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Joe Kubert Presents #3 Preview

Joe Kubert Presents #3 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on January 1, 2013

3 tales of classic adventures

Review: A Voice in the Dark #1 (Dark Zoey)

Review: A Voice in the Dark #1 (Dark Zoey)

By Jude Terror in Reviews on January 1, 2013

Wil 2013 be the year of Larime Taylor? The Outhouse says hell yes!

A Journey Through Skyrim #22

A Journey Through Skyrim #22

By xaraan in Webcomics on January 1, 2013

A new year for us, a new direction for the comic - issue 22 is out, read it here!

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Episode 100

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Episode 100

By sdsichero in News with Benefits on January 1, 2013

The animated show reaches 100 episodes this week.

Batman Incorporated #6 Preview (UPDATED)

Batman Incorporated #6 Preview (UPDATED)

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on January 1, 2013

Bat-Robots versus Man-Bat armies as Leviathan takes control of Gotham City!

Punk Rock Jesus #6 Preview

Punk Rock Jesus #6 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on December 31, 2012

Punk Rock Jesus ends its world tour Wednesday with the release of the final issue

Amazing Spider-Man #700 Reprint Teaches Us How to Be Better People

Amazing Spider-Man #700 Reprint Teaches Us How to Be Better People

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on December 31, 2012

Marvel has revealed the variant cover for the second printing of Amazing Spider-Man #700, and taught us all a lesson in the process.

The Flash #15 Preview

The Flash #15 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on December 31, 2012

Flash forward in time as Barry Allen goes to extreme measures to defeat Grodd!

Review: Crecy

Review: Crecy

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on December 31, 2012

Cover Crécy details the English campaign that lead to the battle of Crécy, France on 26th of August is 1346 against the French. Warren Ellis and Raulo Caceres create a black humor take on this 14th century military campaign. How is it? This is a 48 page novela published by Apparat, a Avatar Press Imprint. Like the other Apparat published Warren Ellis books this is a short and to the point story. Written with great resource to vernacular Crécy is, with the right state of mind, very fun to read. Warren Ellis breaks the fourth wall by having the story narrated directly to the reader by a character in the book. William of Stohnam is well aware that he is being read and interacts frequently with the reader. Between witty remarks William explains the socio-political situation of England at the time as well as the origin of common British slang. Crécy describes the journey William of Stohnam and his fellow soldiers undertook under the command of King Edward III through France. A preemptive attack of sorts to keep the Frogs (so the British called the French) at bay. According to William, King Edward III was a clever bloke, a born soldier and a bit of a bastard. If he was close to what was described in this book, he was a clever bloke indeed. It was by his order that the English adopted the Longbow and practice ranging over accuracy. This enabled the British army to win over the far superior French army and their hired crossbowman mercenaries. 2 fingers British Map Art wise Crécy is on par with the other Warren Ellis Apparat books, maybe a bit more detailed. Raulo Caceres does a competent job bringing the 14th century British army to life, with all the gory details. However this is only 48 pages long so there isn't much space for Raulo Caceres to shine. Longbow archers in action Verdict? This is not your typical comic book story. Its a kind of historical documentary told through the lens of Warren Ellis. Its a fun and witty book that will entertain your for a short while. I'm not a history buff but still enjoyed this very much. Its a great comic book palate cleaner. Publisher: Avatar Press (Apparat) Year: 2003 Pages: 48 Authors: Warren Ellis, Raulo Caceres ISBN: 1592910408 PS: Happy new year. May 2013 be better than 2012. Eat more rabbit. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2012/12/review-crecy.html

Rich Johnston Keeping Secret That Could Shut Down Marvel or DC (Worse Than Pedophilia) (UPDATED)

Rich Johnston Keeping Secret That Could Shut Down Marvel or DC (Worse Than Pedophilia) (UPDATED)

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on December 30, 2012

In an attempt to secure victory in The Outhouse's Comic Industrialist of the Year Award, Bleeding Cool's Rich Johnston has claimed that he knows a secret about a Marvel or DC executive that could shut the company down if revealed.

Get Well Soon, Peter David

Get Well Soon, Peter David

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on December 30, 2012

Superstar writer Peter David suffered a stroke over the weekend.

The Savage Hawkman #15 Preview

The Savage Hawkman #15 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on December 30, 2012

HAWKMAN: WANTED continues!

Possible Character Info on Justice League Movie

Possible Character Info on Justice League Movie

By Zechs in News with Benefits on December 29, 2012

Information has possibly surfaced of just who will be appearing in the Justice League movie set for 2015.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic -

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic - "Spike at Your Service"

By Dr. Improbable and The Resident in Reviews on December 29, 2012

Co-dependency is a one-way street.

