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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.
 

 


Top 10 Sci-Fi books on my shelves

Top 10 Sci-Fi books on my shelves

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on January 31, 2013

Over the times great stories have emerged from the Science Fiction genre in most mediums. Luckily comics have seen some great ones. I took a look at the books I own, and only those, and made this list. Read on for Top 10 Sci-Fi books on my shelves.   Top 10 list YAY 10) Universal War One UW1UW1 is a French book by Denis Bajram. Its about an underdog military unit of washout space pilots aptly called the Purgatory Squadron. Soon after being assembled they stumble upon a galactic conspiracy to undertake the established power. On top of that they have to deal with the personal ghosts of each member of the Purgatory Squadron. Personal vendetas, redempton, time travel and the inevitability of destiny. I still have to read the final chapter because the publisher that has the rights for the translated version (to Portuguese) of this book stopped one issue short, had this been finished I'm sure it would be higher up. If you're lucky you can buy the Marvel version. 9) The Red Star The Battle of Kar Dathra's Gate Red Star I stopped reading comics for 10 or so years in my teenage years. On the eve of my Optimization Models and Algorithms final exam I was really nervous about it. On the way from my gf's (now wife) house to the University I passed in front of bookstore/publisher Devir. I went in and the cover instantly cough my attention. I bought The Red Star The Battle of Kar Dathra's Gate and never stopped reading comics to this date. The year was 2003. Oh, the exam went fine. The story is set in an alternative undefined time, in a society were Magic and Soviet Russia inspired retro technology are merged and interconnected. Society lives on the brink of a civil war. The Battle or Kar Dathra's marks a dramatic change in Maya's life. That event sets her life on the path of rediscovery and that will have deep repercussion on everyone. The post WWII Russian retro style used in this comic is truly a wonderful thing to experience. The aesthetics of this comic is reason enough to read it. 8) SCUD The Disposable Assassin, The Whole Shebang SCUD I first noticed this book when it was recommend to me in the Outhouse Forums. This is a great fun and funny book about a Robot Assassin,sold in a vending machine, that gains self-awareness and refuses to die. He then goes through many quirky adventures, meets many interesting characters, finds love and meets God. This is also worth wile just for the Drywall character. Firstly he has that innocent minion feel, but soon becomes a favorite of any reader. Eventually he becomes a badass, but in my eyes he's always going to be that little innocent and insecure toddler that has trouble controlling his zippers (it makes sense in the book, go read it!). You can read more in my SCUD review. 7) We3 We3 We3 follows three animals that served as guinea pigs on a military experiment to create new operatives that are highly trained and heavily armed. The group is composed by a cat, a dog and a bunny. They are nameless but possess very distinct personalities. One day they are set for termination but one of their handlers cannot allow this to happen, so she helps them escape. This is a sad story. If you read this and don't get emotional at one point or another, then I'm sorry to say but you're dead inside. I recommend the deluxe edition, its a great looking hardcover book. This is Morrison and Quitely at their best. 6) Orbiter Orbiter Warren Ellis writes this strange tale about the return of a long thought of lost space-shuttle to earth. After 10 years in deep space the Shuttle Venture returns and NASA, that had shutdown their space exploration program since Venture's disappearance, as to reunite the old team, with some new faces, in order to solve this mystery. This is a story about that NASA team and its members. Some need to find closure while others will achieve their dreams, but none will be indifferent. This is a hard book to describe, but great to experience. Don't forget to check my review. 