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Marvel's Marvel NOW! Teaser One X Away from Porn

Marvel's Marvel NOW! Teaser One X Away from Porn

By ThanosCopter in News with Benefits on January 7, 2013

Marvel has released a new, risque teaser.

Miracleman # 5 - Alan Moore Alan Davis

Miracleman # 5 - Alan Moore Alan Davis

By Arion in Reviews on January 7, 2013

Paul Gulacy What is the source of villainy? It’s hard to tell, but what remains clear is that a superhero is only as captivating as his nemesis. Villains are the one factor that can never be removed from superhero comics, and Alan Moore is well aware of that in “The Approaching Light”, and he reinforces an already dark and dangerous figure: Doctor Gargunza. Although in the 50s, Doctor Gargunza was merely a facsimile of Captain Marvel’s Doctor Sivana, Alan Moore recreates him in a much menacing manner. You see, for an archenemy to succeed there must be a confluence of at least two factors: the first one implies how threatening a villain can be, and the second one entails their secret origins. The most remarkable villains present a combination of these two elements: we have a lethal Joker fighting against Batman, and his origin is revealed in “The Killing Joke” (and in “The Dark Knight” film, the constant hints and contradictions about what turned him into the Joker makes him even more mysterious); we have a treacherous Lex Luthor struggling against Superman, and his origin is revealed in a fascinating “Unauthorized Biography”; and we have Magneto, a formidable rival of the X-Men, his past in a concentration camp gives him an unprecedented level of complexity. Miracleman & Mr. Cream Since Doctor Gar-gunza is the scientist who actually trans-formed Michael Moran into Mira-cleman, he also knows how to destroy him. No one else in the world has more know-ledge about super-men, and that makes him very powerful indeed. Kidna-pping Moran’s wife is Gargunza’s first step towards a plan we can’t deduce at first, but his true motivations are made transparent when he remembers his past in “I heard Woodrow Wilson’s Guns”. At an early age, Doctor Gargunza took advantage of his 190 IQ to control a criminal group in Rio de Janeiro, at 13 he was already making a lot of money, and when one year later his former boss tries to rape him (“he tried to interfere with me, sexually. I resisted. I was beaten”), he kills him in revenge. After this unpleasant experience he travels to Europe, he meets philosopher Martin Heidegger and in 1934 he meets Germany’s chancellor and future leader of the Nazis, Adolf Hitler. Although his scientific mind is very keen on human experiments he never forgets the more mundane aspect of reality, and thus, in 1941 he realizes that the Germans will lose WWII, and so he defects to England and there he’s hired by the British government. Dr. Gargunza... victim of sexual abuse at age 14 / Dr. Gargunza... víctima de abuso sexual a los 14 años And it is in England where an extra-terrestrial transport lands. He’s one of the first scientists to arrive to the landing spot, and the first man to enter into the space-ship. In most comic books we usually get very tradi-tional depic-tions of aliens, they are very huma-noid, and even their technology is very unimaginative. Alan Moore, however, envisions this space-ship in such a way that we know it could never be replicated by human science. Of course, the extraordinary pencils and inks of Alan Davis are a key factor here. The artist designs a sleek ship, of oval proportions, and the inside is so strange and unique that Gargunza and his men can barely make sense of it: “We found a machine that had intestines. We found circuitry that seemed to be made of water”. Moore’s description of the alien vessel is so vivid that as readers we actually imagine ourselves inside of it. I remember an old Alan Moore’s story published in 2000AD, a man becomes the most successful sci-fi writer of the world, his descriptions of alien civilizations and otherworldly technology fascinate his readership, until an investigator realizes that no one can have such a wild imagination, and so this man can’t be human, he must be an alien that has adopted human form. And oddly enough Moore reminds me of that fictitious writer, because in fact he has the wildest imagination. In Miracleman Alan Davis does one of the best works of his long career, just looking at his alien leaves me in awe, there are so many strange elements that somehow work in perfect combination, and the idea that ‘it’ used to drive the ship by having pieces of machinery skewering his body seems brilliant to me, and also a good example of why no human could operate the ship… because humans wouldn’t survive the blood loss.  