I, Vampire #15 Preview

I, Vampire #15 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on December 29, 2012

Massacre at Castle Van Helsing !

2012 Comic Books: Arion's Achievement Awards

2012 Comic Books: Arion's Achievement Awards

By Arion in Blog on December 28, 2012

  I buy comics each month and every time I get my package of goodies I make a special post. This has been very helpful for me since, on a quick count, I see that in 2012 I’ve read roughly 380 comics, that’s more than one comic a day (the year only has 365 days, right?). Sure, sometimes it’s hard to keep count of everything I’ve read, but even if I didn’t have precise numbers I would still remember exactly which titles I’ve enjoyed the most. So, without further ado, I invite you all to the first annual edition of the AAA (Arion's Achievement Awards).  Best Writer - Garth Ennis / Allan Heinberg / Mark Millar Best Artist - Bernie Wrightson / Sean Murphy / Attila Futaki Best Cover Artist - Rodin Esquejo / Adam Hughes / Jim Cheung Best Editor - Karen Berger Best Single Issue - Avengers The Children's Crusade # 9  Best Ongoing Series - The Boys Best Limited Series - Avengers The Children's Crusade Best New Series - Frankenstein Alive, Alive Best Archival Collection / Reprint - Flex Mentallo Man of Muscle Mystery  Best Publisher - Image  Best Comics - Related Webpage - BleedingCool.com Homage - Sergio Toppi, Joe Kubert and Moebius Worst Title - Dominique Laveau Voodoo Child Worst First Issue - Dark Horse’s Conan # 1 Most Disappointing Project - Star Trek the Next Generation / Doctor Who Jim Cheung The ninth art should always be a harmonic combination of narrative and art. Without a good writer, the stories we read won’t hold any special meaning in our hearts. Instead of choosing one writer I’ve decided to include three on the list: Garth Ennis for his extraordinary work in the groundbreaking series “The Boys”, Allan Heinberg for his much anticipated return to Marvel Comics and particularly his “Avengers The Children's Crusade” and Mark Millar for his continued effort in the Millarworld titles: “Kick-Ass vol. 2”, “Supercrooks”, “The Secret Service” and “Hit-Girl”. Art is what sets the comic book medium above all others. Text is never sufficient, you need an extraordinary penciler / inker to create a good comic. Again, we have three names here: Bernie Wrightson who has done an excellent work in “Frankenstein Alive, Alive”, Sean Murphy for his original and delightful drawings in “Punk Rock Jesus” and Attila Futaki for his superb contributions to “Severed”.   Let’s be honest, we do judge a book by its cover. And most of the time, we buy something because we find the cover to be irresistible. I know I’ve done it. The best covers I’ve seen in 2012 have been drawn by Rodin Esquejo (“Morning Glories”, “Mind the Gap”) Adam Hughes (“Fairest”) and, of course, Jim Cheung (“Avengers The Children's Crusade”). Most of the time we overlook the work of the editors, but they are an essential part of the creative process, this year my award goes to a woman who has been fighting against censorship for the past 30 years and has supported the most revolutionary comics for the past two decades as Vertigo’s Executive Editor: Karen Berger. Reading almost 400 comics made me realize that it was quite difficult to decide which one was the best. So I’ve considered only those published in 2012 (that, for instance, rules out “Flex Mentallo” which is by far the best comic I’ve read this year), finally, after much consideration, the award goes to Avengers The Children's Crusade # 9. After almost 7 years, “The Boys” came to an end this November with issue # 72. In my opinion it’s Garth Ennis magnum opus and also the best ongoing series of 2012. Now that it’s over, I’ll have a hard time finding something at least half as good…  I’ve been buying a lot of miniseries for the past three years, and I’ve read some truly great ones (“Strange Talent of Luther Strode”, “Witch Doctor”, “Severed”, “Kick-Ass Vol. 2”, “The New Deadwardians”, “America’s Got Powers”, “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Century”, “Punk Rock Jesus”, “Happy” and “Fashion Beast”) but the best one is “Avengers The Children's Crusade”, simply the best superhero comic book I’ve read in a long time. This year IDW published “Frankenstein Alive, Alive”, and after seeing the outstanding illustrations of the legendary artist Bernie Wrightson I have no other choice but to place this one high above all other series. Other interesting new titles were “Punk Rock Jesus”, “Whispers”, “The Hypernaturals”, “Hit-Girl” and “Lot 13”. Best Archival Collection / Reprint: like I said before, “Flex Mentallo” combined intelligently a brilliant script by Grant Morrison with beautiful art by Frank Quitely, and Vertigo’s hardcover deluxe edition does justice to such a significant miniseries. I became a comic book collector thanks to Byrne’s Superman and for a long time I rarely strayed from the DC Universe, in 2000 I started acquiring Marvel titles, and eventually I became more of a Marvel fan. In 2006 I stopped buying DC Comics, in 2010 I severely reduced the amount of Marvel comics I was getting. If not for Image I would no longer be buying comics on a monthly basis. So yes, the