Thursday, January 31, 2013

Top 10 Sci-Fi books on my shelves

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

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Preview: Charismagic: The Death Princess #2


Vince Hernandez – Story / Emilio Lopez – Art / Jocelyn Dunn - Colors

Explore the breathtaking world of Charismagic by journeying back to its ancient origins!

Kon and his collection of magical entities learn the hard truth that saving the world means first trusting one another, as the group is divided over the inclusion of the magic-stealing Samsun. Meanwhile, The Death Princess, along with Serké, gather an army of the most capable human slaves they can muster in preparation for the group’s impending arrival at her castle—where the battle for the future of mankind will be decided!

Created and written by Aspen’s own Vince Hernandez, with stunning art by Emilio Lopez and Jocelyn Dunn, make sure to be a part of the exciting new world of CHARISMAGIC: THE DEATH PRINCESS!

CHARISMAGIC: THE DEATH PRINCESS #2 is in stores February 13th, 2013!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Skullkickers, how did this get by me?!

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.

Blog of the Year Result

Blog do Ano 2012

Voting time is over and the results are in. RGN didn't make it to the final round, but it was good to participate.

The winners in the comics category are:

  1. Leituras de BD
  2. Alegrias e Alergias
  3. As Leituras do Pedro
  4. Margem Sul Webcomic
  5. Wicked Reasoning

Congratulations to all.

I would like thank Aventar for hosting the contest and all that voted for RGN. Untill next year.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Review: Orchid Volume 1

Society has collapsed. Seas rose to unimaginable levels due to environmental carelessness and, of course, corporate greed.

Earth's landscape is forever changed, the surviving population scattered throw the world. Settlements appeared in the wilderness surrounded be dense jungle and new animal lifeforms.

Orchid is born in one of these settlements. Forced to live under the ruling of a dictatorship she struggles to provide for her family. When a freedom fighter stumbles up her life things will never be the same again.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Review: Hell Yeah Volume 1 Last Day on Earths

Ben Day lives in a world where Super-Heroes came to be a generation ago. Ben is the son of war hero Daniel Day. Ben goes to the best University available. The University where all the super-powered youth studies, has loving parents but he's still only a teenager. As such Ben is still searching for his place in the world.

One day Ben gets a visit from three super-powered teenage girls that came to protect him. Turns out that someone is killing all the Ben Days in the multiverse for an unknown reason and this Ben is one of the last ones alive.

Welcome to the worth day of Ben's life.

Frogman & Ungrounded @Kickstarter

It was only recently that I came into contact with Kickstarter and was instantly in love with the concept. People of good ideas and low budgets reach out to the community in order to fund their projects. Those who back such projects get some kind of reward.

Today I found these two and had to share them. Hope Frogman and Ungrounded get their funding so the world is able to read their work.

Kickstarter projects

Preview: Legend of the Shadow Clan #1


David Wohl – Story / Cory Smith – Art / Jon Starr - Colors

Aspen’s Ten Year Anniversary kicks off with the debut of LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN!

Meet the Himura family. They are like any other family living in the city: kids in school, parents working to make ends meet. But unbeknownst to even them, their ancestors held a dark secret: they were a clan of ninja in feudal Japan, in the employ of a prominent leader. But when that leader was murdered under mysterious circumstances, the Himura Clan was blamed, and forced to flee, going into hiding. Over the centuries, the descendants lost track of the ancient ways. They came to America, abandoning their sordid past to distant memory. However, recently, their secret has been discovered--their ancient enemy has returned, and won't rest until every member of the Himura clan is killed. Now, the Himura family must rediscover their long-forgotten birthright if they hope to have any chance of surviving the onslaught to come, and along the way, they will learn the LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Review: The Goon Volume 0 Rough Stuff

The Goon and Frankie welcome you to the Milking-It-For-All-It's-Worth-Edition of this earlier work by Eric Powell.

This book collects the first three issues of The Goon (before Dark Horse), some comic strips, sketches and unpublished drafts of some of the early stories.

