Cover Dungeons & Dragons Volume 1 Shadowplague marks the beginning of a new D&D inspired fantasy adventure from IDW. This book follows a band of heroes while they quest for the source of a mysterious dark force that is creating havoc in the world. They must get get to the bottom of the Shadowplague in order to more darkness from spilling into their world. Orcs, Elves, swords and sorcery, ancient magic and trans-world struggle for power are just a few of the aspects found in this first Volume. How is it? In good D&D fashion each of our heroes has a different race and class. Meet Adric the Human warrior and leader, Bree Three-Hands the Halfling thief, Varis the Elf ranger, Khal Khalundurrin the Dwarf Paladin and Tisha Swornheart the Tiefling Wizard. Flush! Luck is strong with Adric. His plans are notorious for being bad but coming together at the very last second. Bree is a very skilled thief and trap detector, Varis is the resident archer, Kahl is the poet and basically works as the tank of the group and Tisha is the power house. Varis and Kahl also work as the moral compass to Adric's decisions. Its a rich and diverse party indeed. One night at the tavern Adric's party is just having a drink when all of a sudden zombies break through the floor and all hell breaks loose. From there things get out of control and Adric, with the help of his party, must fight through Orc armies, ancient ghosts, evil dark elves and a myriad of other fantastic creatures. Dungeons & Dragons Volume 1 Shadowplague is a fun book to read, even more so if you have a natural affinity with the fantasy genre. You don't have to be fluent in D&D lingo or even in the game itself to enjoy this book. It is just a good and fun fantasy book that anyone can enjoy. However having played D&D will give you something extra. The Gang Sprints to Action There are many aspects of the game that are present here. Aspects like the class and race of the characters, the dungeons and their traps, the wizard vs sorcerer take on magic, Adric's luck, and many more. But John Rogers does a great job at keeping this under tight reins and accessible for everyone. Andrea Di Vito is in charge of the art in this book and he does an excellent job at it. The character models are spectacular, the detail in every panel is great. There are some awesome full page panel that are true delights to the eyes. My only complaint, if I can call it that, is that Andrea could have been more adventurous with the panel dynamics. This hardcover is printed in a bigger size than standard american books. This makes the inside art look even more fantastic. This book is a delight to read, to look at and to touch. It also looks great on my shelf. Grabby Zombie Hands Verdict? I love this book. This is one of my, if not THE, favorite fantasy comic book. I can't recommend it enough. Don't be frightened at the D&D label. Buy it, read it, love it. Then buy another copy and give it away to someone you like. There should be more books like this one. Publisher: IDW Year: 2011 Pages: 132 Authors: John Rogers, Andrea Di Vito ISBN: 1600109225 Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/review-dungeons-dragons-volume-1.html
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We produce millions of tons of garbage every day, and most of it is non-biodegradable. What would happen if all the trash in the world is dumped in the same place? Writer Joe Harris develops a rather interesting concept, an island in the middle of the Pacific almost as big as a continent, entirely composed by debris and junk. Who could be a better protagonist than the heir of an oil fortune, the son of a man responsible for contaminating our world? Chas Worthington is 21 years old, very rich, very handsome and a bit reckless. He has a brilliant mind and is focusing all his inventiveness in solving the problem of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, but of course, no one takes him seriously, until he fakes his death in the hands of mercenary. Immediately afterwards, Chas moves to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and declares himself as the leader of this new sovereign nation. But this is an artificial and unexplored island, with all the plastic and chemical wastes, there have been mutations, something that Chas confronts first hand as he is almost drowned by a gigantic octopus. In these first issues, Joe Harris asks the most important questions about ecology and the way we see and treat our planet, but above all the author also proposes some sort of solution for the contamination debacles of our era, these solutions may only work in fiction but they are still worth reading about. When I first laid my eyes on the solicitations for Great Pacific, I found the premise interesting but I had no idea who the writer was. I almost skip it but I immediately saw Martin Morazzo’s amazing cover and I decided to give it a go. And I’m glad I did, because Martin has a great artistic style, slightly reminiscent of Frank Quitely and, above all, Italians like Vittorio Giardino; he is expressive and his sleek lines are a joy to admire. Morazzo’s wonderful sense of design is made evident in the covers. Each one of them presents this island of garbage under different angles, and they also present Chas Worthington as a brave young man in the first issue, a desperate survivor about to