, but in other ways. You'll get to see past Spider, Channon's energy based ex-boyfriend, a talking dog-cop and many other quirky characters.Art wise in this volume we see Darick Robertson becoming comfortable with the art style he created for Transmetropolitan. Most characters start to be drawn in a consistent way and nowhere is that more visible than on Spider Jerusalem himself. From this point on there is only one word to describe his art. Fantastic.Verdict?This is a good volume of a great series. Some characters are introduced, other are fleshed out and some very important details are laid out for you. Don't miss this.Publisher: VertigoYear: 2009Pages: 144Authors: Warren Ellis, Darick Robertson,ISBN: 1401222617Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/06/transmetropolitanoton-2.html

Today's Tom Sawyer (or) My Final Thoughts On Man of Steel

Today's Tom Sawyer (or) My Final Thoughts On Man of Steel

By Starlord in Blog on June 22, 2013

It's been almost a week since I saw "Man of Steel" or as I nicknamed it, "We're Going to Prove to You That Hope is Dead." Well that seems a bit long for a nickname so I'll just go with "The Movie That Raped My Childhood". Yeah... that's better. Let me start with the usual disclaimer that there are HUGE SPOILERS!!!!!  I'm not repeating that or scrolling down to give you time to consider whether you want to continue or not. You were warned. Both of you had better have payed attention. In the week since I saw this movie I've read and been a part of several interesting discussions about this rather dark take on what many would argue to be the super-hero that stands above all others. I've heard people tell me that theaters erupted in applause and shouts of enthusiasm as Superman snapped the neck of General Zod. (BTW, that was the HUGE SPOILER!!!!!) The theater I was in was deathly silent at that linch-pin moment - except for this total dork who actually whispered the word no in the darkened theater. My children will probably never let me live that down. That reaction, however, came after nearly two hours of a film that introduced a literary character that I had never seen before, nor do I ever want to see again. Before I go any further, it was pointed out to me that many do not consider Superman to be literature. I reply with this: In a world where young, rottenly spoiled, rich daddy girls with no real redeeming morals or aptitude for anything remotely resembling real intelligence can be considered celebrities,  I think an argument for Superman being a real literary figure is a moot point. This movie showed, within fifteen minutes into it, that this Superman will not have the very foundation that it was built upon. A foundation that is put in place by Ma and Pa Kent, two mid-western Americans whose gentleness and belief in the human spirit gives Clark the love for his adopted planet and its people that he later swears to protect. No, we are shown a Clark who easily steals another persons cloths for his own needs without even a backward glance. If anywhere in the film they had shown a moment where he returns to leave money or perhaps the same cloths nicely cleaned and waiting for the victims of his larceny that moment could have been easily forgiven. I suppose this shouldn't surprise me since this Pa Kent has raised his adopted son to apparently distrust mankind and protect himself above all others. "Should I have just let them die?" Clark exclaims after saving his fellow schoolmates who were drowning in a bus accident. "Maybe..." Pa mutters with the wooden voice of Kevin Costner who shows us that after all these years he's still too amazing to really give anyone a real acting performance. I suppose we movie goers are still not ready for him to actually... you know... act. So is it any wonder that by the time we wrap up most of his younger years which include his birth and subsequent exportation from Krypton ( which is really the absolute best vision of this part of the story that I have every seen in any Superman movie or television show) the movie goers are well prepared for a Man of Steel who will focus on his own needs and desires while rationalizing it as being the American hero that his Kansas Father (who may have been a super-hero himself since he can pretty much hold his own in an oncoming tornado) has raised him to be. The rest of the movie then shows you what a hero of that caliber can really do. Actually we get our first glimpse when Zod attacks Smallville and our now self absorbed Superman decides to take out most of his hometown instead of worrying about these humans he supposedly loves and wants to protect by taking the battle out of town to begin with. Lesson learned? Uhhhh.... noooooo.... note above picture of Metropolis which gets its just desserts forty five mind numbing minutes later. By mind numbing I mean a senseless and constant visual of nothing more than mass destruction for the sake of making several billion dollars for the company. They also want to make sure we do not confuse this Superman movie with that milquetoast dud that came out a few years ago. Hey guys! No problem with that! We already figured it out when Clark let his dad die because the old man didn't believe in him that much. I still believe that this movie fails on its most basic levels of this character. Some have reminded me that back in the eighties (when pastel sweaters tied around your shoulders was all the rage) comic writer/artist John Byrne actually wrote a Superman story where he "has to kill" and swears never to do it again. Yeah I remember that... I stopped buying the book for about five years, after that. Why? Because in no way should Superman be written into any story where he "has to kill". Where the destruction is so massive that the hundreds of thousands that have been mercilessly slaughtered in the cross-fire can in no way out weigh Superman's "win". When you do this you have stripped away the fundamental structure of why this character was created. You have stripped away the hope for mankind. You have dragged Superman down into the mud and muck that we live in on a daily basis. Oh I hear both of you saying it at this point. "This is just a modern day reflection of Superman." (Note at this point that I've used Superman much more than Clark for one good reason.... Clark (or the humanity side of this character) is rarely acknowledged. Perhaps you are correct. Perhaps I am wrong with my thoughts on this mega-hit. So I'm joining the party. Here is my broad outline of my first screenplay I am going to write. It's called "Today's Tom Sawyer": Act I: A young Tom Sawyer meets his buddy Huckleberry Finn behind the elementary school where they exchange cigarettes and talking crap about someday being old enough to get a hold of that hot Becky to give her a big stiff one.  We also meet Aunt Polly who has just recently returned from the methadone clinic and Tom's half-brother Sid, who spends his days steeling from department stores and his evenings smoking grass and playing X-Box Live. Act II: We find a seventeen year old Tom now disenchanted with his wonderful life and not coping so well with being a father. Really it's all Becky's fault and Tom isn't too sure he really is the father. After all there was that night that him and Becky and their friends got hyped up on ecstasy before Becky happily let everyone take their turn with her as a coked up Tom tried desperately to "get it up". (Nobody told me that would happen!!!) Add to this the fact that his good buddy and his own personal Huckleberry has finally come out of the closet and has begun a rather violent relationship with "Big Jim" has him yearning for the good ol' days of cigs and blunts behind the High School. Note that I am using the word "Big" here since in no way do I want to be fired from The Food Network. Act II ends with Tom selling his ass for money so that he can buy the one thing that all kids his age knows is the ultimate happiness.... heroin. Act III: A now twenty-four year old Tom spends most of his days still living in Aunt Polly's home, playing Playstation with his buddy Huckleberry whose own relationship with Big Jim has finally gone south when Jim left him for an hermaphrodite transvestite. Aunt Polly, miraculously still alive, (because it really is true! Only the good die young) lays in her bed, and in her own waste, begging Tom to go buy her a pack of cigs and a bottle of Johnny Walker. Becky has fared no better, her two year old daughter wanders around the house unsupervised while she lays on the couch shoving needles between her toes and making sure she has enough money for her own cigs and Jack Daniels while wondering how long before somebody comes to take this brat away like they did Tom's punk ass son. Movie fades to black as Tom declares "Fuck the rest of the world, they're just jealous of everything we got over here!" There you are. Another piece of literature that has been updated to reflect our times. This baby is going to sell!!!  Now I'm lost. I may have went off on a tangent. The words I use to sum up this movie for me are not my own but come from a friend Eric Palicki: "It was not the Superman movie I wanted, but I suppose it's the Superman movie we deserve, alas." Originally Published at Starlord's Corner  http://starlordscorner.blogspot.com/2013/06/todays-tom-sawyer-or-my-final-thoughts.html

Héroes - Marcos Palacios (Juan Parra del Riego)

Héroes - Marcos Palacios (Juan Parra del Riego)

