The end of the world is just around the corner and the year coming to a close. Its time to list the top 10 books I've read (for the first time) this year. My reads that is :) Here is the first RGN Top 10 list. Underwater Welder 10 - Underwater Welder I'm not a big Lemire fan but I do enjoy most of his work. I picked this up on a whim, based only on a couple of online reviews. I'm glad I did. Its a wonderful story of a soon to be dad that as to come to terms with is own daddy issues. The B&W art helps to build the mild craziness of the story. Not reviewed yet. SCUD 9 - SCUD the Disposable Assassin, The Whole Shebang I was introduced to this book in the forums of The Outhouse and immediately ordered it. This collected the full run of the book plus a few extras. The story is funny, crazy and heavy on randomness. Its a entertaining book that keeps you reading until your arms hurt from holding this behemoth of a book. You can check out the review here. Doctor Strange 8 - Doctor Strange A Separate Reality Magic themed comic books are, usually, very close to my heart, especially the older ones. It took me a couple of months but as soon as I was able to find an affordable copy of this book I took it. It didn't let me down at all. Everything I like of these older magic themed books is here. Magic with imagination coupled with an exciting story and little space for Harry Potter length plots. Eventually it will get reviewed. Wolverine and the X-Men 7 - Wolverine and the X-Men Volume 1 In the last couple of years I've been drifting away from superhero comics. When this came out the reviews here great and all had a similar topic "this isn't your typical superhero book". That was enough to get me reconnected with these familiar characters. It is indeed a different book. Its funny and fresh and loose with the continuity. And most of all, it shakes the status quo. I was hooked from the get go. This book was one of the first reviews on RGN and can be found here. Freakangels 6 - Freakangels Volume 6 Warren Ellis is one of my favorite comic book writer and Freakangels is in my top 10 Ellis books. This 6th volume marked the end of this saga. It answered all the lingering questions of this Universe. Who, why and how did the world as we know it ended? Are the Freakangels immortal? And so on. This book brings closure to this journey. Sadly I haven't got around to reviewing any of the Freakangels book. Maybe I'll do a full run review. Off Road 5 - Off Road After I read Joe the Barbarian late last year I was instantly in love with Sean Murphy's art and had to have more of it. Made a little research and found this little graphic novel about three friends that have different issues to work out. Off Road is a great little book about friendship, fathers and coming of age. Check out the review here. Channel Zero 4 - Channel Zero Up until Channel Zero Brian Wood was one of my favorite writers I never read. Channel Zero is the first published work of Brian Wood and like he says in the extras he is not ashamed of it. And he shouldn't. In fact he should be proud. This is a mix of punk cyber fight against the Machine and the oppression / liberation that the Media can impose on the people. Its a great read, even if you don't agree with Wood's POV on politics and personal freedoms. I've been trying to review this for weeks and failing miserably. Maybe 2013 will bring me the much needed inspiration. Saga 3 - Saga Volume 1 All over the internet Saga is being labeled as a Space Opera. Its not incorrect. It surely seem to be getting the scope for it, even if there is only three or four stories outside the main story line. Saga is a love story. Love between the Marko, Alana and their baby girl. Marko and Alana are cough between a galaxy wide war between their respective races. They fall in love and decide to leave the war behind them and live a peaceful life. The only problem is that the war isn't going to let that happen. Check the review here. Fear Agent 2 - Fear Agent Volume 6 This book marks the end of one of the best Sci-Fi books in the last years. And what a journey it was! Worldly invasions, time travel, galactic genocide and a great deal of misadventures is what you can find in the 6 volumes (7 if you count Tales of the Fear Agent) that tell the tale of Heathrow Hudson the last of the Fear Agents. Like Freakangels this will, probably, get a run review somewhere in time. Infinite Kung Fu 1 - Infinite Kung Fu Infinite Kung Fu takes the number one spot because it was the book that most amazed me. I had little to none expectations and was completely sweep off my feet by it. Kagan Mcleod does a great job in recreating the feel of the old martial arts movies. Like SCUD, this is a behemoth. 