drown in the second and an exhausted adventurer in the third. There are some really great double page spreads, like the one in which we see Chas admiring his newly founded kingdom. The page of the attack of the giant octopus is splendid and the page in which we see Chas sinking into deep waters is gorgeous. There is also a careful balance between details and single figures, as we see Chas investigating an airplane that has just crashed into the thrash. Great Pacific is a really good series and I’m glad I was there for the beginning. Great Pacific Garbage Patch / Gran Parche de Basura del Pacífico ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ giant octopus attacks Chas / un pulpo gigante ataca a Chas Producimos millones de toneladas de basura todos los días, y la mayor parte no es biodegradable. ¿Qué pasaría si todos los desperdicios del mundo fueran arrojados al mismo lugar? El escritor Joe Harris desarrolla un concepto bastante interesante, una isla en medio del Pacífico casi tan grande como un continente, enteramente compuesta de desechos y basura. ¿Quién podría ser un mejor protagonista que el heredero de una fortuna petrolera, el hijo de un hombre responsable por contaminar el mundo? Chas Worthington tiene 21 años, es rico, guapo y un poco impulsivo. Tiene una mente brillante y está enfocando toda su creatividad en resolver el problema del Gran Parche de Basura del Pacífico, pero por supuesto, nadie lo toma en serio, hasta que finge su muerte a manos de un mercenario. below the garbage patch / debajo del parche de basura De inmediato, Chas se muda al Gran Parche de Basura del Pacífico y se declara como líder de esta nueva nación soberana. Pero esta es una isla artificial, inexplorada; con todo el plástico y los residuos químicos, ha habido mutaciones, algo que Chas confronta por sí mismo cuando es casi ahogado por un pulpo gigantesco. En estos primeros números, Joe Harris hace importantes preguntas sobre la ecología y la forma en que tratamos nuestro planeta, pero por encima de todo, el autor también propone algún tipo de solución a los desastres de la contaminación, estas soluciones sólo funcionan en la ficción pero aun así vale la pena leer cuáles son. Cuando le di un vistazo a las solicitaciones de "Great Pacific" ("Gran Pacífico"), la premisa me pareció interesante pero no tenía ni idea de quién era el escritor. Casi la dejo a un lado pero de inmediato vi la asombrosa portada de Martin Morazzo y decidí darle una oportunidad. Y estoy contento de haberlo hecho, porque Martin tiene un grandioso estilo artístico, ligeramente reminiscente a Frank Quitely y sobre todo a italianos como Vittorio Giardino; es expresivo y sus líneas suaves son un verdadero disfrute. Chas looking for survivors / Chas buscando sobrevivientes El maravilloso sentido del diseño de Morazzo se hace evidente en sus portadas. Cada una de ellas presenta esta isla de basura bajo distintos ángulos y también se presenta a Chas Worthington como un valiente joven en el primer ejemplar, un desesperado sobreviviente a punto de ahogarse en el segundo y un exhausto aventurero en el tercero. Además, hay algunas páginas dobles tremendas, como aquella en la que Chas está admirando su recién fundado reino. La página del ataque del pulpo gigante es espléndida y la página en la que vemos a Chas hundiéndose en aguas profundas es hermosa. Hay un cuidadoso balance entre los detalles y las figuras solas, al ver a Chas investigando un avión que se ha estrellado en los desperdicios. "Great Pacific" es una serie realmente buena y me alegra haber estado ahí desde el principio. Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/02/great-pacific-1-3-joe-harris-martin.html
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Vera Greentea started another adventure in Kickstarter to fund the book PAPA. The book is written by Vera and the art is left at the capable hands of artists Ben Jelter, Lizzy John and Joseph Lacroix. PAPA is a 50 page collection of 3 dark fantasy stories PAPA, The Princess and the Robot and Nightbirds. Vera started the incentive rewards at $0 with some very cool free stuff in the comment section. That's right, you don't need to give anything to get something in return. But check out the incentive rewards, its a very rewarding project. PAPA Vera Greentea presents the project: You can became a backer of this project and help Vera Greentea get this book to the printers and to fathers around the world until the 13th of April, 2013.I found this concept intriguing. At least intriguing enough to be curious about the book, The art style is moody and enviousness a felling of desolation and loneliness. Usually I'm interested in stories about parenting, or parent - sons/daughters relationship, but when you throw in some dark fantasy in the mix then there is no resisting it.For more information check the Kickstarter project page. Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/vera-greentea-started-another-adventure.html