By Arion in Blog on June 20, 2013

catálogo de la muestraHace tres años, en una de las animadas inauguraciones de la galería Yvonne Sanguineti, mi amiga Paola Tejada me presentó a Marcos Palacios. Yo entonces era una figura nueva en la escena de las galerías limeñas, y cada vez que alguien me presentaba a una artista plástico alcanzaba insospechados niveles de entusiasmo.Por suerte, en el transcurso de los meses siguientes seguí viendo a Marcos, y pronto entablamos una gran amistad. Marcos y yo no solamente tenemos una relación estrictamente de galerías, y es que en más de una ocasión -en muchas ocasiones, de hecho- nos hemos quedado conversando hasta altas horas de la madrugada en algún bar de Miraflores o Barranco. Esto es algo que nunca he hecho con ningún otro artista, y quizá por ello, en algún momento, me sentí preocupado y pensé que no sería capaz de admirar la obra de Marcos con la neutralidad necesaria.  el artista tuvo la gentileza de darme su autógrafo "El bombero", uno de los cuadros de Marcos PalaciosMenos mal, esto no sucedió, y cuando vi sus cuadros en Yvonne Sanguineti, en la Galería Shock o en otros locales encontré algo único en su propuesta. Un amor por la pintura, una fascinación por el pincel y una obsesión con los colores intensos. Sin embargo, recién en “Héroes”, muestra inaugurada el día de ayer en el Centro Cultural Juan Parra del Riego, he podido apreciar la ambiciosa propuesta de Marcos. En cuadros de gran formato, Palacios explora arquetipos de la vida limeña al mismo tiempo que los vincula con el expresionismo más vigoroso. En sus cuadros, podemos admirar las pinceladas firmes, fuertes, recias, que dejan una estela indeleble en la textura y que confieren una singular personalidad a todos estos héroes que Marcos nos presenta. My drawing: from pencils to inks / mi dibujo: de lápiz a tintaEl expresionismo, la intensidad del color y el poder del trazo, son elementos que confluyen armónica y estéticamente en la propuesta de Marcos. El resultado, como no podía ser de otro modo, es un conjunto de cuadros en gran formato que embelesan a conocedores y neófitos por igual. Hay algo exquisito y apremiante en las energías cromáticas capturadas por Marcos, y cuando él nos muestra a sus personajes nosotros inmediatamente somos transportados al mundo del aquí y el ahora. Sin duda, Marcos Palacios ha logrado una unión temática coherente y un alucinante despliegue visual que incentiva nuestro amor por el arte. El arte, una vez más, respira por todos sus poros y nos recuerda que, a pesar de todo, nosotros, también, inhalamos y exhalamos arte en dosis iguales. Como hubiese dichos Sócrates, una sociedad sin arte es una sociedad de cerdos. Viendo los cuadros de Marcos, comprendo por qué el arte es tan esencial como el aire que respiramos.Desde que nos conocimos, el 2010, he asistido a muchas de las muestras colectivas de Marcos, y aunque ya había quedado embelesado con sus cuadros en formato pequeño recién ahora he podido admirar su propuesta visual en toda su magnitud. Me siento privilegiado por haber conocido a Marcos y poder ver, el día de hoy, todos sus cuadros.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/06/heroes-marcos-palacios-juan-parra-del.html

Preview: FATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #2

Preview: FATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #2

By Rui Esteves in Blog on June 20, 2013

CoverFATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #2 JT Krul ; Vince Hernandez; David Wohl­ writers / Ken Marion ­ pencilsThe most epic storyline in Fathom¹s 15-year history continues!Anya rises above the surface and right into the hands of the US Government, in order to get the attention of Aspen Matthews, her last resort for help under the surface. Meanwhile, Killian relentlessly continues his search to unite his family once again, by confronting the pain and destruction of his past in the treacherous lava city of Aescylot. However, the Blue¹s new Elite Commander will discover the city of fire has ushered forth a new savior and she is no stranger to Killian!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! Fantastical new lands will be explored, and a host of new (and deadly!) characters will be introduced, all leading up to an unbelievable new direction in the All New FATHOM Universe!FATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #2 is in stores June 26th, 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/2013/06/preview-fathom-elite-saga-2.html

Preview: FATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #1

Preview: FATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #1

By Rui Esteves in Blog on June 20, 2013

CoverFATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #1 Vince Hernandez ; JT Krul ; David Wohl­ writers / V. Ken Marion ­ pencilsThe most epic storyline in Fathom¹s 15-year history starts now!Aspen Matthews is attempting to find solace above the surface by distancing herself from the demons of her past. Kiani is imprisoned within the underwater capitol city of Muria. And Killian is in search of his missing wife Anya, and his newborn child  Anika, who fled their home in his absence. Yet, all of their paths will soon collide as the child¹s true nature could lead to immense power falling into the wrong hands, and those in search of her will stop at nothing to obtain her!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! Fantastical new lands will be explored, and a host of new (and deadly!) characters will be introduced, all leading up to an unbelievable new direction in the All New FATHOM Universe!FATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #1 is in stores June 19th, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Cover B Cover CFollow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/06/preview-fathom-elite-saga-1.html

Young Avengers # 4 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie

Young Avengers # 4 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie

By Arion in Blog on June 16, 2013

I am passionate about comics. And that’s pretty evident if you’ve seen my blog before. At last, the time to publish my own comic book has come. And I need YOU to do it. So please check out the following link (and don’t forget to make a pledge): http://igg.me/p/413732/x/3203177 Thank you!--------------------------------------------------------------------------- Los cómics son mi pasión. Y eso es bastante obvio si es que le dan un vistazo a mi blog. Por fin, ha llegado el momento de publicar mi propio cómic. Y para eso los necesito a USTEDES. Así que por favor revisen el siguiente link para que puedan colaborar: http://igg.me/p/413732/x/3203177 ¡Gracias! “We didn’t make love. He was a man”. Marvel Boy (Noh-Varr) is no ordinary lad. He has the intelligence, the technology, the training and the temper to conquer Earth if he wanted to. That was clear in Grant Morrison’s interpretation and remains true in Kieron Gillen’s version. He lands on Earth in the proverbial nick of time, and he targets Teddy’s mother and the rest of the possessed progenitors and in a matter of seconds he kicks everyone’s ass. And what a fight! Jamie McKelvie turns a double page spread into a game board, a picturesque sequence that shows Noh-Varr’s attack step by step in miniature, while spotlighting specific moments in larger frames on the contours of the page. This is a visual exercise that embraces comic books as a rich and complex medium, as an artistic expression that can be more powerful and dynamic than anything else, provided that the artists are willing to take risks and use their imagination.After destroying a dozen of opponents in seconds, Noh-Varr thinks about his sexual relationship with Kate Bishop (AKA Hawkeye) and remembers the original (male) Hawkeye from the Avengers. “We didn’t make love. He was a man”, he admits to himself. And then, after saving Wiccan (Billy), Hulkling (Teddy), Kid Loki and Ms. America he knows exactly what to say: “Come with me if you want to be awesome”, which is an absolutely wonderful homage to one my favorite lines from “Terminator 2” (“Come with me if you want to live”). A very dynamic game board / Un juego de mesa muy dinámicoOf course, now it’s the turn for Marvel Boy’s dead parents to return to life, just like Loki’s father did on a previous issue. Attacked by all their dads and moms –dead or alive– the Young Avengers barely manage to escape. Meanwhile, Kid Loki continues to be the god of mischief, and starts poisoning Teddy’s mind. “You are a very lovely daydream”, tells the Norse god to the prince of the Skrull Empire, but what are the odds of a (gay) prince charming finding Billy, on the same city, on the same school? Does Billy’s altering reality powers had anything to do with their first encounter?