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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.
 

 


New Banner!

New Banner!

By Rui Esteves in Blog on January 11, 2013

Its here! Huzzah! New Banner Original image Since the beginning that I wanted a Banner for Reading Graphic Novels. But sadly I'm not very versed in the art, digital or otherwise.Then Arion @ Arion's Archaic Art published a simple but awesome sci-fi and fishbowl drawing. Instantly I became a fan of this drawing and asked Arion if he would let me use it in a Banner for RGN. He was kind enough to let me do it.So here it is. Hope you like it as much as I do.Thanks Arion. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/new-banner.html

PR: J Scott Campbell Join Aspen’s “10 for 10” Initiative

PR: J Scott Campbell Join Aspen’s “10 for 10” Initiative

By Rui Esteves in Blog on January 10, 2013

Cover LSC Aspen Comics continues to add more incentive for fans and new readers to join in on the publishers’ tenth anniversary initiative with the announcement of superstar artist J. Scott Campbell coming aboard to provide covers for all ten “10 for 10” issue #2 releases. Aspen Editor-in-Chief Vince Hernandez discusses the addition of Campbell to their growing “10 for 10” initiative:“It was a no-brainer for us to ask Jeff to join in our hugely ambitious plans for 2013 and to celebrate our ten-year anniversary with us. Besides the fact that his art is always a visual delight and truly amazing; he’s been a good friend and played a big part in the success in our first decade in the industry as well. Some of Jeff’s earlier covers for Fathom and Soulfire were some of our most memorable and classic to date. So for us, it’s just a continuation of a wonderful collaboration with Campbell that will result in ten amazing covers for fans to collect!” Cover SGV All of Aspen’s issue #2’s as part of their “10 for 10” initiative will feature the retailer incentive exclusive edition by J. Scott Campbell, and Aspen encourages fans and new readers to check with their local retailer for details on how to reserve their copy. Below is the full list of Aspen’s “10 for 10” issue #2 titles featuring J. Scott Campbell covers, and release dates provided by the publisher:March 6th – Legend of the Shadow Clan #2 (New Aspen Series)April 10th – Shrugged #2 (Volume 2)May 22nd – Jirni #2 (New Aspen Series)June 5th – Charismagic #2 (Volume 2)July 10th – BubbleGun #2 (New Aspen Series)August 21st – All New Fathom #2September 18th – Awaken Skies/Overtaken #2 (New Aspen Series/s)October 2nd– Executive Assistant: Iris #2 (Volume 4)November 6th – Trish out of Water #2 (New Aspen Series)December 18th – All New Soulfire #2Aspen has already released the J.Scott Campbell exclusive covers for the first two “10 for 10” releases: Legend of the Shadow Clan #2, and Shrugged (Volume 2) #2. Future Campbell covers for later “10 for 10” titles will be revealed soon.#Aspen10Facebook.com/aspencomicsTwitter.com/aspencomicsInstagram: aspencomics Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/pr-j-scott-campbell-join-aspens-10-for.html

