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Charismagic #1 CHARISMAGIC #1 Vince Hernandez – Story / Vincenzo Cucca – Art / Emilio Lopez - Colors CHARISMAGIC returns as Aspen’s newest ‘10 for 10’ debut! Magician Hank Medley thought he had everything figured out. After saving the world from an ancient, ruinous evil, with the help of a Druid named Sudana and his magical talking cat Sparkles, Hank discovers the true nature of dark magic has arrived in his own realm—our world! Now, the trio must attempt to put an end to catastrophic events that will threaten to tear Earth apart under the weight of such a menace. Featuring a returning cast of Charismagic’s favorite characters along with several new and astonishing faces and creatures of magic, this new volume of CHARISMAGIC is a perfect jumping-on point for all! Joined by the sensational artwork of Vincenzo Cucca, CHARISMAGIC creator Vince Hernandez and colorist Emilio Lopez are ready to take you on an amazing ride in this newest volume of the acclaimed hit series. Be prepared because everything you thought you knew about magic is about to vanish! CHARISMAGIC #1 is in stores May 1st, 2013! FC 32 pages $1.00 Jirni #2 JIRNI #2 JT Krul – Story / Paolo Pantalena – Art / Brett Smith - Colors Take an incredible JIRNI with Aspen’s newest hit series! Discover a whole new world of adventure! As Ara's fortuitous quest continues, her path is shrouded in mystery. Upon arriving in a remote village struggling to survive through desperate times, she discovers someone who might offer answers to the questions that torment her. But as Ara has learned time and again, nothing shall come easy in this unrelenting world. Will she have the strength and courage to venture into the pit of darkness itself to find the truth - not only about her missing mother but about herself as well? After years of preparation, creator JT Krul is ready to take you on a JIRNI unlike any other! Accompanied by the incredible talents of artist Paolo Pantalena and colorist Brett Smith, this is one JIRNI you won’t want to miss! JIRNI #2 is in stores May 22nd, 2013! FC 32 pages $3.99 Shrugged #3 SHRUGGED #3 Frank Mastromauro – Story / Jonathan Marks – Art / Beth Sotelo - Colors The long awaited return of SHRUGGED continues! You think you’re prepared, but you’re not. You’ve been decisive in your actions up to this point, but now things have been turned upside down. You feel you’ve conformed your mindset and are ready to accept what you’re about to experience, but you haven’t. That’s because SHRUGGED is back and ready to blow your mind! Perspecta has a new dark ruler as Lord Slive revels in his takeover and now plans his attack on planet Earth. Barely surviving with his life, Magnuss, the ousted true leader of Perspecta, reaches out for help, but who will come to his aid? Meanwhile, Theo’s girl troubles are heating up as he’s torn between the three women in his life. Those may be the least of his worries though because something bad has happened to Ange and Dev, and Theo may not survive their new transformations! Created by Michael Turner and Frank Mastromauro, with illustrations by newcomer Jonathan Marks and colors by Beth Sotelo, make sure to listen to the voices inside your head and pick up the newest issue of SHRUGGED today! SHRUGGED #3 is in stores May 15th, 2013! FC 32 pages $3.99 LOTSC #4 LEGEND OF THE SHADOW CLAN #4 David Wohl – Story / Cory Smith – Art / Jon Starr - Colors What is the mystery of the LEGEND OF THE SHADOW CLAN? Now that Morgan Himura and her family have learned that they're descendants of a long line of ninja warriors called the Shadow Clan, one would think that their lives would vastly improve. Especially since the Himura siblings seem to be gaining a better understanding of their unique abilities and talents--especially Morgan, who has always excelled at anything she's put her mind to. But, there's a reason why the Shadow Clan had been in hiding for centuries--and now that the Himuras are out in the open, their ancient enemy, the Ghost Clan, has wasted no time in tracking them down. Ready or not, today is the day the Ghost Clan takes the fight to the Shadow Clan! Writer David Wohl is joined by the artistic talents of Cory Smith and colorist John Starr, as they bring to you the thrilling new adventures of the LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN! LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN #4 is in stores May 8th, 2013! FC 32 pages $3.99 Aspen Spash 2013 ASPEN SPLASH 2013 SWIMSUIT SPECTACULAR – ANNIVERSARY