“Let’s go save the world from us”, says Loki. And indeed, so far the Young Avengers have been doing nothing but defending themselves from the magic threats accidentally created by Billy. But the time for the final confrontation between adults and teenagers is finally here.  Marvel Boy is awesome! / ¡Marvel Boy es genial!Jamie McKelvie never ceases to amaze me thanks to his daring page designs, his stunning rendering of heroes and ordinary people; his lines are a delightful melody, perhaps akin to the disc that plays during Marvel Boy's brilliant battle scene. Even the credits page is a terrific illustration that reminds us of classic noir films.   I absolutely loved this issue. Oh yeah, and the best part, my letter got published! I’m including it here so read it and enjoy it. Dear Gillen & McKelvie:I was young once. Granted, at 28, some might still consider me young but I have a gnawing suspicion that the Young Avengers would consider me too old to join their ranks. Still, when Allan Heinberg’s first issue of Young Avengers came out I was still indisputably young… and an enthusiastic fan of Hulkling and Wiccan. I had to wait literally years before I actually saw them kissing on the page, but I’m thrilled to see that whatever controversy this kiss could have caused in the past it’s no longer an issue, or at least not a terribly huge deal (my stars and garters! does that mean people are slightly more tolerant now?). I wasn’t completely sure about picking up this new YA series. Honestly, I was sure no one –and I do mean NO ONE– would be able to be at least half as good as Heinberg & Cheung. But Gillen & McKelvie, in just one issue, you proved to be every bit as good and great as the original creative team. Damn, I certainly did not expect that. Now I’m absolutely excited about this new iteration of the team: I welcome Marvel Boy and Kid Loki with open arms, and I’m glad to see that Billy and Teddy –the emotional core of the team– are back. This is, hands down, the best new Marvel series. Now I feel young again. And for that I am very thankful.Arcadio Bolaños.Lima, Perú.Gillen's reply is just hilarious:Arcadio, I'd rather say something sensible about your kind letter, but I'm stunned by your brilliant name. I'm going to tell everyone to call me Arcadio Bolaños for the rest of the day. No one will obey me, but that's neither here nor there. - KG__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The attack of the Marvel parents / El ataque de los padres Marvel"No hicimos el amor. Él era un hombre". Marvel Boy (Noh-Varr) no es un muchachito ordinario. Tiene la inteligencia, la tecnología, el entrenamiento y el temple para conquistar la Tierra si quisiera hacerlo. Eso era evidente en la interpretación de Grant Morrison y sigue siendo cierto en la versión de Kieron Gillen. Él aterriza en la Tierra en el momento justo, y pone en la mira a la madre de Teddy y al resto de progenitores poseídos, y en cuestión de segundos les da una pateadura de culo a todos.¡Y vaya pelea! Jamie McKelvie convierte una página doble en un juego de mesa, una secuencia pintoresca que muestra el ataque de Noh-Varr paso a paso en miniatura, mientras que resalta momentos específicos en viñetas más grandes en los contornos de la página. Este es un ejercicio visual que asume al cómic como un medio rico y complejo, como una expresión artística que puede ser más poderosa y dinámica que ninguna otra, siempre y cuando los artistas estén dispuestos a arriesgarse y a usar su imaginación. teenagers versus adults! / ¡adolescentes versus adultos!Después de destruir docenas de oponentes en segundos, Noh-Varr piensa en su relación sexual con Kate Bishop (Hawkeye) y recuerda al Hawkeye original (masculino) de los Avengers. "No hicimos el amor. Él era un hombre", admite. Y luego, después de salvar a Wiccan (Billy), Hulkling (Teddy), Kid Loki y Ms. America, sabe exactamente qué decir: "Ven conmigo si quieres ser genial" que es un homenaje absolutamente maravilloso a una de mis frases favoritas de “Terminator 2” (“Ven conmigo si quieres vivir”).Por supuesto, ahora toca que los padres muertos de Marvel Boy resuciten, tal como sucedió con el padre de Loki en el número anterior. Atacados por todos sus papás y mamás -vivos o muertos- los Jóvenes Vengadores apenas se las arreglan para escapar. Mientras tanto, Kid Loki continúa siendo el dios de las triquiñuelas, y empieza a emponzoñar la mente de Teddy. "Tú eres un ensueño muy adorable", le dice el dios nórdico al príncipe del Imperio Skrull, pero ¿cuáles son las probabilidades de que un príncipe azul (gay) encontrase a Billy, en la misma ciudad, en la misma escuela? ¿Los poderes de Billy, que alteran la realidad, tuvieron algo que ver con ese primer encuentro? my published letter / mi carta publicada"Vayamos a salvar al mundo de nosotros", dice Loki. Y, de hecho, hasta ahora los Jóvenes Vengadores no han hecho otra cosa que defenderse de las amenazas mágicas accidentalmente creadas por Billy. Pero el momento de la confrontación final entre adultos y adolescentes finalmente está aquí.Jamie McKelvie no deja de asombrarme gracias a su atrevido diseño de página, su precioso retrato de los héroes y las personas ordinarias; sus líneas son una melodía deliciosa, tal vez similar al disco que suena durante la brillante escena de batalla de Marvel Boy. Incluso la página de créditos es una estupenda ilustración que nos recuerda al cine negro clásico.   Realmente me encantó este número, y la mejor parte, ¡mi carta salió publicada! La incluyo aquí para que puedan leerla y disfrutarla. Queridos Gillen & McKelvie:Yo fui joven alguna vez. Cierto, a los 28, algunos todavía podrían considerar que soy joven, pero tengo la irritante sospecha que los Jóvenes Vengadores me considerarían demasiado viejo para unirme a sus filas. Aun así, cuando salió el primer número de Young Avengers de Allan Heinberg yo todavía era indisputablemente joven... y un entusiasta fan de Hulkling y Wiccan. Tuve que esperar literalmente años antes de poder verlos besándose en la página, pero estoy entusiasmado al ver que cualquier controversia que este beso podría haber causado en el pasado ya no es un problema, o por lo menos no un problema terriblemente grande (¡estrellas y jarreteras! ¿significará eso que la gente es ahora ligeramente más tolerante?). No estaba completamente seguro sobre esta nueva serie de Young Avengers. Honestamente, estaba seguro que nadie -y quiero decir NADIE- sería capaz de ser al menos la mitad de buenos que Heinberg & Cheung. Pero Gillen & McKelvie, en tan sólo un número, ustedes han demostrado ser tan buenos y tan grandiosos como el equipo creativo original. Maldición, ciertamente no me lo esperaba. Ahora estoy absolutamente emocionado con esta nueva encarnación del equipo: le doy la bienvenida a Marvel Boy y Kid Loki con los brazos abiertos, y me alegra ver que Billy y Teddy -el núcleo emocional del equipo- han regresado. Este es, de lejos, la mejor nueva serie de Marvel. Ahora me siento joven de nuevo. Y por eso esto muy agradecido.Arcadio Bolaños.Lima, Perú.La respuesta de Gillen es hilarante:Arcadio, preferiría decir algo sensato sobre tu generosa carta, pero estoy conmocionado por lo brillante que es tu nombre. Le voy a decir a todos que me llamen Arcadio Bolaños por lo que queda del día. Nadie me odedecerá, pero eso ni me va ni me viene. - KGOriginally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/06/young-avengers-4-kieron-gillen-jamie.html

