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Rui Esteves

Rui Esteves is definitely from Peru and has a blog!  Rui tries to find the good in everyone, which is difficult when he has to work for this hive of scum and villainy, but he makes do.   Rui does so enjoy graphic novels, as evident from the name of his blog:  Reading Graphic Novels, twitter handle: @RGNblog, and Facebook page: rgnblog.
 

 


Review: Frogman

Review: Frogman

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on April 14, 2013

Cover He’s Green, he’s wet, he ain’t your pet… He’s FROGMAN. Frogman tells the story of a unique superhero that doesn't quite grasp the simple working of life, but still strives to do good and protect his city. Frogman is a parody of the superhero genre. The main character is based heavily on established superheroes like Spider-Man from whom he takes that perpetual bad luck that is characteristic of Peter Parker. From Superman he inherits the secret identity.Also his origin seems similar to Mogli or even Tarzan. How is it? This comes from the minds of Mark Lewis and Matt Fitch. A while back they started the Frogman Kickstarter project in order get the funding needed to print this comic. They succeeded and got funded. Tha allowed them to print hard copies of their comic book.And thus Frogman got introduced to the world. This book is all about having fun. Matt and Mark obviously had fun creating Frogman and I had fun reading it. The hero is a parody of Spider-Man in the sense that he shares the same concept powers and has the height of the world on his shoulders. Nothing ever goes as it should and he can never get a break, just like Peter Parker. The Evil Taxman This bad luck is the source of some wonderfully hilarious jokes. Freddy (Frogman's alter ego) is a fast food worker that has severe financial problems and, after seeing his paycheck, decides to take down the Taxman. And who can blame him? Turns out that the Taxman is an actual person and tougher than he thought. This means that he puts up a good fight, perhaps to good for Frogman. In this book you'll find gratuitous violence, explicit sex scenes, STDs and (good and bad) puns. So it should be kept out of the hands of children and easily offended adults. Not that this is a particularly offensive book, but its better to play it safe. The art is very simple. Its in black and white and with some influence from John Romita, Sr's work. While its not stellar its competent enough. My only complain would be the lack of detail of the backgrounds on most panels. A Hero Has Needs Verdict? This is a good book to read if you like, or at least don't mind, parodies of your favorite superheroes. It might not be a groundbreaking book, but that was never the point. Its all about having fun and enjoying comics for comics sake. If you want, go to Dead Canary Comics and get your copy. Publisher: Dead Canary Comics Year: 2013 Pages: 32 Authors: Matt Fitch, Mark Lewis ISBN: N/A Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/04/review-frogman.html

Review: Skullkickers Volume 2 Five Funerals and a Bucket of Blood

Review: Skullkickers Volume 2 Five Funerals and a Bucket of Blood

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on April 12, 2013

Cover Skullkickers Volume 2 Five Funerals and a Bucket of Blood continues the saga of our heroes Shorty and Baldy. Last time we saw them they had just saved the village of Mudwich. As a result they're invited to the capital of the Kingdom and once there are invited to a fancy dinner with some local nobles. From here on things naturally take a few turns towards the predictable unpredictable. As you might imagine Shorty isn't exactly a calm guy and Baldy is far from discrete. When they're framed for a little something something they didn't do all hell breaks loose and the find themselves against all of Urbia's population. There are minor spoilers ahead. Tread carefully. How is it? As soon as you turn the first page you know that something will go horrifically wrong. Shorty and Baldy are invited to a formal dinner with the nobles of Urbia. Can you imagine these two among civilized people? Me neither. Fate has it that the hooded assassin from the first story arc also has an interest in that very same dinner. Then a something something happens and thus begins a new adventure. NOOOOOOOOO Baldy! I don't know if Jim Zub intended to mimic the standard structure of a RPG game or not, but this story arc has a lot of similarities with it. Breaking down this story arc in a RPG game perspective: Heroes get to new town; Immediately are introduced to local problems, thus creating a new main quests; Eventually meet new (and opposing) factions; Then have to build reputation with said factions by completing quests for them; There has to be a quest for gear in order to overcome new challenges; Faction quests conflict with each other, or in other words, the heroes can't make everyone happy; Confrontations with increasingly difficult bosses; To win the final boss confrontation the heroes need to rely on the participation of one of those factions; Heroes move to the next town. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/04/review-skullkickers-volume-2-five.html