EDITION Michael Turner / Peter Steigerwald / Joe Benitez / Alex Konat / Beth Sotelo / Micah Gunnell / Siya Oum / John Starr / Marcus To / Francis Manapul / Talent Caldwell / Ale Garza / Khary Randolph / Mike DeBalfo / and many more! – Art The fan favorite ASPEN SPLASH issue makes waves again this summer! Join Aspen as we celebrate ten amazing years of publication by offering this special ASPEN SPLASH 2013 SWIMSUIT SPECTACULAR Anniversary Edition issue featuring a gigantic roster of Aspen’s finest artists from past to present! Including many of the most breathtaking and classic pin-ups over our first ten year span—including founder Michael Turner’s most iconic pieces, as well as a host of new gorgeous pin-ups showcasing tons of fan favorite Aspen characters. Jam-packed from cover to cover with nothing but breathtaking art, this exclusive Anniversary Edition is one swimsuit spectacular that simply cannot be missed! ASPEN SPLASH 2013 SWIMSUIT SPECTACULAR – ANNIVERSARY EDITION is in stores May 2013! FC 32 pages $3.99 EA: Assassins #11 EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #11 – Writer / Giuseppe Cafaro – Art / Teo Gonzalez - Colors Executive Assistant Lotus takes center stage! Explore the creation of a master assassin and the tragic past of Executive Assistant Lotus in “Bloodline”, the origin of one of the EA Universe’s most popular—and deadly--heroines. As a child raised in India, Rani (Lotus) was continually teased amongst her peers for her vulnerability and proclivity towards technology and science. However, following a horrific turn of events that shatters her existence at its core, Rani must choose to grow up fast, and to rely on her survival instincts and technical expertise in order to survive—or die! EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #11 is in stores May 2013! FC 32 pages $3.99 Soulfire #7 SOULFIRE (vol 4) #7 J.T. Krul – Story / Mike DeBalfo ; Giuseppe Cafaro – Art / Nei Ruffino - Colors Michael Turner’s epic fantasy adventure approaches its climatic finale! Once before, Malikai was lost to the world of the living, trapped in a hellish abyss of chaos and misery. Thanks to Grace and his friends, he was saved and given another chance at life. So what on Earth could bring him to return to that desolate realm? The time has come for Malikai to journey beyond the edge of all existence and come face-to-face with one of the driving forces behind all creation - Behold! The great god of Chaos! SOULFIRE (vol 4) #7 is in stores May 2013! FC 32 pages $3.99 Charismagic Vol1 CHARISMAGIC VOL 1: THE VANISHING TPB Vince Hernandez – Story / Khary Randolph – Art / Emilio Lopez - Colors Everything we thought we knew about magic will...Vanish. Hank Medley is a Las Vegas magician at the top of his game. For Hank, everything comes easy: women, fame, and overwhelming fortune. However, 'Hank the Magnificent' soon realizes that in Sin City, your luck can change at the drop of a hat--or wand--in his case. Powerful forces of magic once banished from our reality have returned, and Hank is about to step out of his stage show “Charismagic”, and into a world where the wonders of magic have not only come back, but are even flourishing! However, with some of these newly arrived beings intent on vengeance for deeds done to them in the past, will Hank be able to survive this new landscape of reality-and magic? Collecting together the sold out zero issue and issues 1-6, along with a complete cover gallery and an extensive sketchbook section, magical creatures of myth and legend, wizards and sorcerers of immense power, and so much more come to life in this thrilling first volume of the critically-acclaimed series, CHARISMAGIC! CHARISMAGIC VOL 1: THE VANISHING TPB is in stores May 2013! FC 184 pages $18.99 Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/aspen-comics-may-2013-solicitations.html
