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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.
 

 


Preview: Trish Out of Water #3

Preview: Trish Out of Water #3

By Rui Esteves in Blog on December 16, 2013

CoverTRISH OUT OF WATER #3 Vince Hernandez ­ Story / Giuseppe Cafaro ­ Art / Ruben Curto, Manuela Nerolini & Mad5 Factory - ColorsWhen her life comes crashing down on her "literally" Trish discovers she is more alone than she ever could have anticipated! After the startling revelation at the conclusion of last issue, Trish must now deal with a devastating tidal wave that threatens to destroy what little remains in her life, as well as an even more shocking discovery that she may indeed be the cause of everything terrible that is happening to her!Aspen's own Vince Hernandez is joined by the artistic talents of Giuseppe Cafaro to bring to you Aspen¹s newest hit series, TRISH OUT OF WATER!TRISH OUT OF WATER #3 is in stores December 18th, 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/2013/12/preview-trish-out-of-water-3.html

Review: O Grande Incêndio do Chiado

Review: O Grande Incêndio do Chiado

By Rui Esteves in Blog on December 6, 2013

CoverO Grande Incêndio do Chiado (The Big Fire of Chiado) is a photography book compiling the photographs of four professionals that here witness to the fire that ravished this part of town. On the 25th of August, 1988, Chiado, a historic part of Lisbon, suffered the biggest urban fire on current years in Portugal and these 4 men where there to document it for posterity.I was but a toddler at the time but I do remember seeing this on TV and being overwhelmed by it. My parents had no memory of fire of that magnitude, and luckily there hasn't been anything like that in Portugal since, at least not in an urban setting.Another odd (but positive) fact is that only two persons died in this fire. Despite the massive impact the fire had on the city only an elderly gentleman and a firefighter died as a direct consequence of the fire.How is it?Page after page you feel more immersed in the days between 25th August 1988 and the 5th of September 1988. From the first hours of the fire to the last days of the aftermath Alfredo Cunha, Fernando Ricardo, José Pratas and Rui Ochoa describe, like only a black and white photo can, the struggle of the firemen and the scars of the city.There are some truly striking images in this book. My only complains are that the photos aren't credited (there's no indication of who made what photo) and that the book is glued and not stitched. This makes the two page spreads difficult to see without spreading the book wide open and possibly damage the bindings. Apart from these minor complains this is an great book. 2 Firemen Lisbon from above Wreckage The PhotographersVerdict?Even if you don't speak a word of Portuguese you can enjoy this book. Its all about the pictures. Get it, its cheap (for a photography book at least).I would love to meet these guys. They must have some fantastic stories to tell.PS: Today its a different kind of Graphic Novel, hope you don't mind :)Publisher: Tinta da ChinaYear: 2013Pages: 136Authors: Alfredo Cunha, Fernando Ricardo, José Carlos Pratas, Rui OchoaISBN: 9789896711740Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/12/review-o-grande-incendio-do-chiado.html

7th Annual Graphic Novel Manga Challenge

7th Annual Graphic Novel Manga Challenge

By Rui Esteves in Blog on December 6, 2013

Reading Comics Nicola Mansfield, once again, hosts the Annual Graphic Novel & Manga Challenge. This is its 7th edition and for the the second time RGN will participate.What is this Challenge business. Its not a competition if you're asking, its more of a group objective thing. Each blogger proposes his level of reviews, and over the year tries to achieve that number. Its a fun way to keep you reviews going.From the Challenge Page: What counts:  graphic novels, collected trade editions, manga, comic strip collections, comic books. In print or digital. Anything else you feel is suitable.  My criteria is if it has either frames OR speech bubbles it counts.  I'm not going to be the comic police but if you are unsure, ask me in the comments any given month.  Here is how the Challenge will play out this year:  runs from Jan.1 - Dec. 31, 2014  LevelsModern Age: read and review 12 books during the year (that's only 1 book a month)Bronze Age: read and review 24 books during the year (Can you handle 2 books a month.)Silver Age: read and review 52 books during the year (Are you up to a book a week!) I'm going for Bronze Age. Its the average I'm able at the moment.More info on the blog.Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/12/7th-annual-graphic-novel-manga-challenge.html