400+ pages of top notch sequential art, that is hard to read in lengthy stretches due to its weight, but very much worth it. This one is in my to review list since the first day of RGN, but I haven't been able to do it justice. But it will be reviewed. Stay tuned for 2013. Here is what I read this year and loved. What are your preferences? Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2012/12/top-10-best-books-ive-read-in-2012.html
Frankenstein might be an unnatural monster, but he also has enough intelligence to suffer for his condition as an outcast. Attempting to kill himself, he approaches an erupting volcano and is engulfed by the lava. Years later, an expedition led by doctor Simon Ingles rescues the monster from his petrified tomb. Frankenstein’s first reaction is pain and despair, because his suicide has been a failure. However, he finds in doctor Ingles a kind and caring soul, a friend at last. Steve Niles reconstructs the darker sides of society’s perception and the condemnation of an intelligent, although monstrous, creature. Legendary artist Bernie Wrightson proves once again why he’s one of the best illustrators in the comic book industry, and unlike many of his contemporaries, he has not only maintained a tremendously high level of quality, he has surpassed it. I’ve followed Wrightson’s work: I’ve seen his Swamp Thing from the 70s, his Freak Show from the 80s, his Creepy collaborations, his work for Marvel in Spider-Man Hooky… And I can’t remember the last time I felt so impressed with his art. Without a shadow of a doubt, “Frankenstein Alive, Alive” is the best artistic creation of 2012 (and probably 2011 and 2010 as well). So let’s take a look at Wrightson’s pages, starting with the first one. We have a very ominous figure (Frankenstein petrified), able to confuse the emotions of the men in the expedition (should they be worried, intrigued, frightened?). Then we have a double page spread divided in three horizontal frames. The first one shows all the solemnity and majestic architecture of a secluded British mansion. The second one shows Dr. Ingles surrounded by hundreds of embalmed lizards and desiccated animals of impossible features, like a museum of the occult, every single piece here reminds us of horror movies or arcane myths. page 1 / página 1 We get to appreciate the magnificent collection of Dr. Ingles in another extraordinarily beautiful double page spread. I stared at this powerful image for several minutes, imagining the natural habitat of that gigantic crocodile dangling from the ceiling, guessing the magical properties of the two-headed monster just above the crocodile, trying to discern the content of dozens of glass jars (in some of them we can see brains, in other fetuses of creatures that have never existed in real life, but in others we can only suppose what’s inside…), counting the skulls and canisters in the shelves, admiring the skeletons of several animals that might (or might not) have existed in the 19th century, wondering what is the origin of a strange mummy that seems to have been screaming at the moment of his mummification, observing the sculptures, statues and totems that the doctor has acquired after a decades-long search. When Frankenstein explains to Dr. Ingles that he never had the chance to receive a proper education his benefactor considers that illiteracy is a malady “but a malady for which there is ample medicine”. When I saw the doctor’s library I was as amazed as Frankenstein, I was so mesmerized by the amount of books that I took the liberty of counting them, and there are roughly 480 volumes there (does anyone else feel like counting them so that we can compare notes?). But what surprises me the most is the composition and the complete dominion over perspective required to depict such a somber and labyrinthine library. Many