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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.
 

 


Solicitations: Aspen Comics March 2013

Solicitations: Aspen Comics March 2013

By Rui Esteves in Blog on December 14, 2012

Soulfire Aspen Comics March 2013 solicitations have arrived. Cover SHRUGGED #1 Frank Mastromauro – Story / Jonathan Marks ; Micah Gunnell – Art / Beth Sotelo - Colors Aspen’s Ten Year Anniversary celebrates the return of SHRUGGED! 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! Theo and his friends are entering their final year of high school, and even though Ange and Dev are still along for the ride, a host of new characters have joined in on the adventure! But, everything isn’t all fun and games this time around as an evil force has also returned and is preparing to silence those voices inside their heads…permanently. If you thought you knew what fear was, you haven’t seen anything yet! Created by Michael Turner and Frank Mastromauro, with illustrations by newcomer Jonathan Marks and colorist Beth Sotelo, make sure to listen to the voices inside your head and pick up a copy of SHRUGGED #1 today! SHRUGGED #1 is in stores March 13th, 2013! FC 32 pages $1.00 Cover LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN #2 David Wohl – Story / Cory Smith – Art / Jon Starr - Colors What is the mystery of the LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN? 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! 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 #2 is in stores March 6th, 2013! FC 32 pages $3.99 Cover EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: IRIS (vol 3) #4 David Wohl – Writer /Alex Lei– Art / Teo Gonzalez - Colors The Extinction finale draws near! As the Executive Extinction crossover roars toward its dramatic conclusion, Iris finds her loyalty called into question when she is forced to choose sides between her employer--the CIA--and her fellow Executive Assistants, as they try to bring down the vicious Mazutsu and his criminal empire. And to make matters worse, Rose has returned, which can only mean even more trouble for Iris. But when one of her closest friends reveals her true allegiance, Iris realizes that nothing is as it seems in this world of intrigue, death...and betrayal. EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: IRIS (vol 3) #4 is in stores March 2013! FC 32 pages $3.99 Cover EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #9  – Writer / Jordan Gunderson – Art / Teo Gonzalez - Colors Can anyone hope to survive the Extinction? The massive “Executive Extinction” crossover begins to tear apart the bounds of friendship and loyalty, as Lily, Orchid and Aster arrive in Tokyo on their final push to eliminate Mazutsu and end his cycle of bloodshed. However, the arrival of Executive Assistant Ivy has created a challenge for the girls’ revenge plan, as her past reveals dark secrets which may lead to all of their demise! EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #9 is in stores March 2013! FC 32 pages $3.99 Cover SOULFIRE (vol 4) #6 J.T. Krul – Story / Mike DeBalfo – Art / Nei Ruffino  - Colors Michael Turner’s epic fantasy adventure surges forward into a bold new era! As Malikai and his technologically infused magical allies try to save the world from the destructive force of the elemental dragons, Grace is freakishly transforming before their very eyes and becoming the living embodiment of Oris--the chaos demon! Can the group save her in time, and perhaps save the world in the process? Or will this be the decisive battle where everyone loses, no matter what the outcome?!? SOULFIRE (vol 4) #6 is in stores March 2013! FC 32 pages $3.99 Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2012/12/solicitations-aspen-comics-march-2012.html

