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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: Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic Volume 10 War

Review: Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic Volume 10 War

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on February 12, 2013

Cover Zayne Carrick, being the unluckiest man in the Universe, finds himself in the middle of the Republic/Mandalorian War. He doesn't want to kill or hurt anyone so being in the battle field is a major problem. In Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic Volume 10 War Zayne has to serve the Republic under a totalitarian Captain that as no concern about human life and little respect for his men. What will happen when they get ambushed by the Mandalorians in an outer rim planet far away from any backup? Zayne will try to keep his brothers in arms save while at the same time he refusing to take up arms, even to defend himself. How is it? Zayne is one of the bravest good guys created in the last decade in the Star Wars Universe. He went against his masters, the Jedi Council and the Republic army to stay alive and clear his name. And in that time he couldn't stop helping those who couldn't help themselves. Zayne is not a Jedi nor he is a typical force sensitive. He isn't very skilled with a lightsaber and his special connection to the force is so unpredictable that it isn't any good in a fight. And still he ventures on. Its a trap In this book Zayne gets drafted to the Republican army and shipped off to fight the Mandarolians. With some twists and turns of fate and the help of some Republican traitors, Zayne and most of his companions get captured by the enemy. The Mandarolians don't take prisoners. Instead they either put the captured soldiers to work as slaves or incorporate them into the Mandalorian army. In order to regain his freedom, thwart the plans of the Mandalorians and stop the Republican traitors Zayne comes up with this very convoluted plan to steal a ship from the Mandalorians and get back into Republican space in time to stop the Republican traitors from executing a deadly attack. And here is the problem of this book. The plot is awful, the characterization of Zayne is dreadful and the characters motivations are anything but believable. Zayne never was a mastermind. He was only one not very skilled padwan that had a strange connection to the force. Cavalry charge Another thing that bothered me is how is it that a guy that eluded the his Jedi masters, the Jedi council and the Republican army for so long gets drafted against his will and without putting up a fight? This doesn't make any sense. Neither does his unwillingness to pick up his lightsaber and fight for what he believes. Even if you take the continuity out of the equation this story is still awful. Its just not a good book. Art wise its not that bad. I guess the artists made a good enough job, but nothing praise worth. Verdict? It pains me to say that you should stay away from this one, especially if you're a Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic fan. I loved this series, but after the closure of the original story arc (Volume 6) it never regained the original appeal back, and this last volume just brought this book down several notches. Publisher: Dark Horse Year: 2012 Pages: 120 Authors: John Jackson Miller, Dave Marshall, Andrea Mutti, Gigi Baldassini ISBN: 1595829598 Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/review-star-wars-knights-of-old.html

Review: Dr. Horrible and Other Horrible Stories

Review: Dr. Horrible and Other Horrible Stories

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on February 10, 2013

Cover Dr. Horrible and Other Horrible Stories collects a group of stories written by Zack Whedon that flesh out the Dr. Horrible Universe. In this book you can read about Dr. Horrible's and Moist's origin story, Penny's love life, Captain Hammer being his usual arrogant jackass and what happened that day in the park with Johnny Snow. This is a great opportunity to see the Evil League of Evil in action. And boy... are they EVIL! How is it? Before we continue there's one question you should ask yourself. Have you seen Doctor Horrible's Sing Along Blog? No?! The go there and see it. I'll wait. . . . Have you seen it already? Yes?! Cool then lets continue. This book revolves around the Doctor Horrible Sing Along Blog's story, in fact all these stories are prequels. There is no particular reading order these tales are not connected to each other, just with the musical. Captain Hammer Captain Hammer: Be Like Me is a short tale that serves to develop Captain Hammer and show that our hero is not only a shallow man, a bit dumb and a pompous jackass. Moist: Humidity Rising is all about the character of Moist how he came to be Dr. Horrible's henchman. This story also tells the Moist's origin story. Moist wasn't always a damped and suety man. He was once a normal kid with skin dehydration problems. One day his dad brought home a soviet cold war looking humidifier. In good superhero fashion that'll go horribly wrong and as a result Moist is born. Evil Laughter Penny: Keep Your Head Up is a story about Penny's love life. This story shows why is Penny so vulnerable. Her falling in love with Captain Hammer in the musical will be all the more believable. The Evil League of Evil shows just how evil the Evil League of Evil can really be. This is something we don't see in the musical, so its great to finally see them in action. Also explain what happened in the park that night with Johnny Snow. Dr. Horrible is the origin story of Dr. Horrible. In the musical we learn the Dr. Horrible isn't that bad a person. He is actually a nice guy. Then why does a nice guy chose to be a super-villain?! That is masterfully told in this story. Also some of the first battles with Captain Hammer. Eric Canete, Farel Dalrymple, Jim Rugg and Joelle Jones are in charge of the art department and they do a good job at it. The art varies a bit from story to story but overall is very good. Its a bit cartoony, but that fits the mood of the book very well. The art style is very clean and well define with vibrant colors. They capture the likeness of the actors from the musical very well, with the exception of Captain Hammer in the first story. The stories in Dr. Horrible and Other Horrible Stories don't really add nothing very important to the mix. However they do flesh these characters out very well. And they're a joy to read but only if you've watched and liked the original musical. Evil League of Evil Verdict? This is a cool book. However it only makes sense to buy this one if you've seen and liked Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog. If that is the case, then track this book and you'll get a real kick out of it. On the off-chance you didn't like the musical, then there's no reason to get this one. Publisher: Dark Horse Year: 2010 Pages: 80 Authors: Zack Whedon, Joelle Jones, Jim Rugg, Farel Dalrymple, Eric Canete ISBN: 1595825770 Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/review-dr-horrible-and-other-horrible.html