May comic books / cómics de mayo

May comic books / cómics de mayo

By Arion in Blog on June 14, 2013

I am passionate about comics. And that’s pretty evident if you’ve seen my blog before. At last, the time to publish my own comic book has come. And I need YOU to do it. So please check out the following link (and don’t forget to make a pledge): http://igg.me/p/413732/x/3203177 Thank you!--------------------------------------------------------------------------- Los cómics son mi pasión. Y eso es bastante obvio si es que le dan un vistazo a mi blog. Por fin, ha llegado el momento de publicar mi propio cómic. Y para eso los necesito a USTEDES. Así que por favor revisen el siguiente link para que puedan colaborar: http://igg.me/p/413732/x/3203177 ¡Gracias! I love good gifts and I love good comics, and Free Comic Book Day is the perfect combination of all of that. Each year I eagerly await the arrival of May comics and the first thing I read are FCBD titles. The 48 page 2000AD FCBD was awesome, “full of thrills” as the English say. And IDW’s reprints of old Judge Dredd stories were delightful. I was also surprised by the high level of quality (story and art wise) of the two Prince Valiant tales selected by Fantagraphics. After a two years hiatus I picked up again a Marvel FCBD (due to the online speculation that suggested that this had something to do with Marvelman / Miracleman) but I wasn’t particularly impressed by it.My two favorite comics of the month are Jupiter’s Legacy and Young Avengers, which I’ll be reviewing promptly. FF continues to be a great Marvel series, and The Unwritten managed to surprise me again. This month the eccentric Witch Doctor Mal Practice comes to an end, and the promising Suicide Risk begins (proving, once again, that Mike Carey really knows how to capture the reader’s attention). Thanks to Amazon and MidtownComics offers I got a bundle of trade paperbacks and hardcovers that I’m still reading, but they all look amazing. So, without further ado, here are May comics as per solicitations:DOOM PATROL TP VOL 01 CRAWLING FROM THE WRECKAGE (MR) (W) Grant Morrison (A) Doug Braithwaite, Richard Case (CA) Brian Bolland. This new printing of the first collection of Grant Morrison's DOOM PATROL run includes issues #19 - 25 of the series, including the restoration of three story pages omitted from the original printing. Plus, a new cover by Bolland. FASHION BEAST #9 WRAP CVR (MR)(W) Alan Moore (A/CA) Facundo Percio. Writer: Alan Moore Cover & Art:  Facundo Percio  Alan Moore's visionary tale reveals the truth and horror behind the lavish trappings of Celestine's fashion empire.  As the world teeters on the verge of self-destruction, and Doll witnesses the final moments of her benefactor, a choice must be made.  And Doll does the unthinkable by proclaiming who the phoenix of Celestine's empire will be…  The end is near and the choices made will either spell the salvation of it or usher in its utter ruin.    FCBD 2000 AD SPEC (W) John Wagner & Various (A) Henry Flint & Various (CA) Henry Flint. Home of Judge Dredd, 2000 AD is the UK's award-winning weekly SF anthology comic. In  this bumper 48-page FCBD special, The Jimps Club is a brand new Judge Dredd story about a club of Judge impersonators compete against each other to see who can last the longest on the harsh streets of the 'Big Meg'. They've got being a Judge down to a fine art, nailed the mannerisms and the stance, but all it takes is one mistake for Dredd to spot an imposter...; Zombo returns in the all-new Planetronix: Mohawk Of Menace! - the failed government(TM) robot defense force Planetronix (TM) are on a mission to just say NO to DRUGS! But when Yellow Lion (TM) starts getting into insidious punk rock music, Zombo has to intervene; plus thrill-pounding action from The Visible Man, dimensional instability issues for Indigo Prime and dubious thermo-nuclear advice from alien delinquents DR & Quinch. Item Code: JAN130045FCBD JUDGE DREDD CLASSICS Publisher: IDEA & DESIGN WORKS LLC. (W) John Howard, Joe Collins (A/CA) Brian Bolland. In advance of IDW's coming ongoing series re-presenting the best Judge Dredd stories from the past with all-new coloring, this special FCBD release offers one of the most beloved Dredd stories of all time: the introduction of Judge Death, with all-new color! Plus: bonus "Walter the Wobot" strips appearing in color for the very first time, all beautifully illustrated by the brilliant Brian Bolland! Item Code: JAN130036FCBD FANTAGRAPHICS PRINCE VALIANT Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS. (W/A/CA) Hal Foster. This full-color comic collects two Prince Valiant stories from Hal Foster's 1950 peak: "Home Again," in which Val, Aleta, and newborn baby Prince Arn enjoy an eventful ocean journey back to Thule, and "The Challenge," in which another knight's unwelcome advances on Aleta result in a classic duel with Valiant. Item Code: JAN130032FCBD 2013 MARVEL GOLD INFINITY (Net)(W) Jonathan Hickman (A/CA) Jim CheungJAN130009 $0.00FCBD WALKING DEAD SPECIAL (Net) (MR)Publisher: IMAGE COMICS (W) Robert Kirkman (A) Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn (CA) Charlie Adlard. This special Walking Dead issue contains a new Tyrese short story, who made his television debut in The Walking Dead Season 3! It also reprints short stories featuring Michonne, The Governor and Morgan. This special issue is a must-have for Walking Dead fans--none of these stories will be reprinted in the trade paperbacks!Item Code: JAN130008FF #6 (W) Matt Fraction (A/CA) Mike Allred. Darla vs Yancy Street! ‘ NUFF SAID!FF #7(W) Matt Fraction (A/CA) Mike Allred. Field trip…into the heart of the Negative Zone! Scott Lang has already lost a daughter… watch what happens when he puts it all on the line to save… Bentley-23? my drawing: from pencils to inks / mi dibujo: del lápiz a la tintaJUPITERS LEGACY #1 CVR A QUITELY (MR) (W) Mark Millar (A/CA) Frank Quitely. The comic-book event of 2013 finally arrives as superstar creators MARK MILLER and FRANK QUIETLY give us the superhero epic that all future comics will be measured by. The world's greatest heroes have grown old and their legacy is a poisonous one to the children who will never live up to their remarkable parents. Unmissable. MORNING GLORIES #26 (MR)(W) Nick Spencer (A) Joe Eisma (CA) Rodin Esquejo. 'THE WAITING GAME'-Season 2 of the smash hit series begins here, with a special, full-sized, impossibly priced $1 prelude - the perfect jumping-on point for collection readers looking to move to single issues!  SUICIDE RISK #1 (W) Mike Carey (A)  TBD (CA) Tommy Lee Edwards. Author(s): Mike Carey Artist(s): TBD Cover Artist(s): A: Tommy Lee Edwards  Heroes are dying, and cops are dying twofold. Humanity is underpowered in the face of their onslaught, and people are suffering untold casualties trying to stem the flow. After barely surviving a super-powered bank heist gone horribly wrong, beat cop Leo Winters vowed to try and find a way to stop them. Following a lead, he discovered two lowlifes who seemed to be able to grant a person powers...for the right price.  Thing is: you don't get to choose which power. It's seemingly random, a crap-shoot, a risk.  Will Leo decide to take that risk? And why is it that even the heroes in this world eventually break…bad? UNWRITTEN #48 (MR)(W) Mike Carey (A) Peter Gross (CA) Yuko Shimizu. In part 2 of 'Orpheus in the Underworld,' Tom's quest for Lizzie has hit a major hurdle, in that he no longer remembers who either of them is. But is it possible he's already found her without even realizing it? And who holds the true power in Hades, where masks may hide anything-or nothing? WALKING DEAD #110 (MR)(W) Robert Kirkman (A/CA) Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn. story ROBERT KIRKMAN art / cover CHARLIE ADLARD & CLIFF RATHBURN  Ezekiel vs. Michonne? WITCH DOCTOR MALPRACTICE #6 (OF 6)(W) Brandon Seifert (A/CA) Lukas Ketner, Andy Troy. This is it: Doc Morrow's last stand against the forces making his life hell! If Morrow and his allies fail here, all of Arkham, Oregon will suffer! Too bad he screws it up. Oops: SPOILERS!  'Drips with retro-gore fun' - Paste Magazine YOUNG AVENGERS #4 NOW(W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Jamie McKelvie. Kate Bishop finally turns up! A lovely day trip to Central Park for a group of cheery youngsters. LIES! It's not lovely as they're being pursued by bad guys and it's not a day trip as (er) it's at night. A shameless retcon into Marvel Boy's history! ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Me encantan los buenos regalos y los buenos cómics, y el día del cómic gratis (FCBD en inglés) es la combinación perfecta de todo eso. Cada año espero con impaciencia la llegada de los cómics de mayo, y lo primero que hago es leer los títulos del FCBD. Las 48 páginas de 2000AD fueron extraordinarias, "llenas de emociones" como dirían los ingleses. Y las reimpresiones de IDW de las viejas historias de Judge Dredd fueron una exquisitez. También quedé sorprendido por el alto nivel de calidad (narrativo y artístico) de los dos relatos del Príncipe Valiente seleccionados por Fantagraphics. Después de un hiato de dos años volví a elegir el FCBD de Marvel (debido a la especulación en internet que sugería que tendría algo que ver con Marvelman / Miracleman) pero no quedé particularmente impresionado.Mis dos cómics favoritos del mes son "Jupiter’s Legacy" y "Young Avengers", ambos serán reseñados pronto. "FF" continúa siendo una grandiosa serie Marvel, y "The Unwritten" se las arregló para sorprenderme otra vez. Este mes el excéntrico "Witch Doctor Mal Practice" llega a su fin, y empieza el prometedor "Suicide Risk" (demostrando, una vez más, que Mike Carey realmente sabe cómo capturar la atención del lector). Gracias a las ofertas de Amazon y MidtownComics conseguí un montón de tomos que aún estoy leyendo, y que se ven asombrosos. Así que, sin más preámbulos, aquí van los cómics de mayo: DOOM PATROL TP VOL 01Por Grant Morrison, Doug Braithwaite y Richard Case. Portada de Brian Bolland. Incluye los números 19 a 25 de esta colección. FASHION BEAST #9 WRAP CVR (MR)Se revelan el horror y la verdad detrás del imperio de la moda. Mientras el mundo está al borde de la autodestrucción, el benefactor de DOLL llega a sus momentos finales. Y DOLL hace lo imposible al proclamar quién será el fénix del imperio de CELESTINE. El fin está cerca y estas decisiones salvarán o arruinarán todo. FCBD 2000 AD SPEC(W) John Wagner et al (A) Henry Flint et al (CA) Henry Flint.FCBD JUDGE DREDD CLASSICS(W) John Howard, Joe Collins (A/CA) Brian Bolland.FCBD FANTAGRAPHICS PRINCE VALIANTClásicas historias del Príncipe Valiente de Hal Foster.FCBD 2013 MARVEL GOLD CLASSIFIED (Net)Jonathan Hickman & Jim Cheung.FCBD WALKING DEAD SPECIAL (Net) (MR)Historias breves e inéditas sobre varios personajes protagónicos.FF #6Darla versus Yancy Street.FF #7Día de campo, en el corazón de la Zona Negativa. JUPITERS LEGACY #1Un relato épico sobre los más grandes héroes del mundo que han envejecido y sobre su legado venenoso, sus hijos que nunca estarán a la altura de sus gloriosos progenitores. KICK-ASS 3 #1 (OF 8) (MR)HIT-GIRL está en prisión, y ahora la primera misión de KICK-ASS será escapar tanto de la policía como de los criminales. Por primera vez, Dave está teniendo dudas. ¿Podrá solucionar este gran conflicto? MORNING GLORIES #26“El juego de la espera”.  SUICIDE RISK #1Los héroes están muriendo, los policías también. La humanidad está impotente frente a la masacre. Luego de sobrevivir, con las justas, a un robo de banco, el golpeado policía Leo ha hecho un juramento. Siguiendo una pista, encuentra a dos rufianes que parecen ser capaces de otorgar poderes a una persona... por el precio correcto. La cosa es que los poderes no se pueden elegir. Es todo al azar y, por tanto, un riesgo. ¿Se arriesgará Leo? ¿Y por qué los héroes de este mundo, eventualmente, se corrompen? UNWRITTEN #48 (MR)En la segunda parte de "Orfeo en el inframundo" Tom busca a su amada pero tropieza con un obstáculo, no recuerde quién es ella ni quién es él. ¿Es posible que ya la haya encontrado sin darse cuenta? ¿Y quién tiene el verdadero poder en el Hades, donde las máscaras lo ocultan todo? WALKING DEAD #110 (MR)¿Ezequiel versus MICHONNE? WITCH DOCTOR: MAL PRACTICE #6 (of 6)Esta es la batalla definitiva del doctor Morrow contra las fuerzas infernales. Si Morrow y sus aliados fallan aquí, todos sufrirán.YOUNG AVENGERS #4 Por fin aparece Kate. Un bonito paseo diurno por Central Park con un grupo de simpáticos jovencitos. Mentira, no es bonito, son perseguidos por villanos y tampoco es un paseo diurno, es de noche. Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/06/may-comic-books-comics-de-mayo.html