Review: The 6th Gun Volume 1

Review: The 6th Gun Volume 1

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on December 12, 2012

Cover   During the American Civil War Becky Moncrief, an innocent girl, is taking care of her dying stepfather when all of a sudden several mysterious men storm in with the intention of taking the man and his secret possession. However things don't go according to plan for these mysterious men and with the help of Drake Sinclair, Becky Moncrief gets away with the secret possession. The secret possession turns out to be one of six evil and magical guns that not only have mystical abilities but also unlock a secret treasure. Becky Moncrief and Drake Sinclair embark on a journey through the Weird West in pursuit of the other 5 magical guns and in search of revenge for the responsible of the death of Becky's stepfather. How is it? The 6th Gun Volume 1 story takes place roughly after the end of the American Civil War. Its not the Wild West usually associated with Westerns but the Weird West riddled with elements of the occult. Missy, the undead General Oleander Hume's wife, in preparation of his returns to "life", sets her henchmen after the General's lost gun. They fail miserably and in that process the protagonists meet and partner up with the purpose of getting revenge on Missy and recovering all the 6 magical guns. Early on the reader will find out that Sinclair's motives are everything but altruistic. And thus a quest is born. A strange quest for the unlikely partners and unholy alliances that will take them through many confrontations, gunfights and discoveries of the earthly and unearthly type. Sinclair is a complex character that unveils a bit in this volume and has a couple of surprises for the reader. Becky on the other hand is a sweet girl that will have to grow up fast if she wants to survive all the mystical, occult and plain villainous menaces that will be thrown at her. Strange are the fruits from that tree. The aesthetic of it all is, for the lack of a better word, glorious. The look & feel created for The 6th Gun is vibrant, colorful and exalts the dynamic of the panels and the flow of the art created by Brian Hurtt. Brian's art is very clean and fluid. Personally I didn't thought it would be possible to describe a gunfight in a way that would be dynamic, fluid and above all capture the reader's attention and create suspense. But my doubts were proven unfounded. Brian Hurtt managed to capture the essence of a Western movie gunfight and translate it to sequential art as perfectly as it will ever get. Monster? ME?! General Hume rises again Verdict? This one is a winner. I'm not usually a fan of Westerns in any medium, but I loved the weirdness and randomness Brian Hurtt and Cullen Bunn bring to this book. Its a fast paced action book, with a Western setting and an occult flavoring. It has gunfights and zombies and zombie hellbent on revenge and bloodthirsty Civil War southern generals. What's there not to love?! The 6th Gun Volume 1 is a fun book. In this aspect its an old fashion comic, from a time when fun was what comics where about. The story is contained in this collection and, while there are a few loose ends that will connect with the next volume, it wraps up nicely. If you're either looking for a Western, an Occult or fun book, give this one a looksie. Publisher: Oni Press Year: 2011 Pages: 160 Authors: Brian Hurtt, Cullen Bunn ISBN: 1934964603 Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2012/12/review-6th-gun-volume-1.html

Review: Spaceman

Review: Spaceman

By Rui Esteves in Blog on December 6, 2012

Cover Its the future. Tv is the biggest drug out there, the seas have risen and moral values are somewhat skewed.Orson is one of several men breed by Nasa to explore Mars. This race of spacemen is able to endure the rigorous space travel and Mars conditions. Unfortunately after a while the space program got canceled and the spacemen were grounded on earth.A little girl get kidnapped and somehow Orson gets mixed up with it. The major problem is that the little girl is a nation wide celebrity with several interested factions out looking for her. And most of them don't have her best interests in mind.How is it?Spaceman is brought to us my the mind of Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso. Azzarello has some good hits on his name and that was what attracted me to this book in the first place.Azzarello creates a post-apocalyptic world were the seas have risen considerably and as a result many cities have been submerged. This created a geographic divergence that complemented the usual social classes chasm. Its almost like a social Apartheid, here the poor and undesirable live in the Rises and the wealthy and powerful live in the Dries.Orson, the protagonist, lives in the Rises and tries to leave a peaceful and uneventful life. Of course that won't happen and he is dragged into a turmoil of events that will reunite him with some of his lost spacemen brothers. Tara, the adoptive daughter of the most famous couple in the country is kidnapped and Orton is dragged into the middle of it. Basically Spaceman tells the tale of this kidnapping, why it happened and how it will end.Apart from the origin of Orson and his spaceman brothers, there's is very little space at all in this story. There are flashbacks to the time when the spacemen where in Mars and how that defined each one. Its a cool way to flesh the characters out, but if you're expecting more space out of Spaceman, forget it.Azzarello pulls off the flashbacks very nicely and it never gets confusing or disorienting. Sadly the ending is somewhat underwhelming. While the journey is interesting and has some truly exciting moments, there is no payoff. The story ends abruptly and the reader is left without a sense of closure. There is no happy or sad ending, moral of the story or life sucks moment. It just ends.But the major turnoff in the story is the character voices. I loath when dialogue is written "in voice". Between the slang, word contractions and new words I had a very hard time understanding what was being said. English is not my first language (with doesn't help), but I have reasonably good reading comprehensions skills, however this book provided Herculean grade linguistic obstacles that weren't always overtaken. Or in Rises speak "Kno we kno, we no brain we? Say." Horrible voices are horrible The art on the other hand is just beautiful. The characters are excellent. The children, that many times are just small adults, are drawn to perfection. And the pinnacle of it all are the spaceman themselves. The spaceman are described as the future man. However they're represented with more resemblances to the Neanderthal man than Homo Sapiens. This is exalted by the somewhat simpleton personality and emotional (i)maturity with which they're characterized. Its a cool flavor added to the spacemen. The Rises is a dreadful place Just a Junker gaining some Funs Verdict?Spaceman had everything to be a great book. Sadly it didn't reach that level of greatness. I find the ending lacking. Azzarello is capable of much better than this. If he had just nailed the ending this would be one of the contenders to book of the year, even with the devilishly confusing dialogue. Eduardo Risso on the other hand was on top of his game in here.Overhaul this is a good book. The art alone is worth the price tag and the Deluxe edition comes with a cool character sketch book.Publisher: VertigoYear: 2012Pages: 224Authors: Brian Azzarello, Eduardo Risso, Clem Robins, Patricia Mulvihill, Giulia BruscoISBN: 1401235522 Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2012/12/review-spaceman.html