artists nowadays simply draw a square with a computer software and create divisions inside of them that can resemble books (I should know, I’ve done that), the resulting image is always insipid and uninspiring, what Wrightson does is calculate every angle, and his thorough brush work adds unique texture, depth and density to all the old manuscripts we manage to see. click to enlarge / hacer click para agrandar In the final page we get to inspect the doctor’s extravagant laboratory. Test tubes and potions are a clear homage to classic horror films, and as readers we can only wonder what kind of horrific experimentations does the doctor practice with the blood of the unborn fetuses… he says he’s searching in those “protean humours” a cure against the aging process that affects every cell in our body… but how far will he go in order to rejuvenate himself? Currently I do try to read my comics calmly, paying attention to the hidden visual clues some artists like to leave in their drawings. Most of the time, however, there is nothing relevant about most pencilers’ work, as it obeys only the most basic functionality of telling the story. Bernie Wrightson doesn’t simply tell a story, he shows us every conceivable aspect, every monster, every nightmarish relic; he creates a mood, an atmosphere, he bends light and shadows like a master, and ignites the power of our imagination like no one else could. ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ Frankenstein puede ser un monstruo antinatural, pero también tiene la inteligencia suficiente como para sufrir por su condición de marginal. Al intentar suicidarse, es engullido por la lava de un volcán en erupción. Años después, una expedición guiada por el Dr. Simon Ingles rescata al monstruo de su tumba petrificada. inside the mansion / dentro de la mansión La primera reacción de Frankenstein es de dolor y desesperación, porque su suicidio ha sido un fracaso. Sin embargo, encuentra en el doctor Ingles a un alma bondadosa y amable, en definitiva a un amigo. Steve Niles reconstruye los lados más oscuros de la percepción de la sociedad y la maldición de una criatura inteligente pero monstruosa. El legendario artista Bernie Wrightson demuestra una vez más por qué es uno de los mejores ilustradores de la industria del cómic, y a diferencia de muchos de sus contemporáneos, no sólo ha mantenido un nivel de calidad tremendamente alto, sino que lo ha superado. He seguido el trabajo de Wrightson: he visto su Swamp Thing de los 70, su Freak Show de los 80, sus colaboraciones para Creepy, su trabajo para Marvel en Spider-Man Hooky... Y no puedo recordar la última vez que quedé tan impresionado con su arte. Sin ninguna duda, “Frankenstein Alive, Alive” es la mejor creación artística del 2012 (y probablemente del 2011 y el 2010). the labyrinthine library / la biblioteca laberíntica Así que miremos las páginas de Wrightson, y empecemos con la primera. Tenemos una figura muy ominosa (Frankenstein petrificado), capaz de confundir las emociones de los hombres en la expedición (¿deberían estar preocupados, intrigados, asustados?). Luego, tenemos una página doble dividida en tres viñetas horizontales. La primera muestra toda la solemnidad y la arquitectura majestuosa de una mansión británica. La segunda muestra al Dr. Ingles rodeado de cientos de lagartos embalsamados y animales disecados de rasgos imposibles, como un museo de lo oculto, cada objeto aquí nos recuerda a películas de terror o mitos arcanos. Podemos apreciar la magnífica colección del Dr. Ingles en otra página doble de extraordinaria belleza. Me quedé mirando esta poderosa imagen por varios minutos, imaginando el hábitat natural de ese gigantesco cocodrilo que cuelga del techo, adivinando las propiedades mágicas del monstruo de dos cabezas que está encima del cocodrilo, intentando distinguir los contenidos de docenas de potes de vidrio (en algunos vemos cerebros, en otros fetos de criaturas que nunca existieron en la vida real, pero en otros sólo podemos suponer qué es lo que hay adentro...), contando los cráneos y las redomas en las repisas, admirando los esqueletos de varios animales que podrían (o no) haber existido en el siglo XIX, fantaseando cuál sería el origen de una extraña momia que parece haber estado gritando al