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Over the times great stories have emerged from the Science Fiction genre in most mediums. Luckily comics have seen some great ones. I took a look at the books I own, and only those, and made this list. Read on for Top 10 Sci-Fi books on my shelves. Top 10 list YAY 10) Universal War One UW1UW1 is a French book by Denis Bajram. Its about an underdog military unit of washout space pilots aptly called the Purgatory Squadron. Soon after being assembled they stumble upon a galactic conspiracy to undertake the established power. On top of that they have to deal with the personal ghosts of each member of the Purgatory Squadron. Personal vendetas, redempton, time travel and the inevitability of destiny. I still have to read the final chapter because the publisher that has the rights for the translated version (to Portuguese) of this book stopped one issue short, had this been finished I'm sure it would be higher up. If you're lucky you can buy the Marvel version. 9) The Red Star The Battle of Kar Dathra's Gate Red Star I stopped reading comics for 10 or so years in my teenage years. On the eve of my Optimization Models and Algorithms final exam I was really nervous about it. On the way from my gf's (now wife) house to the University I passed in front of bookstore/publisher Devir. I went in and the cover instantly cough my attention. I bought The Red Star The Battle of Kar Dathra's Gate and never stopped reading comics to this date. The year was 2003. Oh, the exam went fine. The story is set in an alternative undefined time, in a society were Magic and Soviet Russia inspired retro technology are merged and interconnected. Society lives on the brink of a civil war. The Battle or Kar Dathra's marks a dramatic change in Maya's life. That event sets her life on the path of rediscovery and that will have deep repercussion on everyone. The post WWII Russian retro style used in this comic is truly a wonderful thing to experience. The aesthetics of this comic is reason enough to read it. 8) SCUD The Disposable Assassin, The Whole Shebang SCUD I first noticed this book when it was recommend to me in the Outhouse Forums. This is a great fun and funny book about a Robot Assassin,sold in a vending machine, that gains self-awareness and refuses to die. He then goes through many quirky adventures, meets many interesting characters, finds love and meets God. This is also worth wile just for the Drywall character. Firstly he has that innocent minion feel, but soon becomes a favorite of any reader. Eventually he becomes a badass, but in my eyes he's always going to be that little innocent and insecure toddler that has trouble controlling his zippers (it makes sense in the book, go read it!). You can read more in my SCUD review. 7) We3 We3 We3 follows three animals that served as guinea pigs on a military experiment to create new operatives that are highly trained and heavily armed. The group is composed by a cat, a dog and a bunny. They are nameless but possess very distinct personalities. One day they are set for termination but one of their handlers cannot allow this to happen, so she helps them escape. This is a sad story. If you read this and don't get emotional at one point or another, then I'm sorry to say but you're dead inside. I recommend the deluxe edition, its a great looking hardcover book. This is Morrison and Quitely at their best. 6) Orbiter Orbiter Warren Ellis writes this strange tale about the return of a long thought of lost space-shuttle to earth. After 10 years in deep space the Shuttle Venture returns and NASA, that had shutdown their space exploration program since Venture's disappearance, as to reunite the old team, with some new faces, in order to solve this mystery. This is a story about that NASA team and its members. Some need to find closure while others will achieve their dreams, but none will be indifferent. This is a hard book to describe, but great to experience. Don't forget to check my review. 5) Ronin Ronin Nowadays Frank Miller is a crazy middle age man that rambles a lot in the internet and writes demented and psychotic Batman comics. However there was a time were he could do no wrong in comics. Ronin is from that time. The main characters is a ronin, a warrior without a master. He is a nameless warrior that was once cursed by an ancient evil. The way he got to be cursed is such a delight to read that I'm not going to spoil it for you. Because of the curse Ronin is trapped for 800 years and is reemerges in New York city somewhere in our near future. Our near future back when the book was released, in 1983, should be about now. There things get really weird and convoluted and Ronin has to find his place in this new world. Ronin is a great book that stood the passing of time very well. 4) Atomic Robo Atomic Robo Atomic Robo follows the adventures of its namesake hero. Robo was created by Nikola Tesla in 1923 and battled evil and watched over strange events ever since. Whats great about Atomic Robo is that this is a fun book with the most wild ideas and crazy story plots. Each book has one or two story arcs that can be read without knowing anything about Robo's continuity. Of course you might miss a reference here and there, mas nothing important. From Lovecraftian monsters to talking Dinosaurs, from WWII spooks to living computers, Robo has fought them all. Alone or with his buddies at Tesladyne Atomic Robo always goes that extra mile to make the world a better place, you know, for science. I've only reviewed the last volume to be published, at the time of this article. Feel free to read that review. 