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Cover When J. Michael Sraczynski first joined DC Comics he was put in charge of The Brave and the Bold book. Team-ups of the Brave and the Bold collects the first 7 issues written by JMS for that book. Those are issues #27 of #33 of The Brave and the Bold. In this collection JMS explores different story dynamics with different characters in one issue long story arcs that has little to no restraints from continuity. How is it? Team-ups of the Brave and the Bold is a collection of 7 independent stories, so lets look at each one of them. Death of a Hero Dial H for Hero and Batman star in a story that dwells into what it takes to be a hero. Sometimes its only a matter of opportunity. When a common criminal gets his hands on the Dial H for Hero's special dial and turns into a superman he gets that opportunity. This is a good story with a moral tag line that is entertaining without being preachy. Firing Line The Geek The Flash (Barry Allen) travels back in time until the WWII era. With a broken leg he must team-up with the Blackhawks in order to survive. The Flash is confronted with a moral dilemma. How can he not kill when in the middle of a war and the lives of the Blackhawks depends on it?! This is a cool concept but needed more than a single issue to get to the point where the twist made any impact. As it is its a bit boring to be honest. Lost Stories of Today, Yesterday and Tomorrow Batman meets a revived and confused Brother Power/The Geek in the streets of Gotham. BP/Geek is a living mannequin with a 60s view of the world. Unavoidably he get disillusioned when seeing how the world really is. Batman has a "don't judge a book by its cover" moment. This is one of my favorite stories. I love tragic characters, and BP/Geek is one of those characters. But like Firing Line this could be a great story if it had a few more issues to grow. The Green & the Gold Dr. Fate Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern, is in an anonymous alien planet being attacked by mechanical yellow birds, and the birds are winning. When all seems lost a Dr. Fate simulacrum sprouts out of his ring and saves the day. Apart from the action scene that I throughout enjoyed (3 panels long), this is an story of acceptance. Acceptance of your fate and its inevitability. This is the second least meaningful story in the bunch, but one I quite enjoyed. Small Problems The Atom is summoned to aid some doctors in operating a sick man from inside the brain. Without their help that man will die a slow and painful death. The problem his that man is the Joker. Of course the Atom won't let anyone die, even the Joker, so he jumps right into the Joker's mind. But the electrical discharges of the Joker neurons are hitting the Atom and transferring the Joker's memories to him. Get a glimpse at the Joker before he was the Joker and find out how is this going to affect the Atom. This one wins the best plot of the book award. It is quirky and unpredictable and very fun to read. Night Gods Joker This one is very weird. Basically Aquaman and Etrighan team up and fight zombies and Lovecraftian monsters under sea. Its entertaining enough but in the end its very forgettable. Ladies Night This is the only story in this book where some continuity knowledge is required in order to get the punch in the gut JMS delivers in the end. Wonder Woman, Zatanna and Batgirl go out to paint the town red on a girls night out of a lifetime. This story has the biggest impact of all that are collected in this book. Jesus Saiz does a great job in the art department. While his art is better suited to the dark and gritty Gotham environments, it did well portraying the deep seas and the other settings. He draws a glorious Dr. Fate. I loved the faces he draws. Especially in the last story when he conveys the joy of the girls in one panel and the deep sadness of a shared secret in the next. Verdict? This is not a must have book by any means. Its not relevant in any iteration of the DC Universe nor does it contain very deep or though provoking stories. It is however loads of fun to read. I bought it originally because of the Dr. Fate story (there are so few of those, and I'm a sucker for magic) and I'm glad I did. Most of the stories are really good, even if some could use some more pages to better tell their tale. So, you don't "have" to buy this book, but if you're looking for something entertaining, free of the shackles of continuity, then give this one a try. Publisher: DC Comics Year: 2010 Pages: 176 Authors: J. Michael Straczynski, Jesus Saiz ISBN: 1401227937 Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/review-team-ups-of-brave-and-bold.html
It’s not entirely unusual to find screenwriters working in the comic book industry, and they usually produce remarkable runs (Joss Whedon in Astonishing X-Men, Allan Heinberg in Young Avengers, J M Straczynski in Thor, etc.). In Skybound’s new ongoing, “Clone” the writer is David Schulner, famous for his work in TV series like “Once and Again”, “Everwood” and “Desperate Housewives”. I’ve always been a fan of “Once and Again” (and it’s in this drama that I first saw actress Evan Rachel Wood, and ever since then I’ve been talking about her in this blog), I loved “Everwood” and most emphatically the protagonist’s passion for comic books (Gregory Smith and the rest of the cast were so good in this series) and I felt touched and captivated by the women of Wisteria Lane in “Desperate Housewives”. So clearly, when I saw that David Schulner was behind Clone I knew had to buy it. I just had to. Juan José Ryp As the title suggests, we’re dealing with cloning here. The protagonist is a clone who is being hunted by other clones. Who is the original