Future Collection: IDOLIZED #4

Future Collection: IDOLIZED #4

By Rui Esteves in Blog on December 5, 2012

CoverIDOLIZED #4 David Schwartz – Writer / Pasquale Qualano – Art / David Curiel - ColorsAspen Comics proudly presents their first ever super-hero series, IDOLIZED!The IDOLIZED competition comes to a crushing head, as Joule faces off against two of her most brutal competitors in the TV show's grand finale!  Even more importantly, see what happens after the competition ends, as a furious young Joule faces off against Stasis, the man who destroyed her life, in a battle that will leave her, and the Powered Protectors, forever scarred - if they even survive!Written and created by David Schwartz, with gorgeous art by Pasquale Qualano and David Curiel, and featuring a cover by Oliver Nome and Peter Steigerwald, plus a photo cover starring supermodel Rachel Clark, you won't want to miss out on this innovative new series from Aspen Comics!IDOLIZED #4 is in stores December 19th, 2012! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Preview Page 4 Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2012/12/future-collection-idolized-4.html

Review: Ministry of Space

Review: Ministry of Space

By Rui Esteves in Blog on December 2, 2012

Cover What if Britain would get its space program out of the ground right after World War II backed by a very wealthy and black budget?Ministry of Space tells that tale. And the tale is about the blood of the test pilots, the impact it had on current day society, the way it was funded and what destiny is reserved for the man who made it all possible when his big secret comes out.This book also brings a couple of cool extras, like a sketchbook by Chris Weston and the always colorful commentary by Warren Ellis.How is it?At the end of WWII England manages to "convince" some of the most prominent German rocket scientists to join them. In the process acquiring the plans to the V2 rockets. In order to keep this quit some American troops, that had the misfortune to be in the right place at the wrong time, had to be obliterated.Air Commodore John Dashwood, the mind behind the idea, convinces England Prime Minister Winston Churchill to start the Ministry of Space. The Ministry will be responsible for the space exploration and it will be funded by a black budget.From that point on the book jumps forward and backwards in time between the story present time (2001) and several points in the past, detailing the key points in the Ministry history. Points like the exploration of the Moon, the colonization of Mars or the death of some of the most important persons of the Ministry.Ministry of Space is not a story about success. Its a story about achieving your goals and paying the price. As the story progresses, more and more dirt about the Ministry's actions and what Sir John did along the way to get his black budget Warren Ellis created a story that draws you in and keeps punching you in the stomach when you're not expecting. However the biggest punch comes at the very end and is a true "When you see it" moment.Art wise this is a gorgeous book. Chris Weston and Laura Martin created a world that is simply beautiful to look at. One of the drivers of the story is that doing it like Sir John wants to do it will make space exploration and related technological evolution will come much earlier than what we witness in real life. The way they gave all the ships a retro fell made the story all the more believable. And so it begins Sorry Buzz, not this time Veredict?This is one of my favorite books by Warren Ellis. Its and intelligent and subtle story that saves a few sucker punches for the very end. To me this is a must have. However, if you don't enjoy Warren Ellis's work, you probably want to skip it.The book itself is a cool package with nice extras and an awesome story. Yes its not very long. But what it lacks in length it makes up in enjoyment you'll take from it.Publisher: Image ComicsYear: 2006Pages: 96Authors: Warren Ellis, Chris Weston, Laura MartinISBN: 1582404232 Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2012/12/review-ministry-of-space.html