Aspen’s Sixth “10 for 10” Title Is Flagship Title, Michael Turner’s Fathom

Aspen’s Sixth “10 for 10” Title Is Flagship Title, Michael Turner’s Fathom

By Rui Esteves in Blog on April 9, 2013

Cover Aspen Comics has announced their sixth title in their successful “10 for 10” initiative is the Aspen flagship title, Michael Turner’s Fathom. In accordance with the 15-year anniversary of the title, and a planned summer crossover leading into the new series, the All New Fathom #1 will feature a new direction for the series and an excellent jumping-on point for new readers. From writer David Wohl (Legend of the Shadow Clan, Executive Assistant: Iris) and Alex Konat (Fathom, Mindfield) and Beth Sotelo (Fathom, Shrugged), the All New Fathom #1 will debut in stores on July 24th. Aspen’s solicitation for the issue reads:Michael Turner’s best-selling series has reached its milestone 15-year anniversary! However, Aspen Matthews’ adventure under the surface has no plans of slowing down! Following the devastating events of “The Elite Saga”, Aspen Matthews finds herself at a decisive crossroads in her life—with the memories of her past no longer weighing her down, she is finally able to set about building a new life in San Diego once more. But, being the daughter of two worlds is no easy feat—and Aspen will quickly discover the winds of change oftentimes lead directly into the perils of fate!Wohl discusses the new series:"From the first time I ever heard Michael Turner talk about Fathom, I knew he was onto something very special and very cool. At that point, we were working on Witchblade together, and even then, I hoped that someday I'd have the opportunity to write it. And now, during the 10th Anniversary of Aspen Comics, I've gotten my chance, and I couldn't be more elated!" Cover B As with all of Aspen’s “10 for 10” releases, the publisher will be offering a host of incentives for retailers and fans alike, including the extremely affordable price of only $1 for the first issue, Fathom #1. Aspen will also be offering a special Aspen Reserved Edition cover for Fathom #1 featuring art by Konat and superstar colorist Peter Steigerwald. Fans who reserve Fathom #1 by adding it to their pullbox with their local retailers will be eligible to receive the Aspen Reserved Edition of Fathom #1.Fans who collect all ten of Aspen’s “10 for 10” Aspen Reserved Edition #1 covers each month through their local retailer will be eligible to receive the full-size Aspen “Perfect 10’s” jam poster absolutely free.In addition to the debut issue, Aspen is also offering an Aspen Reserved Edition cover for Fathom #2 by Steve McNiven, along with a Fathom #2 J. Scott Campbell Retailer Incentive cover available in August. Aspen will be releasing more info on further Fathom incentives and more Aspen “10 for 10” releases soon. Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/04/aspens-sixth-10-for-10-title-is.html

Review: The Pro

Review: The Pro

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on April 9, 2013

Cover What if the Watcher gave superpowers to a street prostitute. What if said prostitute was down on her luck, being duped by her Johns on a regular basis, with a kid to raise and a rent to pay. And what if (almost) everyone in the world was a pervert? Ever asked this questions? You did? Hum... Well then wonder no more. Garth Ennis and the friends set out to answer those life changing questions. How is it? The Pro feels like an Adult Swim cartoon. Its short, right to the point and disturbingly funny. There is sexual content and violence from start to finish. Top that with some very foul language and you have a funny book not at all suitable for younglings and sensible hearts. Its a hard life It all starts when this Universe's Watcher decides to share a bit of his cosmic soul with a common prostitute in order to prove a point and win a bet. So in the next day our heroine wakes up with Power Girl like powers. She even gets  Power Girl like costume later on. Soon after the League of Honor (Justice League analog) asks her to join their ranks. Reluctantly she does it but she doesn't really fit in. After all she does come from a very different world. This difference is very well explored by Ennis and is the root for many humorous moments and the main driver for the story. The story is a bit predictable, but then again depth and meaning is not really the goal of The Pro. Instead you have a fun(ny) book filled with sexual content, violence and foul language. Before the end she will get her revenge on an evil John, open up the world of The Saint (Superman analog) and teach some bad guys who's the boss. Art wise Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti and Paul Mounts don't disappoint. While sometimes some backgrounds are a bit plain and some expressions could be more elaborated, this a nice looking book. I particularly love the main character's design. She really is the star of the story. The way she is drawn and her expressions really add something to the reading experience. League of Honor Verdict? I'm not a big fan of Ennis type of writing, however I found this book very entertaining. Definitely get this. But keep it away from children and easily offended friends or family. Publisher: Image Comics Year: 2002 Pages: 58 Authors: Garth Ennis, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Paul Mounts ISBN: 1582402752 Also available in Portuguese Publisher: Devil Year: 2003 Pages: 56 ISBN: 9789728631802 Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/04/review-pro.html