man? And why are all these clones killing each other? In the first three issues, we see the implications of cloning: all the moral dilemmas, the political conflicts and changes this technological breakthrough might cause on our society. Certainly, David Schulner has found the way to bring a classic sci-fi concept into today’s world. Of course, this series wouldn’t be the same if not for Juan José Ryp. He is a brilliant Spanish artist, and he combines two very unique influences. On one hand he follows in the footsteps of painters from the Pointillism movement (which was a result of Postimpressionism), the Pointillism (also called divisionism) requires the constant use of little dots, similar to the ones we see in every drawing of Juan José Ryp. On the other hand, Ryp is clearly a huge fan of Geof Darrow, an artist that can fit thousands of details in a single page. Just a look at the wraparound cover of the first issue is a good indication of the amount of details we can find in Ryp’s work, from references to Image’s series “Li’l Depressed Boy”, to several fictitious brands that are references to real companies and so on. If we pay attention to the hundreds of people that appear on the cover, we’ll see that each one of them is doing something, either walking the dog, carrying a bag of groceries, speaking on the phone, etc., and they all seem to have different personalities and attitudes. The interior art is also great, the action sequences are amazing, and the detailed backgrounds add a very rich sense of complexity. One of my favorite pages shows the protagonist looking down into a pile of bodies, I have counted around 65 of them, all in different positions, all with tragic gestures. The cover of issue # 3 shows the cloned corpses with great dynamism and visual strength. As usual Image and Skybound are producing some of the best comics on the stands right now. Good for that. ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ one of the clones / uno de los clones No es para nada inusual encontrar a guionistas de televisión trabajando en la industria del cómic, y por lo general producen trabajos memorables (Joss Whedon en "Astonishing X-Men", Allan Heinberg en "Young Avengers", J M Straczynski en “Thor”, etc.). En la nueva colección de Skybound, “Clone” el escritor es David Schulner, famoso por su trabajo en series de televisión como “Once and Again”, “Everwood” y “Desperate Housewives”. Siempre he sido fan de “Once and Again” (y es en este drama donde vi por primera vez a la actriz Evan Rachel Wood, y desde entonces he estado hablando sobre ella en este blog), me encantó “Everwood” y hago especial énfasis en la pasión por los cómics del protagonista (Gregory Smith y el resto del elenco hicieron una gran labor en esta serie) y me sentí conmovido y cautivado por las mujeres de Wisteria Lane en “Desperate Housewives”. Así que, cuando vi que David Schulner estaba detrás de "Clone" sabía que tenía comprarlo. De todas maneras. someone is killing the clones / alguien está matando a los clones Como el título sugiere, aquí lo principal es la clonación. El protagonista es un clon que es cazado por otros clones. ¿Quién es el original? ¿Y por qué todos estos clones están matándose entre sí? En los primeros tres números, vemos lo que implica la clonación: todos los dilemas morales, los conflictos políticos y los cambios que este avance tecnológico puede ocasionar en nuestra sociedad. David Schulner, por cierto, ha encontrado la forma de traer un concepto clásico de la ciencia ficción al mundo de hoy. Por supuesto, esta serie no sería lo mismo si no fuera por Juan José Ryp. Él es un brillante artista español, y combina dos influencias únicas. Por un lado sigue los pasos de los pintores del movimiento del puntillismo (que fue un resultado del post-impresionismo), el puntillismo (también llamado divisionismo) requiere el uso constante de pequeños puntos, similares a los que vemos en cada dibujo de Juan José Ryp. Por otro lado, es claro que Ryp es un gran fan de Geof Darrow, un artista que puede encajar miles de detalles en una sola página. At least 65 corpses / por lo menos 65 cadáveres Sólo un vistazo a la portada doble del primer número es una buena indicación de la cantidad de detalles que encontramos en el trabajo de Ryp, desde referencias a otros cómics de Image, “Li’l Depressed Boy”, hasta varias marcas ficticias que hacen referencia a compañías reales. Si prestamos atención al centenar de personas que aparecen en la portada, veremos que todos están haciendo algo, ya sea paseando al perro, cargando una bolsa de abarrotes, hablando por teléfono, etc. y todos parece tener personalidades y actitudes diferentes. El arte interior también es grandioso, las escenas de acción son asombrosas, y los fondos detallados añaden un sentido muy rico de complejidad. Una de mis páginas favoritas nos muestra al protagonista mirando un montículo de cadáveres, he contado alrededor de 65 cuerpos, todos en posiciones distintas, todos con gestos trágicos. La portada del # 3 nos muestra los cadáveres de los clones con un gran dinamismo y mucha fortaleza visual. Como siempre, Image y Skybound están produciendo algunos de los mejores cómics del momento. Bien por ello. Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/02/clone-1-3-david-schulner-juan-jose-ryp.html
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