23 abril 2014

X #11: Reviews | X #11: Críticas

Penciling X #11 was an eye-opening experience; I didn’t expect some production facets to come so easy or to trip up on others, but, all in all, I acquired a better understanding of my strengths and of what must be improved. Still, regardless of my performance, this business is odd regarding cheering or condemning its publications, as reasons why a comic is liked/disliked may have little to do with one’s performance in it; so, no matter what the fans reaction is, our creative path is our own and shouldn’t be subjective to a work’s success/failure – meaning, authors must ALWAYS strive to get better. However, ‘this being my first major edition, I admit it’s great to get some feedback, especially since it was mostly positive - hah!

And although I’m VERY appreciative of these reviewer’s attention and constructive criticism, next time I probably won’t gather clippings like this, because it takes too much Googling… But here's a few of them (apologies if I missed some):


Desenhar o X #11 foi uma experiência reveladora; não esperava que algumas facetas da produção me saíssem tão facilmente ou de ficar atrapalhado por outras, mas, apesar de tudo, adquiri uma melhor compreensão dos meus pontos fortes e do que deve ser melhorado. Porém, independentemente da minha performance, este sector é peculiar em termos de aplaudir ou reprovar as suas edições, dado que as razões de uma revista ser apreciada/desapreciada poderem ter pouco a ver com o nosso desempenho na mesma; assim, seja qual for a reacção dos leitores, o nosso percurso criativo é só nosso e não deve depender do sucesso/fracasso de um trabalho – por outras palavras, os autores devem-se SEMPRE esforçar por melhorar. Contudo, sendo esta a minha primeira publicação de maior projecção, admito que é bom obter algum feedback, especialmente sendo ele na maioria positivo - hah!
E embora esteja muito grato aos críticos pela atenção e crítica construtiva, da próxima vez provavelmente não voltarei a reunir recortes assim, porque exige muito tempo e pesquisa... Mas aqui ficam alguns deles (desculpas se algum me escapou):


“No próximo dia 12 Março irá sair (…) o nº 11 da série X desenhado pelo Daniel Maia, autor que surpreendentemente, e quem conhece o seu trabalho sabe o porquê desta afirmação, ainda não trabalha regularmente para nenhuma editora americana de comics. Mas pode ser que este seu 1º trabalho profissional abra-lhe em definitivo as portas do mercado norte-americano.”
- André Azevedo (in BD-no-Sotao.blogspot.com)

“(…) This book has amazing artwork by Daniel Maia, and the coloring by Michelle Madsen is fantastic. The cover, which I will post alongside this, is one of the most vibrant and different looking covers I have seen in a while. The issue has a lot of solid action, and moves the conflict between X and Carmine forward well (…)”
- BrightestDayCare (in ComicVine.com)

“Daniel Maia takes over for Eric Nguyen on Duane Swierczynski’s ongoing gritty action series, and the art does a lot for the issue, which can be summed up as “X gets the ever-loving hell beaten out of him for about seventeen pages.” Seriously. There are conventional beatings, and then there are Duane Swierczynski beatings. (…) Worth a read for gritty action fans.”
- Dan Seitz (in Uproxx.com/GammaSquad)


“(…) The art at times wavers in this issue, but it wasn’t enough to turn me away from the story.”
- Digga D (in TheRobotPijamas.com)

“Every time I think that Swierczynski and Maia have gone as brutal as they can, they never fail to surprise me by ramping things up an extra notch. (…) If you like vigilante comics where the ‘hero’ pulls no punches, then I’d be very surprised if you weren’t reading ‘X’ already.”
- Graeme Flory (in Graeme’sSFF.blogspot.com)

“Visually, the chaotic atmosphere of this issue stood out most. The destruction, flames, brutality of the fight between X and Gamble. All of it is what you would expect to see in this kind of situation. Things have spun out of control in Arcadia and that is captured on every page of this issue. (…)”
- Jideobi Odunze (in GeekedOutNation.com)


“(…) Daniel Maia takes over the artwork duties and has his hands full with the big, huge fire-laden action scenes between X and Gamble, contrasted with the quiet, normal-light of Tango’s apartment and the other showdown. But he does a fantastic job here, really living in the details.”
- Nolando (in RockShockPop.com)

“(…) Afastado do desenho profissional alguns anos, acaba agora de anunciar através do seu blogue, o regresso à banda desenhada e logo com entrada no mercado americano de comics. (…) Como talento não lhe falta, só resta desejar os maiores sucessos ao Daniel Maia para esta nova etapa. (…)”
- Nuno Neves (in NotasBedefilas.blogspot.com)

“(…) Sometimes you just need some action packed issues, and not a lot of dialogue. That is exactly what we get. I don’t love it all the time, but X needed this since he has this new code now. Plus I love when an issue can be read with using only the pictures. It tells a lot about an issue and the overall theme they are trying to get across. (…) I would say for art purposes or sequencing pick up the issue for some pleasure on your eyes. (…)”
- Samatha Roehrig (in ComicBastards.com)


Again, thanks to all the professional critics and enthusiastic fans that took time to share their thoughts on this issue of X.
Mais uma vez, obrigado aos críticos profissionais e fãs devotos que deram o seu tempo para partilhar opiniões sobre este nº do X.

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