Help Aspen Comics Decide New Series

Help Aspen Comics Decide New Series

By Rui Esteves in Blog on February 8, 2013

Aweken Skies To celebrate the upcoming launch of their August release in their “10 for 10” initiative, Aspen Comics will be giving their fans and readers the opportunity to decide that month’s all new series. The choice will be offered between the following two properties:Awaken Skies - Coping with high school is difficult enough, but when a young girl named Hilary makes the startling discovery that she has the ability of flight, her normal life suddenly takes on an all-new meaning. But, there are others who know of Hilary’s unique abilities, and they will stop at nothing to possess her in their pursuit of shifting the world’s power balance of mankind itself. High school doesn’t seem so difficult anymore. OvertakenOvertaken - Journalist Will Harden is well equipped for most situations, but nothing can prepare him for what’s about to come. Relocating from the big city to a small mountain town with his wife, everything is turned upside-down the moment she goes missing. Are the rumors of alien abductions true or did something far worse happen to his wife? No matter the cause, Harden will not stop until he uncovers the truth, or dies trying.Both all new properties are created and will be written by Frank Mastromauro, co-creator of Shrugged and Dellec, and will feature the “10 for 10” incentives package including a $1 first issue price, an Aspen Reserved Edition cover, original hand drawn covers, Aspen Retailer Exclusive covers, and future covers by J. Scott Campbell, Eric “Ebas” Basaldua and more. Aspen has made the online voting process simple for fans to select their favorite choice of Aspen’s two candidates: whichever book’s official Facebook fan page: facebook.com/AwakenSkies or facebook.com/OvertakenComic has the most “Likes” by 10:00 am PST Friday, March 1st will be chosen as Aspen’s next new series. Each page will be updated daily with first looks, artwork, news and more. Aspen encourages fans to select their choice and share their favorite with their friends. Pencils 1 Pencils 2 Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/help-aspen-comics-decide-new-series.html