best publisher of 2012 is Image. I spend at least one hour daily reading news online, but only Rich Johnston has the necessary journalistic integrity to break the news that no other webpage would dare to… so I pick BleedingCool.com as the best source for information, and since Rich isn’t on the payroll of the big two, he will always talk about things that are uncomfortable for Marvel and DC. Good for that. Darick Robertson This year, comic book fans of every corner of the globe have mourned the death of authors such as Sergio Toppi, Joe Kubert and Moebius. Toppi was an Italian artist that I’ve always admired, and I hope to review some of his work in 2014. Joe Kubert was one of the most respected artists of the American comic book industry, and also the founder of the Kubert School, when he died I read some of the testimonies of his students and they were so vivid and heartfelt that I felt like I had actually known him. Jean “Moebius” Giraud was one of the most prestigious European authors of the past three decades, his work has captivated me for years, but so far I haven’t had the opportunity to talk about it at length, hopefully that’ll be remedied in 2013. Although I pride myself of selecting only the best of the best, sometimes a couple of stinkers go past my radar and end up in my monthly pull list. If someone asks me what is the worst comic I’ve read this year my answer would be, without a doubt, “Dominique Laveau Voodoo Child”: there is not a single redeeming aspect about this clusterfuck. A first issue should always make you interested in the next one, but in some cases, a first issue can be so bad that you immediately want to get rid of it, that’s what happened to me with Dark Horse’s Conan # 1 (Avengers 1959 also came close… talk about bad introductions). If you want to read the barbarian’s adventures stick to the Marvel comics from the 70s. I mean it. I had high expectations regarding IDW’s crossover between two of my favorite sci-fi franchises, but “Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who” was simply disappointing (curiously, the same happened in 2011 with their Star Trek / Legion of Super-Heroes). There have been other really bad projects from other publishers (I’m looking at you DC) but since I haven’t read them I won’t include them in this list. And that is all for the year. Now, pray tell us good and honorable reader, what comics have thou particularly enjoyed this year? Which artists have caught thy attention?  What book has let you down? Do you agree with me or would you qualify my ramblings as folly? I bid thee farewell and long live the ninth art! ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ Compro cómics todos los meses y cada vez que recibo nuevos ejemplares me encargo de compartir la noticia con ustedes. Esto ha sido bastante útil porque, a ojo de buen cubero, compruebo que en el 2012 he leído aproximadamente 380 cómics, o sea más de uno al día (el año sólo tiene 365 días, ¿no es así?) Desde luego, a veces es difícil llevar la cuenta, pero incluso aunque no tuviera cifras precisas de todos modos recordaría qué títulos son los que más he disfrutado. Así que, sin más preámbulos, los invito a todos a la primera edición anual de los premios AAA (Arion's Achievement Awards).  Mejor escritor - Garth Ennis / Allan Heinberg / Mark Millar Mejor artista - Bernie Wrightson / Sean Murphy / Attila Futaki Mejor portadista - Rodin Esquejo / Adam Hughes / Jim Cheung Mejor editor - Karen Berger Mejor número único - Avengers The Children's Crusade # 9  Mejor serie mensual - The Boys Mejor serie limitada - Avengers The Children's Crusade Mejor nueva serie - Frankenstein Alive, Alive Mejor obra coleccionada / reimpresión - Flex Mentallo Man of Muscle Mystery  Mejor Editorial - Image  Mejor página web sobre cómics - BleedingCool.com Homenaje - Sergio Toppi, Joe Kubert y Moebius Peor título - Dominique Laveau Voodoo Child Peor primer número - Dark Horse’s Conan # 1 Proyecto más decepcionante - Star Trek the Next Generation / Doctor Who Frank Quitely El noveno arte debería ser siempre una combinación armónica de narrativa y arte. Sin un buen escritor, las historias que leemos no tendrán mayor significado para nosotros. En vez de elegir a un escritor he decidido incluir tres en la lista: Garth Ennis por su extraordinario trabajo en la innovadora serie “The Boys”, Allan Heinberg por su tan anticipado regreso a Marvel Comics y particularmente su “Avengers The Children's Crusade” y Mark Millar por sus continuos esfuerzos en los títulos de Millarworld: “Kick-Ass vol. 2”, “Supercrooks”, “The Secret Service” y “Hit-Girl”. El arte es lo que eleva al cómic por encima de otros medios. El texto nunca es suficiente, hace falta un extraordinario artista para crear un buen cómic. De nuevo, tenemos tres nombres aquí: Bernie Wrightson por haber hecho una excelente obra en “Frankenstein Alive, Alive”, Sean Murphy por sus originales y deliciosos dibujos en “Punk Rock Jesus” y Attila Futaki por sus soberbias contribuciones a “Severed”.  