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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 #7

Next on RGN #7

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 31, 2013

The Trooper The year was 1991 or maybe 1992. Me, a little kid, had just started yet another exciting Summer vacation. In one of those lazy summer days a friend lent me an old, almost worn out, tape of some British heavy metal band.I spook very little English at the time (not that I speak much more now) but as soon as I hit play I got hooked. It was a powerful, energetic, vibrant sound. Melodic at times and brutal at others. Little by little I learned the lyrics and the more I knew the more I loved it.It was the 1980 Iron Maiden self titled album.Well, 20 something years later I finally got to see them live and it was glorious. Sure the age shows a bit after all they're like 150 years old by now, but it was a kid's dream come true. Last 29th of May was a great day indeed.What does this has to do with comics you ask? Nothing, I'm just in a sharing mood. Transmetropolitan Vol 1 Back to comics, while rocking out to Can I play With Madness on the way home I remembered that I'm overdue with a review to RGN. One thing lead to another and somehow the idea to revisit Transmetropolitan  came to mind. Something about "Give me the to hold my head up and spit back in their face" screamed  Spider Jerusalem.So starting this weekend and for the next 10 Saturday's RGN will revisit each volume of Transmetropolitan starting with Volume 1 in what will be a Transmetropolitan o'ton. Iron Man 2020 On Wednesday the 5th of June its time for Arno Stark, the Iron Man of the year 2020 to make an appearance. This book collects the stories about or involving the Iron Man of 2020.Arno Stark is nothing like Tony. He stands for nothing but ego and money. Unlike current (at the time the original comics were published) Iron Man Arno never outgrown his flamboyant playboy persona. That attitude will put him through tough times, but unlike his predecessor he doesn't learn his lesson.From playboy millionaire to mercenary, it will all be reviewed next Wednesday.Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/next-on-rgn-7.html

Preview: EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #11

Preview: EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #11

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 29, 2013

CoverEXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #11 Vince Hernandez ­ Writer / Giuseppe Cafaro ­ Art / Teo Gonzalez  - ColorsExecutive Assistant Lotus takes center stage!Explore the creation of a master assassin and the tragic past of Executive Assistant Lotus in ³Bloodline², the origin of one of the EA Universe¹s most popular‹and deadly--heroines. As a child raised in India, Rani (Lotus) was continually teased amongst her peers for her vulnerability and proclivity towards technology and science. However, following a horrific turn of events that shatters her existence at its core, Rani must choose to grow up fast, and to rely on her survival instincts and technical expertise in order to survive‹or die!EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #11 is in stores May 29th, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Preview Page 4 Cover B Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/preview-executive-assistant-assassins-11.html

Preview: DEAD MAN¹S RUN #5

Preview: DEAD MAN¹S RUN #5

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 29, 2013

DEAD MAN¹S RUN #5 CoverGreg Pak ­ Writer / Tony Parker ­ Art / David Curiel - 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 new year ­ DEAD MAN¹S RUN!The price of a true innocent in the land of the condemned becomes terrifying clear as the Captain mercilessly absconds with Juniper, and Sam Tinker and crew must survive their way through the horrors he releases upon them in order to save her from the City of Corruption. Yet, the true nature of evil manifests itself when Sam reveals the last bits of the map needed to break out, only to discover a more sinister surprise than he ever could have possibly imagined‹even in Hell!DEAD MAN¹S RUN #5 is in stores May 29th, 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/2013/05/preview-dead-mans-run-5.html