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Cover Nocturnals Carnival of Beast is an one-shot from Dan Brereton's Nocturnals series. This book collects the stories Beasts, The Scrimshaw Crown and Night of the Candy Butchers. In this book Dan Brereton takes this motley crew and puts them in character centric stories. Here Doc Horror, Halloween Girl and Starfish get a chance to shine. How is it? I knew very little about Nocturnals coming into this book. However I didn't felt that it took much away from my enjoyment of the book. The recap of the characters at the beginning of the book, brings you up to date with the bare essentials of who's who. The first story is Beasts. This is the only where I felt that some continuity knowledge would bring something to the reading experience. Here Doc Horror takes most of the gang into the hoods looking for the carnival of beasts. There he finds an old foe and they end up having a bit of a rumble. This is my least favorite of the stories. On one hand it has great looking painted art, on the other the dialogue is somewhat wonky and the story moves at an awkward pace. Halloween Girl The Scrimshaw Crown, the second story, focus around Starfish and her short quest to help a lost soul find its peace. This story has absolutely gorgeous art. There is one single panel that tarnishes it a bit. In it someone forgot to draw Starfish's head, but apart from that it is absolutely wonderful. The story is a simple and short tale about doing a good deed. Starfish The last short story is Night of the Candy Butchers. I found this one to be a very sweet narration with cool looking art. This is one of those stories where what's narrated doesn't match whats being shown, but at the same time it does. The story is narrated by a very young Halloween Girl and she sees the world throw a kiddie lens. On the background Gunwitch and Polychrome fight the haunted occupations of a Halloween Fair. Verdict? I came into this book without any prior knowledge about the Nocturnals Universe but that didn't stop me from enjoying it. The dialogue might be a bit wonky at times and some character motivation not very clear, but its still entertaining. And the art is, for the most part, very good. I liked it, it entertained me. On a side note, I want to thank Nuno Amado and his blog for hosting the contest from were I won this book. Publisher: Image Comics Year: 2008 Pages: 64 Authors: Dan Brereton ASIN: B001G0JYA0 Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/review-nocturnals-carnival-of-beasts.html
Stephen Bissette & John Totleben Lycanthropy is associated with lunar cycles. The full moon exacerbates the beast within. But what happens when, instead of a traditional werewolf, we have a wolf-woman? Does the lunar cycle stimulate her in the same manner? Or does her menstruation cycle affect her bestial transformation? After destroying a covenant of aquatic vampires, John Contantine asks Swamp Thing to embark on another adventure. This time, however, there are no evil creatures, just a woman scorned and humiliated by her sexist husband. Alan Moore explains the practices of the native American Indians and how they used to temporarily exile menstruating women. There is a stigma associated with the female condition and the blood of the reproductive cycle. In the story, a husband makes fun of his wife, telling her that the Indians were smart enough to get rid off women during “that time of the month”. Moore presents a middle class couple and their middle class neighbors. Men joke around about pre-menstrual-syndrome and the infinite patience required to deal with that. Women simply set the table and clean the dishes. Have things changed after 28 years? I seriously doubt that. Men still feel more comfortable with machismo and women are still slightly discriminated in our phallocentric society. In most countries, including my own, women earn less money than men despite the fact of having the same educational background. Cases of domestic violence continue to arise, and it is still women who get injured at the hands of their husbands. Every TV ad about cleaning products keeps showing the same image: a docile housewife whose only purpose in life is to do the laundry. It’s amazing, and we’re supposed to be in the 21st century. When “The Curse” was published in Swamp Thing # 40 (September 1985), many readers were scandalized by the story. Besides, the Comics Code Authority strictly forbade sex and all related subjects. Therefore menstruation was a taboo. Nevertheless, Karen Berger decided to publish the story anyway, and today, almost three decades later, it still remains as a justified admonition. Stephen Bissette and John Totleben drew some truly spectacular pages here, my favorite is probably the confrontation between Swamp Thing and the wolf-woman, the immobile and monstrous bodies before the struggle and the intricately detailed close up of the last two panels. Against a wolf-woman / contra la mujer lobo I would like to say that after 30 years no such thing as racism exists. But of course, if I say that I would be lying. “Southern Change” (Swamp Thing # 41) starts with the harmless arrival of a television crew. They’re filming a new soap opera in the plantations of Louisiana. Local people have been hired as extras and even Abby Arcane visits the set. However, the presence of the living greatly disturbs the dead: “What do they think about, in their beds beneath the ground? What do the dead people think about?”