Seamos honestos, juzgamos un libro por su carátula. Y la mayoría de las veces, compramos algo porque la portada es irresistible. Lo digo por experiencia. Las mejores portadas que he visto en el 2012 han sido dibujadas por Rodin Esquejo (“Morning Glories”, “Mind the Gap”) Adam Hughes (“Fairest”) y, por supuesto, Jim Cheung ("Avengers The Children's Crusade"). La mayoría de las veces no prestamos atención a la labor de los editores, pero ellos son parte esencial del proceso creativo, el galardón va para una mujer que ha estado luchando en contra de la censura durante 30 años y que ha apoyado los cómics más revolucionarios de las últimas dos décadas como la editora ejecutiva de Vertigo: Karen Berger. Después de leer casi 400 cómics me he dado cuenta que es bastante difícil decidir cuál fue el mejor. Así que sólo he considerado aquellos publicados en el 2012 (así, por ejemplo, queda eliminado “Flex Mentallo” que es de lejos lo mejor que he leído en el año), finalmente, después de mucha consideración, el premio va para Avengers The Children's Crusade # 9. Rodin Esquejo Tras casi 7 años, “The Boys” concluyó este noviembre con el # 72. En mi opinión, este es el magnum opus Garth Ennis  y también la mejor serie mensual del 2012. Ahora que ha terminado, será difícil encontrar algo al menos la mitad de bueno... He estado comprando un montón de miniseries en los últimos tres años, y he leído algunas grandiosas (“Strange Talent of Luther Strode”, “Witch Doctor”, “Severed”, “Kick-Ass Vol. 2”, “The New Deadwardians”, “America’s Got Powers”, “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Century”, “Punk Rock Jesus”, “Happy” y “Fashion Beast”) pero la mejor es “Avengers The Children's Crusade”, simplemente el mejor cómic de súper-héroes que he leído en mucho tiempo. Este año IDW publicó “Frankenstein Alive, Alive”, y luego de ver las geniales ilustraciones del legendario artista Bernie Wrightson no tengo otra opción que colocarlo muy por encima de otros títulos. Otras nuevas colecciones que despertaron mi interés fueron “Punk Rock Jesus”, “Whispers”, “The Hypernaturals”, “Hit-Girl” y “Lot 13”. Mejor obra coleccionada / reimpresión: como dije antes, “Flex Mentallo” combina con inteligencia un brillante guión de Grant Morrison con el hermoso arte de Frank Quitely, y la edición de lujo de Vertigo le hace justicia a esta importante miniserie. Me convertí en coleccionista de cómics gracias al Superman de Byrne y durante años rara vez me alejaba del Universo DC, en el 2000 empecé a adquirir títulos de Marvel, y al final me pasé a las filas marvelianas. En el 2006 dejé de comprar cómics de DC, en el 2010 taché bastantes cómics Marvel de mi lista de compras. Si no fuera por Image, ya no compraría cómics todos los meses. Por eso, la mejor editorial del 2012 es Image. Gasto al menos una hora diaria leyendo noticias en línea, pero sólo Rich Johnston tiene la integridad periodística necesaria para sacar las noticias que ninguna otra página se atrevería... así que elijo a BleedingCool.com como la mejor fuente de información, y como Rich no está en la nómina de Marvel y DC siempre dirá la dolorosa verdad aunque incomode a estas dos grandes editoriales. Bien por ello.  Este año, a lo largo del mundo, muchos lamentaron la muerte de autores como Sergio Toppi, Joe Kubert y Moebius. Toppi fue un artista italiano al que siempre he admirado, y espero reseñar alguno de sus trabajos en el 2014. Joe Kubert fue uno de los artistas más respetados de la industria norteamericana, y también el fundador de la Escuela Kubert, cuando murió leí algunos de los testimonios de sus estudiantes y eran tan vívidos y emotivos que sentí como si lo hubiese conocido. Jean “Moebius” Giraud fue uno de los autores europeos más prestigiosos de las últimas tres décadas, su trabajo me ha cautivado por años, pero hasta ahora no he tenido oportunidad de comentarlo como es debido, espero que esto sea remediado en el 2013. my drawing / mi dibujo Aunque me enorgullezco de seleccionar sólo lo mejor de lo mejor, a veces un par de productos defectuosos terminan colándose y aparecen en mis manos. Si alguien me pregunta cuál es el peor cómic que he leído en estos 12 meses mi respuesta sería, sin duda, “Dominique Laveau Voodoo Child”: no hay un sólo atributo que salve a esta gran cagada. Un primer número siempre debería generar interés en el siguiente, pero en algunos casos, un primer número puede ser tan malo que quieres botarlo a la basura, eso es lo que me pasó con el Conan # 1 de Dark Horse ("Avengers 1959" también fue malísimo). Si quieren leer las aventuras del bárbaro quédense con los cómics Marvel de los 70. Lo digo en serio. Tenía muchas expectativas cuando supe que IDW presentaría dos de mis franquicias preferidas de ciencia ficción, pero "Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who" fue bien decepcionante (es curioso, pero lo mismo pasó en el 2011 con su "Star Trek / Legion of Super-Heroes"). Ha habido otros proyectos realmente malos de otras editoriales (DC entre ellas) pero como no los he leído no los incluiré en esta lista.  Y eso es todo por este año. Ahora, decidme buenos y honrosos lectores, ¿qué cómics habéis disfrutado particularmente este año? ¿Qué artistas han capturado vuestra atención? ¿Que os ha decepcionado? ¿Estáis de acuerdo conmigo o consideráis mis diatribas como sandeces? ¡Os digo adiós y larga vida al noveno arte! Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2012/12/2012-comic-books-arions-achievement.html

