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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: JIRNI #4

Preview: JIRNI #4

By Rui Esteves in Blog on July 26, 2013

CoverJIRNI #4 JT Krul ­ Story / Paolo Pantalena ­ Art / Brett Smith - ColorsTake an incredible JIRNI with Aspen¹s newest hit series!In the wake of her vicious battle with Anjaha, Ara struggles to grasp her mysterious connection to the violent d'jinn. But, the time has come for Ara to face the truth about herself as she finally tracks down her mother along with Torinthal, the sorcerer who captured her! Yet, that is only if she can survive the massive Rock Giants of Migara!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, this is one JIRNI you won¹t want to miss!JIRNI #4 is in stores July 31st, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Cover B Cover C Cover DFollow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/07/jirni-4.html

Preview: FATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #5

Preview: FATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #5

By Rui Esteves in Blog on July 14, 2013

CoverFATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #5Vince Hernandez ; JT Krul ; David Wohl ­ writers / Ken Marion ­ pencils / Kyle Ritter - colorsThe most epic storyline in Fathom¹s 15-year history reaches its finale!The future of the Fathom Universe will be forged as Anya¹s quest to reunite with her kidnapped‹and extremely powerful‹daughter brings her to a place that Aspen Matthews remembers all too well. Here, in the place where it all started, the battle for the baby¹s life, as well as their own, will be waged‹and no one is certain to survive!Aspen newcomer Ken Marion is joined by an all-star group of past and present FATHOM writers, all coming together for a FATHOM story 15 years in the making! Plus, fan-favorite artist Talent Caldwell returns with a stunning 5 part interconnecting cover that all leads up to an unbelievable new direction in the All New FATHOM Universe!FATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #5 is in stores July 17th, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2-3 Cover B Cover CFollow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/07/preview-fathom-elite-saga-5.html

Aspen Comics Reveals All New Fathom #1 SDCC 2013 Exclusives

Aspen Comics Reveals All New Fathom #1 SDCC 2013 Exclusives

By Rui Esteves in Blog on July 13, 2013

Alex KonatAspen Comics Reveals All New Fathom #1 SDCC 2013 ExclusivesAspen Comics continues to unveil more Comic Con International: San Diego 2013 exclusives and today announced the world premiere of their sixth “10 for 10” title, Michael Turner’s Fathom, next week at the convention. The publisher will feature two SDCC 2013 exclusive covers, a Fathom #1 cover by series artist Alex Konat along with Peter Steigerwald limited to 250 copies, and a rare Fathom #1 Aspen Century Edition by J. Scott Campbell and Steigerwald, highly limited to 100 editions.In addition to the exclusive books, Aspen today revealed the latest Aspen Tour Print 2013 Anniversary Print by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald. This Comic Con International: San Diego 2013 edition features a classic Turner and Steigerwald image re-mastered, and is limited to only 75 signed editions.Aspen Comics recently revealed two new Aspen Splash 2013 exclusives for Comic Con International: San Diego 2013. The publisher will feature a special Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald SDCC cover limited to 250 copies, in addition to an exclusive SDCC cover by Mike DeBalfo and Peter Steigerwald, limited to 200 copies. Both Mike DeBalfo and Peter Steigerwald will be appearing at the Aspen Comics Booth #2321 all weekend long as well. J. Scott Campbell Earlier in the week, Aspen revealed an exclusive Comic Con International: San Diego 2013 BubbleGun #2 cover by Pasquale Qualano and Peter Steigerwald, only available at the Aspen Comics Booth #2321 and limited to 200 copies, with quantities made available on the AspenStore.com as well. BubbleGun creator and writer Mark Roslan will be appearing at the Aspen Comics Booth all week long during the con as well.The publisher also has previously revealed a Fathom: The Elite Saga #1 cover by Joe Benitez and Peter Steigerwald, only available at the Aspen Comics Booth #2321, with quantities made available on the AspenStore.com as well. This Comic Con exclusive cover for Aspen’s weekly Fathom event commemorating 15 years of Fathom will be limited to 250 copies, and the publisher will be featuring appearances by both Benitez and Steigerwald at the Aspen Comics Booth throughout the weekend.Aspen will be unveiling more SDCC exclusives throughout the week in addition to some major announcements regarding their upcoming projects to be shown at the “Ten Years of Aspen Comics” panel on Friday at Comic Con. Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/07/aspen-comics-reveals-all-new-fathom-1.html