Review: Wolverine and the X-Men Volume 4

Review: Wolverine and the X-Men Volume 4

By Rui Esteves in Blog on December 5, 2013

Cover Finally saw the newest Wolverine movie. While its not going to be remembered as a master piece, its not a bad super-hero movie. It is based on one of the best Wolverine stories I've ever read, the Claremont / Miller Wolverine.The feel of the movie is great. Logan is far from the God-like badass he is in the the current gen comics. He's vulnerable, fallible and, for the of a better word, human.Of course that the Hollywood Gods chose to do a midichlorians twist on the classic story. Why? Who knows. there was no need to stab the original material like that. Oh well, nothing's perfect right.And this reminded me that I wanted to review this fouth volume of Wolverine and the X-Men.How is it?This volume suffers from the same problems as the last one. Its nothing but a compilation of tie-in with the event du jour (at the time it was originally printed). The worst part is that in the middle of these loose tie-in issues stuff happens that will have an impact further on. There are going to be changes to the rooster, and not all are nice ones. Doop the love machine There is an issue that stands out, the Doop one. It is hilarious and brilliant and almost makes up for the lake of story arc in this volume. Almost...Sadly there isn't much more to it. Loose chapters, little to no story, some changes to the book's status quo.Art wise its as good as the previous volume. Except for one chapter, where the dreaded fill-in artist came on board and made something completely different (in a bad way). But, overall, if you liked it, then great, if you don't like this cartoony style, then you might not enjoy this very much. BowlingVerdict?In all honesty I can't recommend it. If I judge this book on its own merits, then it sucks big time. There is no coherent narrative, no story per se, no structure, no point. If, on the other hand, you follow the Marvel Universe closely, then this is a nice enough read, that you might enjoy IF you follow this AVX event.Publisher: Marvel ComicsYear: 2013Pages: 112Authors: Jason Aaron, Jorge Molina, Chris Bachalo, Mike AllredISBN: 0785165436Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/12/review-wolverine-and-x-men-volume-4.html

Review: Magic the Gathering Volume 3 Path of Vengeance

Review: Magic the Gathering Volume 3 Path of Vengeance

By Rui Esteves in Blog on November 17, 2013

Cover Dack Fayden continues his quest to find the slayer of his village and get revenge. And he is on the bring of finally getting to Sifa Grent again. The chase has been going on for sometime now, but Dack as always been a step behind. Now Sifa got cocky and made a mistake. But finding her is just one step. Making her pay for all she's done is something a lot different. Dack is just a thief. A planeswarker true, but a meager thief nonetheless. How is it?This volume follows the story telling and art style of the previous ones. The story comes to an end. There, review done.............Maybe a few more thoughts about this are in order. Very well then, action, magic, running and closure. This is what this volume is all about. Once again the story is told between the now and flashbacks from Dack's past. While nothing revolutionary, it works surprisingly well in this volume. It doesn't break the story's fast pace and it allows the reader to get a better understanding of Dack's motivations. This is also the way the reader gets to know more about the characters that are, gradually, included in the main story. Oh This volume provides a strong ending to a cool story. It's epic and with a massive and bigger than life battle for the fate of all in Ravinca. Big revenge, big stakes and big outcome. You won't be surprised by it, but you will be entertained. Like watching a good action movie, you know what is going to happen, but its all about the how it happens.Art wise there is not much to talk about. Its basically the same as in my other reviews (volume 1, volume 2). However there are some fill-in pages that stand-out in a bad way. The quality of those pages is considerably lower than the rest of the book and that can take the reader a bit out of the story. Divide and not conquer All this summed up on MTG fanboy voice "OMG!!1! green meany, undead suicide zombie, fire Dragon, life drain!!!1! Dack is so a UBR card cycling big spell combo deck!!1!" Or in my fanboy voice "What?! No White Knights, Wrath of God or Savanah Lions?!!1! You !"#$%&. Also, I prefer the art of pre-5th edition sets".Verdict?I enjoyed it. Is it the greatest thing out there? No. Is it good enough? Yes, at least for me, but I have a fondness for the Magic the Gathering lore. This is the final volume, you should get it if you liked the precious ones, otherwise get something else.Publisher: IDWYear: 2013Pages: 104Authors: Matt Forbeck, Martin Coccolo, Jack JadsonISBN: 1613776373Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/11/review-magic-gathering-volume-3-path-of.html