Todd, the Ugliest Kid on Earth - Ken Kristensen M.K. Perker

Todd, the Ugliest Kid on Earth - Ken Kristensen M.K. Perker

By Arion in Blog on June 11, 2013

I am passionate about comics. And that’s pretty evident if you’ve seen my blog before. At last, the time to publish my own comic book has come. And I need YOU to do it. So please check out the following link (and don’t forget to make a pledge): http://igg.me/p/413732/x/3203177 Thank you!--------------------------------------------------------------------------- Los cómics son mi pasión. Y eso es bastante obvio si es que le dan un vistazo a mi blog. Por fin, ha llegado el momento de publicar mi propio cómic. Y para eso los necesito a USTEDES. Así que por favor revisen el siguiente link para que puedan colaborar: http://igg.me/p/413732/x/3203177 ¡Gracias! “It could be so much more than just a murder-- I mean rape, sodomy, kiddie porn, genital mutilation…” But don’t be afraid, it could be, but that doesn’t mean it is. Welcome to the world of “Todd, the Ugliest Kid on Earth”, a miniseries that some will find unsettling and others, at the very least, politically incorrect. And that’s what’s so unique about it. It is quite refreshing to see a creative team tackling on subjects that many would consider controversial. I don’t think it is gratuitous to find the name of filmmaker Todd Solondz in the “thank you” section. And clearly, the authors have found inspiration in Solondz, because as a director he has always pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable in American movies. The twisted characters in Solondz’s Happiness, for instance, share a certain resemblance with the protagonists of “Todd, the Ugliest Kid on Earth”. Todd is so ugly that he wears a mask / Todd es tan feo que usa una máscaraKristensen and Perker, however, have included satire. And lots of it. With so much black humor, parody and a healthy dosage of sarcasm I have laughed many times. And I think this makes it easier for the reader to feel identified with this group of grotesque characters. Todd’s father is a homophobic and an alcoholic, but he is so over the top that you can’t help but to laugh at him, not with him, but at him. Todd’s mother is a promiscuous woman. Both parents are complete losers, but they don’t even know it.And what about Todd? The protagonist is just your average friendless kid except for one thing: he’s ugly, he’s very ugly. He’s so ugly that not even a serial killer specialized in murdering children takes him for a victim. He takes one good look at him and says, sorry but “I only kill beautiful children”. Talk about a sensitive homicide. After being framed, Todd ends up in jail. His chances of survival are slim, and when he’s in the shower with the other prisoners the classic “don’t drop the soap” moment takes place. However, only Todd’s innocence saves him from being assaulted as he bends over to pick up the soap. Quickly, one of the inmates decides to protect Todd’s life. Curiously, this particular character has been based on a man who actually went to jail and managed to redeem himself, this man was Danny Trejo’s friend as the actor confirms in a very interesting text. Don't drop the soap / Que no se te caiga el jabónEventually, through a series of absurd and lighthearted peripecies, Todd is released, his father returns home, his mother stops having sex with men for free… and basically the status quo is preserved. I think this miniseries started with a very aggressive proposal, and somehow it got toned down. Nevertheless, it will become an ongoing, and I’m not sure if that’s a good idea, but I guess that’s the reason for maintaining plotlines as they were instead of taking the risk of pushing forward. I don’t think I’ll be picking up the ongoing series, but I wouldn’t discourage readers who want to try out what started as a very risky four-issue miniseries (be warned, though, this is not a typical comic and some might find it offensive).Perker has changed her usual artistic style, and instead of the more serious tone that we can find in her Vertigo’s series “Air”, here she takes exaggerated personality traits and turns them into a loose, cartoonish style that certainly befits this unusual tale. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ "Podría ser mucho más que sólo un asesinato-- quiero decir violación, sodomía, porno infantil, mutilación genital..." Pero no se asusten, podría ser pero eso no significa que lo sea. Bienvenidos al mundo de "Todd, el chiquillo más feo de la Tierra", una miniserie que algunos encontrarán perturbadora y otros, por lo menos, políticamente incorrecta. Y eso es lo que la hace única.Es bastante refrescante ver a un equipo creativo lidiando con temas que muchos considerarían controversiales. No creo que sea gratuito encontrar el nombre del cineasta Todd Solondz en la sección de agradecimientos. Y claramente, los autores han encontrado inspiración en Solondz, porque como director él siempre ha ido más allá de los límites de lo que era aceptable en las películas de Estados Unidos. Los retorcidos personajes de Solondz en "Happiness", por ejemplo, comparten una cierta similitud con los protagonistas de "Todd, el chiquillo más feo de la Tierra". Sin embargo, Kristensen y Perker incluyen la sátira. Y por montones. Con tanto humor negro, parodia y una saludable dosis de sarcasmo he podido reír muchas veces. Y creo que así es más fácil que el lector se identifique con este grupo de grotescos personajes. El padre de Todd es un homofóbico y un alcohólico, pero es tan exagerado que no puedes dejar de reírte de él, no con él, sino de él. La madre de Todd es una mujer promiscua. Ambos padres son perdedores completos, pero ni siquiera se dan cuenta.¿Y qué hay de Todd? El protagonista es el típico niño sin amigos excepto por una cosa: es feo, es muy feo. Es tan feo que ni siquiera un asesino en serie especializado en matar niños lo acepta como víctima. Le da un vistazo y le dice lo siento pero "sólo mato a niños bonitos". Vaya un homicida sensible. Luego de ser falsamente acusado, Todd termina en la cárcel. Sus posibilidades de sobrevivir son escasas, y cuando está en la ducha con los otros prisioneros, el clásico momento de "se cayó el jabón" ocurre. Sin embargo, sólo la inocencia de Todd lo salva de ser abusado al agacharse para recoger el jabón. Rápidamente, uno de los presos decide proteger la vida de Todd. Curiosamente, este personaje en particular ha sido basado en alguien que estuvo en la cárcel y se las arregló para redimirse, este hombre era amigo de Danny Trejo, como confirma el actor en un texto muy interesante.Eventualmente, luego de una serie de peripecias absurdas y desenfadadas, Todd es liberado, su padre regresa a casa, su madre deja de tener sexo con otros hombres sin cobrar... y básicamente el status quo es preservado. Creo que esta miniserie empezó con una propuesta muy agresiva, y de algún modo todo se suavizó. No obstante, se convertirá en una serie regular y no estoy seguro de que eso sea una buena idea, pero supongo que esa es la razón para mantener las líneas argumentales intactas en lugar de arriesgarse a ir más allá. No creo que vaya a comprar la serie regular, pero no desalentaría a los lectores que quieran probar lo que empezó como una muy riesgosa miniserie de cuatro números (aunque quedan advertidos, este no es un cómic típico y algunos podrían considerarlo ofensivo).Perker ha cambiado su habitual estilo artístico, y en vez de un tono más serio como el que encontramos en la serie de Vertigo “Air”, aquí ellatoma  rasgos de personalidad exagerados y los transforma en un estilo suelto, caricaturesco que ciertamente encaja con este inusual relato.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/06/todd-ugliest-kid-on-earth-ken.html

Witch Doctor Mal Practice # 5 - Brandon Seifert Lukas Ketner

Witch Doctor Mal Practice # 5 - Brandon Seifert Lukas Ketner

By Arion in Blog on June 9, 2013

I am passionate about comics. And that’s pretty evident if you’ve seen my blog before. At last, the time to publish my own comic book has come. And I need YOU to do it. So please check out the following link (and don’t forget to make a pledge): http://igg.me/p/413732/x/3203177 Thank you!--------------------------------------------------------------------------- Los cómics son mi pasión. Y eso es bastante obvio si es que le dan un vistazo a mi blog. Por fin, ha llegado el momento de publicar mi propio cómic. Y para eso los necesito a USTEDES. Así que por favor revisen el siguiente link para que puedan colaborar: http://igg.me/p/413732/x/3203177 ¡Gracias! Witch Doctor is forced to fight against a microscopic dragon that is already starting to destroy his lungs; using every spell at his disposal, the doctor is finally able to defeat this uncanny threat. Now, however, he can’t take a few days to rest. In fact, he must attack his opponents with the help of Gast and the mysterious woman who infected him on the first chapter of this miniseries.Together, this motley crew are able to track down the whereabouts of Penny Dreadful, who is been held captive by the doctor’s nemesis. Using the same syringe that we saw for the first time in the cover of Witch Doctor # 0 (published in the Walking Dead # 85 in 2011), Doctor Vincent Morrow finally catches his enemy off guard, but will this surprise attack be enough? Lukas Ketner has some truly amazing pages here. First of all, there’s a recap page that defies any conventio-nalism: we get to see an illustration that seems to come out from the pages of a forgotten book of medicine / anatomy that reveals the nature of the Strigoi, and then instead of the classic square panels we have a series of circles that almost roll out of the page in which we witness the ordeals of Doctor Vincent Morrow. The battle between Witch Doctor and his lung-dragon is also fantastic, as it is the scene of the confrontation between Gast and the Strigoi that infected the Doctor. Finally, the fight between the protagonists and the antagonists is quite memorable. There’s only one issue left before the end, and I’m sure it’ll be greater than I expect.______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Witch Doctor se ve forzado a pelear contra un dragón microscopico que ya está empezando a destruir sus pulmones; usando todos los hechizos a su disposición, el doctor es finalmente capaz de derrotar a esta siniestra amenaza. Ahora, sin embargo, no puede tomarse un par de días para descansar. De hecho, debe atacar a sus oponentes con la ayuda de Gast y la misteriosa mujer que lo infectó en el primer capítulo de esta miniserie. Juntos, este extraño grupo es capaz de rastrear el paradero de Penny Dreadful, quien sigue capturada a manos del némesis del doctor. Usando la misma jeringa que vimos por primera vez en la portada de Witch Doctor # 0 (publicado en "The Walking Dead" # 85, el 2011), el doctor Vincent Morrow finalmente agarra a su enemigo con la guardia baja, pero ¿será suficiente este ataque sorpresa? Lukas Ketner tiene algunas páginas realmente asombrosas. En primer lugar, la página de recuento desafía todos los conven-cionalismos: vemos una ilustración que parece salir de las páginas de algún olvidado libro de medicina / anatomía que revela la naturaleza del Strigoi, y luego en vez de las clásicas viñetas rectangulares tenemos una serie de círculos que casi ruedan por la página en la que observamos los padecimientos del doctor Vincent Morrow. La batalla entre Witch Doctor y su dragón de pulmón es también fantástica, al igual que la escena de confrontación entre Gast y el Strigoi que infectó al doctor. Finalmente, la pelea entre los protagonistas y los antagonistas es bastante memorable. Sólo queda un número antes del final, y estoy seguro que será mejor de lo que imagino.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/06/witch-doctor-mal-practice-5-brandon.html

