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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.
 

 


Next on RGN #8

Next on RGN #8

By Rui Esteves in Blog on June 30, 2013

Lisbon's Book Fair Its been way to long since I last published a review. WAYYYYYYYyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy to long. But now I'm back and I've been reading some great books.The last couple of weeks I've had little time to read comics, but the ones I found time to read made it worth it.I also had the chance to visit Lisbon's Book Fair. This is something I enjoy doing. Its a great place to find books at discount prices. Between me and my wife we always come home with mountains of stuff to read. Good times. O Baile There was a time when Portugal was ruled by a dictatorship. It wasn't that long ago (39 years ago to be precise). This was before my time, but a little History never hurt anyone.In those days there was a branch of the police that worked as the enforcers of the regime. They were called International and State Defense Police (PIDE in Portuguese). O Baile (the dance) is about one agent of said police.He lives a miserable life. He doesn't like his job. But he sees no way out. His life is his life and there's nothing that can be done about it.Then came the Zombies... Book of DA DA controls the seas. The fish have no feelings, they only feel what DA feels. DA is a good entity, it only expects the full submission of every living being in the seas.The Diver didn't know that and, by disobeying DA, upsets the whole sea.Book of DA is more than it seems to be. It narrates the story of the epic journey of the Driver, as well as a more mundane one.And of course the 3rd edition of Transmetropolitan'o'ton.Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/06/next-on-rgn-8.html

Preview: CHARISMAGIC #3

Preview: CHARISMAGIC #3

By Rui Esteves in Blog on June 28, 2013

CoverCHARISMAGIC #3 Vince Hernandez ­ Story / Vincenzo Cucca ­ Art / Emilio Lopez, Wes Hartman - ColorsBe prepared because everything you thought you knew about magic is about to vanish!The group reunites at the House of Illusions and finally unlocks the secrets of the mysterious wooden box that nearly cost Hank and Kenny their lives. Yet, the true reveal of its power quickly becomes evident, as the group enters an entirely new realm‹one that will take them to new heights beyond their wildest imagination. However, their trail is not hard to follow, especially for Torgan, the magical lion made of fire!Featuring a returning cast of Charismagic¹s favorite characters along with several new and astonishing faces and creatures of magic, this new volume of CHARISMAGIC is a perfect jumping-on point for all!CHARISMAGIC #3 is in stores July 3rd, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Cover B Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/06/preview-charismagic-3.html

Preview: JIRNI #3

Preview: JIRNI #3

By Rui Esteves in Blog on June 24, 2013

CoverJIRNI #3 JT Krul ­ Story / Paolo Pantalena ­ Art / Brett Smith - ColorsTake an incredible JIRNI with Aspen¹s newest hit series!Discover a whole new world of adventure! As her companion Nylese reaches the end of her journey while finally discovering the fabled city of her people, Ara's road ahead remains ever perilous. Throughout facing many dangers and threats in her challenging quest, how can she possibly survive Torinthal's powerful and deadly d'jinn, when it comes seeking her end?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 #3 is in stores June 26th, 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/2013/06/preview-jirni-3.html