Review: Judge Dredd Origins

Review: Judge Dredd Origins

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 26, 2013

Cover A strange package arrives at Mega City One's Hall of Justice. Despite Dredd's best efforts to stop the package's delivery it gets to its destination. That sets in motion a chain of events that will puts Dredd and 8 more Judges journeying the Cursed Earth looking for a valuable asset that's gone astray.Judge Dredd Origins reprints the 2006/07 story that details the fall of the old judicial system and the rise of the new one. The legacy of the first Chief Judge Eustace Fargo and the creation of Rico and Joseph Dredd.How does this mysterious package relate to the origin of the Mega Cities and the Judge Dredd Judicial system?How is it?This book collects two stories and a cover gallery. The stories are Origins and a prelude to Origins. The prelude story is a fun about the mysterious box that eventually gets delivered to the Hall of Justice. In it Dredd tries and tries to intercept the box but he's always a step behind. Dredd The art on this prelude is done by Kev Walker. I think its the first time I've seen his art and I liked it. I has a Mignola feel to it. I personally found the transition form Kev Walker's art to Carlos Ezquerra a bit harsh. I really like the Mignolian style but the Ezquerra art style is a bit more raw. It didn't help that the coloring on the prelude story is that gray post-apocalyptic palette but on the Origin story its like if the rainbow came to life. Its too big a transition to make. After a while you get used to, but those first pages make your eyes hurt a bit.Don't get me wrong I like Carlos Ezquerra art. He is the definitive Judge Dredd artist, and he does a great job in the Origin story. But when looking at the book as a whole the difference in the art styles is really offputting.John Wagner does a great job telling this Origin story. Its actually 2 stories weaved in one. One takes place in the present time and the other in the past. The first is unveiling as its told and the second is told in flashbacks. They're both connected of course. The story told in flashbacks is the reason the present one is taking place.One of the thing I like about Judge Dredd is that it is a British comic. This means its written differently than American comics. It has that punk rock feel. That chaos vs order that permeates British culture. Take this into consideration when reading this book. Its anything but American propaganda. The America portrayed in this book is as far as its possible from the Hollywood America. The american dream is dead and it has to be replaced with something else. Young Dredd I have no particular feelings for or against the United States of America, but its refreshing to see it portrayed in another light that's not the all mighty and ever knowing God nation that Hollywood sells to the world.My only gripe with John Wagner's writing is that he tries to add a little depth to the plot by including some political intrigue and power play. While he is in a fairly successful way it brings the pace of the book to a halt. The story never gets stagnant but it does slow down considerably half way in. But in the last third it picks up the pace again and delivers a great finish. Getting read to roll outVerdict?This is a great book to read if you like Judge Dredd and want to know more about that Universe. How did that singular judicial system came to existence is one of the main aspects of the book. It also provides a good insight at Dredd's own origin.Its a violent, action packed book, as much as any other Judge Dredd story. If this is your cup of tea then get it, you'll love it. If the Judge Dredd Universe doesn't do anything for you then this won't change your mind.Publisher: 2000ADYear: 2013Pages: 192Authors: John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra, Kev WalkerISBN: 1781080992Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/review-judge-dredd-origins.html

Preview: CHARISMAGIC #2

Preview: CHARISMAGIC #2

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 23, 2013

CoverCHARISMAGIC #2 Vince Hernandez ­ Story / Vincenzo Cucca ­ Art / Emilio Lopez - ColorsBe prepared because everything you thought you knew about magic is about to vanish!The group makes a sober discovery in Los Angeles, as Hank¹s agent and best friend Kenny painfully realizes the differences between humans and magical beings could kill him--and put an end to their quest to end Serké¹s invasion. However, their problems are much larger in scale than they are aware of, as the dark haman has summoned his deadliest servant of chaos‹Torgan, the magical lion demon of flame and rage!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 #2 is in stores June 5th, 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/2013/05/preview-charismagic-2.html

Vamos Aprender

Vamos Aprender

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 22, 2013

Kingpin Books is launching a new book called "Vamos Aprender". The press release is in Portuguese. Cover Vamos Aprender Texto de Aida Teixeira Desenhos de Carlos Rocha“Vamos Aprender”, mas com diversão!Este é um livro de Banda Desenhada para crianças, que teve na sua génese uma criança, a Sofia, que quando tinha 6 anos desenhava animais que a sua mãe Aida transformava em histórias. Histórias que saltam da página directamente para a nossa imaginação e que levam as crianças a pensar, ao invés de se limitarem a oferecer-lhes um resultado imediato.O aspecto lúdico do livro leva os pequenos leitores a interiorizar ensinamentos comportamentais importantes, aliando isso ao enorme prazer visual que os desenhos expressivos e coloridos do Carlos Rocha proporcionam. Uma alegria para os olhos e para a imaginação pela mão de dois novos autores, que se propuseram a fazer estas seis histórias repletas de encanto para crianças e para adultos que nunca deixaram de o ser.Uma aposta diferente da Kingpin Books e do editor Mário Freitas, que se iniciam assim num novo desafio editorial, a publicação de BD infantil, um segmento geralmente esquecido ou ignorado nos últimos anos em Portugal.Capa dura, cor, 48 páginas, 19,6cm x 26,1cmPVP: 11,99€  (PVP de lançamento no Festival Internacional de BD de Beja: 10€)ISBN: 978-989-8673-00-8Kingpin Books, Junho 2013 Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Preview page 4Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/vamos-aprender.html

Review: Happy!