Off-Topic: New old toys

Off-Topic: New old toys

By Rui Esteves in Blog on December 1, 2012

Fair Poster Today I attended my first toy fair. It was a small but welcoming fair that took place in Roma Hotel in Lisbon, Portugal.My visit was quicker than I would like, but time was of the essence for this is a busy weekend. However I loved my time there. Most vendors were very nice and I got to check out many old toys.Most vendors sold miniature and vintage cars. Which is cool, but not really my thing. Still I enjoyed browsing through them. There were enough figurines to keep me happy. Sadly very few old Star Wars figurines that I was hoping to find.Still a cool way to spent my morning.The spoils of war: Peanut and Snoopy Jolly Jumper and Lucky Luke colonial viper Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2012/12/off-topic-new-old-toys.html

PR: Aspen Holiday prints, on sale December 10th

PR: Aspen Holiday prints, on sale December 10th

By Rui Esteves in Blog on November 30, 2012

Aspen Xmas Aspen Comics To Offer A Second Special Fathom Holiday 2012 Print by Mike DeBalfo and Peter SteigerwaldOn the heels of selling out both the color and sketch versions of their Aspen Holiday 2012 mini-print quicker than expected, Aspen is pleased to offer one more free Aspen Holiday mini print for purchases as well as a full-size print available for sale this December to satisfy demand. With a brand new piece of art by Soulfire’s Mike DeBalfo and colored by Peter Steigerwald, this rare Aspen Holiday image features Fathom’s popular leading lady, Aspen Matthews decked out for the season.Starting December 1st, all orders over $50 on the AspenStore.com will receive this free Aspen Holiday 2012 mini-print with a limited print run of 150 editions, and all orders over $150 will receive a special sketch-version edition with a limited quantity of 50 editions. Aspen strongly encourages customers to make their purchases early to ensure they receive their prints with order while supplies last.Debuting December 10th, the full-size edition of the Aspen Holiday 2012 print will be available for sale on the Aspenstore and will be limited to 150 editions. For more information on the Aspen Holiday 2012 print please check www.aspenstore.com or www.aspencomics.com. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2012/11/pr-aspen-holiday-prints-on-sale.html

Review: Mazeworld

Review: Mazeworld

By Rui Esteves in Blog on November 29, 2012

Cover Adam Cadman is a convicted murderer that is sentenced to death by hanging. The sentence is carried out and as soon as he blacks out he wakes up on a different world. A world where the mazes are everything, since religion to ethos or even architecture. He wakes up on Mazeworld.There he will be faced with a civil war of sorts that won't let him go idly by. Many adventures await the hanged man.This book collects all three Mazeworld stories originally published in the British magazine 2000AD.How good is it?A man on the brink of death blacks out and wakes up in a fantastic new world where he is the incarnation of an old hero of the people? I know what you're thinking. Its all just a dream. Well, maybe or maybe Alan Grant and Arthur Ranson were a bit more inventive and gave the reader a bigger payoff.When Adam Cadman wakes up in Mazeworld he finds himself hooded permanently with his hangman hood. Because of that he is identified as the returned Hooded Man of the prophecies. Cadman is then dragged into a civil war like situation between the people and the established government. He soon finds his place and thus starts a three part story of adventure, acceptance and  eventually redemption.Alan Grant creates a cool new world with an original ethos and populated with interesting characters besides the protagonist and antagonist. Arthur Ranson was responsible for the art on Mazeworld. The art has its own identity and style. Its well defined and very detailed. Its only sin is being a bit stiff and rigid at times.This is a good book that sadly passed under the radar for many readers when it originally came out. Luckily a group of verbal fans manifested enough interest for Mazeworld to be reprinted.   Kali Ma Lazy slaves MOVE! Would I recommend it?Mazeworld is very much worth your reading time. Competent, but just a bit short of great, art, compelling and interesting story line and good dialogues. While it isn't going to make many top 10 books list Mazeworld makes for a good and entertaining read.I recommend it, especially if you're looking for adventure books that aren't superhero books.Publisher: 2000ADYear: 2011Pages: 192Authors: Alan Grant, Arthur RansonISBN: 1907992480 Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2012/11/review-mazeworld.html