momento de su momificación, observando las esculturas, estatuas y tótems que el doctor ha adquirido tras décadas de búsqueda. the doctor's laboratory / el laboratorio del doctor Cuando Frankenstein le explica al Dr. Ingles que nunca recibió una educación apropiada, su benefactor considera que la ignorancia es una enfermedad "pero una enfermedad para la que hay abundante medicina". Cuando vi la biblioteca del doctor quedé tan asombrado como Frankenstein, también quedé hipnotizado por la cantidad de libros y me tomé la libertad de contarlos y hay alrededor de 480 volúmenes allí (¿alguien más se anima a contarlos para comparar notas?). Pero lo que más me sorprende es la composición y el dominio completo de la perspectiva requeridos para darle forma a esta sombría y laberíntica biblioteca. En la actualidad muchos artistas sólo dibujan una rectángulo usando algún software y crean divisiones que se asemejan a libros (yo mismo lo he hecho alguna vez), pero la imagen resultante es siempre insípida y poco inspiradora, lo que Wrightson hace es calcular cada ángulo, y su pulcro pincel añade una textura única, una profundidad y una densidad a todos los manuscritos que podemos ver. En la página final podemos inspeccionar el extravagante laboratorio del doctor. Los tubos de ensayo y las pociones son un claro homenaje a las películas clásicas de terror, y como lectores nos queda preguntarnos qué tipo de horrendos experimentos practica el doctor con la sangre de fetos nonatos... él dice que busca en esos "humores proteicos" una cura contra el proceso de envejecimiento que afecta a todas las células del cuerpo... ¿pero qué tan lejos llegará para rejuvenecerse? Por lo general, intento leer mis cómics con calma, y presto atención a las pistas ocultas visuales que algunos artistas dejan en sus dibujos. La mayoría de las veces, sin embargo, no hay nada relevante en el trabajo del dibujante de hoy, que obedece a la funcionalidad más básica de la narración. Bernie Wrightson no cuenta una historia simplemente, él nos muestra cada aspecto concebible, cada monstruo, cada reliquia de pesadilla; crea un estado, una atmósfera, retuerce la luz y las sombras como un maestro, y enciende el poder de nuestra imaginación más que ningún otro. Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2012/12/frankenstein-alive-alive-2-steve-niles.html
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It took me a few days to read my November comics, but I’d like to share with you my opinions before I start reviewing them. This month I got to read some very interesting first issues, such as Great Pacific and Clone, which I’ll continue to buy. Sadly, that’s not the case with Bedlam, although I really enjoyed the script and the ideas presented in this first chapter, the art simply let me down. I’ve already written about Happy # 2 this week, but I intend to do the same with Lot 13, damn that was really great! I’m already writing about Frankenstein Alive Alive, which was delayed a few months but it was so amazing that it was totally worth the wait. Locke & Key Omega was also a very compelling first issue, although I can’t say the same about IDW’s Judge Dredd which lacks the sophistication and humor that only British authors are able to imbue in the lawmaker from the future. November also marks the end of The Boys with issue # 72, easily one of the best titles I’ve read in the past 6 years, and personally my favorite work from Garth Ennis. I’ll really, really miss it. And I promise to start reviewing it in 2013, because I just need to share with others how fascinating this was. And now, without further ado, here are November comics as per solicitations. BEDLAM #1 (W) Nick Spencer (A) Riley Rossmo (CA) Frazer Irving. Fillmore Press was once Madder Red, a homicidal maniac and criminal overlord who terrorized the town of Bedlam for years. Then he got better. This is what happens next. A double-sized introduction to a blood-soaked cityscape of murder, mayhem, and mystery by NICK SPENCER (MORNING GLORIES, THIEF OF THIEVES) and RILEY ROSSMO (REBEL BLOOD, GREEN WAKE)! BOYS #72 (MR) (W) Garth Ennis (A/CA) Darick Robertson. THE FINAL ISSUE! The long day closes on the Brooklyn Bridge, as our hero finally meets his destiny. There's one last deal to be done, As Stillwell