5) Ronin Ronin Nowadays Frank Miller is a crazy middle age man that rambles a lot in the internet and writes demented and psychotic Batman comics. However there was a time were he could do no wrong in comics. Ronin is from that time. The main characters is a ronin, a warrior without a master. He is a nameless warrior that was once cursed by an ancient evil. The way he got to be cursed is such a delight to read that I'm not going to spoil it for you. Because of the curse Ronin is trapped for 800 years and is reemerges in New York city somewhere in our near future. Our near future back when the book was released, in 1983, should be about now. There things get really weird and convoluted and Ronin has to find his place in this new world. Ronin is a great book that stood the passing of time very well. 4) Atomic Robo  Atomic Robo Atomic Robo follows the adventures of its namesake hero. Robo was created by Nikola Tesla in 1923 and battled evil and watched over strange events ever since. Whats great about Atomic Robo is that this is a fun book with the most wild ideas and crazy story plots. Each book has one or two story arcs that can be read without knowing anything about Robo's continuity. Of course you might miss a reference here and there, mas nothing important. From Lovecraftian monsters to talking Dinosaurs, from WWII spooks to living computers, Robo has fought them all. Alone or with his buddies at Tesladyne Atomic Robo always goes that extra mile to make the world a better place, you know, for science. I've only reviewed the last volume to be published, at the time of this article. Feel free to read that review. 3) Fear Agent Fear Agent Fear Agent is a retro type sci-fi action book. With his fishbowl helmet, rocket pack, raygun, freeze ray and penis shaped spaceship Heathrow Hudson cruises space and time just trying to live one more day of his miserable little life. Heath is redneck, Mark Twain quoting, alien killing, drunk screw-up. He’s also the last of the Fear Agents. He abandoned Earth due to events that he took part when Earth was invaded by the Dressites.  Heath will have to deal with the Dressites and another alien race, the Tetaldians, several times throughout his books. Eventually he’ll have to face his past sins and the friends and family he left behind. There will be evil clones, time travel, regular cowboys, space cowboys, aliens of all sizes and shapes, giant brains, Annie and some truly heartwarming and heartbreaking moments. 2) Ministry of Space Ministry of Space This is probably my favorite single book written by Warren Ellis. In Ministry of Space Ellis explores a What-If scenario of British History. What If Britain had created a covert budget to finance their space program after WWII? Well, this would happen. Britain would rise to be a technological world power. Beating the US and the Russians in the race to the moon, Britain managed to monopolize and monetize space exploration. Within four decades there would be flying cars, helicopter backpacks, colonies on mars and many other technological advances. But what was the cost? What did society had to pay to get these marvelous advancements? These are the questions asked in the book, but in a very subtle manner. If you don’t pay attention that essential visual hint can get by undetected and much of the book’s message will be lost. Hop on to my review and give it a quick looksy. 1) Transmetropolitan Transmetropolitan It was a close call between Transmetropolitan and Ministry of Space. But its not fair to compare 7 years of an ongoing series with a  96 page graphic novel. Spider Jerusalem (one of the best lead characters ever created btw) stars in this political sci-fi / dark humor / action journalism series. He is a hardcore and old-school political journalist that can't stand idly by while the general population insists on being politically uninformed and the political powers-that-be continue to abuse their respective offices. He is vernacular, loud mouth, profoundly disturbed, a drug addict but deep down he's a decent guy. Spider honestly cares about the people while an abstract entity, but he hates everyone he meets. He's a bastard, but a likable bastard. Armed only with his wit and a Bowel Disruptor he'll take on The Smiler and his administration.This might sound odd but it makes perfect sense once you read the books. I would love to review this, but I don't think I can even come close to make it justice. Well, That's it. Hope you enjoyed it.  Looking back at my list, I'm embarrassed at how few of my favorite books I've reviewed. I'll probably get around to them somewhere in the future. Don't agree with my choices? Think its unforgivable that I didn't mentioned your favorite Sci-Fi book on my list? Let me know that, leave me comment. Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/top-10-sci-fi-books-on-my-shelves.html