Aspen Comics Exclusives For Stan Lee’s Comikaze 2013

Aspen Comics Exclusives For Stan Lee’s Comikaze 2013

By Rui Esteves in Blog on October 30, 2013

Soulfire #1 Aspen Comics has announced their creator appearances, exclusive items and list of events for this weekend’s upcoming Stan Lee’s Comikaze 2013. Aspen creators Frank Mastromauro (Overtaken, Shrugged), Peter Steigerwald (Fathom, Soulfire), Vince Hernandez (Trish Out of Water, Charismagic), Mark Roslan (BubbleGun, Broken Pieces), J.T. Krul (Jirni, All New Soulfire), Beth Sotelo (All New Fathom, Shrugged), David Wohl (All New Fathom, Legend of the Shadow Clan) and Josh Reed (All New Fathom, All New Soulfire) will be appearing at the Aspen Comics Booth #708 throughout the weekend to meet with fans, sign autographs and offer free sketches.The publisher will be offering numerous Stan Lee’s Comikaze exclusives including the world premiere launch of their final “10 for 10” series, All New Soulfire with an exclusive All New Soulfire #1 Comikaze 2013 cover by Aspen founder and series creator Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald, limited to 200 copies and only available at the Aspen Comics Booth #708. Fathom Aspen will be offering a new series of their art prints including the Aspen Comikaze 2013 print by Turner and Steigerwald limited to 50 signed and numbered editions. The publisher will also release two All New Soulfire prints by Turner, V. Ken Marion with Steigerwald limited to 50 and 75 signed and numbered editions respectively. A new Trish Out of Water print by superstar J. Scott Campbell limited to 75 signed and numbered editions will be released in addition to an All New Fathom print by Eric “Ebas” Basaldua and Steigerwald limited to 75 signed and numbered editions.“The Official Aspen Comics Panel” will take place on Saturday at 11AM in room 303AB and will include creators Frank Mastromaro, Peter Steigerwald, Vince Hernandez, Mark Roslan, J.T. Krul, David Wohl, Beth Sotelo, David Schwartz and Josh Reed as they reveal never-before-seen art for upcoming releases and open the floor to a special Q&A session with fans. Aspen will also be hosting a “How to Prepare Your Portfolio and Sample Reviews” panel on Saturday at 3:30PM in Room 308AB with creators Peter Steigerwald and Vince Hernandez. Fathom Soulfire Soulfire Trish Out of WaterFor more information on Stan Lee’s Comikaze please check: www.comikazeexpo.comFollow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/10/aspen-comics-exclusives-for-stan-lees.html

Preview: ALL NEW FATHOM #3

Preview: ALL NEW FATHOM #3

By Rui Esteves in Blog on October 30, 2013

CoverALL NEW FATHOM #3 David Wohl ­ Story / Alex Konat ­ Art / Beth Sotelo, John Starr ­ Colors / Josh Reed - LettersA new direction in the FATHOM Universe begins!Aspen Matthews attempts to return to a normal life with her fellow humans after turning down the Blue's pleas for help. However, the ice queen Vana and her deadly minions step up their machinations with a devastating attack on the surface world. Yet, the biggest surprise may be the return of one of Fathom's most instrumental characters--and someone that shares a painful past with Aspen!Writer David Wohl, artist Alex Konat and colorist Beth Sotelo team up once again to bring you the latest adventures of Michael Turner¹s most beloved creation!ALL NEW FATHOM #3 is in stores October 30th, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Cover B Sketch Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/10/preview-all-new-fathom-3.html

Next on RGN #9

Next on RGN #9

By Rui Esteves in Blog on October 24, 2013

Transmetropolitan Vol 4 Its been a while since the last Next on RGN, almost four months, but here it is again.Since the last time we "talked" I've had the chance to travel abroad on work and on vacation, read a few books and feed the photography bug. Comics wise I've read great comics, a few good and thankfully very few bad.So, whats planed for next? The 4th Transmetropolitan'o'ton for one. Its been great (at least for me) to re-read and revisit one of my favorite series of all times.The following books will also find their way into the pages of ReadingGraphicNovels.blogspot.com: MTG: Path of Vegeance The Manhattan Projects Vol 2 Road to OZ Wolverine and the X-Men Vol 4Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/10/next-on-rgn-9.html