Review: Magic The Gathering Volume 1

Review: Magic The Gathering Volume 1

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on January 9, 2013

  Dack Fayden must flee Ravinca after stealing a powerful magical artifact. Luckily for Dack he is a Planeswalker and manages to quickly get out of there. Magical spells and artifacts, strange and new worlds, ancient mysteries and many references to the card game compose the uniqueness of this Universe. Magic The Gathering Volume 1 collects the first 4 issues of IDW's ongoing series based on the Magic the Gathering (MTG) card playing game. How is it? Before we get into what this book is all about let me tell you about my experience with Magic The Gathering. MTG is a card game created and sold by Wizards of the Coast that combines strategy, cunning and a little luck. Simply put its a great card game with awesome game mechanics. I've never been a good deckbuilder and player, but always enjoyed it very much. Nowadays I don't play the card version of MTG because its an expensive and time consuming hobby. MTG is not just a really good card game. Its also a source of magnificent illustrations and interesting lore. Since the dawn of the game that WotC made sure that MTG would be associated with great art. This is sort of a trade mark of the game. With the passing of the many (many, many, many...) core and expansion sets, a narrative has been created to expand the card game Universe. Recently IDW started a series based on this Universe. MTG Dack In this first volume we follow the adventures of Dack Fayden, a thief of magical artifacts and spells. There is a parallelism between Dack's character and a blue mage in the card game. Like most blue creatures Dack isn't a physical fighter and relies mostly on magic to get things done. He is able to conjure counter magic and illusions proficiently as well as take advantage of magical artifacts. Dack Fayden is also a Planeswalker. In the MTG universe there are several planes (parallel dimensions) and there are some persons that are born with the ability to jump between those planes. Those persons are called Planeswalkers. Dack's home village was the stage of a massacre that killed all the inhabitants. As a result Dack made it his life quest to search  and kill the responsible of the massacre. This story does a decent job in getting the reader up to date with what he/she needs to know about this Universe and Dack's history and motivations. However it all feels a bit forced and happens really fast. The narrative would benefice from a slower pace and more character development. Matt Forbeck seemed more concerned in getting as many references to the card game as he could, rather than creating an interesting and compelling story for everyone to enjoy. Henchmen killing innocents Martin Coccolo's art is very good. If this was not a MTG book it would be excellent, but when compared to the usual art from the cards it doesn't quite live up to the standard. One might argue that a still image is one thing and a full book of sequential art is another completely different, but the gorgeous art is a trademark of the card game and I can't help but to feel that Coccolo's didn't quite achieve that level of greatness. But don't get me wrong, it is still very good to look at. Big bad energy vampire witch lady Verdict? To be honest, this is not the greatest comic book out there. The art, while very good, is a tiny bit bellow MTG standard. The plot is not nearly as interesting as it could be. Its not a bad book either. Its a good enough narrative with competent dialogue that will entertain you. I wish it would be better, especially in the storytelling department. With that said, if you like fantasy books, with fireball throwing wizards and energy vampires then give this one a read. Publisher: IDW Year: 2012 Pages: 104 Authors: Martin Coccolo, Matt Forbeck ISBN: 1613772289 Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/review-magic-gathering-volume-1.html

Off Topic: Blog of the year 2012 (Portuguese edition)

Off Topic: Blog of the year 2012 (Portuguese edition)

By Rui Esteves in Blog on January 8, 2013

Blog of the year (blog do ano) 2012 Hi wonderful reader, I'm not trying to win, just to have a little fun and see where this goes. To be fair there are far better blogs then RGN like: But in the off-chance you think RGN deserves your vote, please feel free to vote. Even if you don't vote for RGN give your contribution. Its only 5 seconds of your day. I'm only competing in these categories: Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/off-topic-blog-of-year-2012-portuguese.html

Preview: Homecoming #3

Preview: Homecoming #3

By Rui Esteves in Blog on January 8, 2013

CoverHOMECOMING #3 David Wohl ­ Writer / Emilio Lasio ­ Pencils / Brett Smith ­ ColorsNobody ever said being a teenager was easy...The alien hybrid Celeste discovers more about her past life as she and Hunter encounter a surprise visitor땒er mom! And when mother dearest enlightens Celeste, all bets are off! Meanwhile, Paul realizes his newfound gifts make life on the football field a real breeze땇s the group finds it increasingly more difficult to keep their secrets hidden!Just when you thought it was safe to go back to High School...Aspen Comics proudly presents an all-new series created by Michael Turner, Scott Lobdell and David Wohl. HOMECOMING!HOMECOMING #3 is in stores January 23rd, 2013!FC                               32 pages                                 $3.99 Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Preview Page 4 Cover B Cover C Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/preview-homecoming-3.html