Preview: Charismagic: The Death Princess #2

Preview: Charismagic: The Death Princess #2

By Rui Esteves in Blog on January 30, 2013

CoverCHARISMAGIC: THE DEATH PRINCESS #2 Vince Hernandez – Story / Emilio Lopez – Art / Jocelyn Dunn - ColorsExplore the breathtaking world of Charismagic by journeying back to its ancient origins!Kon and his collection of magical entities learn the hard truth that saving the world means first trusting one another, as the group is divided over the inclusion of the magic-stealing Samsun. Meanwhile, The Death Princess, along with Serké, gather an army of the most capable human slaves they can muster in preparation for the group’s impending arrival at her castle—where the battle for the future of mankind will be decided!Created and written by Aspen’s own Vince Hernandez, with stunning art by Emilio Lopez and Jocelyn Dunn, make sure to be a part of the exciting new world of CHARISMAGIC: THE DEATH PRINCESS!CHARISMAGIC: THE DEATH PRINCESS #2 is in stores February 13th, 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/2013/01/preview-charismagic-death-princess-2.html

Skullkickers, how did this get by me?!

Skullkickers, how did this get by me?!

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on January 29, 2013

Fantastic isn't it?! In 2010 Image Comics published the first issue of a fantasy / comedy series called Skullkickers. Jim Zub, Edwin Huang and Chris Stevens are the names behind the book. The first trade, that came out in 2011, Skullkickers Volume 1: 1000 Opas and a Dead Body and it got a good reception, however I managed miss it completely. Image published the 2nd Volume Five Funerals and a Bucket of Blood also in 2011 and in 2012 the 3rd Volume Six Shooter on the Seven Seas. In 2013 the first 2 Volumes, plus extras got collected into a Hardcover edition called Treasure Trove. Just this weekend I was googling something (don't recall what) and somehow ended up on Jim Zub's site, more precisely a post about Digital vs Physical reach. Its a really good post, well written, very interesting to read about Jim's experience with the digital promotion of Skullkickers. This made me do a bit more search on Mr Jim Zub's work, I found a couple of books that looked interesting, but it was Skullkickers that stayed with me. While I was browsing for more information, I noticed that this shares many resemblances with a series I've been on board since the start and loved all books its put out. IDW's D&D by John Rogers, Andrea Di Vito. Like IDW's series Skulkickers presents good art, a fantasy base plot and a promise for epic kickassery that only a dwarf can dish out. Just a beer with the boys From what I could see from the pages that are available on-line and from Edwin Huang and Chris Stevens deviantart pages, at least I'm going to enjoy looking at the book. The style is very clean but powerful with very distinct characters and some dwarfian fan favorite cliches. So I went and ordered the first volume. Its only £6.75 (or 9.99$) at Amazon. Sadly this was the only book that got delayed in that order, so I'll have to wait a few more days until I can finally get my hands on what looks like a great book. Merc #2 Merc # 1 For more about Skullkickers check out the official website. Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/skullkickers-how-did-this-get-by-me.html

Blog of the Year Result

Blog of the Year Result

By Rui Esteves in Blog on January 29, 2013

Blog do Ano 2012 Voting time is over and the results are in. RGN didn't make it to the final round, but it was good to participate.The winners in the comics category are:Leituras de BD Alegrias e Alergias As Leituras do Pedro Margem Sul Webcomic Wicked Reasoning Congratulations to all.I would like thank Aventar for hosting the contest and all that voted for RGN. Untill next year. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/blog-of-year-result.html

Review: Orchid Volume 1

Review: Orchid Volume 1

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on January 28, 2013

  Society has collapsed. Seas rose to unimaginable levels due to environmental carelessness and, of course, corporate greed. Earth's landscape is forever changed, the surviving population scattered throw the world. Settlements appeared in the wilderness surrounded be dense jungle and new animal lifeforms. Orchid is born in one of these settlements. Forced to live under the ruling of a dictatorship she struggles to provide for her family. When a freedom fighter stumbles up her life things will never be the same again. How is it? Orchid Volume 1 was written by Tom Morello, most known for playing guitar in bands like Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave. As a musician Tom has been an active political activist. His political ideals are visible in this story. He takes a simplistic approach to the social structure of the settlements and his political ideals rub off in the book. Having said that I should point out that this isn't a propaganda or even a political book. The Shadow Rebels managed to steal the legendary Mask that once belonged to the popular hero General China. Legend has it that the Mask grants great strength to who wears it, but only a saint can wear the Mask. However only one rebel manages to escape with the Mask and the others are either killed or capture. Shadow Rebels on the run Orchid works as a prostitute to provide for her family. In this new society there is very little of everything, and that includes jobs for young girls. When the escaped rebel Simon crosses her path, everything changes for her and her family. By a series of unfortunate event she, her little brother and Simon end up imprisoned and are sold as slaves. With the help of the Mask they managed to escape into the wilderness. This is were Orchid really starts to shine. From here on they will meet interesting characters, the truth behind the Mask and General China will start to unveil. The flashback's that tell the origin of China are really good. Tom Morello's writing has no moral ambiguity. Usually I like moral ambiguity but he managed to give his characters such an innocence and purety of motivations that approach very well. General China's demise Its only in the last 1/3 of the book that we get some insight of the real bad guy. He is a bad man. A sociopath that as little or none appreciation for the human life. Tomo Wolfe doesn't flinch when he decides to murder 2 of his men in order get into Barrabas the mercenary's good side. The book ends with our heroes renewing their resolve to free the captured rebels and take down Tomo Wolfe. The seas have risen Scott Hepburn and Dan Jackson are in charge of the art. Both do a great job. Pencils and colors are fabulous. The color pallet Jackson applies is perfect to convey the spirit of the story. While its gloomy and dark he doesn't get trapped in pastel color limbo and employs bright and primary colors when they're called for, Hepburn's pencils are gorgeous. The skinny and starving inhabitants of this word are a joy to look at. The vegetation, the mutated animals, even the mask are all so very detailed. Hepburn plays around with panel layout while at the same time maintaining a great level of reading dynamic. I really enjoy when artists do this with high degree of success. Changing the panels layout and size, overlapping them or even getting rid of the borders all together gives a sort of soul to the art that largely enhances the reading experience. Mutated Aninals Verdict? I like this book. The art is fantastic, the plot is interesting, the pace is just right. Musicians writing good comics is becoming a trend. I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys good post-apocalyptic stories, with some action and strong female leads. Volume 2 is already on the way. Publisher: Dark Horse Year: 2012 Pages: 112 Authors: Tom Morello, Dan Jackson, Scott Hepburn ISBN: 1595829652 Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/review-orchid-volume-1.html