Next on RGN #1

Next on RGN #1

By Rui Esteves in Blog on April 7, 2013

I'm late Things have been slow but are still rolling.Lately I've been publishing one review a week. While that was my initial goal, it was quickly doubled, and for a couple of months I even manage to write three per week. However life has a knack to put stuff in our way to throw us off track.In recent times the review rate has dropped back to one per week. This is something I'm not happy about. How did it happen?Well... first and foremost I got lazy. I'm not proud of it, but its the truth. Also Amazon delayed two of my orders so I was without new comics for about two weeks. Truth be told that this is not usual. Amazon has an amazing service and his my favorite online store since I started buying stuff there in 2004.Another happening is my new found passion for photography. It all started with my wife convincing me to buy a DSLR camera. Long story short I let myself get absorbed into the world of photography. On a side note, you can check out my photos @ flickr but be aware that I'm just an initiate, don't expect too much. Getting back to work SOOOOOOOOOOO, getting back to work. To help you know what's on the pipeline and at the same time binding me to a schedule here is Next on RGN, a new feature were the reviews schedule will be published for the world to see. This way you know what's next and you can shame me when I miss the self imposed deadlines.Lets kick it off with the first Next on RGN: The Pro On the 9th of April (next Tuesday) its time to take a look at an oldie.The Pro by Garth Ennis, Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti.The Pro is a satire of DC and Marvel superheroes books. The story revolves around a prostitute that gains superpowers, how she puts them to use and the impact she causes on the hole superhero community.The Pro can be summarized as Sex, babies, revenge, Justice League, The Watcher, life and death. And of course a good dose of adult humor. Skullkickers Volume 2 Then on the 12th of April (next Friday) I'll get around to review Skullkickers Volume 2 Five Funerals and a Bucket of Blood by Jim Zub, Chris Sims, Brian Clevinger, Ray Fawkes and Edwin Huang.In this second volume Shorty and Baldy continue to be involved with the killing of nobles in their land. After getting invited to the capital city of the kingdom they get framed for the murder of more noblemen and women.Thieves with honor, elaborate plots to destroy the capital city, faeries and elves is what you'll find in this book. Also you'll get to find out Shorty and Baldy's real names.And last but not least a surprise review for the 14th of April (next Sunday). Don't miss it.Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/04/next-on-rgn-1.html