Solicitations: Aspen Comics April 2013

Solicitations: Aspen Comics April 2013

By Rui Esteves in News with Benefits on January 8, 2013

JIRNI JIRNI #1 JT Krul – Story / Paolo Pantalena – Art / Brett Smith - Colors Take an incredible JIRNI with Aspen’s newest ‘10 for 10’ series debut! Discover a whole new world of adventure! Trekking through a violent and dangerous frontier of savage barbarians, devious thieves, and wild creatures, a warrior-princess named Ara searches for her mother, who was stolen away from her kingdom by a mysterious sorcerer with the help of his powerful D'jinn.  What great and terrible secrets await her in the distant horizon? Prepare to experience an epic tale of fantasy and wonder without boundaries. This is Ara's quest. This is Ara's destiny. This is Ara's - JIRNI. 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, prepare yourself for the ride of a lifetime and the premiere of 2013’s newest hit series! JIRNI #1 is in stores April 17th, 2013! FC 32 pages $1.00 SHRUGGED SHRUGGED #2 Frank Mastromauro – Story / Jonathan Marks – Art / Beth Sotelo - Colors The long awaited return of SHRUGGED continues! You think you’re prepared, but you’re not. You’ve been decisive in your actions up to this point, but now things have been turned upside down. You feel you’ve conformed your mindset and are ready to accept what you’re about to experience, but you haven’t. That’s because SHRUGGED is back and ready to blow your mind! An evil unlike any other has made its way back to Perspecta and he’s going to teach everyone there the true meaning of the word fear. Meanwhile, Theo’s troubles have only just begun as his new teacher isn’t quite what he seems and the recent arrival of Lou, the pretty girl on Theo’s track team, has the What If Mafia on overdrive. How can Ange hope to keep Theo’s focus on graduating, and how is it that Dev is screwing things up worse?? 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 a copy of SHRUGGED #2 today! SHRUGGED #2 is in stores April 10th, 2013! FC 32 pages $3.99 LOTS LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN #3 David Wohl – Story / Cory Smith – Art / Jon Starr - Colors What is the mystery of the LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN? When 17-year-old Brayden Arashi discovered that he and his siblings were part of an ancient and powerful ninja family called the Shadow Clan, he thought his troubles were over. A mediocre student and athlete with no hobbies to speak of, he was one of those people that just never did anything particularly well. But now, finally, he felt like he was part of something special. Unfortunately for Brayden and his family, their troubles are just beginning, because the Arashi had a deadly rival-- the GHOST CLAN-- a vicious and deadly group of ninja who've been searching for the Shadow Clan for centuries...and now they've found them! 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 #3 is in stores April 3rd, 2013! FC 32 pages $3.99 EA: IRIS EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: IRIS (vol 3) #5 David Wohl – Writer /Alex Lei– Art / Teo Gonzalez - Colors The Extinction finale has arrived! In this, the final chapter of the thrilling Executive Extinction crossover, Iris seeks vengeance for her fallen comrade and forces a final showdown with the man who murdered them--the vicious and malevolent Mazutsu. But to get to him, she must cross paths with her own employer, the C.I.A., as well as her greatest nemesis, Rose, who is seeking a little revenge of her own. In the end, only one will survive, and THIS time, it's permanent! EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: IRIS (vol 3) #5 is in stores April 2013! FC 32 pages $3.99 EA: ASSASSINS EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #10  – Writer / Jordan Gunderson – Art / Teo Gonzalez - Colors Can anyone hope to survive the final Extinction? It is life or death for Executive Assistants Lily, Ivy and Aster as they attempt to fight their way out of an ambush at the hands of the traitor within their group! Mazutsu’s army of soldiers, led by Rose, have them surrounded, stacking the odds further against their favor! The pulse-pounding crossover “Executive Extinction” reaches its bloody conclusion within the pages of Assassins, and no Executive Assistant is guaranteed to survive! EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #10 is in stores April 2013! FC 32 pages $3.99 The Lost Spark THE LOST SPARK JT KRUL – Writer "I've lost my marbles." When fourteen year-old Angie hears these simple words uttered from her aging grandfather's lips, she has no idea that it will send her on a journey into a hidden world of magic born from childhood imagination - one that bonds each and every one of us to our own unique spark, a special talisman with wondrous powers.  Like many over the years, Angie forgot about her spark, as her mind grew cluttered with the challenges of life, the stresses of school, and the tragic loss of her mother. Now, Angie will need all her strength and courage as she rediscovers this world because there is a secret danger whispering in the shadows. Her grandfather was wrong.  He didn’t lose his marbles.  They were stolen from him, and if Angie isn’t careful, she could be next. An adventurous tale of wonder, The Lost Spark celebrates the magic of childhood - the fantasy of imagination, the darkness of the unknown, and the beauty of friendship that knows no bounds.  Prepare to enter a world both familiar and new, and one that you’ll never want to leave.   THE LOST SPARK is in stores April 2013! B&W Novel   320 pages $9.99 Famthom Vol 3 HC FATHOM VOL 3: WORLDS AT WAR – EXCLUSIVE HARDCOVER EDITION Michael Turner ; JT Krul – writers / Ale Garza – pencils / Sal Regla – inks / John Starr – colors Aspen is proud to offer you the exclusive Hardcover version of Michael Turner’s Fathom vol 3: Worlds at War! Containing everything that was Fathom volume 3, this beautiful 284 page Hardcover is strictly limited to only 500 total copies produced. This is an absolute must for any Aspen, Fathom, Michael Turner, or comic book fan, period. Quantities are limited and allocations may occur so act fast! The FATHOM VOL 3: WORLDS AT WAR – EXCLUSIVE HARDCOVER EDITION is in stores April 2013! FC 284 pages $79.99 HC Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/solicitations-aspen-comics-april-2013.html