Review: Hell Yeah Volume 1 Last Day on Earths

Review: Hell Yeah Volume 1 Last Day on Earths

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on January 25, 2013

Cover Ben Day lives in a world where Super-Heroes came to be a generation ago. Ben is the son of war hero Daniel Day. Ben goes to the best University available. The University where all the super-powered youth studies, has loving parents but he's still only a teenager. As such Ben is still searching for his place in the world. One day Ben gets a visit from three super-powered teenage girls that came to protect him. Turns out that someone is killing all the Ben Days in the multiverse for an unknown reason and this Ben is one of the last ones alive. Welcome to the worth day of Ben's life. How is it? Hell Yeah Volume 1 is all about fast pace action and quick shock reveals. In Hell Yeah the multiverse is a reality. While travelling between dimension is forbidden, it occasionally happens. One day Cosmonaut, DieDieDie and I Heart Lasers come into Ben Day's dimension to protect him from a mysterious killer that is assassinating the Ben Day's of every dimension. The first wave of super-heores Joe Keatinge goes right to the point and the main plot is established early on. I feel Joe lost a couple of opportunities by not fleshing out more the "main" Ben Day's world or even some other reality Ben's. The killer's identity is soon revealed and the potential shock somewhat lost because it comes too early in the story. If Joe had took the time to have the reader bond more with the characters this reveal would have a much bigger impact. Halfway in we're introduced to Benoite, a female version of Ben Day. She is the only other Ben that gets a backstory. Benoite's role in this story is not as pivotal as I initial hoped. But I believe she will come back in future story arcs. Benoite's family Side note, in Portuguese noite means night, so we have a male Ben Day and a female Ben Night. This probably is just a coincidence, but I still found it funny. Please do Andre Skymanowicz is in charge of the art in Hell Yeah. And does a good job. The permutations of Ben Days are nice to see. I liked the old man in the trenchant and the killer in armor the best. These two characters are very distinct from the rest and always a joy to see. Andre's art would benefit from a higher degree of detain in the character models and the backgrounds. The only thing I didn't like was the way he represented the gore. Andre showed promise in this book, I believe the next volumes will show an increase in the quality of his work. Verdict? Hell Yeah Volume 1 is a nice book. Good concept thus far and the ending leaves some very interesting doors open. However the execution could be better. The instant and primal gratification is searched a little more than desired. A little less punching and a bit more fleshing out of the characters and the next volume could be great. Still, this is a fun book with new twists on old sci-fi favorite themes, interesting art and a action packed plot. If you're into these action packed super-hero type books then this is for you. If you prefer more depth in your comics, then give it a pass. Publisher: Image Comics Year: 2012 Pages: 128 Authors: Joe Keatinge, Andre Szymanowicz ISBN: 1607066076 Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/review-hell-yeah-volume-1-last-day-on.html