Review: Prophet Volume 1 Remission

Review: Prophet Volume 1 Remission

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on February 8, 2013

Cover Prophet Volume 1 Remission narrates the story of John Prophet. Prophet was created by Rob Liefeld and was published alongside Youngblood and in its own series between 1992 and 2000. This book relaunches the story of John Prophet, a enhanced human preserved through time, waiting the day when the Earth Empire shall rise again. Prophere Volume 1 Remission is credited to collect issues #21 to #26 of the ongoing series. Just to clarify these are the first issues of the 2012 relaunch series. How is it? Before you read any further, please throw away all Liefeldian baggage you might have. This is a new take on a concept created by Rob Liefeld but is presented in a completely original way. Neither the writing nor the art follow the Liefeldian school of thought so, for better or worst, this book deserves to be judged on its own merits. John Prophet emerges A hyber pod emerges from underground. It opens and John Prophet awakes from his hibernation. He doesn't know much, but he does know that he has a mission to carry out. He hears a voice that guides him in the designated direction. John doesn't really know what the mission his, he just knows he has to do it. John Prophet awakes on a much different Earth much different from what he remembered. Humankind is long gone, aliens roam the Earth and there are strange animals all around. Along his path more hyber pods emerge with new gear that will help him in his journey. This is a Deus Ex Machina plot device, but it is used moderately. Prophet is rich in strangeness, from a blue amoeba looking living organism that bonds with John like a pet and helps him in the most unorthodox ways to a Robot like armor that regenerates lost limbs by eating anything it finds, you'll find odd things in every shapes and forms. In his path John finds interesting alien races, faces moral dilemmas and fights for his life against the native fauna several times. Eventually he finds out what his mission is and fulfills it. However it is not the end of his journey, but the beginning of a much larger adventure. The Earth Empire will rise again. Take that ugly This is where everything gets weird, well weirder. In the next stories we will find much about John Prophet but that only raises more questions. As it turns out there are many versions of him. Some have tails, some live inside robot like armors, some are women, some are old, but all (or most) share the same resolution towards the mission. Can't wait any longer for the Kid. Hope he's all right Honestly I don't know how to rate this book. It could be either one of the best sci-fi comic books I've read or one of the worst. On one hand I just couldn't stop reading it. I just had to read one more page, then another and so on until it was all done. I liked the way the story is told or better yet, narrated.. The concept is intriguing enough and the stories are very weird but in a good way. On the other hand I've read the book, read other reviews, and still don't know if I fully understand Prophet. One thing I do know, this was a unique reading experience. The narrative is odd, but in an "i don't know were this is going but I can't stop reading" way. The art style is an acquired taste at first, but then it turns into a gorgeous thing to look at. Over the first few pages its grows its own distinct identity. In fact Prophet is a very graphical story. Most the story is lightly narrated, with very little dialogue and most of the story progress is shown not told. The price to pay for your mission There are books that are written to be books. There are books that are written to be movies. At times Prophet seems to be written to be a video game. Or at least to be heavily inspire in them. The inventory, the goal driven missions, the different type of enemies that include cannon fodder and boss fights. Inventory Verdict? I don't think I've ever read a book quite like Prophet Volume 1 Remission. If sci-fi is your cup of tea then you should get this one. Love it or hate it doesn't matter. This is a weird and distinct book and that alone makes it very interesting. It truly is a unique experience. Publisher: Image Comics Year: 2012 Pages: 136 Authors: Simon Roy, Farel Dalrymple, Giannis Milogiannis, Brandon Graham ISBN: 1607066114 Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/reviewprophet-volume-1-remission.html

The Family Troll @Kickstarter

The Family Troll @Kickstarter

By Rui Esteves in Blog on February 7, 2013

The Family Troll The Family Troll is a heart warming tale of an abandon young troll that blesses the lives of a young couple in the most amazing way!Jill and Tyler Kirkham write and draw this tale of love based on their own pursuit of offspring. This book is about a problem that unfortunely more and more couples are having trouble conceiving nowadays.The art in very beautiful, the packaging looks great and the subject of the book is something very close to my heart.A couple in a fairy tale land is having trouble conceiving. After trying all matter of methods they are close to giving up. One day they have to take care of a baby Troll, and the rest you can imagine.Watch Jim and Tyler's video, they do a better job explaining it: For more information check their Kickstarter project page.Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-family-troll-kickstarter.html

Review: Skullkickers Volume 1 1000 Opas and a Dead Body

Review: Skullkickers Volume 1 1000 Opas and a Dead Body

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on February 6, 2013

Cover Skullkickers Volume 1 1000 Opas and a Dead Body is a fantasy action-comedy book published by Image and written by Jim Zub with art by Chris Stevens and Edwin Huang. It has a bit Tolkien and a bit  D&D in it, mixed with a good chunk of action and a lots of humor. Shake everything and you'll have a light, fun, action packed story that embraces many fantasy cliches and gives them new, and often humorous, twists. Shorty and Baldy are the Skullkickers. Shorty is a foulmouthed,  short-tempered, ax wielder, red-headed dwarf. Baldy is a calm(er), hulking like, pistol shooting, bald man. Together they steal, kill, maim, protect and any other job that will get them paid. How is it? Virgin Sacrifice? 1000 Opas and a Dead Body starts with the assassination of a Chancellor. Shorty and Baldy get themselves hired to retrieve his body from the authorities and return him to the Chancellor's entourage. Of course it goes horribly wrong and they find themselves in the middle of a deranged Necromancer's quest for power. Zombies, Elves, Demons, poisoned stew, bar fights and much more wait the Skullkickers. At first this seemed like a generic fantasy book. A dwarf and a big man go around doing whatever they can to get money, but it doesn't take long for the identity of Skullkickers to gain form and substance. I loved the way the book doesn't take itself too seriously and embraces some of the usual cliches of fantasy storytelling and twists them around in unexpected ways. Small details like the Baldy, a big strong man, being the brains of the operation and using a small and underwhelming looking pistol, fat werewolves, their generally unheroic behavior, among many others, made this book a very entertaining read. Shorty and Baldy jump into action This volume also collects the 2 Skullkicker stories from Popgun Volumes 2 and 3. These stories take place before 1000 Opas and a Dead Body and its more of a draft for Skullkickers than an early story. The art style fits the mood of the book like a glove. Chris Evens and Edwin Huang do a great job bringing Jim Zub's plot to life. The character designs are very good. Shorty, while great to look at, is not that original. He basically looks like Gimli from Lord of the Rings but in different armor. Baldy is a different story. He might have a simpler and more streamlined look, but it works very well. The panel dynamics is great and so is the coloring with its bright colors and distinct pallets for the different settings in the story. Fat Werewolf Just two small details I enjoy thoroughly. One are the sound effects. Not only you get the more usual Boom, Swash and alike, but also stuff like Dash, Powerful Slap, Incoming Death can be found throughout the book.I couldn't help it but to imagine a D&D Dungeon Master narrating the fight.The other is the way the dialogue that a prisoner of the Skullkickers has from the moment he is captured to the end of the book. While what he says is funny, what I liked is the fact that he had most his mouth shoot off, so he can't speak, just mumble. The way they handle it is very cool. Verdict? I came into this book with relatively low expectations and got blown away by how much I enjoyed it. At first its only an ok book, but soon it finds it voice and becomes a very fun and entertaining read. If you like fantasy stories, with dwarfs, elves, sorcery, taverns fights and alike then you definitely should read this book. Even if you're not big on fantasy but just want to read a good and entertaining comic book, then give it a try. Publisher: Image Comics Year: 2011 Pages: 144 Authors: Jim Zub, Edwin Huang, Chris Stevens ISBN: 1607063662 Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/review-skullkickers-volume-1-1000-opas.html