Inside the alien ship / dentro de la nave alienígena Of course, Gargunza imme-diately analyzes the alien’s corpse, and in this strange biology he finds a way to create a super-human. Before bes-towing unli-mited power upon a mere mortal, he must first control the mind of said mortal. But he doesn’t know how… until one day in the canteen he finds a Captain Marvel comic book with a plot so idiotic and characters so cheesy that he laughs out loudly; but he also understands that if he captures orphans and places in their head a false reality, a reality that resembles the simple and naïve world of Shazam then he will have absolute dominion over their minds. And that’s why Miracleman, Young Miracleman and Kid Miracleman are based in Captain Marvel, Marvel Jr. and Mary Marvel. In this brilliant explanation, Moore brings into fiction elements of reality, because the truth is that Miracleman (originally published as Marvelman) was a rip-off of Captain Marvel, but thanks to Moore’s narrative it all makes sense perfectly.  In this issue we also have the conclusion of “The Red King Syndrome”, a story that takes place in the heads of Miracleman, Young Miracleman and Kid Miracleman. Miracleman is struggling to wake up, and suddenly the simple world in which they live seems false and unreal to him, and he makes Young Miracleman and Kid Miracleman realize that there is something really weird going on. Doctor Gargunza tries over and over again to get their minds reprogrammed, but Miracleman’s subconscious continues rejecting the dream. The artist is, again, John Ridgway, and he makes such a fantastic work in the oneiric sequences, his ability to bend reality and illustrate the craziest characters makes the dream solid enough for us. There are also some very interesting elements of repressed sexuality, as several gorgeous women try to touch Miracleman in a very provocative manner which instantly makes the hero snap at them.  ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Captain Marvel comic on panel 4 / cómic del Captain Marvel en la viñeta 4 ¿De dónde vienen los villanos? Es difícil saberlo, pero resulta claro que un súper-héroe es sólo tan cautiva-dor como su némesis. Los villanos son el único factor que nunca puede sustraer-se de los cómics de súper-héroes, y Alan Moore es conscien-te de esto en “La luz que se apro-xima”, donde refuerza una figura ya de por sí oscura y peligrosa: el doctor Gargunza. Aunque en los años 50, el doctor Gargunza era un burdo remedo del doctor Sivana de Captain Marvel, Alan Moore lo recrea de una manera amenazadora. Verán, para que un archienemigo destaque debe haber una confluencia de al menos dos factores: el primero implica qué tan amenazante puede ser un villano, y el segundo se refiere a sus orígenes secretos. Los villanos más formidables presentan una combinación de estos dos elementos: tenemos a un letal Joker peleando contra Batman, y su origen es revelado en “The Killing Joke” (y en la película “The Dark Knight” las constantes pistas y contradicciones sobre lo que lo convirtieron en el Joker lo vuelven aún más misterioso); tenemos a un artero Lex Luthor luchando contra Superman, y su origen es revelado en una fascinante "Biografía no autorizada"; y tenemos a Magneto, el invencible rival de los X-Men, su pasado en un campo de concentración le da un nivel de complejidad sin precedentes. El doctor Gargunza es el científico que transformó a Michael Moran en Miracleman, y por lo tanto también sabe cómo destruirlo. Nadie en el mundo tiene tantos conocimientos sobre los superhombres, y en ello reside su poder. Secuestrar a la esposa de Moran es el primer paso de un plan que no podemos deducir al principio, pero las verdaderas motivaciones del doctor se hacen transparentes cuando recuerda su pasado en "Yo oí las pistolas de Woodrow Wilson". Sexual tension / tensión sexual A tempra-na edad, el doctor Gargunza aprove-chó su coe-ficiente inte-lectual de 190 para controlar un grupo criminal en Río de Janeiro, a los 13 años ya había amasado una gran fortuna y cuando un año después su antiguo jefe intenta violarlo ("trató de interferir conmigo, sexual-mente. Me resistí. Fui golpeado") él se venga matándolo. Después de esta desagradable experiencia se va de viaje a Europa, allí conoce al filósofo Martin Heidegger y en 1934 conoce al canciller de Alemania y al futuro líder de los nazis, Adolf Hitler. Aunque su mente científica se ve atraída por los experimentos humanos nunca olvida los aspectos mundanos de la realidad, y por lo tanto, en 1941 