Frogman Ungrounded @Kickstarter

Frogman Ungrounded @Kickstarter

By Rui Esteves in Blog on January 25, 2013

It was only recently that I came into contact with Kickstarter and was instantly in love with the concept. People of good ideas and low budgets reach out to the community in order to fund their projects. Those who back such projects get some kind of reward.Today I found these two and had to share them. Hope Frogman and Ungrounded get their funding so the world is able to read their work. Kickstarter projects Frogman Frogman FROGMAN is a not-so-super superhero who kicks, punches and shags his way through his rubbish life, sort of fighting crime and sort of saving the day. It’s got action, romance, jokes, puns, nerd-references and scenes of hardcore sex and violence. What more could you want? The energy of the authors alone made me like this project instantly.  Matt Fitch and Mark Lewis wrote and drawn Frogman, a hero by night and a fast food restaurant manager by day. This looks like a funny spoof on Superhero books.Their Kickstarter project is for printing the book. The book already exists in digital form, so there is very little risk in this.Frogman's Kickstarter project Ungrounded UNGROUNDED: An Expansive Comic Book UNGROUNDED is a profoundly weird but still all ages appropriate comic book I created, originally with my friend Jim Ritchey III (THE GREEN LLAMA) in mind as the artist, adapted from the pieces of a pitch I hired Lou Manna (THE PHANTOM) to do sample pages for back in 2006. Finding the right artist was a process that took time, energy, and timing and it was only through a stroke of luck that I discovered the kinetic and vibrant work of Eryck Webb. Ungrounded feels like a throwback at the golden age of superhero comics. Weird superpowers, retro sci-fi and a flying Polar Bear is what got me. Well that and Eryck Webb's art that its amazing. Ungrounded was created by Patrick Gerard, Eryck Webb and Jim Ritchey III.Ungrounded's Kickstarter projectShare the word.For those not familiar with Kickstarter it is a great way of helping projects get off the ground, in their words: Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of ambitious, innovative, and imaginative projects that are brought to life through the direct support of others. Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/frogman-ungrounded-kickstarter.html

Preview: Legend of the Shadow Clan #1

Preview: Legend of the Shadow Clan #1

By Rui Esteves in Blog on January 25, 2013

CoverLEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN #1 David Wohl – Story / Cory Smith – Art / Jon Starr - ColorsAspen’s Ten Year Anniversary kicks off with the debut of LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN!Meet the Himura family. They are like any other family living in the city: kids in school, parents working to make ends meet. But unbeknownst to even them, their ancestors held a dark secret: they were a clan of ninja in feudal Japan, in the employ of a prominent leader. But when that leader was murdered under mysterious circumstances, the Himura Clan was blamed, and forced to flee, going into hiding. Over the centuries, the descendants lost track of the ancient ways. They came to America, abandoning their sordid past to distant memory. However, recently, their secret has been discovered--their ancient enemy has returned, and won't rest until every member of the Himura clan is killed. Now, the Himura family must rediscover their long-forgotten birthright if they hope to have any chance of surviving the onslaught to come, and along the way, they will learn the LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN.Writer David Wohl is joined by the artistic talents of Cory Smith and colorist John Starr, as they bring to you the thrilling new adventures of the LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN!LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN #1 is in stores February 6th, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Preview Page 4 Cover B Cover C Cover E Cover F (Cover D was not provided) Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/preview-legend-of-shadow-clan-1.html

