Ya esta arriba la pagina de Outlaw, en ella podrán encontrar el trailer que aqui les presento, Reviews, que no es por nada, pero estan interesantes; Galeria, un Preview de 11 paginas en formato flip book, pdf o jpgs, para aquellos que nos gustan las opciones, y proximamente, algunas entrevistas que me han hecho. Pongo aqui tambien las criticas que nos dieron, por ahora las pondre en ingles, por el tiempo, sin embargo las postearé en español mas adelante. Bueno, y sin mas que decir, aqui esta el trailer.
Ahora las criticas. ADVERTENCIA: "SPOILERS" ó como dirian en mi pueblo, cuentan cosas que podrian arruinarle a usted el libro. Si no le importa esas cosas, continue.
Outlaw Titles Get Reviewed At ComicRelated
Welcome to a very special Why I Love Comics dedicated to the first outing of Outlaw Entertainment's first three comics. The three books in question are all written by the company's editor in chief, Jason M Burns. Jason is no stranger to ComicRelated.com so let's jump right into things with Praetorian.
Praetorian follows the story of a mysterious murder and its links to religion. Things start to get deep by the 8th page of the story as we follow Kasandra Rodriguez who works for the FBI. As every Jason Burns story before it, not everything is as it appears as Kas soon finds herself following an eccentric teacher who is hiding a very big secret connected to the mysterious killings.
I like the face that the story changes it's focus about 20 pages in and use a nice twist on a classic part of the bible. I honestly thought the praetorians would turn out to be the four named apostles but I like the idea of who they actually turn out to be. Adding religion into things added a unique element to the book, but it never went heavy handed on you and was really just treated as a plot point.
Ramon Espinoza's art is shining through in the story, especially the pages that show off the immortality of certain characters. The coloring really excels at selling the penciled work. Juliana's quest to stop the judgment killer really brings a lot of interesting pieces into the overall story. In this story, the character's morality, death and life are explored in some really great ways. Not to mention the character design of the main villain really shines through.
The story is involving, the art is powerful and the character's are all believable in a story with themes ranging from religion, to life and death and even morality. I'd say this is probably the strongest work of Jay's career (so far) and obviously I don't think we've seen anything yet. Definitely a buy.
Original Review at: http://comicrelated.com/display.php?item=1503&story=Outlaw%20Entertainment%20Spotlight
Comic Book Review: Praetorian by Steven Surman
A series of gruesome murders reveals a world of supernatural intrigue and religious conspiracy to FBI agents Rodriguez and Petrillo, setting the trajectory for Praetorian, an original comic book from the newcomer publisher Outlaw Entertainment. Written by Jason M. Burns and illustrated by Ramon Espinoza, Praetorian establishes a clandestine mood of "whodunit" while sustaining an overall enjoyable pace, smooth dialogue, and fun art.
Praetorian's plot opens in Portland, OR upon the discovery of a decapitated body, one that fits into a mysterious thread of similar murders. On the case are FBI agents Kasandra Rodriguez and Petrillo. The duo shares a quick-witted partnership, typically making jokes at the other's expense. But their relationship doesn't interfere with the grotesquely complex case on their hands, which eventually leads Rodriguez to enlist the help of Professor Julian, a local academic with an uncanny knowledge of ancient history. Through a series of events, the plot twists and turns, revealing that most of the characters are not who they initially seem.
Praetorian doesn't skimp on the supernatural, as Julian belongs to a foursome of immortal soldiers existing since the days of Christ. And for anyone with a taste for Christian mysticism, Longinus's legendary Spear of Destiny makes an appearance in the story, a tool that will help Julian and Rodriguez bring an end to the ritualistic murderers that have been troubling the world.
The overall plot of Praetorian is an entertaining mixed bag of graphic storytelling. The writing and panel transitions are smooth, giving the story a strong flow that fits in well with the mystery/thriller genre that is being utilized. Rodriguez and Petrillo are also charming characters; they toss banter back and forth that reveals a witty rapport between the two agents. It's the kind of relationship that made the characters inPulp Fiction and The X-Files so enjoyable, trading rude jokes one moment, while showing genuine concern the next.
