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Off Topic: Graphic Novel Challenge 2013

Off Topic: Graphic Novel Challenge 2013

By Rui Esteves in Features on January 7, 2013

The good folks @ Graphic Novels Challenge have started the 2013 edition of the challenge, and Reading Graphic Novels is going to participate. Graphic Novel Challenge 2013The rules are as follow: Levels Level 1: read and review 12 books during the year (you could spread them out and read one a month or have a blast and read all 12 in a row!) Level 2: read and review 24 books during the year (same as above only you would read two a month for the slow rate) Game Play Basic: no change from last year. just read any book generally considered a graphic novel, manga, or collection of comics, write a review and link to your post. Advanced:  For advanced play we are going to play categories.  Players will pick 1 book from each of the 12 categories below.  If you are playing at Level 2 you could double up, choosing two from each category, or use the remainder as free picks.  You only have to read one book from each of the 12 categories. 1. manga 2. superhero 3. classic adaptation (a classic work adapted into the graphic format) 4. memoir 5. fantasy 6. translated from a foreign language 7. a single-issue comic book 8. science-fiction 9. crime or mystery 10. fairytale or mythology (true to the original or fractured, such as Fables series) 11. children's book (specifically written for children) 12. anthology (a collection of short stories by different authors/artists) RGN is going to Level 2 basic. In other words, 24 Graphic Novels (or other collected editions) reviewed this year, without genre restrictions. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/off-topic-graphic-novel-challenge-2013_7.html

Marvel Preview: Superior Spider-Man #1

Marvel Preview: Superior Spider-Man #1

By Jude Terror in Previews on January 7, 2013

Courtesy of Marvel Comics, here's your preview of Superior Spider-Man #1, in stores this week!

Marvel Previews: Scarlet Spider #13, Secret Service #5

Marvel Previews: Scarlet Spider #13, Secret Service #5

By Jude Terror in Previews on January 7, 2013

Courtesy of Marvel Comics, here's your previews of Scarlet Spider #13 and Secret Service #5, in stores this week!

Marvel Previews: Punisher: Nightmare #2, Punisher: War Zone #3, Thor: God of Thunder #4

Marvel Previews: Punisher: Nightmare #2, Punisher: War Zone #3, Thor: God of Thunder #4

By Jude Terror in Previews on January 7, 2013

Courtesy of Marvel Comics, here's your previews of Punisher: Nightmare #2, Punisher: War Zone #3, and Thor: God of Thunder #4, in stores this week!

Marvel Previews: Fantastic Four #3, Secret Avengers #36, Thunderbolts #3

Marvel Previews: Fantastic Four #3, Secret Avengers #36, Thunderbolts #3

By Jude Terror in Previews on January 7, 2013

Courtesy of Marvel Comics, here's your previews of Fantastic Four #3, Secret Avengers #36, and Thunderbolts #3, in stores this week!

Marvel Previews: Avengers Arena #3, Marvel Universe Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes #10, Marvel Universe vs. the Avengers #4

Marvel Previews: Avengers Arena #3, Marvel Universe Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes #10, Marvel Universe vs. the Avengers #4

By Jude Terror in Previews on January 7, 2013

Courtesy of Marvel Comics, here's your previews of Avengers Arena #3, Marvel Universe Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes #10, and Marvel Universe vs. the Avengers #4, in stores this week!

Marvel Previews: Cable and X-Force #3, First X-Men #5, Ultimate Comics X-Men #21

Marvel Previews: Cable and X-Force #3, First X-Men #5, Ultimate Comics X-Men #21

By Jude Terror in Previews on January 7, 2013

Courtesy of Marvel Comics, here's your previews of Cable and X-Force #3, First X-Men #5, and Ultimate Comics X-Men #21, in stores this week!

