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Rui Esteves

Rui Esteves is definitely from Peru and has a blog!  Rui tries to find the good in everyone, which is difficult when he has to work for this hive of scum and villainy, but he makes do.   Rui does so enjoy graphic novels, as evident from the name of his blog:  Reading Graphic Novels, twitter handle: @RGNblog, and Facebook page: rgnblog.
 

 


Aspen Comics Solicitations for December 2014

Aspen Comics Solicitations for December 2014

By Rui Esteves in Blog on September 20, 2014

Overtaken #2OVERTAKEN #2 Frank Mastromauro – Story / Marco Lorenzana – Art / Wes Hartman - ColorsPrepare yourself for the return of - OVERTAKEN!Picking up from the shocking events of issue #1… after months of dead ends and uncooperative authorities, Will Harden focuses his desperation to find his missing wife and turns to an unlikely source to help locate her…but is it already too late?? As he begins to unravel the truth, Harden will discover that the answers he seeks are far out of this world!Written and created by Frank Mastromauro, featuring artwork by the talented newcomer Marco Lorenzana, OVERTAKEN is going to take your breath away and leave you gasping for more!OVERTAKEN #2 is in stores December 17th, 2014!FC 32 pages $3.99 Fathom #1FATHOM: SOURCEBOOK #1 Michael Turner ; various – Art / Peter Steigerwald ; various – ColorsYour journey into the FATHOM Universe begins here!Michael Turner's best-selling Fathom series has celebrated over 15 years of thrilling adventures, and now fans and new readers alike can dive even deeper into the depths of the Fathom Universe with Aspen's first-ever FATHOM: SOURCEBOOK! Jam-packed from cover to cover with detailed character profiles, in-depth power charts, revealing story elements and so much more--this is the definitive source to learn about all things Fathom!FATHOM: SOURCEBOOK #1 is in stores December 10th, 2014!FC 32 pages $4.99 Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2014/09/aspen-comics-solicitations-for-december.html

Review: Judge Dredd Day Of Chaos: Fallout

Review: Judge Dredd Day Of Chaos: Fallout

By Rui Esteves in Blog on September 9, 2014

Cover I have a strange relationship with Judge Dredd. I love the concept and the characters. More often than not I love the stories. I really enjoy the tone and overall theme, political and social commentary, and the badassery that is Dredd. But (there's always a but) I own (and read) very few Dredd stories.Why?! Don't know. Probably its a marketing thing (or lack thereof). When I buy a Judge Dredd book I can't put it down until the very last page (usually this is true), but after that I never hear any new news form 2000AD publicizing the next book. This turned into a (first world) problem when I stopped shopping at traditional brick and mortar stores.The point here is, going into this book, I had no idea what Day of Chaos was. But this books does a good job summering it up for me. An enemy Mega-City (East-Sov) made a (successful) biological attack on Mega-City One. The majority of the population died and Mega-City One is in ruins. And everyone blames Dredd. This is the story of what happens next.Actually its the stories of what happens next. Each chapter is a different story, with a different creative team. This could be the recipe for disaster, but it works here. 2000AD is used to manage several creative teams for their periodic format, and it shows. Sure there are a few fluctuation both in quality of the art and style of writing, but overall it works well.In this book you'll get everything from whole blocks declaring independence, rouge judges, deserting cadets,  jealousy driven murder, xenophobia, and much more. Of course all this is seasoned with a (un)healthy dose of the old British ultra-violence we all love so much. Do it Dredd and his colleagues face-off against Mega-City One's most foul creeps. What most characterizes Dredd is his unshaken confidence and unbreakable morals. Well, both are put to the test several times, when he is faced with the ruination of his beloved Mega-City One and the degradation of its citizens.Art wise this book is all over the place. Its easier to set a guideline for the writers to follow than it is to get artistic uniformity. There is one or two chapters where the art is bad(ish), the others is mostly about personal taste. Not much else to say, your eyes won't bleed out, but it could hurt to get a bit more consistency. The smirk talks volumes I've yet to buy a book from 2000AD that I didn't though I was getting my money's worth. Sure not all are master pieces, but all (thus far) have been ranging form entertaining to absolute awesome. This one is not on top end, but is almost there. Even if, like me, you haven't read Day of Chaos, this is be one of the most entertaining comics you'll read this year.Publisher: 2000ADYear: 2014Pages: 240Authors: John Wagner, Rob Williams, Michael Carrol, Robert Williams, Laurence Campbell , PJ Holden, James HarrenISBN: 1781082715Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2014/09/review-judge-dredd-day-of-chaos-fallout.html