Aspen Comics Reveals Aspen Splash 2013 SDCC Exclusives

Aspen Comics Reveals Aspen Splash 2013 SDCC Exclusives

By Rui Esteves in Blog on July 12, 2013

Michael TurnerAspen Comics Reveals Aspen Splash 2013 SDCC ExclusivesAspen Comics revealed two new Aspen Splash 2013 exclusives for Comic Con International: San Diego 2013 today. The publisher will feature a special Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald SDCC cover limited to 250 copies, in addition to an exclusive SDCC cover by Mike DeBalfo and Peter Steigerwald, limited to 200 copies. Both Mike DeBalfo and Peter Steigerwald will be appearing at the Aspen Comics Booth #2321 all weekend long as well.Earlier in the week, Aspen revealed an exclusive Comic Con International: San Diego 2013 BubbleGun #2 cover by Pasquale Qualano and Peter Steigerwald, only available at the Aspen Comics Booth #2321 and limited to 200 copies, with quantities made available on the AspenStore.com as well. BubbleGun creator and writer Mark Roslan will be appearing at the Aspen Comics Booth all week long during the con as well. Mike DeBalfo The publisher also has previously revealed a Fathom: The Elite Saga #1 cover by Joe Benitez and Peter Steigerwald, only available at the Aspen Comics Booth #2321, with quantities made available on the AspenStore.com as well. This Comic Con exclusive cover for Aspen’s weekly Fathom event commemorating 15 years of Fathom will be limited to 250 copies, and the publisher will be featuring appearances by both Benitez and Steigerwald at the Aspen Comics Booth throughout the weekend.Aspen will be unveiling more SDCC exclusives throughout the week in addition to some major announcements regarding their upcoming projects to be shown at the “Ten Years of Aspen Comics” panel on Friday at Comic Con. Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/07/aspen-comics-reveals-aspen-splash-2013.html

Preview: DEAD MAN¹S RUN #6

Preview: DEAD MAN¹S RUN #6

By Rui Esteves in Blog on July 11, 2013

CoverDEAD MAN¹S RUN #6Greg Pak ­ Writer / Tony Parker ­ Art / Wes Hartman - ColorsFrom acclaimed "Hulk" writer Greg Pak, legendary "Walking Dead" producer Gale Anne Hurd, and Tony Parker, artist of the Eisner-nominated "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep², comes the biggest blockbuster series of the year ­ DEAD MAN¹S RUN!The finale to the critically revered journey through hell ushers Sam Tinker and his allies straight into the heart of darkness! As the Warden finally makes her true intentions known to the shocked group, they must decide whether they can trust their fate to her actions‹as it might be their only option to remain alive. However, their present comes brutally crashing down on them in the City of Corruption, as the Captain also makes his purpose devastatingly clear to the group, at the cost of several of their lives! Don¹t miss the mind-blowing conclusion to this year¹s most depraved action adventure series!DEAD MAN¹S RUN #6 is in stores July 10th, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/07/preview-dead-mans-run-6.html

Review: Book of DA

Review: Book of DA

By Rui Esteves in Blog on July 11, 2013

Cover DA rules over the seas. DA is a good deity. DA keeps all the sea creatures happy and gifts them with harmonious lives. All DA asks in return is absolute devotion and servitude.One day a diver crosses path with DA. At first the diver complies with every request DA makes. But one little gesture of defiance changes everything.DA isn't happy, and if DA isn't happy the sea is a bad place to be in.The Book of DA narrates the journey of the diver while he searches for DA, for the reason that made the seas turn on him and the way to turn it around and bring harmony back.How is it?The divers journey is an epic tale. Its almost like a biblical tale in a sense that you have a bigger than life deity that rules over all and the struggle of an insignificant and harmless being for a peaceful life. Its a story of struggle and innocence, of blind servitude and emotional slavery. But its also a story about something else. About something very human and very earthly. DA Mike Mccubbins writes this story in two different ways. In half the story we follow the diver's silent journey. In the other half a priest like character narrates the story to an eager audience. This dichotomy of styles works very well. When the story is in diver mode it transmits a smooth tranquility, even when DA is present. If it were a song it would be Simon and Garfunkel's Sound of Silent. In priest mode the story picks up the pace. It also and gains a dramatic feel to it that greatly enhances the reading experience. If it were a song it would be Ben Harper's Power of the Gospel.Matt Bryan is in charge of the art of the Book of DA. Question: Do you like high contrast B&W art? I do, very much in fact. For the most part its great. In fact it takes center stage every time the story hits diver mode. In this mode the story is almost only driven by the art. And it works very well. However I'm not very keen on the style Matt adopted for the priest mode. Its not bad, its just to as glorious as the diver mode one is.My biggest complain is the format of the book. Its not in the standard US trade size. Its more like Disney sized books. Matt's art is somewhat minimalist, but I think it would benefit from a larger format. But it was probably a financial decision. We have to keep in mind that the printing that I got was funded by a Kickstarter project. The DiverVerdict?Overall its Book of DA is a very good book. I liked it a lot. Its fresh and unique. A cool little story told in a very graphical format. I love indie books and this is no exception. Recommended.It can be hard to get a hand on a copy of Book of DA, but you can hop on the authors online store and buy a copy.Publisher: Big List of Dead PeopleYear: 2013Pages: 148Authors: Mike Mccubbins, Matt BryanISBN: 9780615778501Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/07/review-book-of-da.html