Red Lanterns #15 Preview

Red Lanterns #15 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on December 28, 2012

Atrocitus battles the Manhunters in the ultimate grudge match!

Munsters Reboot is Alive! Aliiiive!!! No, It's Dead.

Munsters Reboot is Alive! Aliiiive!!! No, It's Dead.

By Frankenstein, Former Agent of S.H.A.D.E. in News with Benefits on December 28, 2012

NBC cancels Mockingbird Lane, proposed remake of The Munsters, after airing only pilot.

John Cassaday Finally Draws Uncanny Avengers #3; Fill In Artist Still On Deck

John Cassaday Finally Draws Uncanny Avengers #3; Fill In Artist Still On Deck

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on December 28, 2012

Uncanny Avengers #3 will ship in January, allowing John Cassaday to keep his job for another three months. We've got a first look right here!

Britney Spears' Cooks Up Comic Book Credit Card Caper

Britney Spears' Cooks Up Comic Book Credit Card Caper

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on December 28, 2012

Christopher Federline (brother of K-Fed) claims Spears stole credit card to buy thousands of dollars of comics.

Invincible #99 Preview

Invincible #99 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on December 28, 2012

Invincible Vs. Dinosaurus for the fate of the world! Could this be the end of Mark Grayson?!

Justice League Dark #15 Preview

Justice League Dark #15 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on December 28, 2012

Trapped in a technologically advanced dimension where magic is outlawed and magic users are hunted and executed, the team must find Zatanna and Tim Hunter within 48 hours or be trapped there forever!

A Holiday Message From Iron Man

A Holiday Message From Iron Man

By sdsichero in News with Benefits on December 28, 2012

Tony Stark Tweeted a holiday message for all...

Yamato Not Sunk Yet? [Small Update]

Yamato Not Sunk Yet? [Small Update]

By sdsichero in News with Benefits on December 28, 2012

It looks like the U.S. live-action version of Yamato may still be alive.

Fury Of Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #15 Preview

Fury Of Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #15 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on December 27, 2012

DCU villains: smart enough to take over hero's bodies without violating Federal and Statutory Assault Laws

Your First Look at Hong Kong Phooey

Your First Look at Hong Kong Phooey

By Zechs in News with Benefits on December 27, 2012

Supposedly a video of the title character has been leaked online and a test reel of a shelved Marvin the Martian movie.

Superman #15 Preview (UPDATED)

Superman #15 Preview (UPDATED)

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on December 27, 2012

To stop a Kryptonian, Kal-El must seek help from Lex Luthor, the one person who does nothing but think about that!

Valiant Preview: Shadowman #3

Valiant Preview: Shadowman #3

By Royal Nonesuch in Previews on December 27, 2012

May a talking monkey guide you through your travels.