Transmetropolitan'O'ton #2

Transmetropolitan'O'ton #2

By Rui Esteves in Blog on June 23, 2013

Cover How doesn't love Futurama? A 20th century kid gets frozen and wakes up in the year 3000. Simple concept yet rich in comedy and stories. Well, Transmetropolitan has its own version of that story. Grittier, darker and way more depressing of course.Actually this second volume is more a collection of issue long stories than a continuous story arc. Some will have impact in the future, others will be just footnotes in the grander scheme of thing, but there is one you'll probably re-read once you get to volume 8 or 9.How is it?By telling 5 different issue long stories plus a bunch of short stories this volume slows things down a bit from the first volume. However it plants the seeds for many future plot points. Not all of this stories will create ripples in the Transmetropolitan Universe, but the ones that don't make it up with gripping and (dark) humorous story telling. Dog-Cop The story that resonated more on me is the Futurama "ish" one. Mary had a good life. She lived, loved, witnessed the World changing. She got old and death became a certainty. On the moment of her dead she was put in cryopreservation. In Spider Jerusalem's time she was unfrozen, cloned and release upon the world with a beautiful, slim and fit young body.However her new birth is not as fun and easy like in Futurama. Transmetropolitan's timeline is a harsh and unforgiving place. Its nothing like the world Mary left behind. Mary will pop up here and there in the upcoming volumes. Sad Channon is Sad The other stories are equally entertaining, but in other ways. You'll get to see past Spider, Channon's energy based ex-boyfriend, a talking dog-cop and many other quirky characters.Art wise in this volume we see Darick Robertson becoming comfortable with the art style he created for Transmetropolitan. Most characters start to be drawn in a consistent way and nowhere is that more visible than on Spider Jerusalem himself. From this point on there is only one word to describe his art. Fantastic.Verdict?This is a good volume of a great series. Some characters are introduced, other are fleshed out and some very important details are laid out for you. Don't miss this.Publisher: VertigoYear: 2009Pages: 144Authors: Warren Ellis, Darick Robertson,ISBN: 1401222617Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/06/transmetropolitanoton-2.html

Preview: FATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #2

Preview: FATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #2

By Rui Esteves in Blog on June 20, 2013

CoverFATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #2 JT Krul ; Vince Hernandez; David Wohl­ writers / Ken Marion ­ pencilsThe most epic storyline in Fathom¹s 15-year history continues!Anya rises above the surface and right into the hands of the US Government, in order to get the attention of Aspen Matthews, her last resort for help under the surface. Meanwhile, Killian relentlessly continues his search to unite his family once again, by confronting the pain and destruction of his past in the treacherous lava city of Aescylot. However, the Blue¹s new Elite Commander will discover the city of fire has ushered forth a new savior and she is no stranger to Killian!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! Fantastical new lands will be explored, and a host of new (and deadly!) characters will be introduced, all leading up to an unbelievable new direction in the All New FATHOM Universe!FATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #2 is in stores June 26th, 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/2013/06/preview-fathom-elite-saga-2.html

Preview: FATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #1

Preview: FATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #1

By Rui Esteves in Blog on June 20, 2013

CoverFATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #1 Vince Hernandez ; JT Krul ; David Wohl­ writers / V. Ken Marion ­ pencilsThe most epic storyline in Fathom¹s 15-year history starts now!Aspen Matthews is attempting to find solace above the surface by distancing herself from the demons of her past. Kiani is imprisoned within the underwater capitol city of Muria. And Killian is in search of his missing wife Anya, and his newborn child  Anika, who fled their home in his absence. Yet, all of their paths will soon collide as the child¹s true nature could lead to immense power falling into the wrong hands, and those in search of her will stop at nothing to obtain her!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! Fantastical new lands will be explored, and a host of new (and deadly!) characters will be introduced, all leading up to an unbelievable new direction in the All New FATHOM Universe!FATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #1 is in stores June 19th, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Cover B Cover CFollow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/06/preview-fathom-elite-saga-1.html