The book wasn't without some flaws, however, most of which were caused by the plot devices used. Pop culture (especially Hollywood) has been inundated with Christian conspiratorial stories for years now:The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, End of Days, and The Omen to name only a few. Praetorian fits in well with its predecessors, but it doesn't offer anything shockingly new to set it apart from all that�s come before it. There were also some awkward circumstances that bothered me. For example, there are two specific murders that take place: one on the front lawn of a suburban neighborhood and the other in an empty high school locker room. The murder that happened in the locker room was actually caught (by chance) on a cell camera by a stray student, while the murder that took place out in the open during the day went completely unnoticed. There are also times when the general plot falls back on destiny and bloodlines, which is a literary device more worn out than Jeph Loeb's career.
Overall, Praetorian is both a fun and smooth read with richly colored art, but don't expect the genres it employs to be shaken up much. However, the ending does feature a rather cool (not to mention monstrous) villain, which is always a deserving bonus. And for any of my concerns or gripes, the book was left somewhat as a cliffhanger, so perhaps all that bothered me will be corrected or even approved upon in the future.
Original Review at: http://comicnews.info/?p=6362
Praetorian Review by Richard Vasseur Wed, 6 May 2009
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Comments: Rodriguez and Petrillo seem to be a comedy team as she insults him and he plays the straight man. They are actual police detectives not that you could tell by their lack of professionalism. That is though part of Rodriguez's charms.
Rodriguez is portayed as a tough woman with an attitude. She also has a nose for sniffing out the bad guys. Violent crimes are being committed its her job to solve them. She is all business and goes right to it. Her attitude though makes her a unlikable person even though she is drawn cute. This story quickly takes a turn into something totally different. It is definitely not your average murder mystery. In the time of ancient Rome we see the crucifixion of Christ. The Praetorian Guard survive even to today. They were there at the crucifixion and still survive today as does the Judgement Killer. These men with Rodriguez's help plan to bring him down.
The detective team get to do some police work and they do work well as a team.
The art is almost cartoonie in appearance but with the violence its easy to see this is no cartoon. Professor Julien and Detective Rodriguez have a very intense moment. They are both after the same thing. Julien is an immortal as well as three others he wants to stop this Judgement Killer and he will stop at nothing to do se. The killer once revealed is a surprise. The mystery and fantasy mixed with religion makes for an interesting read. There is lots of action as well. Some good art. The story though rolls along nicely it moves so smoothly from one scene to the next. It is an excellent comic.
Original Review at: http://forums.jazmaonline.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1061
Project Fanboy Reviews Preatorian Sun, 10 May 2009
Safety Content Label: T+ TEENS AND UP - Appropriate for most readers 13 and up, parents are advised that they might want to read before or with younger children.
Publishers Blurb: Created by Rick Villa and Tony Hobdy
Description: Made immortal in the wake of christ's crucifixion, four Praetorian guards are tasked with protecting mankind in the centuries to come. Now 2009 and spread out around the globe, the Praetorians must reunite to track down a grisly serial killer whose seemingly random murdering sprees have been haunting them since their eternal rebirth.
Reviewer Comments: 112 pages of story for only $7.99. What could be better?
How about 112 pages of really GOOD story and great looking art for only $7.99?
Well, then you're in luck, because fledgling company, OUTLAW ENTERTAINMENT's graphic novel, PRAETORIAN, will be on the shelves in July.
How to describe it? Take the DAVINCI CODE and marry it to HIGHLANDER. Throw in a twist of LAW & ORDER, (I'm thinking Criminal Intent) and that will give you an idea of the kind of story we have here.
Headless bodies are turning up across the US with strange markings carved into their chests. FBI Agents Rodriguez and Petrillo are assigned to bring the killer in. Along the way, Rodriguez enlists the aid of College Professor, Julian. But the good Professor has an old secret. A verrrry old secret. he is one of four Roman praetorians who stood at the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and were granted immortality and forgiveness by the risen Christ.