. Surely they remember... hundreds of black slaves, tortured, mutilated, murdered, think about their white masters. When Abby talks about the irony of having the descendants of those black slaves acting as black slaves in a TV show only to receive a meager paycheck, she asks the Swamp Thing if that is sad or funny. “It is human”, it’s his reply. The artist is again Stephen Bissette, but since John Totleben was busy producing a beautifully painted cover, the guest inker here is Alfredo Alcalá. Alfredo provides a much needed strength and rudeness to the artist’s pencils, expressing all the rage and hatred between black and white people. Stephen Bissette & Alfredo Alcalá “Strange Fruit” has one of the best initial pages I have read in my life. The skeleton of a black slave, buried centuries ago, cannot rest. He wants to yawn but he’s afraid to lose his jaw in the process, he can’t raise his hand to “rub the cobwebs” from his eye sockets. He feels the formation of fungus for fifty years, he counts the insects that walk over his bones, he names them, one by one, inventing “dynasties” of bugs, he does everything he can, but eventually he realizes that it is impossible to sleep, and he starts moving. And next to him, in the coffins of the cemetery, all the dead awake, anxious, longing for freedom: “The pain cannot be buried and forgotten. The pain cannot remain in the past or hidden beneath the soil. That which is buried is not gone. That which is planted will grow”. The result of centuries of slavery is no longer buried, and the few white men that remain in the plantations will soon fall prey of an army of living dead. Swamp Thing manages to burn down most of the zombies, but a few of them escape. In the final page, one of them “finds coffin-like comfort working the ticket booth in a grindhouse theater”, coming from another era, he feels more than satisfied making minimal wage and having no benefits or rights, his employer knows that he’s exploiting this odd looking man, but he’s so happy about finding a hardworking man that will never complain about anything. The penciler of “Strange Fruit” is Stephen Bissette, and his inker this time is Ron Randall. In the preface of this volume, Stephen explains that the last page of this issue made him realize something: “it still resonates with the reality of what I was living at the time. Unlike the zombie ticket seller I wasn’t happy feeling boxed in” and so after two years of non-stop work Stephen finally decided that it was time to take a rest. He would only stay until the end of the American Gothic saga. And thus begins the end of an era. __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ night of the living dead / la noche de los muertos vivientes La lican-tropía está asociada a los ciclos lunares. La luna llena exacerba a la bestia interior. Pero ¿qué sucede cuando, en vez de un hombre lobo tradi-cional, tene-mos a una mujer lobo? ¿El ciclo lunar la estimula de la misma manera? ¿O su transfor-mación bestial es afectada por el ciclo de la menstruación? Después de destruir a un clan de vampiros acuáticos, John Contantine le pide a Swamp Thing que se embarque en otra aventura. Esta vez, sin embargo, no hay criaturas malignas, sólo una mujer denigrada y humillada por su esposo machista. Alan Moore explica las prácticas de los indios norteamericanos nativos y cómo solían exiliar temporalmente a las mujeres cuando menstruaban. Hay un estigma asociado con la condición femenina y la sangre del ciclo reproductivo. En la historia, un marido se burla de su esposa, diciéndole que los indios tenían la astucia suficiente para deshacerse de sus mujeres durante "ese periodo del mes". Moore presenta a una pareja de clase media y a sus vecinos de clase media. Los hombres bromean sobre el síndrome pre-menstrual y la infinita paciencia requerida para lidiar con esto. Las mujeres simplemente ponen la mesa y lavan los platos. ¿Han cambiado las cosas después de 28 años? Realmente lo dudo. Los hombres todavía se sienten más cómodos el machismo y las mujeres son levemente discriminadas en nuestra sociedad falocéntrica. En la mayoría de países, incluyendo el mío, las mujeres ganan menos que los hombres a pesar de contar con el mismo nivel educativo. Los