Review: Iron Man 2020

Review: Iron Man 2020

By Rui Esteves in Blog on June 8, 2013

Cover In the far future of 2020 the Iron Man mantle no longer belongs to Tony Stark. Arno Stark, a self centered, playboy and arrogant distant cousin has bought the rights to Tony's legacy. This book collects all of Arno Stark's Iron Man adventures that were originally printed in:Amazing Spider-Man Annual #20,  Machine Man #1-4,  Death's Head #10,  Iron Man 2020 #1,  Astonishing Tales #3;  What If? #53. How is it?Because this book is a collection on so many stories, by various creative teams and from very different time periods, it provides very uneven reading experiences. Through out these six stories Arno's characterization goes back and forward, so do his power levels, objectives and place in society. To better do justice to each story, lets look at each one independently. Amazing Spider-Man Annual #20 Man of the Year was the first story I've read about Arno Stark. This is the story that made me want to buy this book in the first place.  Arno Stark is up for the Man of the Year award. He has everything, a family, a major company, the Iron Man armor and the adoration of the society. On the day he is getting is Man of the Year award his company is targeted by a terrorist. The terrorist plants a bomb that can only be defused by scanning his retina.  However Arno blows the terrorist up before he could get his retina scanned. Luckily Arno was working on a time machine and he uses it to get back in time to when the terrorist was just a kid. There he tries to find it but runs into Blizzard and Spider-man. Both will get in his way. Will the Man of the Year get the scan he needs to defuse the bomb or will he loose everything he cares about? Machine Man #1-4 Machine Man was shut down and disassembled somewhere in the past. In 2020 he gets reassembled and introduced to a world he no longer recognizes. Society is in a new golden age where robots aid humans in all aspects of their lives. The manufacturing of these robots is done by one single company. For most people this is fine and dandy, but for a group of young rebels its not.  One of these rebel groups finds the remainings of Machine Man and put him back together. Machine Man ends up befriending the rebels and helping them fight the established powers. Arno Stark is nothing but a minor villain in this story. A hired gun that exists only to give Machine Man a punching bag. Iron Man is nothing but a cardboard cutout of a henchman. He could have been replace with any other character and it wouldn't have affected the story one bit. Attacking the Rebel Base Death's Head #10 In The Cast Iron Contract a shady millionaire plays the Iron Man and Death's Head against each other in a sick game to entertain himself. This is a meaningless story, riddled with cliches that adds little to nothing to the Iron Man 2020 story. Iron Man 2020 #1 Ironman vs Ironman The daughter of a rich entrepreneur is kidnapped and Arno Stark is hired to get her back. This takes place after the Machine Man mini-series and Arno is still recovering from the ass-kicking he got at the hands of Machine Man. He is insecure and unsure of his actions and that will be his greatest enemy. This story is awfully familiar, assuming you've read those 70s and 80s Iron Man stories. Even an Iron Monger lookalike makes an appearance. All in all its not the worst story in this collection, but it shows its age very badly. Astonishing Tales #3 This is the most recent Iron Man 2020 story put to print. In it Arno Stark is portrayed like a ruthless Tony Stark. A smooth playboy with a power armor that has close relations with SHIELD. The only difference is that Arno obliterates any obstacle that stands in his way with all the firepower at his hands. There isn't much this story adds to the Arno Stark story. But at least it entertains. Art wise this story stands out. Its drawn in a modern style with great coloring. Its probably the best looking of the book.  Arno Looking Like Tony What If? #53 Talking about the plot of this story would spoil the ending of the Man of the Year story published in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #20.Its a typical What If? story, exploring alternative story plots with (usually) tragic endings. This one also has the worst art of the book.Verdict?I read the Amazing Spider-Man Annual #20 when I was 8 or 9 years old and I remember that the Iron Man 2020 scared the bejesus out of me. When this got reprinted I had to read that story again. I was struck with the nostalgia bug.However, like many old comics, this didn't age well. To be fair this was not very good to begin with and now its not worth your money. The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #20 is an ok story, but the others range from awful to mediocre.Unless you have a uncontrolled urge to read about every Iron Man incarnation there is, do yourself a favor and skip this one.Publisher: Marvel ComicsYear: 2013Pages: 304Authors: too many to listISBN: 0785167358Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/06/review-iron-man-2020.html

Preview: BUBBLEGUN #1

Preview: BUBBLEGUN #1

By Rui Esteves in Blog on June 7, 2013

CoverBUBBLEGUN #1 Mark Roslan ­ Story / Mike Bowden ­ Art / David Curiel - ColorsThe future is here with Aspen¹s latest 10 for 10¹ series debut, BUBBLEGUN!They like the tech, but live for the high stakes! Sisters Molli and Devyn, along with teammates Roman and Kyo‹and a stockpile of cutting edge, cyber-punk technology, form a confident team of mercenary thieves able to take on the most formidable jobs around. Yet, when one cyber heist turns out to be more than they bargained for, as a mysterious package and its contents threaten to unravel the group to its core, the menacing worlds of corrupt industry and deadly espionage is unleashed upon them!Join creator and writer Mark Roslan (Broken Pieces), penciler Mike Bowden (World of Warcraft, Ame-Comi Girls), and colorist David Curiel (Idolized, Avenging Spider-Man) on what¹s sure to become Aspen¹s next hit sci-fi, action adventure series! Strap yourselves in because BUBBLEGUN is gonna take you on a wild ride!BUBBLEGUN #1 is in stores June 12th, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Preview Page 4 Cover B Cover C Cover D Cover EFollow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/06/preview-bubblegun-1.html