Off Topic: Graphic Novel Challenge 2013

Off Topic: Graphic Novel Challenge 2013

By Rui Esteves in Features on January 7, 2013

The good folks @ Graphic Novels Challenge have started the 2013 edition of the challenge, and Reading Graphic Novels is going to participate. Graphic Novel Challenge 2013The rules are as follow: Levels Level 1: read and review 12 books during the year (you could spread them out and read one a month or have a blast and read all 12 in a row!) Level 2: read and review 24 books during the year (same as above only you would read two a month for the slow rate) Game Play Basic: no change from last year. just read any book generally considered a graphic novel, manga, or collection of comics, write a review and link to your post. Advanced:  For advanced play we are going to play categories.  Players will pick 1 book from each of the 12 categories below.  If you are playing at Level 2 you could double up, choosing two from each category, or use the remainder as free picks.  You only have to read one book from each of the 12 categories. 1. manga 2. superhero 3. classic adaptation (a classic work adapted into the graphic format) 4. memoir 5. fantasy 6. translated from a foreign language 7. a single-issue comic book 8. science-fiction 9. crime or mystery 10. fairytale or mythology (true to the original or fractured, such as Fables series) 11. children's book (specifically written for children) 12. anthology (a collection of short stories by different authors/artists) RGN is going to Level 2 basic. In other words, 24 Graphic Novels (or other collected editions) reviewed this year, without genre restrictions. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/off-topic-graphic-novel-challenge-2013_7.html

PR: Aspen Comics Unveils Full Slate of “10 for 10” titles

PR: Aspen Comics Unveils Full Slate of “10 for 10” titles

By Rui Esteves in Blog on January 7, 2013

Aspen Comics is ready to kick off the new year—and also celebrate their tenth anniversary year in the industry—by announcing their full slate of titles in their ambitious “10 for 10” initiative, beginning this February. Jam PosterFor Aspen’s “10 for 10”, the publisher will be debuting a new series each month for ten straight months, featuring five all new properties and five well-known returning series, with each debut #1 issue offered for only $1. The full list of titles is as follows:February – Legend of the Shadow Clan (Brand New Series)March – Shrugged Volume 2April – Jirni (Brand New Series)May – Charismagic Volume 2June – BubbleGun (Brand New Series)July – All New FathomAugust – Awaken Skies/Overtaken (Brand New Series)September – Executive Assistant: Iris Volume 4October – Trish out of Water (Brand New Series)November – All New SoulfireAspen is also offering special Aspen “Reserved Edition” covers for each new “10 for 10” release. New readers and fans who add each “10 for 10” release at their local comic shop’s subscription service will be eligible to purchase the “Reserved Edition” covers. Fans who purchase all ten “10 for 10” releases will then be eligible to receive the full-size Aspen “Perfect Tens” poster featuring all ten Reserved Edition covers by the series artists and colored by Peter Steigerwald. Aspen suggests those interested in acquiring the “Perfect Tens” poster and “Reserved Edition” covers to inquire about this special offer with their local retailer today. Aspen also encourages fans and retailers alike to check out the host of other special incentives for their “10 for 10” titles including special CGC signed editions, original hand-drawn covers, and exclusive comic shop variant covers featuring the store’s respective logo on the cover.Fans and new Aspen readers will also be able to choose their adventure for August’s “10 for 10” release between two all new series: Awaken Skies and Overtaken. Aspen will feature an online voting poll, as well as an in-store voting ballot at comic shops in the coming weeks to allow the public to vote on which property they would like to see in August. The publisher will reveal more details about the voting process soon.#Aspen10Facebook.com/aspencomicsTwitter.com/aspencomicsInstagram: aspencomics Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/pr-aspen-comics-unveils-full-slate-of.html