Review: The Goon Volume 1 Nothin' But Misery

Review: The Goon Volume 1 Nothin' But Misery

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on March 29, 2013

Cover The Goon and Frankie are back in action in Nothin' But Misery, written and drawn by Eric Powell and published by Dark Horse. This first volume collect issues #1 to #4, The Goon Color Special and the short story Die Fish Die. In this volume the Goon and Frankie have to deal with Zombies (of course), Alien Mook, Haunted Houses, Fishy Pete, ancient revenges and Santa Claus. How is it? Eric Powell continues the saga of the Goon and his pal Frankie, this time with Dark Horse. And it all starts with our good friend Fishy Pete in Die Fish Die. What?! You don't know Fishy Pete? Well, he's a dock worker that opposes the Labrazio's Mob presence in the docks. Still don't remember him? Then go read my Volume 0 review. This time Fishy Pete strikes back at the Goon. Basically it goes as well as you're imagining, but with some very hilarious and Monty Python ish moments. In the first chapter the Goon will learn two important lessons. First and foremost loony old people that play in the mud know a hole lot of stuff, secondly haunted houses are no laughing matter. As fate as it the Goon and Frankie stumble upon an old treasure buried deep in a haunted house by some low life a few years before. Yes Goon, you can touch Eric choose to write this book with episodic short or issue long stories, that are, for the most part, interchangeable with each other. While the weak continuity and lack of a strict reading order might turn some comic book readers off, I love it here. Eric does a great job coming up with original, albeit a bit gimmicky, ideas that keep the light humor and heavy action rolling and far from stale. So the second chapter is a new story, and this time is for an old foe of the Goon to inhabit the body of an Ogre and seek revenge. Needless to say there will be fist-a-cups, blood, tears and inflatable chickens. Also, contrary to popular mythos, this Ogre is very well-spoken, much more than our hero and galaxies more than Frankie. Question: Have you ever asked yourself how Eric would incorporate a Ghost Rider, Phantom Stranger or Crimson Avenger type of concept into The Goon? No? Me neither, but Eric did and the result is in the third chapter of this book. The ending is somewhat predictable but that didn't stop me from enjoying this odd but entertaining story. Fishy Pete The Goon Christmas Story. This alone should make you want to read it. But if you have to know more, then here it goes. Evil elves, badass cowboy Santa, hot lady in red, frozen zombies and gift giving Goon. The forth and (almost) last chapter is the weakest . During a night out on the town with his girlfriend Frankie gets kidnapped by a magician and his evil assistants. Then Goon goes to the rescue. Its not a bad story but its not quite up to par with the previous ones. Last but not least there is a short story about an Alien Mook that comes to Earth to conquer some turf and get down to business. Well, being a short story there isn't much to talk about, but I can say one thing... I laughed hard when the punchline came. Verdict? Overall this is a fun and entertaining book. I had high expectation and I wasn't disappointed. Eric kept the writing cool, funny and dynamic and the art constant in quality and always a delight to see. If you've read the Goon and didn't like it, then this is not for your. If you never read the Goon then this is a good jump in point. If you're a fan then you should already own it. Recommended. Publisher: Dark Horse Year: Pages: Authors: Eric Powell ISBN: Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/03/review-goon-volume-1-nothin-but-misery.html