To further complicate things, it turns out the victims are all the descendants of our four immortals, and Julian fears their deaths are part of someone's scheme to acquire his own immortality.
The story is very well written, and grabs you from the beginning. I'm the biggest baby about reading the usual 22 page reviews online (my sensitive eyes, donchew know), but I just tore through these 112 like there was no tomorrow.
I'm also not the most religious man in the world, but this was very well presented. It isn't overly preachy or intensely philosophical. Everything is presented very factual and matter-of-factly, much like Julian's own personal outlook. At one point he tells Rodriguez, "It's the truth. Whether you find comfort in it or not is up to you." I liked that. The Divine and Miraculous handled in such a pragmatic way just made it easier to get wrapped up in.
There is a lot going on, in this religious, mystery, drama, fantasy.
The art is somewhat stylized, but not overly so. Each of the characters have their own look, which really helps covey their personalities. The art compliments the writing very well, in that it too presents the extraordinary in a very ordinary way. The violence, and oh yeah, a five way battle between immortals gets pretty violent, is not done for shock or splatter value. It get's intense and builds the drama, but it doesn't become one of those "Oh, look what we can do" gore for its own sake, books.
So, final verdict, PRAETORIAN is a well written, well rendered, highly entertaining, book length read that is MORE than worth the cover price.
See the original review at: http://www.projectfanboy.com/vb/showthread.php?t=3312
Praetorian Reviewed At Comics Bulletin Wed, 13 May 2009
Who doesn't love opening a comic to the first page and being presented with a headless corpse? This is how Praetorian starts--at least continuity-wise. Timeline-wise it starts at the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Four Praetorian guards, who stood at the feet of Christ as he hanged from the Cross, were made immortal and given the task of protecting humanity from the Judgment Killer--who also seems to live forever. Now in the current year, the Judgment Killer is back and leaving headless bodies with symbols carved in them all around the country. With the help of FBI Agent Kasandra Rodriguez, the four Praetorians will try to stop the Judgment Killer once and for all.
This book wasn't at all what I expected it to be. I honestly thought it was going to be a horror comic (and lord knows how I feel about those), but no.
What this is is a dark Da Vinci Code-type thriller. I'd prefer not to relate Praetorian to The Da Vinci Code because people then just chalk it up as a rip off. This is not a rip off of that story, but it would fall into the same category of fiction as The Da Vinci Code.
There are the similarities between the two works: A mystery involving Jesus, the lineage angle, an artifact-based plot, and someone is related to someone else who may be immortal. However, the Spear of Destiny also plays a huge roll in the comic. The use of the Spear in a story like this isn't anything new, but it's a classic prop--sort of like having a villain wear an eye patch. It never goes out of style.
The character of Agent Rodriguez is fairly standard, too. She's assigned to the case and ends up getting too deeply involved--whether by her own doing or not. She's not a bad character at all, though, and she's nicely paired with Julian, the head of the immortal Praetorians.
The story isn't thin, and it moves at a good pace, but the villain isn't spectacular. It's pretty obvious who it's going to turn out to be, and then when the final showdown happens you're left feeling sort of indifferent: 'Okay, he's dead, big deal. It's not like he really did anything besides look ugly.'
I don't think enough time was spent on the real villain of the story: The Judgment Killer. I was more interested in the guy who was chopping the heads off people, but who was just the lackey as it turns out. Yeah, the villain was the biggest let down. He needed to be built up more, both in character and power. He dies like a bitch, and while not the bitchiest of bitch deaths, it's still predictable.
Jason M. Burns (Curse of the Werewoman) has produced another fun read, but his previous work was better. However, this book kept me turning pages, and that's what counts.
As for the art, it was interesting. It was like this crazy blend of animation-type styling and quasi-realistic Photoshop; it definitely has a unique look to it. There was some pretty good gore, which is always a plus in my book.
Overall, Praetorian is enjoyable but predictable at certain turns, and there are some things that don't fit just right, but it's enjoyable nonetheless.
See the original review at: http://www.comicsbulletin.com/reviews/124222956741509.htm
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