Learn all about The Goon's origin and his first encounters with the Zombie mob and the Zombie Priest, Fishy Pete and others.

Aspen’s Legend of the Shadow Clan #2 to Continue “10 FOR 10” with J. Scott Campbell incentive covers

Jam Poster

On the heels of the successful launch of their “10 for 10” anniversary initiative and the first release, Legend of the Shadow Clan #1 selling over 35,000 copies, Aspen Comics plans to keep the momentum going for issue number two, highlighted by a special J. Scott Campbell Retailer Incentive cover amongst other incentive offers for fans and retailers. Created by David Wohl and Brad Foxhoven and written by Wohl with art by Cory Smith and John Starr, the solicitation for Legend of the Shadow Clan #2 reads:

Wednesday, January 23, 2013



David Wohl – Story / Alex Lei – Art / Teo Gonzalez - Colors

Iris is back, but will she make it through the – Executive Extinction!

The “Executive Extinction” crossover reaches a deadly turning point as Iris encounters an ALL NEW Executive Assistant--Jasmine—and the results are perilous! With her employer already kidnapped and held by the Russian Mafia, Iris makes a shocking decision that could end with her own death.

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS creator David Wohl is joined by newcomer Alex Lei and series vet Teo Gonzalez, to bring you the thrilling third volume as the “Executive Extinction” crossover event continues!

Executive Assistant Iris (vol 3) #2 is in stores January 30th, 2013!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Review: Wolverine and the X-Men Volume 3

The Marvel Summer event of 2012 comes to Wolverine and the X-Men.

The mutants at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning have to choose what side they want to fight for. Wolverine tries to keep the normality of the School and the neutrality of his students, but something are just impossible to control.

Students strand up against teachers and friends will fight friends. Will the school ever be the same?!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Review: Green Lantern Emerald Dawn

Green Lantern Emerald Dawn re-imagines the origin story of the Green Lantern Hal Jordan.

Hal Jordan is a test pilot for Ferris Aircraft. One day, while working on a simulator he is snatched be a mysterious green light and flown to the desert. There he meets an alien that gives him a powerful green ring and dies before Hal can come to terms with whats happening.

From an arrogant and irresponsible grounded test pilot to a galactic trainee cop, the journey of Hal Jordan is a whirlwind filled with aliens, new found responsibilities and introspection.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Review: Dr. Fate Countdown to Mystery

The mantle of Dr. Fate has been without a bearer for a long time. Fate's helmet has been thrown into space and now returns to choose the new Dr. Fate.

Fate dictated that the helmet finds his way to Dr. Kent V. Nelson, a distant relative of the original Dr. Fate. Kent Nelson is a good man that is in a truly low and bad moment of his life. Far are the days when he was a top psychiatrist, good father and husband with a nice house and a great life.

Dr. Fate Countdown to Mystery was supposed to mark the start of a new era in the Dr. Fate legacy. This story sees Kent Nelson coming to terms with his personal fate and the beginning of the journey to rebuild his life.

Friday, January 18, 2013

New Facebook and Twitter accounts

Reading Graphic Novels has been without its own Facebook and Twitter account for far too long. Today that changed.

If you want to follow RGN's reviews and ramblings just hit LIKE or FOLLOW on the top right corner of the page.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Review: Chew Volume 6 Space Cakes

Chew Volume 6 Space Cakes focus on Toni Chu, Tony Chu's sister. Tony is the usual main character, but this time its Toni's turn to take the lead. Toni is a agent of NASA, that after the events in Chew Volume 4 Flambé is the most powerful organization on Earth.

In this story arc Toni joins John Colby and Caesar Valenzano in the pursuit of The Vampire, a villain in the making. Twists and turns await our protagonists when things do go according to plan for once.

This volume also collects the awesomeness of the Chew: Secret Agent Poyo one-shot.