Aspen Comics June 2013 Solicitations

Aspen Comics June 2013 Solicitations

By Rui Esteves in Blog on March 28, 2013

BUBBLEGUN #1 Bubblegun #1 Mark Roslan – Story / Mike Bowden – Art / David Curiel - ColorsThe future is here with Aspen’s latest ‘10 for 10’ 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 what’s sure to become Aspen’s 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! FC 32 pages $1.00 ($1 digital) CHARISMAGIC #2 Charismagic #2 Vince Hernandez – Story / Vincenzo Cucca – Art / Emilio Lopez - ColorsBe prepared because everything you thought you knew about magic is about to vanish!The group makes a sober discovery in Los Angeles, as Hank’s agent and best friend Kenny painfully realizes the differences between humans and magical beings could kill him--and put an end to their quest to end Serké’s invasion. However, their problems are much larger in scale than they are aware of, as the dark shaman has summoned his deadliest servant of chaos—Torgan, the magical lion demon of flame and rage!Featuring a returning cast of Charismagic’s favorite characters along with several new and astonishing faces and creatures of magic, this new volume of CHARISMAGIC is a perfect jumping-on point for all!CHARISMAGIC #2 is in stores June 5th, 2013! FC 32 pages $3.99 (3.99 digital) JIRNI #3 Jirni #3JT Krul – Story / Paolo Pantalena – Art / Brett Smith - ColorsTake an incredible JIRNI with Aspen’s newest hit series!Discover a whole new world of adventure! As her companion Nylese reaches the end of her journey while finally discovering the fabled city of her people, Ara's road ahead remains ever perilous. Throughout facing many dangers and threats in her challenging quest, how can she possibly survive Torinthal's powerful and deadly d'jinn, when it comes seeking her end?After years of preparation, creator JT Krul is ready to take you on a JIRNI unlike any other! Accompanied by the incredible talents of artist Paolo Pantalena and colorist Brett Smith, this is one JIRNI you won’t want to miss!JIRNI #3 is in stores June 19th, 2013! FC 32 pages $3.99 ($3.99 dgital) SHRUGGED #4 Shrugged #4Frank Mastromauro – Story / Jonathan Marks – Art / Beth Sotelo - ColorsThe long awaited return of SHRUGGED continues!Not much hope remains as Lord Slive and his fear creatures have gained control over Perspecta and the Earth. Though all seems lost, Theo isn’t giving up and heads to a forgotten land where one last bastion of help may reside. However, the journey itself is a task very few have ever survived, and Theo’s chances of making it are not looking up!Created by Michael Turner and Frank Mastromauro, with illustrations by newcomer Jonathan Marks and colors by Beth Sotelo, make sure to listen to the voices inside your head and pick up the newest issue of SHRUGGED today!SHRUGGED #4 is in stores June 12th, 2013! FC 32 pages $3.99 ($3.99 digital) LEGEND OF THE SHADOW CLAN #5 LOTSC #5David Wohl – Story / Cory Smith – Art / Jon Starr - ColorsThe mystery of the LEGEND OF THE SHADOW CLAN is finally unveiled!Ancient truths of the Shadow Clan are shockingly revealed in the pulse-pounding, epic finale! The Himura family must band together for the first time ever in their attempt to restore the honor of their lineage, and more importantly--in order to survive the bloody vengeance of the Ghost Clan!Writer David Wohl is joined by the artistic talents of Cory Smith and colorist John Starr, as they bring to you the thrilling final issue of the LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN!LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN #5 is in stores June 5th, 2013! FC 32 pages $3.99 ($3.99 digital) EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #12 EA: Assassins #12 – Writer / Lori Hanson – ArtIntroducing Executive Assistant Daisy!A new direction is forged in the EA Universe with this new four-issue story arc featuring Daisy—a new breed of Executive Assistant born and raised in the wealthy upper crust of New Orleans. When her father’s physical and emotional abuse become too much to endure, Daisy finds herself alone, confused and in danger…until a savior arrives to rescue her—or so she thinks!EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #12 is in stores June 2013! FC 32 pages $3.99 ($3.99 digital) FATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #1 Fathom: The Elite Saga #1Vince Hernandez ; JT Krul ; David Wohl– writers / Ken Marion – pencilsThe most epic storyline in Fathom’s 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 child’s 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! FC 32 pages $3.99 ($3.99 digital) FATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #2 Fathom: The Elite Saga #2JT Krul ; Vince Hernandez; David Wohl– writers / Ken Marion – pencilsThe most epic storyline in Fathom’s 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 Blue’s 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! FC 32 pages $3.99 ($3.99 digital) FATHOM: VOLUME 2 – INTO THE DEEP TPB (2nd Printing) Fathom Volume 2J. T. Krul – writers / Koi Turnbull – pencils / Sal Regla ; Jason Gorder – inks / Paul Mounts ; Christina Strain – colorsThe previously sold out 2nd FATHOM TPB returns to print!Worlds collide when the might of the bloodthirsty Admiral Maylander and the United States military declare war on the Blue civilizations nestled deep under the ocean’s surface. Following the classic events of the original FATHOM series, the second thrilling volume finds underwater biologist Aspen Matthews struggling to accept the startling reality of her true identity. All in the midst of an all out war between the humans and the Blue! Collecting together the sold out Fathom: Beginnings and Zero issue, as well as issues #1 though #11, this is 320 pages of everything Fathom! And if that’s not enough, we’ll be including a complete covers gallery featuring artwork by none other than Fathom creator Michael Turner!! This complete FATHOM VOLUME 2 TPB is a must for any Aspen, Fathom, Michael Turner, or comic book fan!The FATHOM: VOLUME 2 TPB is in stores June 12th, 2013! FC 320 pages $29.99 ($19.99 digital) TPB Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/03/aspen-comics-june-2013-solicitations.html