Review: Wolverine Snikt!

Review: Wolverine Snikt!

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on February 3, 2013

Cover One day Wolverine is minding his own business when suddenly a creepy looking little girl appears and  teleports him away. He ends up in a near future where he's confronted with a post-apocalyptic world, where humankind is almost extinct. The little girl went to the past to search for the only person that could help her in the fight against the creatures that now rule over the Earth. These creatures are called Mandates. To kill a Mandate its necessary to destroy its Orb Core. However, only adamantium can breach a Orb Core. Thus the importance of Wolverine. Wolverine Snikt! is written and drawn by manga artist Tsotomu Nihei. How is it? After arriving on future Earth Wolverine confronts is first Mandate. He win the battle but barely collapsing immediately after due to the sustained injuries. When he wakes up he's already in the hiding place of the human settlement There he finally talks to Fusa (the little girl)  and meets her people, one of the last human settlement on Earth. He's introduced to the only other person able to kill Mandates, the General. The General is a cyborg with a adamantium  shooting cannon instead of his right arm. The problem is that humankind lost all ability to produce adamantium, and the General's ammunition is running very low. Eventually Wolverine agrees to help them setup a last attempt at stopping the Mandates. Together with the General, Wolverine launches and attack on the Mandates colony where the Progenitor is believed to be. The Progenitor is the first Mandate and its also the only one capable of reproduction. So taking her out means that the Mandates will, eventually, die out and give a hope of survival to the human race. Come here, I won't bite The story is very simple and the ending is somewhat predictable, but that doesn't mean its not an interesting story to read. Tsotomu takes a unique approach to Wolverine and that makes this simple story a joy to read. The art in this book is simply glorious. Tsotomu's art is a delight to look at. Highly detailed art with strong color contrasts and very,very, very VERY moody and atmospheric settings and backgrounds. The art is what truly shines in this book. Tsotomu draws Wolverine like a nimble warrior with an X-Men the movie like uniform and, while its not his usual aspect, it looks very good. One thing I liked is that Tsotomu avoided the androgynous look for Wolverine. Sure he looks like a teenager most of the times, but there is no doubt that he is a man. The Mandates are typical manga monsters. big, scary and constantly shifting. Hi there ugly So many uglies to play with Verdict? While the story hasn't much depth this is one of my favorite Wolverine books. The aesthetics of future Earth is amazing, the dynamic of the art and the movement sensation that you get when reading this book is really great. The fight scenes are fantastically drawn. Tsutomu is truly a master of his art. Unfortunately this book is out of print, but if you have the chance of buying it at a reasonable price, go for it. Publisher: Marvel Comics Year: 2004 Pages: 120 Authors: Tsutomu Nihei ISBN: 0785112391 Its also available in Portuguese Publisher: Devir Year: 2005 Pages: 120 Authors: Tsutomu Nihei ISBN: 9895591187 Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/review-wolverine-snikt.html