casos de violencia doméstica continúan aumentando, y todavía son las mujeres las que son golpeadas por sus esposos. Todos los comerciales de televisión sobre productos de limpieza siguen mostrando la misma imagen: una ama de casa dócil cuyo único propósito en la vida es lavar la ropa. Es asombroso, y se supone que estamos en el siglo XXI. the revenge of the black slaves / la venganza de los esclavos negros Cuando “La maldición” fue publicada en Swamp Thing # 40 (setiem-bre de 1985), mucho lectores se escanda-lizaron. Además, la Autoridad del Código de los Cómics prohibía estricta-mente el sexo y todo tema sexual. La mens-truación era un tabú. No obstante, Karen Berger decidió publicar la historia de todos modos, y hoy en día, casi tres décadas después, sigue siendo una denuncia justificada. Stephen Bissette y John Totleben dibujan algunas páginas realmente espectaculares, mi favorita es probablemente la confrontación entre Swamp Thing y la mujer-lobo, los cuerpos monstruosos e inmóbiles antes de la lucha y el acercamiento detallado en los últimos dos paneles. Me gustaría decir que después de 30 años el racismo no existe. Pero, por supuesto, si dijera eso estaría mintiendo. "Cambio sureño" (Swamp Thing # 41) empieza con la inofensiva llegada de unos productores de televisión. Están filmando una nueva telenovela en las plantaciones de Louisiana. Los lugareños han sido contratados como extras e incluso Abby Arcane visita el set. Sin embargo, la presencia de los vivos perturba en gran medida a los muertos: "¿En qué piensan, en sus lechos bajo tierra? ¿En qué piensan los muertos?". Seguramente recuerdan... cientos de esclavos negros, torturados, mutilados, asesinados, piensan en sus amos blancos. Cuando Abby habla sobre la ironía de tener a los descendientes de esclavos negros actuando como esclavos negros en un show de televisón sólo para recibir un mísero cheque, ella le pregunta a Swamp Thing si eso es triste o chistoso. "Es humano" es su respuesta. El artista es de nuevo Stephen Bissette, pero como John Totleben estaba ocupado produciendo una hermosa portada pintada, el entintador invitado es Alfredo Alcalá. Alfredo provee una muy necesaria fuerza y rudeza a los lápices del artita, expresando así toda la ira y el odio entre negros y blancos. Strange Fruit / Fruto extraño “Fruto extraño” tiene una de las mejores páginas iniciales que he leído en mi vida. El esqueleto de un esclavo negro, enterrado hace siglos, no puede descan-sar. Quiere bostezar pero teme perder su quijada en el proceso, no puede levantar su mano para "frotar las telarañas" de las cuencas vacías de sus ojos. Siene la formación de hongos por cincuenta años, cuenta los insectos que caminan sobre sus huesos, los nombra, uno por uno, inventando "dinastías" de bichos, hace todo lo que puede, pero finalmente se da cuenta de que es imposible dormir. Y empieza a moverse. Y junto a él, en los ataúdes del cementerio, todos los muertos se despiertan, ansiosos, clamando libertad: "El dolor no puede ser enterrado ni olvidado. El dolor no puede permanecer en el pasado ni oculto bajo tierra. Aquello que está enterrado no se ha ido. Aquello que está plantado crecerá". El resultado de siglos de esclavitud ya no está enterrado, y los pocos hombres blancos que permanecen en las plantaciones pronto serán presas de un ejército de muertos vivientes. Swamp Thing se las arregla para quemar a muchos de los zombis, pero algunos escapan. En la página final, uno de ellos "encuentra la comodidad propia de un ataúd trabajando en la taquilla de un lúgubre cine", al venir de otra era, se siente más que satisfecho con el salario mínimo y la ausencia de derechos o beneficios laborales, su empleador sabe que esto es explotación, pero está tan feliz de encontrar a un hombre trabajador que nunca se quejará de nada. Los lápices de “Fruto extraño” son de Stephen Bissette, y las tintas esta vez son de Ron Randall. En el prefacio de este volumen, Stephen explica que la última página de este número lo hizo darse cuenta de algo: "todavía resuena con la realidad de lo que estaba viviendo en ese momento. A diferencia del zombi de la taquilla, yo no era feliz sintiéndome encasillado" y así, después de dos años de trabajo sin parar, Stephen finalmente decidió que era hora de descansar. Sólo se quedaría hasta el final de la saga American Gothic. Y de este modo empieza el fin de una era. Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/02/swamp-thing-40-41-42-moore-bissette.html
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