Review: Happy!

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 21, 2013

Cover Nick Sax is a gun for hire looking to get to the end of each day. He once was a cop, a husband, a good man. But life wasn't kind to him. This last job has him taking care of three lowlifes. However fate won't let it go according to plan.In the confusion of the fight Sax suffers a heart attack. When he recovers he starts seeing a little blue winged horse called Happy. Happy is not an hallucination, he is an imaginary friend but not Sax's. No, Happy is the imaginary friend of a little girl that needs Sax help desperately.This has all the hallmarks of Grant Morrison's comic book writing insanity. Happy! blends the limits of the real and the surreal world. Darick Robertson puts that insanity on paper like few can.How is it?Its no secret I'm a Grant Morrison fan. Why? Because of books like Happy!. Morrison is one of those writers that blend styles and pushes limits. Of course not all is good, but at least he aims high and delivers unique and original stories. Hi, I'm Happy!Happy! is one of those books where he blends styles. This time he takes hardboiled detective stories with children motifs and creates something unique. Its like joining chocolate and hot peppers, it shouldn't work but it does. Its a sort of mix between Max Payne and Blue Blink.This is a redemption story. There's no attempt at hiding it, on the contrary. Nick Sax was once a good man and Happy is giving him a chance to be one again. Speaking of Happy, he is a sort of meta-characters, living the between Nick Sax's world and the writer's. He knows stuff that he shouldn't, he parodies his own story and is very self-conscious about his existence.Nick Sax's relationship with Happy is the soul of the book. Sax's journey, while somewhat orthodox (considering its Morrison), is a cool one. I guess its as cool as your take on the character of Happy. Just remember he is 1,2,3,4,5 grades above an hallucination. Add caption A friendly warning, for a book called Happy! it sure isn't very. Sex, violence, perversions and mobsters is more the mood of the book.Art wise Darick Robertson does a great job. His pencils are sexy when they need to be, fluffy and cuddly when Happy is around, perverted when Santa is in the scene and violently gory the rest of the time. I particularly loved the detail he puts on the characters.Verdict?Even if you don't enjoy most of Morrison's trippy work, give Happy! a chance. Its 96 pages of intense story telling and compelling art. But keep it away from children and impressionable souls.Publisher: Image ComicsYear: 2013Pages: 96Authors: Grant Morrison, Darick RobertsonISBN: 1607066777Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/review-happy.html

Indiegogo: Un-American Chronicles

Indiegogo: Un-American Chronicles

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 21, 2013

Un-American Chronicles Arcadio Bolaños, Juan Alarcón and Carolina Bensler bring us this collection of 4 tales: "The Outsider", "It's Always the Statue of Liberty", "Who Said It Was Easy?" and "Park".From a study in the innate innocence of children to the art of flirting with strangers, going throw the symbol of America in the harsh reality that was 9/11 and the more down to earth marital problem of two couples. Un-American Chronicles as something for any adult reader. The Outsider In this story the authors explore the human behavior. What happens when three seemingly harmless kids find a woman trapped inside an abandoned well, and the woman turns out to be a criminal? Do they help her? Take advantage of the situation or simply take a less noble path? It's Always the Statue of Liberty In every tale of fiction about the destruction of the USA, the statue of Liberty is usually the symbol that embodies that very downfall. Except that in real life it wasn't the target of the unfortunate 9/11 terrorist attacks. This is a tale about a little kid coming to terms with facts versus fiction. Who Said It Was Easy? Do you know that person you see every day on the bus, on the train or at the coffee shop that is just the right amount of mysterious and intriguing? This is a story about those peoples. Those anonymous persons and their attempt to get to know each other. Park Park is an erotic tale of two couples. One having trouble with their sex life, another none at all. When their path is crossed anything can happen.Check out what Arcadio Bolaños has to say about this project: You can support this project @indigogo until the 18th of June 2013. Also check out Arcadio's personal blog Arion's Archaic Art for reviews and other articles. Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/indiegogo-un-american-chronicles.html