Aspen Comics Kicks Off Their 2013 Convention Season and their “10 for 10” Initiative at Amazing Arizona Con


Aspen Comics is looking forward to attending their first convention of the new year, the upcoming Amazing Arizona Con 2013 on January 25th-27th, and the publisher is launching their all new “10 for 10” initiative over a week early at the show with the release of Legend of the Shadow Clan #1 and an appearance by series creator and writer David Wohl.

Starting on February 6th, Aspen will be launching their “10 for 10” initiative featuring an all new series release for ten consecutive months, with each debut #1 issue offered for only $1. Legend of the Shadow Clan #1 will be the first offering for Aspen’s “10 for 10”, and is created by Wohl and Brad Foxhoven with art by Cory Smith and John Starr.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The numbers behind RGN (AKA I'm bored) #1

Today I found myself with a severe boredom problem. So I gathered these numbers and decided to share them with you.

Really bored today

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Aspen Comics To Bring Back Classic Series Shrugged For “10 for 10”


As their second release in their tenth anniversary “10 for 10” initiative, Aspen Comics is returning to the world of Perspecta and their popular series Shrugged. Created by Michael Turner and Frank Mastromauro, Shrugged will feature a mix of both a returning and brand new art team. The official Aspen solicitation for the new series reads:

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!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Review: Magic The Gathering Volume 2 The Spell Thief

Magic the Gathering's (MTG) ongoing comic book continues in this volume.

Dack Fayden continues his quest to find Sifa Grent and exact his revenge upon her.

In Spell Thief Dack Fayden lifts a tiny bit of the veil of his past, how he came to be and why this quest for revenge is so important to him.

Also Djins, negative stereotypes, Ogres, Goblins, Dragons and Bone Wall.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Thursday, January 10, 2013

PR: J Scott Campbell Join Aspen’s “10 for 10” Initiative

Cover LSC

Aspen Comics continues to add more incentive for fans and new readers to join in on the publishers’ tenth anniversary initiative with the announcement of superstar artist J. Scott Campbell coming aboard to provide covers for all ten “10 for 10” issue #2 releases. Aspen Editor-in-Chief Vince Hernandez discusses the addition of Campbell to their growing “10 for 10” initiative:

“It was a no-brainer for us to ask Jeff to join in our hugely ambitious plans for 2013 and to celebrate our ten-year anniversary with us. Besides the fact that his art is always a visual delight and truly amazing; he’s been a good friend and played a big part in the success in our first decade in the industry as well. Some of Jeff’s earlier covers for Fathom and Soulfire were some of our most memorable and classic to date. So for us, it’s just a continuation of a wonderful collaboration with Campbell that will result in ten amazing covers for fans to collect!”

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Review: Magic The Gathering Volume 1

Dack Fayden must flee Ravinca after stealing a powerful magical artifact. Luckily for Dack he is a Planeswalker and manages to quickly get out of there.

Magical spells and artifacts, strange and new worlds, ancient mysteries and many references to the card game compose the uniqueness of this Universe.

Magic The Gathering Volume 1 collects the first 4 issues of IDW's ongoing series based on the Magic the Gathering (MTG) card playing game.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Off Topic: Blog of the year 2012 (Portuguese edition)

Blog of the year (blog do ano) 2012
Hi wonderful reader,

Aventar is running a contest for blog of the year (blog do ano) 2012, and I've entered Reading Graphic Novels in it.

I'm not trying to win, just to have a little fun and see where this goes. To be fair there are far better blogs then RGN like:

But in the off-chance you think RGN deserves your vote, please feel free to vote. Even if you don't vote for RGN give your contribution. Its only 5 seconds of your day.

I'm only competing in these categories:

Or you can just browse the whole contest.

Preview: Homecoming #3


David Wohl ­ Writer / Emilio Lasio ­ Pencils / Brett Smith ­ Colors

Nobody ever said being a teenager was easy...

The alien hybrid Celeste discovers more about her past life as she and Hunter encounter a surprise visitor땒er mom! And when mother dearest enlightens Celeste, all bets are off! Meanwhile, Paul realizes his newfound gifts make life on the football field a real breeze땇s the group finds it increasingly more difficult to keep their secrets hidden!