comprueba que los alemanes perderán la Segunda Guerra Mundial, así que se va como desertor a Inglaterra en donde es contratado por el gobierno británico. Y es en Inglaterra donde aterriza un transporte extraterrestre. Él es uno de los primeros científicos en llegar al punto de aterrizaje, y el primer hombre en entrar en la nave. En la mayoría de los cómics usualmente vemos a los alienígenas retratados de modo muy tradicional, son humanoides y su tecnología es poco imaginativa. Alan Moore, sin embargo, nos entrega un bajel espacial que nunca podría ser replicado por la ciencia humana. Por supuesto, los extraordinarios lápices y tintas de Alan Davis son el factor clave aquí. El artista diseña una nave lisa, ovalada, y el interior es tan extraño y único que Gargunza y sus hombres apenas comprenden lo que ven: "encontramos una máquina que tenía intestinos. Encontramos circuitos que parecían estar hechos de agua". La descripción de Moore de la nave es tan vívida que los lectores nos podemos imaginar cómo es por dentro. Recuerdo un viejo relato de Alan Moore publicado en 2000AD en el que un hombre se convierte en el escritor de ciencia ficción más exitoso del mundo, sus descripciones de civilizaciones alienígenas y de tecnologías de otros mundos fascinan a su público, hasta que un investigador descubre que nadie puede tener una imaginación tan desbocada, y que este hombre es en realidad un alien que ha adoptado forma humana. Es extraño, pero Moore me recuerda a ese escritor ficticio, porque él, de hecho, tiene la más desbocada imaginación. En Miracleman, Alan Davis hace uno de los mejores trabajos de su larga carrera, ver a su alien nos deja sorprendidos, hay tantos elementos extraños que de algún modo se combinan a la perfección, y me parece brillante la idea de que este ser solía manejar la nave con piezas de maquinaria clavadas en su cuerpo, y también es un buen ejemplo de por qué ningún humano podría operar la nave... porque los humanos no sobrevivirían la pérdida de sangre. John Ridgway Por supuesto, Gargunza inmedia-tamente analiza el cadáver del alien, y en esta extraña biología encuen-tra la forma de crear súper-humanos. Antes de conceder poder ilimitado a un simple mortal, primero debe controlar esa mente. Pero no sabe cómo... hasta que un día en la cantina encuen-tra un cómic de Captain Marvel con un guión tan idiota y personajes tan cursis que se ríe a carcajadas; pero también entiende que si captura huérfanos y coloca en sus cabezas un falso sentido de realidad que se asemeje al mundo bobalicón e ingenuo de Shazam entonces tendrá un dominio absoluto sobre sus mentes. Y es por eso que Miracleman, Young Miracleman y Kid Miracleman se basan en Captain Marvel, Marvel Jr. y Mary Marvel. Con esta brillante explicación, Moore integra a la ficción elementos de la realidad, porque lo cierto es que Miracleman (originalmente publicado como Marvelman) era una copia barata del Capitán Marvel, pero gracias a la narrativa de Moore todo al fin tiene sentido. En este ejemplar también tenemos la conclusión de “The Red King Syndrome”, una historia que ocurre en las cabezas de Miracleman, Young Miracleman y Kid Miracleman. Miracleman lucha para despertar, y repentinamente el mundo simplón en el que viven se ve falso e irreal, y logra que sus aliados también perciban que algo extraño sucede. El doctor Gargunza trata una y otra vez de reprogramar sus mentes, pero el inconsciente de Miracleman continúa rechazando el sueño. El artista es, de nuevo, John Ridgway, y hace un magnífico trabajo en las secuencias oníricas, su habilidad para retorcer la realidad e ilustrar a los personajes más desquiciados hacen que el sueño sea tangible para nosotros. Hay también algunos elementos muy interesantes de sexualidad reprimida; por ejemplo, cuando algunas atractivas mujeres intentan tocar a Miracleman de manera provocadora, el héroe instantáneamente las empuja.   Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/01/miracleman-5-alan-moore-alan-davis.html

Police Hunt for Thief Who Stole 600 X-Men Comics

Police Hunt for Thief Who Stole 600 X-Men Comics

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on January 7, 2013

Residents of a small Nebraska town are shocked and dismayed after 600 X-Men comics were stolen from a communal storage area.

Superman Outerpants Return on Weird Japanese Toy

Superman Outerpants Return on Weird Japanese Toy

By ThanosCopter in News with Benefits on January 7, 2013

A "domo doll" has been spotted wearing Superman's famous outerpanties.

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.

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