Aspen Comics Heads To Texas for Alamo City Comic Con

Aspen Comics Heads To Texas for Alamo City Comic Con

By Rui Esteves in Blog on October 23, 2013

Alamo 2013 Aspen Comics is returning to Texas for this weekend’s Alamo City Comic Con 2013, and will be debuting several convention exclusive items along with several popular creators. Aspen’s Frank Mastromauro (Shrugged, Overtaken), Vince Hernandez (Trish Out of Water, Charismagic), Mark Roslan (BubbleGun, Broken Pieces), Brian Buccellato (AllNew Executive Assistant: Iris, The Flash), and Paolo Pantalena (Jirni) will be appearing at the Aspen Comics Booth #’s B6, B7 and B8 throughout the weekend.In addition to creator appearances, Aspen is debuting two convention exclusive comics at the show. All New Fathom #3 will feature a special Alamo City Comic Con cover by illustrator Siya Oum, limited to 200 copies. Aspen will also be offering an Executive Assistant: Assassins #16 ACCC 2013 cover by Pantalena and Chuck Pires, limited to 200 copies, a week early at the show.The publisher will also be a featuring a new release of their industry-leading art prints including the all new Aspen Tour Print ACCC Anniversary Edition by Ale Garza and Peter Steigerwald, limited to 50 editions, a ACCC Soulfire print by Pantalena and Steigerwald limited to 50 editions, a ACCC Executive Assistant: Assassins print by Pantalena and Pires limited to 50 editions, and an ACCC Fathom print by Siya Oum limited to 40 editions.For more information on the Alamo City Comic Con please see:www.alamocitycomiccon.com Fathom #3 EA Assassins #16 Soulfire #8 Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/10/aspen-comics-heads-to-texas-for-alamo.html

Review: Skullkickers Volume 3 Six Shooter on the Seven Seas

Review: Skullkickers Volume 3 Six Shooter on the Seven Seas

By Rui Esteves in Blog on October 22, 2013

Cover Last time we saw Baldy and Shorty they had just escaped Urbia after being framed for a bunch of murders. To accomplish said escape they hitched a ride in the first ship leaving Urbia's harbor.Little did they know that they were boarding the Mermaid's Bottom, a women only pirate ship. Enter the swashbuckling buccaneer ladies of the high seas.Its true, this time our heroes go on a trip around the (don't know how many) seas, with a detour by the Wild West and a pit stop at a Lovecraftian Monster's lair.Its a wild and randomly crazy story arc.How is it?Reading this volume is a crazy experience. The randomness is all the way up at eleven. Jim Zub throws new and unexpected twists left and right. But, if you've read the previous volumes, you'd won't be all that surprised about it. Skullkickers is about having fun, and fun is what you'll have when you read it.Zub finally unveils the past of one of our heroes *cof*Baldy*cof*. It was not what I was expecting, but one thing is certain, imagination is something Jim Zub has in abundance. Imagination and a bit of a Terminator fanboyish vibe going there. Baldy I've talked about this in the reviews of previous volumes, but the little tidbits of comedy that are thrown here and there are very much noteworthy. In this story arc, on top of the humorous sound effects, Zub added a narrator dialog gimmick. Basically you have the hypothetical writer and the artist of the book narrating the story and getting on each other's nerves. Think of it as Skullkickers version of Statler and Waldorf.Besides the main story arc, this volume also collects four short stories. This is becoming usual, and to be honest, I hope they keep it up. Its a great little desert to complete the fantastic meal that is the main story. Izzat so? Edwin Huang and Misty Coats do a good job in the art department. They stay true to the style that's been established in the last volumes and do it in a consistent way. While this is a bit too much cartoony for my liking, it suites the story well.Verdict?Just get it. Its a feel good comic book. Its hard not to get a smile going when reading this pages, and that's a rare thing these days.Publisher: Image ComicsYear: 2012Pages: 144Authors: Jim Zub, Edwin Huang, Misty CoatsISBN: 1607066122Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/10/review-skullkickers-volume-3-six.html

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