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to High School...Aspen Comics proudly presents an all-new series created by Michael Turner, Scott Lobdell and David Wohl. HOMECOMING!

HOMECOMING #3 is in stores January 23rd, 2013!

FC                               32 pages                                 $3.99

Solicitations: Aspen Comics April 2013


JT Krul – Story / Paolo Pantalena – Art / Brett Smith - Colors

Take an incredible JIRNI with Aspen’s newest ‘10 for 10’ series debut!

Discover a whole new world of adventure! Trekking through a violent and dangerous frontier of savage barbarians, devious thieves, and wild creatures, a warrior-princess named Ara searches for her mother, who was stolen away from her kingdom by a mysterious sorcerer with the help of his powerful D'jinn.  What great and terrible secrets await her in the distant horizon? Prepare to experience an epic tale of fantasy and wonder without boundaries. This is Ara's quest. This is Ara's destiny. This is Ara's - JIRNI.

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, prepare yourself for the ride of a lifetime and the premiere of 2013’s newest hit series!

JIRNI #1 is in stores April 17th, 2013!

FC 32 pages $1.00

Monday, January 7, 2013

Off Topic: Graphic Novel Challenge 2013

The good folks @ Graphic Novels Challenge have started the 2013 edition of the challenge, and Reading Graphic Novels is going to participate.

Graphic Novel Challenge 2013

PR: Aspen Comics Unveils Full Slate of “10 for 10” titles

Aspen Comics is ready to kick off the new year—and also celebrate their tenth anniversary year in the industry—by announcing their full slate of titles in their ambitious “10 for 10” initiative, beginning this February.

Jam Poster

Friday, January 4, 2013

Review: Hexed

Luci Jennifer Inagcio das Neves (nickname Lucifer) is a teen thief. She isn't an ordinary thief. Lucifer specializes on the occult. She steals magical items for the wealthy of the occult underground.

Hexed follows Lucifer as she takes on a new job that might be a more than she can handle. In the course of fulfilling her employer latest request Lucifer will have to confront secrets from her past. Secrets that she'd rather keep that way.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Review: Wolverine and the X-Men Alpha & Omega

Wolverine and the X-Men Alpha & Omega collects the Alpha & Omega mini-series that is set between the first and second volumes of this series.

Quentin Quire is once again creating mischief and chaos at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. This time he will go against Wolverine in an misguided attempt to prove himself to be the top telepath at the school.

Preview: Executive Assistant: Assassins #7

Vince Hernandez – Writer / Jordan Gunderson – Art / Teo Gonzalez - Colors

The Extinction begins!

The return of Executive Assistants Orchid and Lotus can only result in one possible outcome—more bloodshed! As Lily and Aster struggle to find a way to get to and kill the EA killer, Mazutsu, the pair quickly realize it’s better to make amends and unite as group, or risk dying as individuals as the “Executive Extinction” crossover continues!

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #7 is in stores January 16th, 2013!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

PR: Joe Benitez and Aspen Comics part ways

Lady Mechanika
Aspen and Joe Benitez announce they have amicably separated their publishing interests by mutual agreement. Peter Steigerwald, Aspen MLT, Inc. Co-Owner and frequent artistic collaborator with Joe Benitez, had this to say:

“We [Aspen] have greatly appreciated Joe’s time here with us and his involvement and promotion of Aspen Comics over the years. Joe and I have discussed his future plans and his desire to venture out on his own. As many know, ten years ago our Founder, Michael Turner, took a similar position and stepped away from his publisher, taking full publishing control of his own creations by founding Aspen Comics. We wish Joe well, and hope for a bright future for him and his creations, including Lady Mechanika. This has been a friendly separation and I plan on continuing to be there for him as colorist and collaborator as he wraps up his Lady Mechanika series. Aspen will be happy to provide any support he needs as he steps out on his own. I’ve been personal friends with Joe for nearly 20 years and I know this has long been a hope for him—to be able to found his own home for his creative visions.”