Review: The Goon Volume 0 Rough Stuff

Review: The Goon Volume 0 Rough Stuff

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on January 24, 2013

Cover The Goon and Frankie welcome you to the Milking-It-For-All-It's-Worth-Edition of this earlier work by Eric Powell. This book collects the first three issues of The Goon (before Dark Horse), some comic strips, sketches and unpublished drafts of some of the early stories. Learn all about The Goon's origin and his first encounters with the Zombie mob and the Zombie Priest, Fishy Pete and others. How is it? Short version Really good. Read it. Not so short version Eric Powell is the mind behind The Goon. This is his love child and it shows. From the introductions (plural) to the extras of the book the emotional investment done is palpable. Rough Stuff collects the early work Powell did for The Goon. For some reason, right up front, Powell makes sure to lower the expectation for this book stating that its sub-par of his more recent work on The Goon. To be fair this is my first Goon book so I don't have a Goon benchmark setup, but judging from this one Powell was overzealous. While this book is a bit too short to be a great collection it still manages to be really good at its job. To entertain. In that light this is an good book. I couldn't help but to end each chapter with a smile on my face. Welcome For those unfamiliar with The Goon, he and his pall Frankie are mob enforcers. Actually they're the only ones that stand up to the Zombie Mob and prevent the Zombie Priest's rule over the city. They work for Labrazio. A ruthless bad man with a reputation that puts fear into everyone’s heart. However The Goon is the only one that’s had any type of contact with contact with Labrazio for the last 20 years. His relationship with Labrazio is the foundation for his origin story. I loved the dynamic between The Goon and Frankie. One is somewhat calm, big and powerful, the other is violent, little, psychopath and very vocal. They complement each other very well. Powell complemented these traits with a fantastic visual representation. The Goon and Frankie are drawn is very different styles highlighting the differences between them. Art wise this is a good book. Powell says "Its called Rough Stuff for a reason", however I won't go as far as Powell went with his self criticism. This is not bad work be any means. While it won't win any art awards it is very enjoyable. This was Powell's earlier work, he hadn't yet establish is award winning style, but it already show high potential. Mister Powell might not love this earlier work, but I sure enjoyed watching it. You heard the man Lazlo! Getting that demon out Plot and art aside, this book is a humorous one. Its present in every page and every panel. Not all of it is brilliant, but there are many good moments. I particularly love the Vampire joke (not going to spoil it). Verdict? The Goon gained a new follower with this Rough Stuff. Its a funny book that is guaranteed to put you in a good mood. Highly Recommended. On a side note I want to thank my e-buddy Tim for this awesome gift. I liked it very much. Publisher:  Dark Horse Year: 2010 Pages: 104 Authors: Eric Powell ISBN: 1595824685 Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/review-goon-volume-0-rough-stuff.html

Aspen’s Legend of the Shadow Clan #2 to Continue “10 FOR 10” with J. Scott Campbell incentive covers

Aspen’s Legend of the Shadow Clan #2 to Continue “10 FOR 10” with J. Scott Campbell incentive covers

By Rui Esteves in Blog on January 24, 2013

Jam PosterOn the heels of the successful launch of their “10 for 10” anniversary initiative and the first release, Legend of the Shadow Clan #1 selling over 35,000 copies, Aspen Comics plans to keep the momentum going for issue number two, highlighted by a special J. Scott Campbell Retailer Incentive cover amongst other incentive offers for fans and retailers. Created by David Wohl and Brad Foxhoven and written by Wohl with art by Cory Smith and John Starr, the solicitation for Legend of the Shadow Clan #2 reads:The Arashis believed themselves to be just an average family, but everything changed the night that Dr. William Arashi inadvertently found himself in a battle with well-armed assassins, and he not only survived, but he defeated them! Exhilarated and confused, Arashi now discovers that this attack was not random, and that he and his family are anything but ordinary--they are members of an ancient and powerful ninja family known as the Shadowclan. But now that their secret has been discovered, they realize they are ALL in great danger! Cover A Cover C Cover B Legend of the Shadow Clan #2 will feature a direct cover by series artists Smith and Starr, and will also feature an Aspen Reserved Edition cover by guest superstar penciler Billy Tan with colors by Aspen’s Peter Steigerwald. Fans and new readers who add the series to their local comic shops’ subscription service are eligible to receive the special Aspen Reserved Edition cover. Those customers who add all ten new Aspen “10 for 10” number one issues to their store’s pull box will then be eligible to receive the free full-size Aspen “Perfect 10’s” jam poster featuring all ten Reserved Edition covers on one image colored by Steigerwald.Aspen also encourages fans and new readers to check with their local retailer to reserve the exclusive Legend of the Shadow Clan #2 Retailer Incentive cover by industry superstar J. Scott Campbell. Aspen is pleased to announce Campbell will be providing covers for all Aspen “10 for 10” number two issues for ten straight months.Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/aspens-legend-of-shadow-clan-2-to.html

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