Aspen Comics Announces Phoenix Comic Con 2013 Exclusives

Aspen Comics Announces Phoenix Comic Con 2013 Exclusives

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 21, 2013

Aspen Comics has revealed their much-anticipated Phoenix Comic Con 2013 exclusives as well as their list of creators that will be available at the Aspen Comics Booth #’s 873 and 972 all weekend long.Aspen creators Frank Mastromauro (Shrugged, Overtaken), Peter Steigerwald (The Zoo Hunters, Lady Mechanika), Vince Hernandez (Charismagic, Executive Assistant: Assassins), Mike DeBalfo (Soulfire) J.T. Krul ( Jirni, Soulfire), Brett Smith (Jirni, Homecoming) Nei Ruffino (Soulfire) and Alex Konat (Fathom) will be appearing at the Aspen Booth throughout the weekend for signings, sketches and more.The popular Aspen Splash swimsuit pinup book by Aspen returns this year with an oversized special edition featuring both new and classic pieces by Aspen’s top talents and more. The Aspen Booth #873 and 972 will be offering an exclusive Aspen Splash 2013 Phoenix Comics Con edition with a cover by Aspen founder Michael Turner along with superstar colorist Peter Steigerwald, limited to 250 copies.The best-selling “10 for 10” initiative celebrating ten years of Aspen Comics continues with two all new “10 for 10” exclusives for the convention. Aspen’s critically-acclaimed series Charismagic returned in May and will feature a special Charismagic #2 Phoenix Comic Con 2013 cover by artist Paolo Pantalena and Steigerwald limited to 200 copies, two weeks prior to its release exclusive only for PCC attendees. Aspen will also be offering an exclusive for their new top-selling fantasy series with a Jirni #2 Phoenix Comic Con cover by series artist Pantalena and Steigerwald, limited to 200 copies.In addition to exclusive comics, Aspen will be releasing an all-new series of their industry-leading art prints including the Aspen Tour Print 2013 Phoenix Comic Con Edition by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald limited to 100 editions. Also, Aspen will be offering new Aspen Splash, Charismagic, Jirni and Shrugged prints by Michael Turner, Eric “Ebas” Basaldua and Paolo Pantalena.For more information please check www.phoenixcomicon.com and aspencomics.com.  Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/aspen-comics-announces-phoenix-comic.html

Next on RGN #6

Next on RGN #6

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 20, 2013

Madeira After waiting for weeks for my books to arrive life took all my free time away. That happened in the form of a business trip. Ordinarily that would mean more reading of the 9th art but for some reason this time it meant the opposite.*shakes fist in the air* DAMN YOU JOB AND YOUR NEED TO TAKE MY COMIC BOOK TIME AWAY... Kidding Job, you know I love your money you.Good news is that I had the chance to get to know a beautiful place that I've never been before (Madeira Island in Portugal)Well, that's over and I'm back to my usual schedule. Together with blue imaginary horses with wings and law enforcing judge, jury and executioner rookie police officers. Happy Are imaginary friends real? Before you say no consider this: What would you do if a random kid's imaginary friend asked for your help to save her? Nick Sax didn't believe that either, in fact he thought that to be an hallucination  but Happy (a blue horse with wings) is 1,2,3,4,5 grades above an hallucination.Happy will make his best effort to turn Nick Sax's story from a self-destroying tragedy of bad choices and corruption to a glorious tale of redemption.Santa, drugs, alcohol, infidelity, eczema and violence, this is Happy.Happy by Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson will be reviewed tomorrow, the 21st of May. Judge Dredd Origins This week's second review is Judge Dredd Origins.When the severed hand of the first Chief Justice of Megacity One is delivered to the Hall of Justice Dredd and his fellow judges spring into action.No power on earth, not ever the cursed earth will keep Dredd from getting the Chief Judged's body back.This is the beginning of the beginnings. The story of how the toughest law enforce came to be. And it will be here on Saturday the 25th of May.Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/next-on-rgn-6.html

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