Review: Iron Man 2020

Review: Iron Man 2020

By Rui Esteves in Blog on June 8, 2013

Cover In the far future of 2020 the Iron Man mantle no longer belongs to Tony Stark. Arno Stark, a self centered, playboy and arrogant distant cousin has bought the rights to Tony's legacy. This book collects all of Arno Stark's Iron Man adventures that were originally printed in:Amazing Spider-Man Annual #20,  Machine Man #1-4,  Death's Head #10,  Iron Man 2020 #1,  Astonishing Tales #3;  What If? #53. How is it?Because this book is a collection on so many stories, by various creative teams and from very different time periods, it provides very uneven reading experiences. Through out these six stories Arno's characterization goes back and forward, so do his power levels, objectives and place in society. To better do justice to each story, lets look at each one independently. Amazing Spider-Man Annual #20 Man of the Year was the first story I've read about Arno Stark. This is the story that made me want to buy this book in the first place.  Arno Stark is up for the Man of the Year award. He has everything, a family, a major company, the Iron Man armor and the adoration of the society. On the day he is getting is Man of the Year award his company is targeted by a terrorist. The terrorist plants a bomb that can only be defused by scanning his retina.  However Arno blows the terrorist up before he could get his retina scanned. Luckily Arno was working on a time machine and he uses it to get back in time to when the terrorist was just a kid. There he tries to find it but runs into Blizzard and Spider-man. Both will get in his way. Will the Man of the Year get the scan he needs to defuse the bomb or will he loose everything he cares about? Machine Man #1-4 Machine Man was shut down and disassembled somewhere in the past. In 2020 he gets reassembled and introduced to a world he no longer recognizes. Society is in a new golden age where robots aid humans in all aspects of their lives. The manufacturing of these robots is done by one single company. For most people this is fine and dandy, but for a group of young rebels its not.  One of these rebel groups finds the remainings of Machine Man and put him back together. Machine Man ends up befriending the rebels and helping them fight the established powers. Arno Stark is nothing but a minor villain in this story. A hired gun that exists only to give Machine Man a punching bag. Iron Man is nothing but a cardboard cutout of a henchman. He could have been replace with any other character and it wouldn't have affected the story one bit. Attacking the Rebel Base Death's Head #10 In The Cast Iron Contract a shady millionaire plays the Iron Man and Death's Head against each other in a sick game to entertain himself. This is a meaningless story, riddled with cliches that adds little to nothing to the Iron Man 2020 story. Iron Man 2020 #1 Ironman vs Ironman The daughter of a rich entrepreneur is kidnapped and Arno Stark is hired to get her back. This takes place after the Machine Man mini-series and Arno is still recovering from the ass-kicking he got at the hands of Machine Man. He is insecure and unsure of his actions and that will be his greatest enemy. This story is awfully familiar, assuming you've read those 70s and 80s Iron Man stories. Even an Iron Monger lookalike makes an appearance. All in all its not the worst story in this collection, but it shows its age very badly. Astonishing Tales #3 This is the most recent Iron Man 2020 story put to print. In it Arno Stark is portrayed like a ruthless Tony Stark. A smooth playboy with a power armor that has close relations with SHIELD. The only difference is that Arno obliterates any obstacle that stands in his way with all the firepower at his hands. There isn't much this story adds to the Arno Stark story. But at least it entertains. Art wise this story stands out. Its drawn in a modern style with great coloring. Its probably the best looking of the book.  Arno Looking Like Tony What If? #53 Talking about the plot of this story would spoil the ending of the Man of the Year story published in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #20.Its a typical What If? story, exploring alternative story plots with (usually) tragic endings. This one also has the worst art of the book.Verdict?I read the Amazing Spider-Man Annual #20 when I was 8 or 9 years old and I remember that the Iron Man 2020 scared the bejesus out of me. When this got reprinted I had to read that story again. I was struck with the nostalgia bug.However, like many old comics, this didn't age well. To be fair this was not very good to begin with and now its not worth your money. The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #20 is an ok story, but the others range from awful to mediocre.Unless you have a uncontrolled urge to read about every Iron Man incarnation there is, do yourself a favor and skip this one.Publisher: Marvel ComicsYear: 2013Pages: 304Authors: too many to listISBN: 0785167358Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/06/review-iron-man-2020.html

Preview: BUBBLEGUN #1

Preview: BUBBLEGUN #1

By Rui Esteves in Blog on June 7, 2013

CoverBUBBLEGUN #1 Mark Roslan ­ Story / Mike Bowden ­ Art / David Curiel - ColorsThe future is here with Aspen¹s latest 10 for 10¹ series debut, BUBBLEGUN!They like the tech, but live for the high stakes! Sisters Molli and Devyn, along with teammates Roman and Kyo‹and a stockpile of cutting edge, cyber-punk technology, form a confident team of mercenary thieves able to take on the most formidable jobs around. Yet, when one cyber heist turns out to be more than they bargained for, as a mysterious package and its contents threaten to unravel the group to its core, the menacing worlds of corrupt industry and deadly espionage is unleashed upon them!Join creator and writer Mark Roslan (Broken Pieces), penciler Mike Bowden (World of Warcraft, Ame-Comi Girls), and colorist David Curiel (Idolized, Avenging Spider-Man) on what¹s sure to become Aspen¹s next hit sci-fi, action adventure series! Strap yourselves in because BUBBLEGUN is gonna take you on a wild ride!BUBBLEGUN #1 is in stores June 12th, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Preview Page 4 Cover B Cover C Cover D Cover EFollow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/06/preview-bubblegun-1.html