Review: Batman/Judge Dredd Collection

Review: Batman/Judge Dredd Collection

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on February 2, 2013

Cover Batman and Judge Dredd team up in this book to fight crime and evildoers. There is no hiding from them, not in Gotham, not in Mega-City One. The Main Man Lobo also gets to dance the crossover tango with Mega-City One's favorite street Judge. DC Comics and 2000AD presents us with this fantastic collection where heroes and villain cross Universes and star in these five stories This book collects the following stories Batman/Judge Dredd: Judgment on Gotham, Vendetta in Gotham, The Ultimate Riddle and Die Laughing. It also collects Lobo/Judge Dredd: Psycho Bikers vs. The Mutants from Hell. How is it? If, like me, you never read any of these crossover stories before it is hard to imagine that a brutal judge, juri and executioner character like Judge Dredd and the vigilante, system trusting, never killing, Batman would ever make for good, fun entertainment together. But in all honesty they do. In fact, not only that, but most of the guest villains also fit in very well. Alan Grant and John Wagner are in charge of the writing on all the stories. They do a really good job at it. They create guiding line that connects all the Batman/Dredd stories. Its presence serves only as a connection between the stories but its thin enough to be troublesome or annoying. That's 10 years for hitting a judge! In Judgment on Gotham, Gotham gets a visit from Judge Death. Batman encounters Judges Dredd and Anderson for the first time. Batman visits Mega-City and there finds Mean Machine and gets a taste for the justice system. For the first time Batman is capture and unmasked, but of course this being Mega-city One no harm was done in the DC Universe. That's 2 months for stating the obvious!  Dark Judge Joker Vendetta in Gotham brings Dredd back to Gotham to pick a fight with Batman. Dredd has an ulterior motive that brings something very interesting to the story. Rumble The Riddler does an appearance in The Ultimate Riddle. This one probably is the weakest story of this collection. Not that it isn't entertaining, but its little more than an arena setting with Dredd and Batman. Die Laughing starts the clown of crime himself. The Joker manages to escape to Mega-City One were he joins the Dark Judges. Together they terrorize what passes for hippies there. Its up to Dredd and Batman to try to save the day. Lobo also gets a chance to meet Judge Dredd and Mega-City One's Undercity in Psycho Bikers vs. The Mutants from Hell. This is a straight up macho action story, much like the 80's Schwarzenegger movies. The art is consistently good. Vendetta in Gotham presents a different art style than the rest of the stories, but maintains a high level of quality. There are many artists involved in this book (over 12), but the overhaul result is oddly consistent. Verdict? This is a very good collection. Two great icons of two charismatic publishers come together to create four very entertaining stories. The action is what's to be expected. Dredd wasn't dimmed down to Batman's level and Batman wasn't ramped up to Dredd's level. The retain their most defining traits and the stories are built upon that. I enjoyed this very much. Highly recommend to anyone that either already loves these characters or is just curious. Publisher: DC Comics Year: 2012 Pages: 304 Authors: Alan Grant, John Wagner ISBN: 1401236766 Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/review-batmanjudge-dredd-collection.html

Preview: Executive Assistant: Assassins #8

Preview: Executive Assistant: Assassins #8

By Rui Esteves in Blog on February 1, 2013

CoverEXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #8 Vince Hernandez – Writer / Jordan Gunderson – Art / Teo Gonzalez - ColorsWill anyone survive the Extinction?Executive Assistant Lotus as Rose discover that trying to ambush a professional assassin in her home is easier said than done. When the arrival of Iris, Lily, Orchid and Aster creates an impossible situation for Rose, she must face the consequences of her actions, including torture at the hands of her once-close friends. Yet, the biggest threat still awaits the group of EA’s, as they learn that they are not the only assassins in search of Rose!EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #8 is in stores February 20th, 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/2013/02/preview-executive-assistant-assassins-8.html

Book Of Da @ Kickstarter

Book Of Da @ Kickstarter

By Rui Esteves in Blog on February 1, 2013

The inspiration The Book of Da is a B&W graphic novel by Mike Mccubbins and Matt Bryan about a deep sea Diver that finds the Da, the embodiment of the sea's emotions.At first Da seems to be benevolent, but soon reveals its true colors and the Diver must deal with the sea not welcoming him anymore.Another Kickstarter comic book project that emanates a good vibe and shows great potential.This project presents a low risk factor. The financial goal is very small ($3.000) and, according to the authors, the book is ready to go to the printers and the project is only for printing the physical book. Also the rewards for backing this project seem very cool.Mike Mccubbins and Matt Bryan, the creators or the Book of Da explain it better: This project will be finished on the 1st of March.Check out Mike Mccubbins and Matt Bryan's Book of Da project page on Kickstarter for more information.Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/book-of-da-kickstarter.html

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