finds out the real cost of doing business, and one last surprise for Rayner too - as she begins her long-dreamed of political career. The Boys' story comes to an end in this final issue containing 24 pages of story! Contains 5 pin-up pages of brand-new art as well as a complete cover gallery! CLONE #1 (W) David Schulner (A/CA) Juan Jose Ryp, Felix Serrano From ROBERT KIRKMAN's Skybound imprint, comes a sci-fi story like you've never seen before! Dr. Luke Taylor's perfect life comes to a dramatic halt when an identical, bloodied version of himself arrives at his doorstep with news that he is one of many clones… and they're all after his pregnant wife and their unborn child! COLDER #1 (OF 5) (MR) (W) Paul Tobin (A/CA) Juan Ferreyra Declan Thomas's body temperature is dropping. He never gets sick, never feels pain. An ex-inmate of an insane asylum that was destroyed in a fire, he has the strange ability to step inside a person's madness and sometimes cure it. He hopes to one day cure his own, but time is running out, because when his temperature reaches zero . . . it's over. FASHION BEAST #3 (MR) Writer: Alan Moore Cover & Art: Facundo Percio Battered and bruised, Doll discovers that to defy Celestine is to look death in the eyes. The world is on the precipice of nuclear annihilation and society focuses a vehement anger upon the extravagances of a fashion driven culture. But as the tarot cards are turned, Doll finds that her obstinance has put her front and center among the playthings of a powerful madman. And to be at the top is an invitation to be in the crosshairs. Fashion Beast brings Alan Moore's unearthed masterpiece into the limelight after nearly thirty years! Available with a Regular or Wraparound Cover by series artist Facundo Percio or Haute Couture Incentive (by Percio) or the very rare Tarot (by Paul Duffield) Incentive cover. FATALE #4 (MR) The surprise hit of 2012 continues! FATALE's first arc veers dangerously toward its crushing end... all the pieces are in place, Josephine and her lover are prepared to execute their plan, but only one of them knows what kind of men (or demons) they're dealing with. Nothing will go as planned, and there will be blood. And remember, FATALE is packed with extras - text pieces, art, paintings - that are only included in the printed comics, so don't miss an issue! My drawing / mi dibujo FLY VOL II #1 (OF 5) A CVR MACK (MR) (W) Raven Gregory (A) TBD (CA) David Mack Written By Raven Gregory Cover A By David Mack Wizard World, Pop Culture Addict, Comic Buzz, Talking Comics and Geekadelphia - Best Comic of 2011 The series that everyone is talking about returns and a BRAND NEW STORY ARC BEGINS!!! After the life shattering events of the last volume of FLY, Eddie is now a broken man set on a path of self destruction he may not escape. Meanwhile Francis sets his end game plan in motion and the Hero is about to get a deadly taste of his own vengeful medicine. The critically acclaimed series continues! Set in a world where the super heroes aren't really heroes at all...How far would you go to Fly® From the creative team of the hit series Alice in Wonderland and featuring three incredible covers by the legendary David Mack (Kabuki), Ale Garza (Deadpool) and Darick Robertson (The Boys). FRANKENSTEIN ALIVE ALIVE #2 (W) Steve Niles (A/CA) Bernie Wrightson Legendary artist Bernie Wrightson returns to Frankenstein with a comic series that picks up at the end of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's classic novel, hailed as one of the greatest horror stories of all time. Frequent Wrightson collaborator Steve Niles provides the script for this epic, decades in the making. GREAT PACIFIC #1 (MR) (W) Joe Harris (A/CA) Martin Morazzo. 