Review: Channel Zero The Complete Collection

Review: Channel Zero The Complete Collection

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on December 27, 2012

Cover Your mind is a weapon, use it. Do Something. This is the message repeated ad infinitum throughout Channel Zero. In a world very similar to ours, in the late 90s, America is a silently oppressed country. A place where personal liberties are exchanged for a false sense of security. Jennie is a teenager that fights against media censorship and freedom of speech. She will leave her mark, not only on America, but also on the world. Though pirate broadcasting and revolutionary messages Jennie 2.5 reawakens the spark that lives deep inside every one and drives us to be free. How is it? So it seems Channel Zero was Brian Wood's first published work. It started out as a college assignment that Brian Wood kept working on until he had the chance to publish it in 1997 through Image Comics. And  its all about raging against the machine, fighting the established power and freedom of speech. Jennie 2.5 fights a lone fight against the established power of the United States of America that rules with merciless censorship and an iron grip on the media. This is all made possible by the Clean Act. The Clean Act is Channel Zero's personification of the usual suspects when it comes to sci-fi oppressive regimes. "Its for your good", "Its for your safety" is all that's needed in order to kill freedom of speech in exchange for a false sense of security. Brian Wood writes in the commentaries that unlike most of his fellow creators he isn't ashamed of his first work. On the contrary he is proud of it. A sign of it is the fact that he has been revisiting Channel Zero several times over the years. And its not about creating a massive Universe that can last for years of storytelling. Its not about creating a book for the masses. Its all about passing a message. A message that something is wrong with the way the world is. A message that its our, the people, responsibility to intervene. A message that its no ok to just accept the Status Quo as it is without questioning it, without thinking about it. Channel Zero has a bit of Punk, a dash of anarchic and a table spoon of revolutionary in it. And that makes for a great recipe. A recipe for a story that is completely outside of the norm and that was written to pass a message, to leave the reader with something more than just a story on his/her's mind when its all done. Becky Cloonan's art is, for the lack of a better word, unique. Becky presents the reader with a very interesting array of contrasts between black and white (almost no grays or any other color). Its unique because it presents B&W art in a fashion I've never seen before (or since). Its not only unique, but its also gorgeous. The characters and the backgrounds alternate between well defined silhouette and masterfully impressionistic art. Its one of those WYSIWYG books. You look at the cover (any of them) and that is what you're going to get in the inside pages. It begins The making of the Clean Act Channel Zero The Complete Collection brings together everything there is about Channel Zero, form the original story to the prequel Jennie One graphic novel. The comics, the college assignments,  Brian's commentary, all the regime propaganda adds that were put in the original comics to mimic traditional comics add placement. Everything is collected except some minor texts and drafts Brian admits to have lost somewhere in time and space.  This is as close to a complete edition as there is. Don't forget Verdict? This is a very good book. Not only for the story but the whole package. The art is unique, the story is compelling even if you're no longer (or not yet) in the irreverent and revolutionary mind set that Jennie 2.5 is in. The thematic is a timeless one. Even now all over the world the freedom of speech is being attacked under the coat of political stability and the safety of the people. Jennie 2.5 lived in an alternative world, but she might as well have lived in ours. With that out of the way, Channel Zero is not propaganda. No more so than 1984, A Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, Logan's Run, V for Vendetta or so many other classic sci-fi / dystopian stories out there. Channel Zero The Complete Collection might not be the easiest book to read, but it tells some great stories. Its also a cool book to look at and awesome looking in your shelf. Publisher: Dark Horse Year: 212 Pages: 296 Authors: Brian Wood, Becky Cloonan ISBN: 1595829369 Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2012/12/review-channel-zero-complete-collection.html