Review: Hexed

Review: Hexed

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on January 4, 2013

Luci Jennifer Inagcio das Neves (nickname Lucifer) is a teen thief. She isn't an ordinary thief. Lucifer specializes on the occult. She steals magical items for the wealthy of the occult underground. Hexed follows Lucifer as she takes on a new job that might be a more than she can handle. In the course of fulfilling her employer latest request Lucifer will have to confront secrets from her past. Secrets that she'd rather keep that way. How is it? The story is quite simple. Lucifer steals mystical objects for a living. Her next job will not go according to plan. Blood will be spilled, dark secrets revealed, old alliances broken and renewed. Hexed is a relatively short story (original mini-series is only 4 issues long), so there isn't much I can say without spoiling it for you. But this much I can say, while the plot might be simple the execution is just about perfect. Michael Nelson creates a world where magic is just around the corner, if you know where to look. Magical artifacts, parallel dimensions, Angels and Demons are all present in Hexed. Lucifer's world is fleshed out quite nicely by the very convincing narrative weaved by Michael Nelson. I particularly enjoyed how Michael built the relationship between Lucifer and her current employer. Its a sort of mother / daughter relationship that gives a touch of emotion to the story. Michael's approach to magic is just about right. Magic to be interesting has to have rules, its power limited and dire consequences. Otherwise its just Deux Ex Machina. In Hexed magic is just that. Powerful with rules and limitation and wicked consequences to whom uses it. Hi Lucifer In my review of Doctor Strange Season One book I wasn't very flattering to Emma Rios art. Her work in that book is not very good, however in Hexed it is much better. In fact the art is really good. Its the right amount of strange, color and gloom. There is one particular moment, that I won't spoil, that was a big impact on the reader. Its a small moment but with high significance. That moment is elevated from important to magnificent by the skill o Emma Rios. The way she presents us with what Lucifer finds makes the whole thing seem glorious, and for that my hat's off to miss Rios. Ugly Mystical Guardian Verdict? This is a great book. Engaging, magic theme (for those of us that like it), awesome art. I highly recommend Hexed. This is a real gem, it deserves more attention. I wouldn't mind reading more about Lucifer's adventures in this strange and intriguing world. Publisher: BOOM Studios Year: 2010 Pages: 112 Authors: Michael Nelson, Emma Rios ISBN: 193450677X Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/review-hexed.html

Review: Wolverine and the X-Men Alpha Omega

Review: Wolverine and the X-Men Alpha Omega

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on January 3, 2013

Cover Wolverine and the X-Men Alpha & Omega collects the Alpha & Omega mini-series that is set between the first and second volumes of this series. Quentin Quire is once again creating mischief and chaos at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. This time he will go against Wolverine in an misguided attempt to prove himself to be the top telepath at the school. How is it? Brian Wood brings us a cool Holodeck type story where Quentin Quire (Kid Omega) traps Wolverine (Alpha dog) and Armor in a fictional reality that he was (almost) absolute control over. The plot is made clear form the get go, there is no deceit or misdirection. Its all Quentin's fault. He gets in over his head while trying to prove he's the top dog when it comes to telepathy at the school, and ends up putting his teacher an colleague in peril. Basicly Quentin creates a whole new world inside his mind and drags Wolverine and Armor into it. Predictably things get out of control and a mindless Wolverine is left wondering the school slashing at everything and everyone he encounters while searching Quire to end this madness. At the same time the new world is starting to loose coherence and things get difficult for Wolverine and Armor Welcome to Quentin's world Alpha & Omega is all about character development. Quentin Quire is expanded beyond the rebel super-powered boy he's known to be, to a multidimensional insecure teenage boy with enough power to screw with everyone at the school that you'll love to get to know. In the art department Mark Brooks and Roland Boschi do a great job. They continue the trademark art style of this series with good results. The cartoonish feel fits Brian Wood's plots like a glove. Character designs and facial expressions are very expressive and convey emotion very well. Colors are vibrant and almost alive with a rich palette and the panels are very fluid and dynamic. I quite like this type of approach to sequential art. While its not very detailed and, probably, only works due to the humorous feel of the story, its very easy to follow and you can "see" the movement from panel to panel instantly. Knock Knock Verdict? The story is very good. Its engaging and it builds on Quentin Quire's character. He is turning into a really interesting character. The art is good and complements the story well. My only complaint is that this book is a bit expensive (my book costed around 17€ + shipping) for only 112 pages. If this isn't a deterrent for your, then get it. Its great fun. Don't forget to check out the reviews of Volume 1 and Volume 2 of Wolverine and the X-Men series. Publisher: Marvel Comics Year: 2012 Pages: 112 Authors: Brian Wood, Mark Brooks, Roland Boschi ISBN: 0785164006 Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/review-wolverine-and-x-men-alpha-omega.html

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