3) Fear Agent Fear Agent Fear Agent is a retro type sci-fi action book. With his fishbowl helmet, rocket pack, raygun, freeze ray and penis shaped spaceship Heathrow Hudson cruises space and time just trying to live one more day of his miserable little life. Heath is redneck, Mark Twain quoting, alien killing, drunk screw-up. He’s also the last of the Fear Agents. He abandoned Earth due to events that he took part when Earth was invaded by the Dressites. Heath will have to deal with the Dressites and another alien race, the Tetaldians, several times throughout his books. Eventually he’ll have to face his past sins and the friends and family he left behind. There will be evil clones, time travel, regular cowboys, space cowboys, aliens of all sizes and shapes, giant brains, Annie and some truly heartwarming and heartbreaking moments. 2) Ministry of Space Ministry of Space This is probably my favorite single book written by Warren Ellis. In Ministry of Space Ellis explores a What-If scenario of British History. What If Britain had created a covert budget to finance their space program after WWII? Well, this would happen. Britain would rise to be a technological world power. Beating the US and the Russians in the race to the moon, Britain managed to monopolize and monetize space exploration. Within four decades there would be flying cars, helicopter backpacks, colonies on mars and many other technological advances. But what was the cost? What did society had to pay to get these marvelous advancements? These are the questions asked in the book, but in a very subtle manner. If you don’t pay attention that essential visual hint can get by undetected and much of the book’s message will be lost. Hop on to my review and give it a quick looksy. 1) Transmetropolitan Transmetropolitan It was a close call between Transmetropolitan and Ministry of Space. But its not fair to compare 7 years of an ongoing series with a 96 page graphic novel. Spider Jerusalem (one of the best lead characters ever created btw) stars in this political sci-fi / dark humor / action journalism series. He is a hardcore and old-school political journalist that can't stand idly by while the general population insists on being politically uninformed and the political powers-that-be continue to abuse their respective offices. He is vernacular, loud mouth, profoundly disturbed, a drug addict but deep down he's a decent guy. Spider honestly cares about the people while an abstract entity, but he hates everyone he meets. He's a bastard, but a likable bastard. Armed only with his wit and a Bowel Disruptor he'll take on The Smiler and his administration.This might sound odd but it makes perfect sense once you read the books. I would love to review this, but I don't think I can even come close to make it justice. Well, That's it. Hope you enjoyed it. Looking back at my list, I'm embarrassed at how few of my favorite books I've reviewed. I'll probably get around to them somewhere in the future. Don't agree with my choices? Think its unforgivable that I didn't mentioned your favorite Sci-Fi book on my list? Let me know that, leave me comment. Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/top-10-sci-fi-books-on-my-shelves.html
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A year ago, Justin Jordan wrote an extraordinarily witty and imaginative miniseries about a high school boy, Luther Strode, who was constantly bullied. Now, one way or another, we could all relate to that, not because we’ve been victims of bullying but because we have, at least, witnessed it. And that was the strength of “The Strange Talent of Luther Strode”, it made us reconnect with our high school past and the power fantasies that most teenagers develop. Because, when we can’t fight against bullying we use our imagination. Perhaps, we imagine ourselves stronger or faster… in our dreams we are always victorious. In the previous miniseries, Luther Strode signed up for the Hercules Method (a brilliant parody of the Atlas Method) and, suddenly, he was indeed much stronger and faster than any other American teenager. In that miniseries Justin Jordan did what all good writers should do, he made us care for the protagonist and for his supporting cast: Petra (Luther’s romantic interest), Pete (Luther’s best friend), the Librarian, etc. a exploding head / una cabeza que explota I have to admit I was a little bit worried about “The Legend of Luther Strode”. I knew it would no longer play with the concepts of teenage power fantasies versus adult power fantasies, the high school settings (and thus the bullying) would no longer be a part of the equation. And with the death of Pete, Luther’s mother and even the Librarian, there would be no supporting cast to be emotionally invested in. And yet, Justin once again shows his talent as an author. He gives us a true legend, a masked vigilante that applies a level of violence that automatically disqualifies him from being considered a superhero or a regular do-gooder. Before reading this first issue, my concern was that after the brilliant origin we would now get a simple story about a superhuman avenging the death of those most beloved to him. I’m glad to see that my worries were unfounded. Yes, this new volume is darker, even grittier, but it still retains all the creativity that made me a fan in the first place. Besides, and I swear I’m trying not to spoil anything, seeing Petra back was such a great cliffhanger. Tradd Moore is again in charge on pencils and inks, and he delivers some of the most fascinating fighting sequences anyone could ask for. Hyper-violent, full of gore and unrelentingly brutal, Tradd’s pages are always a joy to look at. I particularly enjoyed (and please don’t consider me as a sadist for confessing this) the scenes in which Luther Strode blows a criminal’s head off, or the scene in which he cuts half of the face of another delinquent. Of course, Felipe Sobreiro also contributes with his amazing colors, always vivid, always great; this is a man who knows how to make the art shine. And shine it does. It’s official, “The Legend of Luther Strode” is one of the best Image’s new miniseries. ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ Luther Strode Hace un año, Justin Jordan escribió una miniserie ingeniosa e imaginativa sobre un chico de secundaria, Luther Strode, que era víctima de abusos verbales y físicos. De un modo u otro, todos nos podíamos sentir identi-ficados con ello, no porque hayamos sido víctimas de ese tipo de abuso sino porque hemos sido, al menos, testigos. Y esa era la fortaleza de “El extraño talento de Luther Strode”, nos reconectaba con nuestro pasado escolar y con las fantasías de poder que desarrolla la mayoría de adolescentes. Porque, cuando no podemos pelear contra el abusivo usamos nuestra imaginación. Tal vez nos imaginamos más fuertes o más rápidos... en nuestros sueños siempre somos victoriosos. a head cut in half / una cabeza cortada por la mitad En la miniserie anterior, Luther Strode se inscribió en el Método Hércules (una brillante parodia del Método Atlas) y, de repente, él era de hecho más fuerte y más rápido que cualquier otro adolescente norte-americano. En esa miniserie, Justin Jordan hizo lo que todos los buenos escritores deberían hacer, hizo que nos preocu-páramos por los personajes y por el elenco secundario: Petra (el interés romántico de Luther), Pete (el mejor amigo de Luther), el Bibliotecario, etc. Debo admitir que estaba un poco preocupado con "La leyenda de Luther Strode". Sabía que ahora ya no se jugaría con los conceptos de las fantasías de poder adolescente versus las fantasías de poder adulto, el contexto de la secundaria (y de los 'abusivos') ya no formarían parte de la ecuación. Y con la muerte de Pete, la madre de Luther e incluso el Bibliotecario, ya no habría ningún elenco secundario que nos mantenga emocionados. my drawing / mi dibujo No obstante, Justin demuestra una vez más su talento como autor. Nos da una verdadera leyenda, un vigilante enmascarado que aplica un nivel de violencia que automá-ticamente lo descalifica de ser considerado como un súper-héroe o un bienhechor típico. Antes de leer este primer número, mi preocupación era que después del brillante origen ahora habría una simple historia sobre un súper-humano vengando la muerte de sus seres queridos. Me alegra ver que mis preocupaciones eran infundadas. Sí, este nuevo volumen es más oscuro, incluso más cruel, pero aún mantiene toda la creatividad inicial. Además, y prometo no arruinar sorpresas, ver a Petra de vuelta ha generado muchas expectativas. Tradd Moore está de nuevo a cargo de los lápices y las tintas, y nos entrega algunas de las secuencias de pelea más fascinantes que podamos imaginar. Híper violento, lleno de sangre y brutalidad cruda, las páginas de Tradd son un verdadero disfrute. Particularmente, me encantaron (y por favor no me consideren como un sádico por confesar esto) las escenas en las que Luther Strode hace explotar la cabeza de un criminal, o la escena en la que corta por la mitad la cara de otro delincuente. Por supuesto, Felipe Sobreiro también contribuye con sus asombrosos colores, siempre vívidos, siempre grandiosos; este es un hombre que sabe cómo sacarle lustre al arte. Y lo hace relucir. Es oficial, "La leyenda de Luther Strode" es una de las mejores nuevas miniseries de Image. Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-legend-of-luther-strode-1-justin.html
Thanks to Funko's toyline, we may be getting a peek at a possible fourth Iron Man suit to appear in the next movie. (Image taken down by request)
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A new variant cover for Age of Ultron shows a child Ultron bullying child Marvel heroes on the playground.
Issue #26 - Diplomatic Immunity
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The company will launch it's own trashy comics news site on the back page of its comic books.
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Fantastic isn't it?! In 2010 Image Comics published the first issue of a fantasy / comedy series called Skullkickers. Jim Zub, Edwin Huang and Chris Stevens are the names behind the book. The first trade, that came out in 2011, Skullkickers Volume 1: 1000 Opas and a Dead Body and it got a good reception, however I managed miss it completely. Image published the 2nd Volume Five Funerals and a Bucket of Blood also in 2011 and in 2012 the 3rd Volume Six Shooter on the Seven Seas. In 2013 the first 2 Volumes, plus extras got collected into a Hardcover edition called Treasure Trove. Just this weekend I was googling something (don't recall what) and somehow ended up on Jim Zub's site, more precisely a post about Digital vs Physical reach. Its a really good post, well written, very interesting to read about Jim's experience with the digital promotion of Skullkickers. This made me do a bit more search on Mr Jim Zub's work, I found a couple of books that looked interesting, but it was Skullkickers that stayed with me. While I was browsing for more information, I noticed that this shares many resemblances with a series I've been on board since the start and loved all books its put out. IDW's D&D by John Rogers, Andrea Di Vito. Like IDW's series Skulkickers presents good art, a fantasy base plot and a promise for epic kickassery that only a dwarf can dish out. Just a beer with the boys From what I could see from the pages that are available on-line and from Edwin Huang and Chris Stevens deviantart pages, at least I'm going to enjoy looking at the book. The style is very clean but powerful with very distinct characters and some dwarfian fan favorite cliches. So I went and ordered the first volume. Its only £6.75 (or 9.99$) at Amazon. Sadly this was the only book that got delayed in that order, so I'll have to wait a few more days until I can finally get my hands on what looks like a great book. Merc #2 Merc # 1 For more about Skullkickers check out the official website. Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/skullkickers-how-did-this-get-by-me.html
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