'TRASHED!' Part One Chas Worthington dreams of big things, solving bigger problems, and making his mark on the world. Only no one takes the twenty-one year-old heir to one of the biggest oil fortunes in history very seriously. That is, until he turns his back on his cushy life of wealth and prestige, and seeks to solve an environmental disaster twice the size of his native Texas known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The epic sci-fi adventure and survival tale begins! HAPPY#2 (of 4) (W) Grant Morrison (A/CA) Darick Robertson. Trapped in a mob hospital at the mercy of the cold-eyed torture expert Smoothie and his team of dedicated sadists, the only hope for Nick Sax is Happy the Horse! With three days to Black Christmas, can our unlikely duo stay together long enough to stop Pedo-Santa's rampage? HIT-GIRL #4 (MR) (W) Mark Millar (A/CA) John Romita. Mindy finally gets an ultimatum: No more Hit-Girl or else. But when danger lands on her doorstep, Hit-Girl may face her biggest challenge yet: not spilling blood on the living room carpet. Meanwhile, Red Mist lives out his Bruce Wayne fantasy abroad. A limited edition variant by Geof Darrow will be released for this issue. INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #517 (W) Matt Fraction (A/CA) Salvador Larroca • If Tony Stark isn't Iron Man, then who's the guy in the suit® • Zeke Stane digs for he truth • Spymaster racks up his victims JUDGE DREDD #1 (W) Duane Swierczynski (A) Nelson Daniel, Paul Gulacy (CA) Zach Howard & Various In the 22nd century, crime runs rampant in Mega-City One, home to over 400 million citizens, robots, criminals and lunatics. The only line of defense between anarchy and chaos are… the Judges. And Judge Dredd is the toughest of them all. In this, Judge Dredd's 35th anniversary year, IDW is proud to re-introduce Judge Dredd to America in this all-new ongoing series. LOCKE & KEY OMEGA #1 (OF 7) (W) Joe Hill (A/CA) Gabriel Rodriguez The Locke family's story began in 2007 in Welcome to Lovecraft, and after five years of tension and terror, there are only seven issues left to their story. The beginning of the end starts here. Dodge has the Omega key, and nothing can stop him from using it… LOT 13 #1 (OF 5) (MR) (W) Steve Niles (A/CA) Glenn Fabry • A terrifying new horror series from the ghoulish minds of Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and Glenn Fabry (PREACHER)! • A family making a cross-country move makes a horrifying discovery in an old apartment complex. Can they survive the night? UNWRITTEN #42 (W) Mike Carey (A) Peter Gross (CA) Yuko Shimizu. The land of the dead is just a story, but Tom Taylor is going there anyway on a rescue mission that hasn't been tried since Orpheus - provided he can get the door to open in the first place. And provided the worlds of story are still there... A hungry vampire and two misfit lovers gather around the campfire in 'Live Like Lazarus.' UNWRITTEN #43 (MR) (W) Mike Carey (A) Peter Gross (CA) Yuko Shimizu. What do Baron Munchausen, a Jane Austen heroine, a homicidal bear and three bad rabbits have in common? They're all either helping or sabotaging Tom Taylor on the next leg of his quest to find Lizzie and bring her back from the land of the dead... WALKING DEAD #104 (MR) (W) Robert Kirkman (A) Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn (CA) Charlie Adlard. If you won't handle this... I will. _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ Tardé algunos días en leer mis cómics de noviembre, pero me gustaría compartir mis opiniones antes de empezar a reseñarlos. Este mes leí algunos primeros números muy interesantes, como "Great Pacific" y "Clone", y seguiré comprándolos. Lo triste es que ese no será el caso con "Bedlam", aunque realmente disfruté con el guión y las ideas presentadas en este primer capítulo, el arte me desilusionó. Ya he escrito sobre Happy # 2 esta semana, pero mi intención es hacer lo mismo con "Lot 13", qué buen número, demonios. Ya estoy escribiendo sobre "Frankenstein Alive Alive" que se atrasó algunos meses pero fue tan asombroso que la espera valió la pena de todas maneras. "Locke & Key Omega" tuvo un primer número cautivador, aunque no puedo decir lo mismo del Judge Dredd de IDW que carece de la sofisticación y el humor que sólo los autores británicos son capaces de imbuir en este justiciero del futuro. Noviembre también marca el fin de "The Boys" con el ejemplar # 72, sin duda uno de los mejores títulos que he leído en los últimos 6 años, y mi obra favorita de Garth Ennis. La extrañaré mucho, de verdad. Y prometo empezar a reseñarla el 2013, porque necesito compartir con otros lo fascinante que fue. Y ahora, sin mayores preámbulos, aquí están los cómics de noviembre. BEDLAM #1 FILLMORE PRESS fue alguna vez Rojo Enloquecido, un maníaco homicida y un señor del crimen