Preview: Shrugged #3

Preview: Shrugged #3

By Rui Esteves in Blog on June 3, 2013

Cover SHRUGGED #3 Frank Mastromauro ­ Story / Jonathan Marks ­ Art / Beth Sotelo - ColorsThe long awaited return of SHRUGGED continues!You think you¹re prepared, but you¹re not. You¹ve been decisive in your actions up to this point, but now things have been turned upside down. You feel you¹ve conformed your mindset and are ready to accept what you¹re about to experience, but you haven¹t. That¹s because SHRUGGED is back and ready to blow your mind!Perspecta has a new dark ruler as Lord Slive revels in his takeover and now plans his attack on planet Earth. Barely surviving with his life, Magnuss, the ousted true leader of Perspecta, reaches out for help, but who will come to his aid? Meanwhile, Theo¹s girl troubles are heating up as he¹s torn between the three women in his life. Those may be the least of his worries though because something bad has happened to Ange and Dev, and Theo may not survive their new transformations!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 the newest issue of SHRUGGED today!SHRUGGED #3 is in stores June 5th, 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/2013/06/preview-shrugged-3.html

Transmetropolitan'O'ton #1

Transmetropolitan'O'ton #1

By Rui Esteves in Blog on June 1, 2013

Cover Transmetropolitan Volume 1 marks the start of Warren Ellis's and Darick Robertson's epic work about a foul-mouthed, violent, drug addict, misanthrope, arrogant, borderline insane, investigative reporter that goes by the name Spider Jerusalem.Spider follows his unique take on life. Forever searching for political truth and disregarding any professional ethics or morals to get to it.Meet Spider Jerusalem, Royce the editor for The Word, Channon the stripper, Fred Christ the cult leader, The Beast the president of the USA and the 2 heads smoking cat.How is it?Transmetropolitan is one of the great series out there. Love it or hate it it, it doesn't matter. What does is that its like nothing else ever put to print. And this first volume is perfect for showing just that.Spider Jerusalem is a reporter that decided to leave the city because he was disappointed with society. However before he went away he signed a contract for a book. Five years have passed since that and he gets a call from his publisher demanding his book. Long story short Spider return to the city. Spider gets his job back Everything has changed but in a way stayed the same. Spider gets back in touch with his old newspaper that gives him a job writing a current events column that will end up being called "I hate it here". The city is like a living organism. She feeds of her inhabitants and they of her. Its a symbiotic relationship that's particularly unforgiving to Spider. He gets his inspiration from the city, but he also gets consumed by her.This book is about Spider getting back to the city. Getting back in touch with what drives him and letting the powers that be know that he is back to make their life miserable. Learning journalism Throw Spider Warren talks about social issues, political awareness (or of it), the moral bankruptcy of current society and the media. Spider is not a hero nor a villain. He's actually both and neither. He isn't a nice guy, but he is honest, brutally so.This is the least political of the 10 volumes of Transmetropolitan. It is a great door into Spider's world. Warren Ellis creates a complex and intriguing world that captures the reader from day one and it never stops growing and gaining layers of complexity without ever getting to contrived.Art wise this is the weakest of them all. While Darick Robertson does a good job, its clear he's still creating the Transmetropolitan style and getting comfortable with the characters.Verdict?Metropolitan is one of the collections I'm most proud of owning. Its a great journey that gets closure and many payoffs along the way. However Warren Ellis's writing is not for everyone, and Transmetropolitan with all its swearing and "misanthropeness" might turn off many readers.Be that as it may, give it a try. Its a cheap book and it starts a hell of a journey throw the world of investigative reporting in the future.Publisher: VertigoYear:  2009Pages: 144Authors: Warren Ellis, Darick RobertsonISBN: 1401220843Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/06/transmetropolitanoton-1.html

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