Spider-Man and Power Pack - Jim Salicrup

Spider-Man and Power Pack - Jim Salicrup

By Arion in Reviews on December 27, 2012

John Byrne (cover / portada) Was Peter Parker sexually abused as a young boy? If your answer is a categorical ‘No’ then you haven’t read this one-shot. Certainly, it’s easy to imagine Spider-Man quarreling with the Green Goblin or Doctor Octopus on a daily basis, but it would be hard to visualize him defending himself against sexual offenders.  In 1984 Marvel Comics produced a free comic book in cooperation with the National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse. There are two short stories in this comic, the first one titled “Secrets” featured Marvel’s most popular web-slinger, and it starts with a frightened young boy. When Spider-Man asks him what is going on, the kid is afraid to tell him, but eventually shares with him a shocking reveal: his babysitter had tried to undress him and touch him inappropriately.   Immediately Spider-Man remembers a rather unpleasant experience. It all begins in his early teens... as we all know, Peter Parker was always a nerdy, shy and friendless youngster, but a couple of years before he turned into the amazing Spider-Man he was befriended by a slightly older boy named Skip. Tired of being bullied in the school, Peter soon grows fond of Skip, who treats him kindly and amiably, or at least that’s what it seems at first.  Peter Parker meets the conniving Skip / Peter Parker conoce al taimado Skip One afternoon, Skip decides to take young Parker’s mind off science for a change, and he shows him a porno-graphic magazine saying maliciously “Bet you’ve never seen pictures like those in a stuffy text-book!”. Confronted for the first time in his life with porno-graphy, Peter doesn’t know how to react, and as the two boys sit together in the couch, Skip acts even more aggressively: “Let’s conduct a little experiment of our own! Let’s see if we can touch each other like the people in that magazine!”.  Writers Nancy Allen and Jim Salicrup don’t use thought bubbles, so we can’t really know what Peter Parker is thinking, but we can imagine how traumatic it can be that his one and only friend is demanding sexual favors. Common sense would dictate that even without his powers, Peter would simply leave the room “But the boy was too frightened to leave…”. Once the flashback is done, Spider-Man tells the young boy he is talking with that he was also a victim of sexual abuse, and he emphasizes the importance of talking about what has happened. Keeping secrets is never good, and so this boy finds the courage to talk about it with his parents. In the final page, Spider-Man admits that having repressed this memory for years has been eating away at him, but now, thanks to this encounter, just like in a psychoanalytic countertransference, he has finally faced the horror of the past and come to terms with it.   Was Peter Parker a victim of sexual abuse? / ¿Fue Peter Parker víctima de abuso sexual? Surely, the outcome of this story might be a bit too upbeat especially since child moles-tation is a delicate subject, but the thing is that Jim Salicrup did every-thing he could to transmit a clear message: no one has the right to touch your body in a way that makes you feel uncom-fortable and if something like that happens you have the right to talk about it without feeling guilty. As it turns out, many victims of sexual abuse often feel guilty or ashamed about what happened and that’s why they never accuse their aggressors.  “Runaway”, the second story (scripted by Louise Simonson) revolves around Power Pack, a group of kids that help one of their friends who is being sexually assaulted by her own father. In this case, the situation is even more complicated, as the girl tells her mother what is happening and the woman refuses to believe such an awful thing could happen in her home. The conclusion of Simonson’s story is very similar to the previous one: talk about your experience with your parents, if they don’t believe you, talk about it with other adults until you find someone who does. June Brigman and Bob Wiacek are in charge of the art of “Runaway” while Jim Mooney and Mike Esposito penciled and inked “Secrets”, the cover was done by renowned artist John Byrne. A few months ago, Jim Salicrup was interviewed in Bleeding Cool. Since this comic book was free, there were hundreds of thousands of copies that were given to children. And what do you think it happened after so many children read “Spider-Man and Power Pack Giveaway”? Personally, I would have thought that just like it happens with anti-tobacco campaigns, this initiative would prove quite futile. And I would have been wrong to think that. As Jim affirms “I had been sent copies of newspaper articles reporting on arrests and such that were made as a direct result of children reporting abuse after reading the comic”. So in other words, this actually worked. Nonetheless, Jim also confirms that “What matters is that the comic was published by Marvel in the first place. Even if they might be embarrassed by it now”.   Indeed, 28 years after the release of “Spider-Man and Power Pack Giveaway”, Marvel has eliminated this story from a recent ‘social issues’ anthology; back in the day, Marvel used to collaborate with the National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse and other similar institutions; they are now reprinting stories about drug abuse and other topics but deliberately avoiding the subject of sexual abuse. Has this turned into a dangerous taboo in recent years? Or is it that since Disney owns Marvel now, they’d like to presume that if you don’t talk about sexual molestation then it’s easier to pretend no such thing exists? The truth is that a victim of sexual abuse usually represses the painful memories, and feels ashamed of what has happened. And ironically, when Marvel chose not to reprint this story they failed at burying the truth, because in the end, their silence becomes more eloquent than anything else. So coming back to the initial question, ‘Was Peter Parker sexually abused as a young boy?’ the answer should be a resounding ‘Yes’.  _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ ¿Fue Peter Parker abusado sexualmente de chico? Si responden con un categórico 'No' es porque no han leído este cómic. Desde luego, es fácil imaginar a Spider-Man luchando contra el Duende Verde o el Doctor Octopus a diario, pero sería difícil visualizarlo defendiéndose de depredadores sexuales. Power Pack (“Runaway”) / Power Pack (“Fugitiva”) En 1984, Marvel Comics produjo un cómic gratuito en cooperación con el Comité Nacional de Prevención de Abuso Infantil. Hay dos historias cortas en este cómic, la primera titulada "Secretos" es protagoni-zada por el lanza-redes más popular de Marvel, y empieza con un niño asustado. Cuando Spider-Man le pregunta qué sucede, el infante tiene miedo de hablar, pero al final comparte con él una impactante revelación: su niñera había intentado desvestirlo y tocarlo de manera inapropiada. De inmediato, Spider-Man recuerda una experiencia bastante deplorable. Todo comienza en los primeros años de adolescencia de Peter Parker, cuando era un nerd tímido y sin amigos... mucho antes de convertirse en el asombroso Spider-Man, Peter trabó amistad con un muchacho llamado Skip. Cansado de ser maltratado en el colegio, Peter siente aprecio por Skip, quien lo trata con amabilidad y camaradería, o al menos así parece. Una tarde, Skip decide que el jovencito Parker debe dejar de pensar tanto en ciencia, y le muestra una revista pornográfica mientras dice con malicia "Te apuesto que nunca has visto fotos como estas en tus librotes". Confrontado por primera vez en su vida con pornografía, Peter no sabe cómo reaccionar, y cuando los dos chiquillos se sientan juntos en el sofá, Skip actúa con agresividad: "¡Hagamos nuestro propio experimento! ¡Veamos si podemos tocarnos el uno al otro como lo hacen en esta revista!" Los escritores Nancy Allen y Jim Salicrup no usan burbujas de pensamiento, así que no podemos saber qué es lo que Peter Parker está pensando, pero podemos imaginar lo traumático que sería que su único amigo le exija favores sexuales. El sentido común dictaría que, incluso sin sus poderes, Peter simplemente saldría de la habitación "pero el chico estaba demasiado asustado para irse...". Cuando el flashback termina, Spider-Man le dice al niñito con el que conversa que él también fue víctima de abuso sexual, y enfatiza la importancia de hablar sobre lo que ha pasado. Guardar secretos nunca es bueno, así que este niño encuentra el valor para hablar con sus padres. En la página final, Spider-Man admite que reprimir este recuerdo por años lo ha estado carcomiendo, pero ahora, gracias a este encuentro, al igual que en una contratransferencia psicoanalítica, finalmente se ha enfrentado al horror del pasado y ha asimilado lo sucedido. El desenlace de esta historia podría parecer demasiado optimista sobre todo con un tema tan delicado como el abuso infantil, pero lo cierto es que Jim Salicrup hizo todo lo posible para trasmitir con claridad un mensaje: nadie tiene derecho a tocar tu cuerpo si es que eso te hace sentir incómodo y si algo así pasa tienes el derecho de denunciarlo sin sentirte culpable. Como suele suceder, muchas víctimas de abuso sexual a menudo se sienten culpables o avergonzados y por eso nunca acusan a sus agresores. “Fugitiva”, la segunda historia (escrita por Louise Simonson) gira en torno a Power Pack, un grupo de jovencitos que ayudan a una de sus amigas que está siendo violada por su propio padre. En este caso, la situación es incluso más complicada, ya que la niña le dice a su madre lo que está pasando y la mujer se rehúsa a creer que algo tan horrible sucede en su hogar. La conclusión de la historia de Simonson es similar a la anterior: habla de tu experiencia con tus padres, si no te creen, habla con otros adultos hasta encontrar a alguien que sí te crea. June Brigman y Bob Wiacek están a cargo del arte de “Fugitiva”, mientras que Jim Mooney y Mike Esposito dibujan y entintan "Secretos", la portada fue hecha por el renombrado artista John Byrne. How to prevent sexual abuse? / ¿Cómo prevenir el abuso sexual? Hace unos meses, Jim Salicrup fue entrevistado en Bleeding Cool. Al ser un cómic gratuito, cientos de miles de ejemplares fueron repartidos. ¿Y qué creen que ocurrió después de que tantos niños leyeran “Spider-Man y Power Pack"? Hubiera imaginado que, tal como sucede con campañas anti-tabaco, esta iniciativa sería fútil. Y me hubiera equivocado. Como afirma Jim "Me fueron enviadas copias de artículos de periódico reportando arrestos que fueron hechos como resultado directo de niños reportando abusos después de leer el cómic". Así que, en otras palabras, esto realmente funcionó. No obstante, Jim también confirma que "lo que importa es que el cómic fue publicado por Marvel en primer lugar. Incluso si ellos ahora se puedan sentir avergonzados por ello". De hecho, 28 años después del “Spider-Man and Power Pack Giveaway”, Marvel ha eliminado esta historia de su reciente antología de 'temas sociales'; décadas atrás, Marvel solía colaborar con el Comité Nacional de Prevención de Abuso Infantil y otras instituciones similares; ahora ellos están reimprimiendo historias sobre drogadicción y otros asuntos pero están evitando deliberadamente el tema del abuso sexual. ¿Se ha convertido esto en un peligroso tabú en años recientes? ¿O será que desde que Disney se ha adueñado de Marvel, ellos prefieren suponer que si no hablan del abuso sexual infantil entonces es más fácil fingir que no existe? La verdad es que la víctima de abuso sexual por lo general reprime los dolorosos recuerdos, y siente vergüenza. Irónicamente, cuando Marvel decidió que no reimprimiría esta historia fracasaron en sepultar la verdad, porque al final, su silencio es más elocuente que cualquier otra cosa. Así que regresando a la pregunta inicial, '¿fue Peter Parker abusado sexualmente de chico?' la respuesta sería un resonante 'Sí'. Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2012/12/spider-man-and-power-pack-jim-salicrup.html

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