Aspen Reveals WonderCon Anaheim 2013 Exclusives and Creator Appearances

Aspen Reveals WonderCon Anaheim 2013 Exclusives and Creator Appearances

By Rui Esteves in Blog on March 26, 2013

Aspen Comics has released their WonderCon Anaheim 2013 exclusives as well as their list of creators appearing at the Aspen Comics Booth #701 on March 29-31st. Aspen creators Frank Mastromauro (Shrugged), Peter Steigerwald (Zoo Hunters), Vince Hernandez (Charismagic), Mark Roslan (BubbleGun), J.T. Krul (Jirni), Beth Sotelo (Shrugged), Mike DeBalfo (Soulfire), Nei Ruffiino (Soulfire), David Wohl (Fathom), Lori Hanson (Executive Assistant: Assassins), and Jonathan Marks (Shrugged) will all be appearing throughout the weekend at the Aspen Comics Booth. Wondercon 2013Aspen is offering two highly-limited show exclusives: Legend of the Shadow Clan #3 will be released early atthe show with a special Wondercon Anaheim exclusive cover by Mike DeBalfo and colored by Peter Steigerwald and limited to 200 copies. Aspen will also be releasing an Executive Assistant: Assassins #9 WonderCon cover by Giuseppe Cafaro and David Curiel, limited to 200 copies. Both exclusives will only be available at the Aspen Comics Booth #701.To continue their ten-year anniversary celebration, Aspen is releasing the Aspen Tour Print 2013 WonderCon Anniversary Edition, with art by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald, limited to 125 editions. Aspen will also be releasing all new prints featuring Soulfire, The Legend of the Shadow Clan and Shrugged.The “Ten Years of Aspen Comics” panel will take place on Saturday, March 30th in room 208 from 3:30 – 4:30 pm and will feature all of Aspen’s creative talents as they answer fans’ questions and reveal what’s in store for the next ten years of Aspen Comics.Aspen Editor-in-Chief Vince Hernandez will be offering portfolio reviews all weekend for aspiring artists in room 206b. Here is the dates/times for the reviews:Friday: 1:30 – 2:30 PMSaturday: 1:30 – 2:30 PMSunday: 12:00 – 1:00 PMFor more information please check www.comic-con.org or www.aspencomics.com LOTSC #3 EA: Assassins #9 SGD1 #2 SLFR #3 Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/03/aspen-reveals-wondercon-anaheim-2013.html