Marvel Previews: Age of Apocalypse #11, Wolverine and the X-Men #23, X-Men Legacy #4

Marvel Previews: Age of Apocalypse #11, Wolverine and the X-Men #23, X-Men Legacy #4

By Jude Terror in Previews on January 7, 2013

Courtesy of Marvel Comics, here's your previews of Age of Apocalypse #11, Wolverine and the X-Men #23, and X-Men Legacy #4, in stores this week!

Once Upon a Time -

Once Upon a Time - "The Cricket Game"

By The Resident in Features on January 6, 2013

Serious spoilers within. DO NOT READ UNLESS YOU HAVE WATCHED.

Legends Of The Dark Knight #4 Preview

Legends Of The Dark Knight #4 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on January 6, 2013

There’s a new crime fighter in town, and he’s captured The Joker!

Green Arrow #16 Preview

Green Arrow #16 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on January 6, 2013

Writer Ann Nocenti's last issue. And featuring a cover by the legendary Bill Sienkiewicz,

Animal Man #16 Preview

Animal Man #16 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on January 6, 2013

ROTWORLD: THE RED KINGDOM part four!

Ten Reasons Why You Shouldn't Help Peter David

Ten Reasons Why You Shouldn't Help Peter David

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on January 6, 2013

Going against the grain as usual, The Outhouse presents ten reasons why you shouldn't help Peter David as he recovers from his stroke.

Phantom Stranger #4 Preview

Phantom Stranger #4 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on January 5, 2013

John Constantine and Justice League Dark are about to learn the hard way why it’s never a good idea to make the Phantom Stranger angry!

Earth 2 #8 Preview

Earth 2 #8 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on January 5, 2013

What is the dark secret behind the last Amazon of Earth 2?

WINNER - Most Maddening Moment of the Year - 2012

WINNER - Most Maddening Moment of the Year - 2012

By Zechs in Features on January 5, 2013

2012 gave us a lot to be mad about, but which moment in comics earned fanboy fury oh so much? Wonder no more!!

New Crusaders: Dark Tomorrow Variants

New Crusaders: Dark Tomorrow Variants

By IvCNuB4 in News with Benefits on January 5, 2013

Archie Comics announces a May launch for New Crusaders: 'Dark Tomorrow' 6-issue limited series

The Outhouse Top 20 Comics

The Outhouse Top 20 Comics

By Houman Sadri in Features on January 5, 2013

The ballots have been cast and the votes collated: these are the top 20 current ongoings according to the motley crew here at The Outhouse.

Take a Look at Chris Ware's New Yorker Cover Based on the Newtown Shootings

Take a Look at Chris Ware's New Yorker Cover Based on the Newtown Shootings

By Royal Nonesuch in News with Benefits on January 4, 2013

The Building Stories writer/artist shares his thoughts on how he arrived at his cover design for the new issue.

Dr. Seuss Writing a 'Doctor Who' Story? It's Possible, And Here's Why

Dr. Seuss Writing a 'Doctor Who' Story? It's Possible, And Here's Why

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on January 4, 2013

Can you imagine "Cat in the Hat" creator Theodor Seuss Geisel penning a Doctor Who story? What a great meeting of fandoms that would be!

Michael Rosenbaum, John Krasinski, Isiah Mustafa, Dave Bautista, ThanosCopter, Unemployed Mall Santa, and Your Mom Rumored for Guardians of the Galaxy Role

Michael Rosenbaum, John Krasinski, Isiah Mustafa, Dave Bautista, ThanosCopter, Unemployed Mall Santa, and Your Mom Rumored for Guardians of the Galaxy Role

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on January 4, 2013

We're throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks!