Preview: ALL NEW FATHOM #8

Preview: ALL NEW FATHOM #8

By Rui Esteves in Blog on September 5, 2014

CoverALL NEW FATHOM #8 David Wohl – Story / Alex Konat – Art / Beth Sotelo – ColorsA new direction in the FATHOM Universe reaches its finale!As Vana's plan nears its apocalyptic fruition, the temperature of the Earth's oceans are plummeting and wreaking havoc with the ecological balance of the world. Nations are in turmoil, and their military might’s are helpless to stop it. Amidst this cataclysmic backdrop, only Aspen Matthews understands what must be done to return the world from the brink of certain doom, but in order to accomplish her goal, she must team up with Chance and KIllian in order to battle with the most powerful being on the planet-- Killian's daughter, Anika!Writer David Wohl, artist Alex Konat and colorist Beth Sotelo team up once again to bring you the latest adventures of Michael Turner’s most beloved creation!ALL NEW FATHOM #8 is in stores September 17th, 2014! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Cover B Cover C Cover CFollow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2014/09/preview-all-new-fathom-8.html

Review: Black Science Volume 1 How to Fall Forever

Review: Black Science Volume 1 How to Fall Forever

By Rui Esteves in Blog on September 4, 2014

Cover Rick Remender is back to writing (hopefully) sci-fi greatness with his new book Black Science. He is most known for his creator-owned series Fear Agent (BTW, if you haven't read this, you're missing out on a great sci-fi series), and he as a new book that also dwell in the sci-fi pool.Black Science (poorly chosen name BTW) is about this guy that invents a way to jump around dimensions and things (of course) go south really fast. In fact, the best way to explain what this is about is to talk about Quantum Leap (remember that kids?! If not go see it now). This is basically Quantum Leap with Dimensional jumps instead of time ones and punches and ray guns. Its starts with a experiment with dimensional jumping and end up stranded with no way to know where they'll end up (sounds familiar?).What is Black Science after all? I have no ideia. As far as I know the title was an excuse for the main character to say something that Reminder though was cool (I guess). Its never explained nor does it have any impact in the story. It could very well be named Bureau of Dimensional Quantum Leap (much better title).Sadly Rememder doesn't deliver the goods as he once did. Black Science is a cool book, but nothing compared with some of his former creations (Fear Agent for one). The plot, while interesting (Quantum Leap was the bomb back in the day), is all pace and little substance. The characters are shallow and one dimension, for the most part at least.Not everything is bad of course, in fact this isn't a bad book, but it could be so much better. Remender has showed in the past that he can produce great books, and the book does get better as it moves forward. One thing in its favor is that it is never boring. Convoluted and shallow perhaps, but never boring. The action keeps poring in, mixed with a pinch of sexy and some ray guns. Getting high with your floozy It ends on an old fashion cliffhanger, and that mister Remender was well played because it does leave you wanting more. I'm in for another volume, but it as to get better. I want some flesh on my characters (please).The art on the other hand is almost flawless. Of course this is highly subjective because if the art style is not to your liking chances are you're not going to give it much credit, but if that's the case, try to look past it. The first few pages are a bit harsh to the eye. Matteo Scalera and Dean White use a style filled with squared jaws, strait lines, steep angles, rough shapes and the occasional Dutch Angle. After those first pages, once you get used to it, its when it really shines. It suits the fast pace and action packed plot very well. Monkey Business If they can keep the consistency up and the fill-in artists down, it is an Image book after all, the visual aspect of the book will contribute greatly to its success. Only time will tell, but it is looking good.So, will this surpass Fear Agent? Lets wait and see, but comparing both series first volume, Fear Agent takes the lead.Publisher: Image ComicsYear: 2014Pages: 152Authors: Rick Remender, Matteo Scalera, Dean WhiteISBN: 1607069679Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2014/09/review-black-science-volume-1-how-to.html