Review: Dorothy and the Wizard in OZ

Review: Dorothy and the Wizard in OZ

By Rui Esteves in Blog on March 24, 2013

Cover Dorothy is once again plucked from this earth and transported to a magical place populated with the most uncommon persons and where fantastic things happen.This time Dorothy is accompanied by her pet cat Eureka, a boy she just meet named Zeb and his horse Jim. Soon after the Wizard of OZ himself joins Dorothy. Making a return to the OZ books the kind and wise Wizard will help Dorothy once again find her way home.This 4th adaptation of L. Frank Baum's work brings back some of the original and all time favorite characters from the OZ books. And as a bonus you'll see most protagonists of the previous books again.How is it?During a big earthquake Dorothy, Eureka, Zeb and Jim fall down an enormous crack in the ground and end up in the land of the Mangaboos. This is a magic land where you can walk on air, animals talk and people are vegetables. Soon after the Wizard (of OZ) comes down in his balloon and joins them in their search for the way back home.Together they'll face the racism of the Mangaboos, the rage of the invisible bears, hords of Gurgles, the mazes of the Dragon lair and their own insecurities.The Wizard adds and element of wisdom and aptitude uncommon to Dorothy's previous travel companions. Its a fresh take on the group dynamics that works very well. However there is one downside. There is more action in this story than usual in the OZ books and with it comes a touch of violence that hasn't been seen yet in the land of OZ. Nothing too brutal to an adult, but to a child this might be a bit strong. Dorothy wakes Zeb All characters are distinct and original. At this time you should be familiar with Dorothy and the Wizard. Eureka is a selfish cat. She only thinks on herself and hardly ever lends a hand to the group. Jim is truly a work horse. He does everything he's asked and hardly ever complains. He does succumb to some ugly emotions, but that is for you to unveil. Lastly Zeb is just a good guy. He helps out wherever he can and is always ready to play around.Eric Shanower has been doing a stupendous job adapting the original novels to comic book format. In Dorothy and the Wizard in OZ he continues that fantastic job. The narration is just the right pace, the dialogues are on point and the story as a whole is a delight to read.A little bonus in the story is the origin of the Wizard and some backstory of the land of OZ. Jim beating some Gurgles Skottie Young also doesn't disappoint and delivers yet another fantastic work. His cartoonish style is a perfect fit to this book and adds a unique dimension to the original story. In this story Skottie had a chance to draw many different races and animals. He did an excellent job perhaps with the except of the Dama fruit eating people that are invisible and thus there was nothing to draw.Skottie made sure everyone was distinguishable and unique. The Mangaboos are very similar to the people of OZ but with vague and emotion deprived expressions. The Gurgles are wooden imp like flying creatures. These are my favorite. Their visual uniqueness is a joy to behold, and made better by the randomness of their existence. The braided man is very hilarious, and the dragonettes seem like adorable pets that can devour you in one bit. DragonettesVerdict?This is a great book of a fantastic all-ages series. You should get this for yourself, as a gift or to your kids (but beware of the violence). Its a truly fantastic adaptation of L.Frank Baum's great OZ books and with Skottie Young's stellar art. There is little doubt that the OZ books should be on every comic book reader's shelves. Highly recommended.If you never heard of the Marvel OZ books, take a look at my review of the first (and most commonly known) one here.Publisher: Marvel ComicsYear: 2012Pages: 184Authors: Skottie Young, Eric ShanowerISBN: 0785155546Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/03/review-dorothy-and-wizard-in-oz.html

Aspen’s Fifth “10 for 10” Title Is The All New Series BubbleGun

Aspen’s Fifth “10 for 10” Title Is The All New Series BubbleGun

By Rui Esteves in Blog on March 19, 2013

 Cover Aspen Comics has revealed more info on their June release in their successful “10 for 10” anniversary initiative that has been met with both critical and commercial success. For their fifth release on June 12th, Aspen will be debuting an all-new cyber-punk action-adventure series, BubbleGun, by creator and writer Mark Roslan (Broken Pieces) with art by Mike Bowden (Worlds of Warcraft) and David Curiel (Avenging Spider-Man). The solicitation for BubbleGun reads: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!Roslan discusses the new series:“It's very hard to put into words how excited I am for BubbleGun's release this summer. I've been working on the book for over two years now and I can't wait for everyone to read it. I really wanted to make a comic book that had that fun and high-energy storytelling that I grew up reading. BubbleGun follows a motley team of characters in a action-adventure story that focuses on the them, but is set in the future with a nice shiny sci-fi veneer to it: advanced robots, hover-cycles, neon lights, and laser guns mixed into crazy high-tech escapades. Mike Bowden and David Curiel are a brilliant art team and both are really bringing a new level to their work with this series.” Cover B As with all of Aspen’s “10 for 10” releases, the publisher will be offering a host of incentives for retailers and fans alike, including the extremely affordable price of only $1 for the first issue, BubbleGun#1. Aspen will also be offering a special Aspen Reserved Edition cover for BubbleGun #1 featuring art by Bowden and superstar colorist Peter Steigerwald. Fans who reserve BubbleGun #1 by adding it to their pullbox with their local retailers will be eligible to receive the Aspen Reserved Edition of BubbleGun #1.Fans who collect all ten of Aspen’s “10 for 10” Aspen Reserved Edition #1 covers each month through their local retailer will be eligible to receive the full-size Aspen “Perfect 10’s” jam poster absolutely free.In addition to the debut issue, Aspen is also offering an Aspen Reserved Edition cover for BubbleGun #2 by Mark Brooks, along with a BubbleGun #2 J. Scott Campbell Retailer Incentive cover available in July. Aspen will be releasing more info on further BubbleGun incentives and more Aspen “10 for 10” releases soon. Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/03/aspens-fifth-10-for-10-title-is-all-new.html

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