que aterrorizó a la ciudad de BEDLAM por años. BOYS #72 (MR) El largo día termina en el puente de Brooklyn. ¿Cuál será el destino final? Hay un último trato que debe hacerse, y una última sorpresa. CLONE #1 La vida perfecta del doctor Luke Taylor se ve alterada cuando una ensangrentada versión idéntica a él toca su puerta, se trata de uno de muchos clones suyos que lo persiguen a él y a su esposa embarazada. COLDER #1 (OF 5) (MR) La temperatura del cuerpo de Thomas está bajando. Él nunca se enferma ni siente dolor. Tiene la extraña habilidad de meterse en la locura de los otros, y a veces curarla. Y espera, un día, poder curar la suya. FASHION BEAST #3 (MR) Maltrecha y golpeada, DOLL descubre que desafiar a CELESTINE es mirar a la muerte a los ojos. El mundo está al borde de la aniquilación nuclear y la sociedad se enfoca con ira vehemente en las extravagancias de una cultura dominada por la moda. Con las cartas del tarot, DOLL descubre que su obstinación la coloca en medio de los planes de un poderoso lunático. FATALE #4 (MR) Todas las piezas están en su lugar. El plan está listo para ser ejecutado, pero ¿a qué clase de hombres (o demonios) se enfrentan? FLY VOL II #1 (OF 5) A CVR MACK (MR) Luego de los impactantes eventos del primer volumen, Eddie es ahora un hombre arruinado y rumbo a la autodestrucción. Mientras, Francis empieza con sus planes, el héroe obtendrá una cucharada mortal de su propia medicina. En un mundo inmoral, ¿qué tan lejos llegarías con tal de poder volar? FRANKENSTEIN ALIVE ALIVE #2 La historia inicia justo donde termina la obra de Mary W. Shelley. GREAT PACIFIC #1 (MR) Chas sueña en grande, sueña con solucionar problemas serios y dejar su marca en el mundo. Pero nadie se toma en serio a este chico de 21 años, heredero de una fortuna petrolera. Hasta que él la da la espalda a su cómoda vida, y trata de resolver el desastre medioambiental de Texas. HAPPY#2 (of 4) Atrapado en un hospital de la mafia a merced de un torturador experto y su equipo de dedicados sádicos, la única esperanza de Nick es el Caballo Feliz. Faltan tres días para la navidad negra, ¿podrá este curioso dúo mantenerse unido y detener al Papa Noel pedófilo? HIT-GIRL #4 (MR) Mindy recibe un ultimátum: los días de HIT-GIRL se terminaron. Pero cuando el peligro llega a casa, ella enfrentará su más grande reto. No derramar sangre en la alfombra de la sala. Mientras, RED MIST se va de viaje. INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #517 Si Tony no es IRON MAN, ¿quién es el tipo dentro del traje? JUDGE DREDD #1 En el siglo XXII, el crimen asola a Mega-City Uno, hogar de 400 millones de ciudadanos. La única línea de defensa entre la anarquía y el caos son los jueces. Y JUDGE DREDD es el más duro de todos. LOCKE & KEY OMEGA #1 (OF 7) El principio del fin está aquí. Dodge tiene la llave Omega. LOT 13 #1 (OF 5) (MR) Una familia que se muda al otro lado del país descubre algo horroroso en un complejo de departamentos. ¿Podrán sobrevivir esa noche? UNWRITTEN #42 (MR) La tierra de los muertos es sólo una historia, pero Tom Taylor irá allí de todos modos en una misión de rescate que no ha sido intentada desde los tiempos de Orfeo… siempre y cuando pueda abrir la puerta. Un vampiro hambriento y dos amantes marginales se reúnen en “Vive como Lázaro”. UNWRITTEN #43 (MR) ¿Qué tienen en común una heroica Jane Austen, un oso homicida y tres conejos malos? Ellos ayudarán o sabotearán la misión de Tom Taylor. WALKING DEAD #104 (MR) Si tú no arreglas esto… yo lo haré. Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2012/12/november-comic-books-comics-de-noviembre.html
PR: ASPEN COMICS KICKS OFF “10 FOR 10” WITH LEGEND OF THE SHADOW CLAN AND ADDED INCENTIVES FOR FANS AND RETAILERSBy Rui Esteves in Features on December 14, 2012