Jimmy Olsen - Nick Spencer RB Silva

Jimmy Olsen - Nick Spencer RB Silva

By Arion in Blog on June 6, 2013

I am passionate about comics. And that’s pretty evident if you’ve seen my blog before. At last, the time to publish my own comic book has come. And I need YOU to do it. So please check out the following link (and don’t forget to make a pledge): http://igg.me/p/413732/x/3203177 Thank you!--------------------------------------------------------------------------- Los cómics son mi pasión. Y eso es bastante obvio si es que le dan un vistazo a mi blog. Por fin, ha llegado el momento de publicar mi propio cómic. Y para eso los necesito a USTEDES. Así que por favor revisen el siguiente link para que puedan colaborar: http://igg.me/p/413732/x/3203177 ¡Gracias! Amanda Conner puts the fun in Jimmy's life / Amanda Conner pone la diversión en la vida de JimmyWhen you are 19 years old, you are not kid anymore. Your teenage years are basically over, and you are about to step if not into full adulthood at least into your twenties. You are old enough to vote but, for some reason, you are not legally permitted to buy alcohol. You can still get away with some childish stuff but you know that the severe specter of maturity already hovers over your head. Jimmy Olsen is Superman’s pal. He has helped the Man of Steel to save the day in countless occasions, he has seen his fair share of alien invasions, supervillains and extraordinary events. But the ordinary is also a fundamental part of his life. So how does this 19-year-old boy spend his free time? He does what many teens do: he plays online videogames. And he plays for hours, and hours, and hours… Jimmy Olsen playing and eating junk food / Jimmy Olsen jugando y comiendo comida chatarraAnd this is the beauty of Nick Spencer’s approach, a writer famous for giving life to young people in Image’s “Morning Glories”. Like a master chef, he mixes the ingredients of the ordinary and the extraordinary in one delightful and absolutely delicious recipe for fun. Everything starts when Chloe, Jimmy’s girlfriend breaks up with him and of course the young man’s reaction as immature as ever. He simply mumbles that he’s better off by himself and he continues to play videogames in his underwear, eating junk food and even taking a piss with one hand while holding the game’s controls with the other… Now that’s the way a 19-year-old kid should and would act and that’s something many authors have forgotten in recent decades. Superman writers have focused too much on the “Superman’s pal” aspect and not enough on Olsen’s human side.Obviously, Jimmy Olsen can’t admit that he loves Chloe, and that he wants to go back with her. But something deep inside him tells him that he can’t spend the rest of the week eating Dorito’s in his coach. He needs to get up off his ass and do something different, and so he decides to stop being an auxiliary character in his own life, to stop being Superman’s damsel in distress, to stop whining. Jimmy gets married? ¿Jimmy se casa?And in one week he thwarts the schemes of a race of alien invaders, he struggles against one of Lex Luthor’s minions –who, among other evil deed, is seducing Jimmy’s ex-girlfriend– and he also runs into a creature of the fifth dimension that traps him into an alternate reality where everything in Jimmy’s life seems to be perfect: he’s the top reporter of Metropolis, he has Superman’s powers and he is about to get married to a wealthy and attractive girl. Except that there is something missing.Nick Spencer reminds us of every era in the life of Jimmy Olsen as a character, from the Byrne era (with a very clever homage to major Berkowitz) to more recent days, from the 60s and 70s, when Jimmy Olsen was a giant turtle, an elongated man, a kryptonite radiated mutant and sometimes even a transvestite (let’s keep in mind that a man dressing up as a woman was considered as comedy material not only in comics but also in movies such as “Some Like It Hot” or “Tootsie”), perhaps keeping in line with what Morrison wrote about the Silver Age, a state of flux, in which the body of the hero could be transformed into different animals or alien species, and the classic “masculine heroes” would become “fluid and feminine”.In addition to Nick’s brilliant script we also have the vibrant and dynamic art of RB Silva, someone who really knows how to make young people look good on the page. Amanda Conner’s cover is also one of the funniest and prettiest cover we could find on any given month. One look at Jimmy Olsen’s expression gives us the right tone of this outstanding one-shot. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Life can be better if you have superpowers / la vida puede ser mejor si tienes superpoderesCuando tienes 19 años, ya no eres un chiquillo. Tus años de adolescente básicamente han llegado a su fin, y estás a punto de entrar si bien no en una adultez total sí en tus veintes. Tienes edad suficiente para votar pero, por alguna razón, no tienes permiso legal para comprar alcohol. Todavía puedes actuar un tanto infantilmente pero sabes que el severo espectro de la madurez flota por encima de tu cabeza.Jimmy Olsen es el amigo de Superman. Ha ayudado al Hombre de Acero a salvar la ciudad en incontables ocasiones, y ha visto muchas invasiones extraterrestres y eventos extraordinarios. Pero lo ordinario también es parte fundamental de su vida. Así que, ¿cómo gasta su tiempo este chico de 19 años? Se dedica a lo que muchos jóvenes se dedican: juegos en línea. Y juega por horas, y horas, y horas…Y esta es la belleza en el enfoque de Nick Spencer, un escritor famoso por darle vida a un grupo de jovencitos en “Morning Glories” de Image. Como un chef maestro, mezcla los ingredientes de lo ordinario y lo extraordinario en una adorable y absolutamente deliciosa receta para la diversión.Todo empieza cuando Chloe, la enamorada de Jimmy, rompe con él y, por supuesto, la reacción del muchacho es tan inmadura como siempre. Simplemente farfulla que está mejor sin pareja y sigue jugando en ropa interior, comiendo comida chatarra e incluso meando con una mano mientras sujeta los controles del juego con la otra... De hecho, así es como se comportaría un chico de 19 años y eso es algo que muchos autores han olvidado en décadas recientes. Los escritores de Superman se han enfocado demasiado en el aspecto de "amigo de Superman" y no lo suficiente en el lado humano de Olsen.  Jimmy Olsen in his underwear / Jimmy Olsen en ropa interiorObviamente, Jimmy Olsen no puede admitir que ama a Chloe, y que quiere regresar con ella. Pero algo muy dentro de él le hace saber que no puede pasar el resto de la semana comiendo Doritos en su sofá. Necesita mover el culo y hacer algo diferente, así que decide dejar de ser un personaje auxiliar en su propia vida, dejar de ser la damisela en apuros de Superman, dejar de lloriquear.Y en una semana obstaculiza los planes de invasión de una raza alienígena, lucha contra uno de los secuaces de Lex Luthor -quien, entre otras fechorías, está seduciendo a la ex-enamorada de Jimmy- y también se tropieza con una criatura de la quinta dimensión que lo atrapa en una realidad alternativa donde todo en la vida de Jimmy parece ser perfecto: es el mejor reportero de Metrópolis, tiene los poderes de Superman y está a punto de casarse con una atractiva y acaudalada chica. Excepto que… algo le falta.Nick Spencer nos recuerda cada era en la vida de Jimmy Olsen como personaje, desde la época de Byrne (con un muy astuto homenaje al alcalde Berkowitz) a días más recientes, desde los 60s y los 70s, cuando Jimmy Olsen era una tortuga gigante, un hombre elástico, un mutante irradiado por la kriptonita y, a veces, incluso un travesti (tengamos en cuenta que un hombre vistiéndose de mujer era considerado material de comedia no solamente en cómics sino también en películas como “Some Like It Hot” o “Tootsie”), tal vez confirmando lo que Morrison escribió sobre la Edad de Plata, un estado de flujo, en el que el cuerpo de un héroe podía ser transformado en diferentes animales o especies extraterrestres, en el que los clásicos "héroes masculinos" se convertían en seres “fluidos y femeninos”.Además del brillante guión de Nick, también tenemos el arte vibrante y dinámico de RB Silva, alguien que realmente sabe cómo hacer que los jóvenes se vean bien en la página. La portada de Amanda Conner es también una de las más bonitas y divertidas que podríamos encontrar mes a mes. Un vistazo a la expresión de Jimmy Olsen nos da el tono apropiado de este sobresaliente número especial.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/06/jimmy-olsen-nick-spencer-rb-silva.html

Preview: Shrugged #3

Preview: Shrugged #3

By Rui Esteves in Blog on June 3, 2013

Cover SHRUGGED #3 Frank Mastromauro ­ Story / Jonathan Marks ­ Art / Beth Sotelo - ColorsThe long awaited return of SHRUGGED continues!You think you¹re prepared, but you¹re not. You¹ve been decisive in your actions up to this point, but now things have been turned upside down. You feel you¹ve conformed your mindset and are ready to accept what you¹re about to experience, but you haven¹t. That¹s because SHRUGGED is back and ready to blow your mind!Perspecta has a new dark ruler as Lord Slive revels in his takeover and now plans his attack on planet Earth. Barely surviving with his life, Magnuss, the ousted true leader of Perspecta, reaches out for help, but who will come to his aid? Meanwhile, Theo¹s girl troubles are heating up as he¹s torn between the three women in his life. Those may be the least of his worries though because something bad has happened to Ange and Dev, and Theo may not survive their new transformations!Created by Michael Turner and Frank Mastromauro, with illustrations by newcomer Jonathan Marks and colors by Beth Sotelo, make sure to listen to the voices inside your head and pick up the newest issue of SHRUGGED today!SHRUGGED #3 is in stores June 5th, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Cover BFollow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/06/preview-shrugged-3.html