Review: Hexed

Review: Hexed

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on January 4, 2013

Luci Jennifer Inagcio das Neves (nickname Lucifer) is a teen thief. She isn't an ordinary thief. Lucifer specializes on the occult. She steals magical items for the wealthy of the occult underground. Hexed follows Lucifer as she takes on a new job that might be a more than she can handle. In the course of fulfilling her employer latest request Lucifer will have to confront secrets from her past. Secrets that she'd rather keep that way. How is it? The story is quite simple. Lucifer steals mystical objects for a living. Her next job will not go according to plan. Blood will be spilled, dark secrets revealed, old alliances broken and renewed. Hexed is a relatively short story (original mini-series is only 4 issues long), so there isn't much I can say without spoiling it for you. But this much I can say, while the plot might be simple the execution is just about perfect. Michael Nelson creates a world where magic is just around the corner, if you know where to look. Magical artifacts, parallel dimensions, Angels and Demons are all present in Hexed. Lucifer's world is fleshed out quite nicely by the very convincing narrative weaved by Michael Nelson. I particularly enjoyed how Michael built the relationship between Lucifer and her current employer. Its a sort of mother / daughter relationship that gives a touch of emotion to the story. Michael's approach to magic is just about right. Magic to be interesting has to have rules, its power limited and dire consequences. Otherwise its just Deux Ex Machina. In Hexed magic is just that. Powerful with rules and limitation and wicked consequences to whom uses it. Hi Lucifer In my review of Doctor Strange Season One book I wasn't very flattering to Emma Rios art. Her work in that book is not very good, however in Hexed it is much better. In fact the art is really good. Its the right amount of strange, color and gloom. There is one particular moment, that I won't spoil, that was a big impact on the reader. Its a small moment but with high significance. That moment is elevated from important to magnificent by the skill o Emma Rios. The way she presents us with what Lucifer finds makes the whole thing seem glorious, and for that my hat's off to miss Rios. Ugly Mystical Guardian Verdict? This is a great book. Engaging, magic theme (for those of us that like it), awesome art. I highly recommend Hexed. This is a real gem, it deserves more attention. I wouldn't mind reading more about Lucifer's adventures in this strange and intriguing world. Publisher: BOOM Studios Year: 2010 Pages: 112 Authors: Michael Nelson, Emma Rios ISBN: 193450677X Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/review-hexed.html

Superman Recruits The Justice League For

Superman Recruits The Justice League For "H'El On Earth"

By IvCNuB4 in News with Benefits on January 4, 2013

Scott Lobdell talks Superman #16

DC Nation Reminder and New Promos

DC Nation Reminder and New Promos

By Zechs in News with Benefits on January 4, 2013

DC Nation returns this Saturday with new episodes of Young Justice and Green Lantern. As for the shorts, Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld and Thunder/Lightning? Well, get your first look at both here! Also a warning for those who want to DVR the block this weekend.

Partial Settlement Reached in Smallville Lawsuit

Partial Settlement Reached in Smallville Lawsuit

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on January 3, 2013

Warner Bros. has made a deal to settle part of the lawsuit over the television show Smallville.

Catcrunching: Exposing the Dirty Double Standard in the Comic Industry

Catcrunching: Exposing the Dirty Double Standard in the Comic Industry

By ThanosCopter in News with Benefits on January 3, 2013

ThanosCopter takes a look at the stunning lack of cats representation in the comic book industry.

Valiant Preview: Harbinger #0

Valiant Preview: Harbinger #0

By Royal Nonesuch in Previews on January 3, 2013

The Omega Age begins in Harbinger #0.

Exclusive: Sam Humphries Makes Shocking Revelation about Ultimate Comics on Robot6

Exclusive: Sam Humphries Makes Shocking Revelation about Ultimate Comics on Robot6

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on January 3, 2013

The writer made some bold claims about Marvel's Ultimate Universe over on CBR's Robot6 blog, which was reported by Bleeding Cool and is now being featured in this exclusive Outhouse article!

OP/ED: Some Things We Don't Want to See in 2013

OP/ED: Some Things We Don't Want to See in 2013

By ThanosCopter in News with Benefits on January 3, 2013

ThanosCopter writes a fluff article with no point in order to pad our hit count, just like another website we know.

Jeff Lemire  Hints at Teen Titans Series?

Jeff Lemire Hints at Teen Titans Series?

By ThanosCopter in News with Benefits on January 3, 2013

The writer has been hinting at a new DC series.

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