Aspen is planning to celebrate the publisher’s tenth anniversary this February in a big way, with their largest offering of new titles in their history. Launching their special “10 for 10” initiative that will feature ten new series releases, one each month over the span of ten months. Aspen’s “10 for 10” will debut with the launch of Legend of the Shadow Clan #1 on February 6th, 2013. From creators David Wohl and Brad Foxhoven (Executive Assistant: Iris) and the art team of Cory Smith and John Starr (Broken Pieces, Fathom), Legend of the Shadow Clan marks Aspen’s first all new property of 2013. Below is the publisher’s solicitation for the new Aspen release: Meet the Arashi family. They are like any other family living in the city: kids in school, parents working to make ends meet. But unbeknownst to even them, their ancestors held a dark secret: they were a clan of ninja in feudal Japan, in the employ of a prominent leader. But when that leader was murdered under mysterious circumstances, the Arashi Clan was blamed, and forced to flee, going into hiding. Over the centuries, the descendants lost track of the ancient ways. They came to America, abandoning their sordid past to distant memory. However, recently, their secret has been discovered--their ancient enemy has returned, and won't rest until every member of the Arashi clan is killed. Now, the Arashi family must rediscover their long-forgotten birthright if they hope to have any chance of surviving the onslaught to come, and along the way, they will learn the LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN. To celebrate the first release of the “10 for 10” initiative and to thank fans and retailers for their support in getting Aspen Comics to the milestone decade mark, Aspen is releasing the first issue of Legend of the Shadow Clan for the highly affordable price of only $1. As well, every subsequent #1 issue for each new release in Aspen’s “10 for 10” program will be offered at the same low $1 price. To help support comic shops’ push for Legend of the Shadow #1 and the Aspen “10 for 10” titles to follow, Aspen is offering a multitude of special incentives for stores to choose from on the debut issue, priced at a near Free Comic Book Day level to retailers: Every fan or new reader who lets their local retailer know to add Legend of the Shadow Clan #1 to their subscription box is eligible to receive the special “Aspen Reserved Edition” cover for each “10 for 10” #1 title. Fans who collect all ten Reserved Edition covers at their local comic book store will then be eligible to receive the free Aspen “10 for 10” Jam Poster (to be revealed soon!) featuring characters from all ten titles and colored by superstar colorist Peter Steigerwald. Red Blue Any retailer who orders 50 copies of the $1 priced Legend of the Shadow Clan #1 will receive a signed and numbered copy of the direct cover edition, along with a certificate of authenticity. Retailers who order 100 copies of the $1 priced issue one will receive the above listed incentive as well as one free CCG 9.8 edition of Legend of the Shadow Clan #1 Reserved Edition cover. For every 250 total combined copies of the standard and Reserved Edition covers ordered, retailers will receive all of the above listed incentives and one free original hand drawn Sketch Cover by Legend of the Shadow Clan series artist Cory Smith. Custom Cover Each retailer who orders 750 total combined copies of the standard and Reserved variant edition covers are eligible to receive those copies with an exclusive cover featuring their store logo or image incorporated into the cover illustration. Qualifying retailers will be contacted to confirm the specifics of your exclusive image. All prior listed incentives are also included at this level. And for stores who order 1500 total combined copies of the standard and Reserved variant edition covers, those retailers will receive a special store signing appearance by a creator of Legend of the Shadow Clan, receive 200 additional past Aspen exclusive comics for the signing, and be included in an interior ad page of the comic promoting the event. Qualifying retailers will be contacted to confirm the specifics of your signing. This incentive is highly limited to the first five participating stores. All prior listed incentives are also included at this level. For more information on Legend of the Shadow Clan and Aspen Comics please check www.aspencomics.com and www.aspenstore.com and follow Aspen’s “10 for 10” on Twitter with the hash tag: #Aspen10 Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2012/12/pr-aspen-comics-kicks-off-10-for-10.html
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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
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