Preview: FATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #4

Preview: FATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #4

By Rui Esteves in Blog on July 11, 2013

CoverFATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #4JT Krul ; Vince Hernandez ; David Wohl ­ writers / Ken Marion ­ pencils / Kyle Ritter - colorsThe ending to the most epic storyline in Fathom¹s 15-year history draws near!The return of one of the most significant Blue citizens to ever live will shatter the fabric of the Fathom Universe as we know it! While Anya will learn that Anika¹s fate may be tied to the arrival of this person‹which could lead to the baby¹s unfortunate demise!Aspen newcomer Ken Marion is joined by an all-star group of past and present FATHOM writers, all coming together for a FATHOM story 15 years in the making! Plus, fan-favorite artist Talent Caldwell returns with a stunning 5 part interconnecting cover that all leads up to an unbelievable new direction in the All New FATHOM Universe!FATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #4 is in stores July 10th, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Preview Page 4 Cover B Cover CFollow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/07/preview-fathom-elite-saga-4.html

Preview: BUBBLEGUN #2

Preview: BUBBLEGUN #2

By Rui Esteves in Blog on July 10, 2013

CoverBUBBLEGUN #2 Mark Roslan ­ Story / Mike Bowden ­ Art / David Curiel - ColorsThey like the tech, but live for the high stakes!When the gang realized the ³package² they painstaking retrieved could possibly be the most high-tech performance machine on the planet‹and more importantly, a young, kidnapped cyber boy‹the weight of their crime quickly comes into focus. Secrets are revealed, alliances shattered, and one of the team could literally never recover her psyche as the stakes have grown far greater than they could have ever imagined!Creator and writer Mark Roslan, along with penciler Mike Bowden and colorist David Curiel invite you to take part in what¹s sure to become Aspen¹s next hit sci-fi, action adventure series, BUBBLEGUN!BUBBLEGUN #2 is in stores July 10th, 2013! Preview Page 1, 2 Preview Page 3 Cover BFollow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/07/preview-bubblegun-2.html

Aspen Comics Announces New Series for 2014

Aspen Comics Announces New Series for 2014

By Rui Esteves in Blog on July 9, 2013

Lola XOXOAspen Comics Announces New Series for 2014Aspen Comics is pleased to announce an all-new series slated for 2014, the action-adventure series Lola XOXO, created, written and illustrated by Siya Oum. The publisher has revealed the first promotional image for the upcoming Aspen series with more information to be revealed at the “Ten Years of Aspen Comics” panel on Friday afternoon from 12-1 pm in Room 9 at next week’s Comic Con International: San Diego 2013. Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/07/aspen-comics-announces-new-series-for.html

Review: O Baile

Review: O Baile

By Rui Esteves in Blog on July 8, 2013

CoverO Baile (The Dance) takes place in 1967 in Portugal. This was during the fascist regime of António Salazar. During this time there was a kind of State Police ( PIDE) that enforced the will of the regime. PIDE was widely feared. Many of the people that were approached by agents of PIDE were never seen again.So you may imagine that PIDE officers were not welcome into people's homes nor were they friendly persons.It turns out that the main character of O Baile is one of those PIDE officers.How is it?He is not good nor evil. He's done some bad things. At least that's implied in the book. The title (The Dance) is a reference for the interrogation that PIDE often forced upon the portuguese people. The job is starting to get to him. He can't tolerate silence. It takes him to a dark place. Maré Santa It all starts when Rui Brás (the PIDE officer) heads on to a small, sea side, village in search of evidence of paranormal activity. The Pope is coming to Portugal and the Government decided to investigate all paranormal reports and put an end to all that nonsense.Nuno Duarte managed to weave an interesting thriller in just 46 pages. It as a bit of drama, some horror, a dash of action and even a tiny bit of romance (well, maybe). What struck me the most was his ability to write a character that could very easily be a giant clichê and make him interesting without being contrived.The art department was ran by Joana Pacheco. She made a great job with it. The character models are all unique and very detailed, the contrast between the day and night fits the real / surreal aspect of the book like a glove. Great job. The big baddie?!Verdict?This is a great book. My only complaint is the low quality binding. As soon as I opened the book it cracked. Apart from that this is very much worth your money. Its a cool and original concept, with great art and very well crafted story telling.Publisher: Kingpin BooksYear: 2012Pages: 46Authors: Nuno Duarte, Joana PachecoISBN: 9789899643789Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/07/review-o-baile.html

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