Transmetropolitan'o'ton #6

Transmetropolitan'o'ton #6

By Rui Esteves in Blog on September 3, 2014

Cover Spider gets turned into a porno, a cartoon, an action flick and gets really high. He also kicks a cat, kills a puppy, punches a reporter, headbutts a poor excuse for a human being, eats a pigeon, exposes a pedophile and steps on a pimp. In 2000 comics were still fun.Apart from the silliness and the ultra-violence, in this volume shit gets real again. Spider prepares the troops (Filthy Assistants) to take on the Smiler once and for all. Last time The Smiler won the battle. Spider was ill prepared and got out witted by the insane president. This time Spider won't let it happen.Have you ever picked up a camera and walked down the street just taking pictures and observing your city? The Walk is about that, taking the time to observe and take in your city. In it Spider walks around The City observing the conditions in with its citizens live in, the practical effect of the corrupt government, the rotten police department and the way the people see him. Its a great little insight to Spider's mind and motivation. Transmetropolitan is abundant in these type of short stories that make for good reading and greatly built up characterization adding layers of complexity to Spider and his Filthy Assistants.To end the first half of the book there's a story about the toll that the current situation is having on Yelena's and Channon's life. The girls (self proclaimed) day off quickly does a dark turn when they feel the need to arm themselves. Also, if you didn't get that by now, its evident that Yelena is slowly transforming into a female version of Spider. All in due time Spider In the last half of the book, the story is put into high gear and takes off. The pace fastens, the action gets brutal and the shit hits the proverbial fan. The Smiler takes one on the shin and Spider starts to unveil the full extent of the problem that is The Smiler. Our favorite journalist's easy and luxurious life is about to end.Transmetropolian belong to a rare breed of books that can withstand the passing of time and starts strong and gets better as the story progresses.Publisher: VertigoYear: 2010Pages: 144Authors: Warren Ellis, Darick RobertsonISBN: 1401228186Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2014/09/transmetropolitanoton-6.html

Review: The Goon Volume 4 Virtue and the Grim Consequences Thereof

Review: The Goon Volume 4 Virtue and the Grim Consequences Thereof

By Rui Esteves in Blog on September 1, 2014

CoverThe Goon in Virtue and the Grim Consequences Thereof is a weird mixed of issue long stories. From that time when the Goon, together with a bunch of his fellow criminal friends, started a pro football team, to a journey into another dimension this book has it all.Unfortunately, unlike previous volumes, not all weirdness is good weirdness.The Goon doesn't follow a conventional story telling style, true, but there is usually an order to the Chaos that is put to paper by Powell. However in this volume there are a few stories that break that order and add even more chaos, but in a less than optimal way. I'm not saying this is a bad book, far from it, but Powell has been spoiling his readers with stellar story telling and fun comic books, and this one is just a bit above ok. The Goon getting drafted Personally I didn't connect with two stories in this collection, the one about the football team and the adaptation of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. The first one is just and atypical story for this book, its not funny nor it contributes to the overall mythos of the characters (at least thus far), while the second one add little no nothing new to the myriad of adaptations done of the A Christmas Carol. There is nothing wrong with them, but they're not Goonish enough (whatever that may be).However there is a strong reason to get this book, and that is everything else. Doctor Alloy goes insane and the Goon and our favorite eye stabber jump to his aid. Of course things don't go accourding to plan and the Goon's world is turn inside out. All this plus Powell's twisted humor and awesome artistic style.Talking about the art of the book, its really good. Powell manages to give each story its unique feel while at the same time keeping it consistent and true to the Goon style. Sometimes he does it through a different color pallet, sometimes ist by the way he draws faces. Its subtle changes that work really well. Frankie of Christmas Present In sum, half is great, half is meh. It's still worth your money, but it doesn't hit the awesomeness that are the previous volumes.Publisher: Dark HorseYear: 2010Pages: 144Authors: Eric PowellISBN: 1595826173Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2014/09/review-goon-volume-4-virtue-and-grim.html