Future Collection: SOULFIRE (vol 4) #3

Future Collection: SOULFIRE (vol 4) #3

By Rui Esteves in Blog on November 27, 2012

CoverSOULFIRE (vol 4) #3 J.T. Krul – Story / Mike DeBalfo – Art / Nei RuffinoMichael Turner’s epic fantasy adventure surges forward into a new era!Infected by the poisonous sickness plaguing her body, Grace’s dragon manifestation of fire and chaos devastates the city of Rome, while Malikai and friends come to grips with the harsh reality that something unthinkable must be done in order to stop her. Meanwhile, Sarin’s rule begins to strain under the weight of his own agenda—as his decisions lead to deadly results for those closest to him!From veteran SOULFIRE scribe J.T. Krul, and featuring the amazing art of Michael DeBalfo along with fan favorite colorist Nei Ruffino, this is the SOULFIRE tale three volumes in the making! New and returning fans will NOT want to miss out as the biggest SOULFIRE story ever told continues right here!SOULFIRE (vol 4) #3 is in stores December 12th, 2012! Cover B Preview Page 1 Preview Page 3 Preview Page 2 Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2012/11/future-collection-soulfire-vol-4-3.html

Review: Daytripper

Review: Daytripper

By Rui Esteves in Blog on November 25, 2012

Cover What is the most important days in your life? Dayrtipper follows the most important days of Bras de Oliva Domingos and by the end of each nothing will ever be same in his life.Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon give the reader their vision of the life of a regular person and how it can be interesting and captivating.How good is it?Its very difficult to talk about Daytripper without giving away too much information. I'm not talking about spoilers but little details that are so sweet and wonderful that any reader should experience them without any preconceptions or previous knowledge of any kind.To be blunt, this is one of the best books I've read in my 20 or so years of reading comics.Daytripper is a book about the life of Bras de Oliva Domingos. A ordinary life filled with love and loss, dreams and realities. Bras is a regular guy. A writer that starts out by writing obituaries to the local newspaper and grows to be a novelist, just like his father.Bras has the same problems you and me have / had. Father issues, first kisses, first real love, the love of our lives, acceptance of certain life facts and friends. This is what Daytripper is about. Of course I'm being over simplistic about this, after all I don't want to give too much away.The story is told in an non-linear way. Every chapter details an important episode in Bras's life. Usually end with great metaphysical significance, which means that to signify some inevitable change in Bras's life Ba and Moon recur to allegories with great visual impact.The brothers Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba make a great creative team. Not only did they create a beautiful  and heartfelt story but also illustrated it in a masterfully way. The art is sheer elegance in it's simplicity. Sorry about the cliche but it truly is the best phrase to describe the art in Daytripper. Everything is very well define, clear, clean and beautifully colored.Most of the book is talking heads. As you may imagine its hard to make talking heads interesting for a whole book. However the art style adopted in Daytripper manages to avoid any loss of interest by the reader. Bras and his second best friend A father is always a touchy subjectWould I recommend it?Daytripper is a must have to any comic book reader. This book is as near perfect as it gets.  Whenever someone asks me for recommendations for comic books this is one of the first I remember. Its perfect to introduce new readers to comic books.Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon take a mundane subject like the life of a regular person and make it into a masterpiece about the human condition.Publisher: VertigoYear: 2011Pages: 256 Authors: Fabio Moon, Gabriel BaISBN: 1401229697 Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2012/11/review-daytripper.html

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