May Films / películas de mayo

May Films / películas de mayo

By Arion in Blog on June 2, 2013

I am passionate about comics. And that’s pretty evident if you’ve seen my blog before. At last, the time to publish my own comic book has come. And I need YOU to do it. So please check out the following link (and don’t forget to make a pledge): http://igg.me/p/413732/x/3203177 Thank you!--------------------------------------------------------------------------- Los cómics son mi pasión. Y eso es bastante obvio si es que le dan un vistazo a mi blog. Por fin, ha llegado el momento de publicar mi propio cómic. Y para eso los necesito a USTEDES. Así que por favor revisen el siguiente link para que puedan colaborar: http://igg.me/p/413732/x/3203177 ¡Gracias! I know some of you might feel as if I’m on a ‘filmic diet’, consuming less and less with each passing month... But trust me, I’ve just been busy. Still I went with my friends to see Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), director J.J. Abrams once again sends the Enterprise on a course of adventure that never stops. I really like the way Abrams handles the combat sequences, the dramatic confrontation between protagonists and antagonists and the never-ending action. The original cast returns, but besides Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Anton Yelchin, we have Benedict Cumberbatch as Khang, a villain so intelligent and lethal that captures our attention immediately. I was thrilled to see another great Star Trek production, and hopefully there will be a third one.Emilio Estevez wrote and directed Bobby (2006), and it is a heartfelt homage to Robert Kennedy. Focusing on the day of the assassination of the presidential candidate, Estevez creates one of the most fascinating and tragic stories I’ve seen in years. He shows us the most significant moments in the lives of a group of characters and the way they see Robert Kennedy as well as the way they dream of a more human America, a nation of justice and liberty and not of bigotry and war. With a large cast of famous actors (Anthony Hopkins, Helen Hunt, Joshua Jackson, Ashton Kutcher, Shia LaBeouf, William H. Macy, Lindsay Lohan, Laurence Fishburne, Demi Moore, Martin Sheen, Sharon Stone, Elijah Wood, etc.) and a superb script, “Bobby” is a true contemporary masterpiece.  Superman IV: the Quest for Peace (1987) was the last Man of Steel movie with Christopher Reeve in it, who also helped co-write it. Gene Hackman (Lex Luthor) and Margot Kidder (Lois Lane) return, and we even have Mariel Hemingway as a new character. The premise for Quest for Peace was actually quite interesting: in a world threatened by nuclear holocaust, only someone as powerful as Superman can get rid of all the atomic bombs thus ensuring world peace. There are some very inspiring moments, like Superman’s speech at the UN or his examples of idealism and goodness, but overall the execution of the concept is inadequate. With the smallest budget of all the four Superman movies and a shoddy production, the plot holes and bad narrative choices were too evident and because of that the superhero franchise was negatively affected.  Based on the comic book by James O'Barr, The Crow (1994) was written and directed by Alex Proyas who did a remarkable work in designing a dark city and an even darker hero. Brandon Lee, the protagonist, died in an accident during the filming process. Nevertheless, Alex Proyas finished this mythical film, which has become a cult classic and a precursor of darker and more adult oriented productions.Before “The Walking Dead” Frank Darabont wrote and directed The Mist (2007), based on a Stephen King’s novella. When a mysterious mist surrounds a small town, people start dying. There is something hidden in the mist, something not of this world. Thomas Jane is a concerned father who seeks shelter with his son in the local supermarket, he’s trapped there with Toby Jones (a cashier), Marcia Gay Harden (a religious extremist, hysterically obsessed with god) and many of the protagonists of The Walking Dead (Laurie Holden, Melissa McBride, Jeffrey DeMunn). Imprisonment exacerbates the fear and irrationality of everyone, and at the same time they get attacked by the creatures that hide in the mist. The suspense and the horror come not only from the exterior threat but most especially from the aberrant behavior of frightened and enraged people. Easily one of the best horror films I’ve seen in my life, I recommend it to everyone. It’s a must see.From the Netherlands comes Spetters (1980), directed by Paul Verhoeven and starred by Hans van Tongeren. This is an aggressive and almost violent chronicle of the lives of three young men, filmed with an intensity and realism that knows no boundaries. We see these three boys in their sexual escapades, in their failed attempts to become the best motorcyclists in the country; we see them struggling to get money, we see them jerking off together and trying to seduce cute girls with as little money as possible. The intensity of the scenes, the full frontal nudity and the closeness that the director accomplishes with the protagonists is outstanding. Nothing here feels forced or out of place, and in this tale about losers, tragic accidents, male rape, unrequited love and juvenile frustration we are confronted with the harsh reality of an adult world that does not condone the sins of youth.    Chroniques sexuelles d’une famille d’aujourd’hui (2012) is directed by Pascal Arnold and Jean-Marc Barr, who have done exceptional films in the past about young assassins and the painful discovery of sexuality (like American Translation or Chacun sa nuit). This time, the theme of murders is omitted and we get a thorough analysis of human sexuality that focuses on a French family. Mathias Melloul is a teenager that gets caught masturbating (while filming himself with his cellphone) in school. This incident prompts his parents to start discussing about sexuality. As a loving couple that has been married for years, they have what many would consider a healthy and normal sexual life… except, they don’t. The boy’s brother (interpreted by Nathan Duval), however is particularly fond of masturbating while he watches threesomes, and then as he participates in these encounters he doesn’t know if he’s more interested in the girl or the boy (eventually he will date Pierre Perrier, an actor that has participated in American Translation and Chacun sa nuit). But we also get to see the sexual life of the boy’s sister, and the sad and almost depressing reality of his granddad, who still has sexual urges but as a widower is supposed to keep them in check, at least to satisfy society’s demand. ‘Sexual Chronicles’ is excellent. Finally, I also saw Diumenge (2012), by Jordi Estapé and Marc Vilajuana. This Catalan production is centered in the lives of two high school boys Enric Domingo and Alex Duran. One of them is a ‘normal’ kid, with good friends and a pretty girlfriend, the other one is new in town, but he’s also an outcast, reviled by many due to his effeminate demeanor. Soon, homosexual passion breaks through, causing devastating effects for both boys.__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Alguno de ustedes pensará que estoy 'a dieta fílmica', consumiendo menos y menos cada mes que pasa... Pero confíen en mí, simplemente he estado ocupado. Aún así fui con mis amigos a ver "Star Trek Into Darkness" (2013), el director J.J. Abrams una vez más envía al Enterprise en rumbo a una aventura que nunca se detiene. Realmente me gusta la manera en que Abrams maneja las secuencias de combate, la confrontación dramática entre protagonistas y antagonistas y la acción incesante. El elenco original regresa, pero además de Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto y Anton Yelchin, tenemos a Benedict Cumberbatch como Khang, un villano tan inteligente y letal que captura nuestra atención de inmediato. Estoy encantado de ver otra gran producción de "Star Trek" y espero que haya una tercera.Emilio Estevez escribió y dirigió "Bobby" (2006), un emotivo homenaje a Robert Kennedy. Enfocándose en el día del asesinato del candidato presidencial, Estevez crea uno de las más fascinantes y trágicas historias que he visto en años. Nos muestra los momentos más significativos en las vidas de un grupo de personajes, el modo en que ven a Robert Kennedy y el modo en que sueñan con un Estados Unidos más humano, una nación de justicia y libertad y no de discriminación y guerra. Con un gran elenco de actores famosos (Anthony Hopkins, Helen Hunt, Joshua Jackson, Ashton Kutcher, Shia LaBeouf, William H. Macy, Lindsay Lohan, Laurence Fishburne, Demi Moore, Martin Sheen, Sharon Stone, Elijah Wood, etc.) y un soberbio guión, “Bobby” es una verdadera obra maestra contemporánea.  my drawing: first pencils, then inks and the final version / mi dibujo: primero a lápiz, luego entintado y la versión final"Superman IV: the Quest for Peace" (1987) fue la última película del Hombre de Acero con Christopher Reeve, quien también fue el co-guionista. Gene Hackman (Lex Luthor) y Margot Kidder (Lois Lane) regresan, e incluso tenemos a Mariel Hemingway como un nuevo personaje. La premisa de la Búsqueda de la paz era de hecho bastante interesante: en un mundo amenazado por el holocausto nuclear, sólo alguien tan poderoso como Superman puede deshacerse de todas las bombas atómicas, asegurando así la paz mundial. Hay algunos momentos muy inspiradores, como el discurso de Superman en la ONU o sus ejemplos de idealismo y bondad, pero en conjunto la ejecución del concepto es pobre. Con el presupuesto más pequeño de las cuatro películas de Superman y una producción defectuosa, los huecos argumentales y las malas decisiones narrativas son demasiado evidentes, y a causa de ello la franquicia del súper-héroe se vio negativamente afectada.Basado en el cómic de James O'Barr, "The Crow" (1994) fue escrita y dirigida por Alex Proyas, quien hace un trabajo notable al diseñar una ciudad oscura y a un héroe aún más oscuro. Brandon Lee, el protagonista, murió en un accidente durante la filmación. No obstante, Alex Proyas terminó este mítico film, que se ha convertido en un clásico de culto y en un precursor de producciones más oscuras y más orientadas al público adulto.Antes de “The Walking Dead”, Frank Darabont escribió y dirigió "The Mist" (2007), basado en una novela breve de Stephen King. Cuando una misteriosa niebla rodea a un pequeño pueblo, la gente empieza a morir. Hay algo escondido en la niebla, algo que no es de este mundo. Thomas Jane es un preocupado padre que busca cobijo con su hijo en el supermercado local, él está atrapado allí con Toby Jones (un cajero), Marcia Gay Harden (una extremista religiosa, histéricamente obsesionada con dios) y muchos de los protagonistas de "The Walking Dead" (Laurie Holden, Melissa McBride, Jeffrey DeMunn). El aprisionamiento exacerba el miedo y la irracionalidad de todos, y al mismo tiempo son atacados por las criaturas que se esconden en la niebla. El suspenso y el horror llegan no sólo desde el exterior sino sobre todo de la conducta aberrante de la gente enfurecida y aterrorizada. Sin duda, uno de los mejores films de terror que he visto en mi vida. Lo recomiendo. Hay que verlo de todas maneras.De Países Bajos llega "Spetters" (1980), dirigido por Paul Verhoeven y protagonizado por Hans van Tongeren. Esta es una crónica agresiva y casi violenta de las vidas de tres jóvenes, filmada con una intensidad y un realismo que no conoce límites. Vemos a estos tres chicos y sus odiseas sexuales, sus intentos fallidos de convertirse en los mejores motociclistas del país; los vemos luchando para conseguir dinero, los vemos masturbándose juntos e intentando seducir a las chicas bonitas con la menor cantidad de plata posible. La intensidad de las escenas, los desnudos totales y la cercanía que el director consigue con los protagonistas es sobresaliente. Nada aquí se siente forzado o fuera de lugar, y en este relato sobre perdedores, trágicos accidentes, violación entre hombres, amor no correspondido y frustración juvenil nos vemos confrontados con la cruda realidad de un mundo adulto que no perdona los pecados de juventud.   "Chroniques sexuelles d’une famille d’aujourd’hui" (2012) es dirigida por Pascal Arnold y Jean-Marc Barr, quienes ya contaban con films excepcionales sobre jóvenes asesinos y el doloroso descubrimiento de la sexualidad (como "American Translation" o "Chacun sa nuit"). Esta vez, el tema de los asesinatos es omitido, y obtenemos así un minucioso análisis de la sexualidad humana que se enfoca en una familia francesa. Mathias Melloul es un adolescente que es sorprendido mientras se masturba en el colegio (además de filmarse a sí mismo en el acto con su celular). Este incidente motiva a sus padres a empezar a discutir sobre sexualidad. Al ser una amorosa pareja con años de matrimonio, ellos tienen lo que muchos considerarían una vida sexual sana y normal... excepto que esto no es así. El hermano del muchacho (interpretado por Nathan Duval), sin embargo, es particularmente entusiasta de la masturbación mientras mira tríos, y luego cuando participa en estos encuentros no sabe si está más atraído por la chica o el chico (eventualmente saldrá con Pierre Perrier, un actor que ha participado en "American Translation" y "Chacun sa nuit"). Pero también vemos la vida sexual de la hermana del muchacho, y la triste y deprimente realidad de su abuelo, quien todavía tiene deseos sexuales, pero como viudo supuestamente debe reprimirlos, al menos para satisfacer las demandas de la sociedad. ‘Crónicas sexuales’ es excelente. Finalmente, también vi "Diumenge" (2012), de Jordi Estapé y Marc Vilajuana. Esta producción catalana se centra en las vidas de dos chiquillos de secundaria Enric Domingo y Alex Duran. Uno de ellos es un jovencito 'normal', con buenos amigos y una bonita enamorada, el otro es nuevo en el pueblo, pero también es un marginado, repudiado por muchos a causa de su conducta afeminada. Pronto, la pasión homosexual surge, causando devastadores efectos para ambos chicos.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/06/i-am-passionate-about-comics.html

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