Aspen Comics Solicitations for November 2014

Aspen Comics Solicitations for November 2014

By Rui Esteves in Blog on August 15, 2014

Zoohunters #2THE ZOOHUNTERS #2 Peter Steigerwald – Story / Peter Steigerwald – ArtThere IS life on other planets—THEY find it.Abros has been teaching his son Ty the skills it takes to be a ZooHunter when on a far frozen planet they are ambushed by the rogue ZooHunter Minalara! What menace does her appearance spell for our duo? Read issue two to find out!Creator and artist Peter Steigerwald presents to you the newest Aspen hit series – THE ZOOHUNTERS!THE ZOOHUNTERS #2 is in stores November 26th, 2014!FC 32 pages $3.99 Damsels in Excess #5DAMSELS IN EXCESS #5 Vince Hernandez – Story / Mirka Andolfo – ArtFive realms. Five princesses. Zero men.The war for Evanfar begins as Bethany and Kimberlein make the decision to take back the kingdom by force—even if it means destroying the union of the Five Realms forever! The climactic—and deadly--end to the first volume will forever change the lives of all the princesses forever!DAMSELS IN EXCESS #5 is in stores November 19th, 2014!FC 32 pages $3.99 Seven to DieSEVEN TO DIE  T. G. Roberts – WriterSEVEN TO DIE tells the story of Lex MacArthur, a San Francisco college student who comes into possession of an enigmatic clay pendant that unlocks a bevy of dormant superhuman genes. She’s stronger, she’s faster, and she’s on a mission to find out why. As Lex sets out to discover who she is and where she really came from, she comes face-to-face with Egil, a killer who has been tracking Lex her entire life.  At the helm of an enormous operation to eradicate all of Lex’s kind, Egil captures Lex’s long-lost mother, forcing Lex to confront him head on and save those she loves from certain death.Aspen Novels continues its genre-spanning adventure into the prose world with this latest young adult, urban fantasy thriller that is an edge-of-your-seat page turner!SEVEN TO DIE is in stores November 5th, 2014!B&W 320 pages $7.99 NOVEL Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2014/08/aspen-comics-solicitations-for-november.html

Review: The Goon Volume 3 Heaps of Ruination

Review: The Goon Volume 3 Heaps of Ruination

By Rui Esteves in Blog on July 20, 2014

CoverHeaps of Ruination brings us giant ape Goon, The Buzzard, Lagarto, sexy vampire lady, Frankie knifing something in the eye, Hellboy and more.This volume is a strange, but engaging, compilations of stories. They range from an awkwardly silly 2 page short about a simpleton crapping his pants to old school sci-fi monsters fighting Godzilla style to tormented soul and bleeding heart drama.Apart from the return of The Buzzard, this volume doesn't advance the story of the Goon, nor does it give you any further insight into its characters. What it does bring is an entertaining group of stories. My favorite is the Hellboy crossover.I love crossovers that tell a good story and manage to respect the spirit of the characters involved. Eric Powell wrote one of those crossovers. Hellboys keeps all his moodiness and badassery while Frankie remains an obnoxious little prick that just wants to stab people in the eye.There is some somewhat smart humor and some very cheap shots. But in the end its a fun and funny book. You might feel a bit guilty after laughing at some of Powell's twisted jokes, bit it will be worth it. Getting a message across In sum, good book that introduces a few secondary characters, sees the return of others and a kickass crossover.Publisher: Dark HorseYear: 2011Pages: 128Authors: Eric PowellISBN: 1595826254Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2014/07/review-goon-volume-3-heaps-of-ruination.html

Preview: LOLA XOXO #3

Preview: LOLA XOXO #3

By Rui Esteves in Blog on June 30, 2014

Cover Siya Oum – Story & ArtAspen’s newest hit series continues!Lola departs on her first trading route, leaving the confines of New York City along with the Wasteland Trading Company. However, the perils that exist on the road can prove to be even worse than the city—and deadly . Meanwhile, Conrad decides to take matters into his own hands and find a way to go after Lola—at all costs!One of 2014’s most exciting debuts, LOLA XOXO is ready to take you on an incredible adventure unlike any other!LOLA XOXO #3 is in stores July 9th, 2014! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Cover B Cover C Cover D Cover E Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2014/06/preview-lola-xoxo-3.html

Preview: FATHOM ANNUAL #1

Preview: FATHOM ANNUAL #1

By Rui Esteves in Blog on June 13, 2014

CoverFATHOM ANNUAL #1David Wohl, Nei Ruffino, Vince Hernandez – StoryDennis Calero, Nei Ruffino, Jordan Gunderson – ArtMichael Turner’s FATHOM returns!Aspen's first ever FATHOM ANNUAL arrives, jam-packed with three all new stories featuring some of the most popular characters in the Fathom universe—and more! Join veteran FATHOM writer David Wohl as he gives us an inside look at Aspen's former love interest, Chance Calloway, and his thrilling exploits away from her, as he adapts to a whole new world of Blue and Human cooperation! Fan favorite illustrator Nei Ruffino debuts a new FATHOM story all her own, as she handles the writing and art duties in a special tale featuring Aspen Matthews and her new close friend Judith! And Fathom: Kiani writer Vince Hernandez takes Aspen Matthews on a journey to discover a lost city hidden deep under the surface of the water, only what she discovers instead is far more shocking!Don’t miss out on the debut of the first ever FATHOM ANNUAL #1 in this thrilling oversized issue featuring a re-mastered FATHOM cover by series creator Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald!FATHOM ANNUAL #1 is in stores June 18th, 2014! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2014/06/preview-fathom-annual-1.html

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