By Matt D. Wilson

The subgenre of woman-led spy comics seems to be making a healthy surge right now, and Archaia is adding another title to the mix.

Butterfly, a new, four-issue series written by Marguerite Bennett (Angela: Asgard’s Assassin) and Arash Amel (Grace of Monaco), and drawn by Antonio Fuso (G.I. Joe: Cobra), will start up Sept. 24 with a Phil Noto cover. It’ll follow a deep cover agent who is a complete ghost — no birth certificate, no Social Security number — meeting her long-lost dad after being set up for murder. Turns out her dad was a spy, too.




Desastre, desastre, desastre. Oliver Dahan no destaca por una brillante carrera como director, pero ésto es lo último. No me extraña que la familia Grimaldi esté que se tire de los pelos. En Cannes ya se hablaba de lo penoso de la cinta. Pero después de haberla visualizado puedo decir que es de lo peorcito que he visto en tiempos. Mucha pomposidad y mucho glamour, pero nada de buen cine. Y es…

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Butterfly #1: Enter a World of Espionage

Espionage, family drama, and guns, oh my! The latest from Boom! Studios, Butterfly #1, is a tale of a young girl trying to figure out the spy world. Set in the present, it follows the story of a girl named Rebecca who got in deep with the CIA. She began as an agent and went from there, eventually being tasked to a highly specialized project where she gave up everything of her past life, even her name. If anyone calls her anything, they call her Butterfly, which is where the comic gets its title.

Issue one is a good introductory issue. It didn’t necessarily blow my socks off, but I was definitely intrigued and plowed through all twenty-six pages in very little time. The story had a solid tempo that will keep readers pressing on to the next panel. The first half of the issue is told from Rebecca’s point of view and gives everyone a brief introduction into her life. First, we find out her father died out of country when she was young. Then, we get a better introduction to the day in the life of a spy. Unfortunately, the day doesn’t go well for her as a mission turns sour very quickly and Rebecca finds herself on the run.

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The Expatriate (2012)

El último testigo (The Expatriate): aburrida pseudocopia de la saga Bourne con un guion flojo

Las películas de los domingos después de comer en canales de dudosa reputación nunca son de demasiada calidad. Sobre todo si, como El último testigo, la distribuidora decide lanzarla directamente en DVD. Ya el cambio del título de la película con la traducción nos da una pista del truño que vamos a ver. La trama no está muy elaborada, ya que se utiliza la típica historia de agente de la CIA al…

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Marguerite Bennett Delves into Spycraft in 'Butterfly'

Marguerite Bennett Delves into Spycraft in ‘Butterfly’

Bennett who penned my all-time favorite Lois Lane story (Threat Level: WEDNESDAY!- First Contact, Fall of the First Family and more!!) goes deep undercover with her new series “Butterfly”. Bennett, along with Screenwriter Arash Amel (Grace of Monaco, Erased) and artist Antonio Fuso (G.I. Joe: Cobra), promise an espionage series that gets as deep into character and relationships as it does action.

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Intense new Archaia preview released for ‘Butterfly #2’!

Will Butterfly and her father be able to work through their very serious issues enough to survive? Find out in the preview for the latest issue from Archaia! Butterfly #2 (of 4) Writers: Arash Amel, Marguerite Bennett Artist: Antonio Fuso Facing her father for the first time in 20 years, Butterfly must decide whether or

Title: Butterfly #1 (of 4)
Story by: Arash Amel
Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Antonio Fuso
Colorist: Adam Guzowski
Letterer: Steve Wands
Publisher: Archaia
Release Date: 09/24
Price: 3.99
Reviewed by: David Melton

Rebecca “Butterfly” Faulkner was a C.I.A. operative that now works for “The Project”: she is a trained assassin and spy that is used to getting in and out without being seen. Her father trained her at a young age and unfortunately died far before his time. She has no friends, no family, no ties to the world other than doing her job. When a mission goes wrong (or right if she was being set up), Rebecca has three numbers she can call to get her out of harm’s way. Unfortunately, two of those numbers are mysteriously disconnected, and the last is one that will lead her on a journey that promises to make her question everything she thought was real. A fast-paced, smart, action-packed thriller, Butterfly takes the well known spy genre and gives us something entirely new.

Bennett makes this character fallible which also makes her relatable. Yes, she is a professional, but that doesn’t mean she can’t make a mistake or even find herself in a sticky situation. Rebecca is a strong character and Bennett shows her professional side as well as her personal side and added a layer of depth that I found myself surprised by and excited for. At the same time, you’re not beaten over the head with information, trying to get you caught up on everything this character has done in her life. Instead you get snippets of dialogue mixed with moving panels that push the action forward while giving you enough of the story to get hooked.

Fuso’s artwork is perfect for this kind of story. Like the dialogue, the panels only give you the information you need. Instead of packing too much into each panel, Fuso gives us these detailed and gorgeous views into Butterfly’s world. For instance, her father is teaching her to shoot and one panel is just a bird mid flight, and the next panel is a silhouette of that bird exploding against a red backdrop. It’s an effective technique and causes you to stare at the pages as opposed to just looking at them to get the gist and moving on.

When reading the synopsis of this book, I was afraid I was going to get more of what has already been done with this genre, but Amel, Bennet and Fuso deliver a strong, fresh take on this story and I can’t wait to read more of this title.

Butterfly #1 Review “I can’t wait to read more ” CC: @ArashAmel @EvilMarguerite @Antonion_Fuso @Archaia Title: Butterfly #1 (of 4) Story by: Arash Amel Writer: Marguerite Bennett Artist: Antonio Fuso Colorist: …
Warner habría contratado 6 guionistas para crear la historia de Wonder Woman.

Warner habría contratado 6 guionistas para crear la historia de Wonder Woman.

En un movimiento que no puede ser considerado meramente como algo bueno, una guionista habría revelado que en Warner tienen a 6 guionistas escribiendo cada uno su historia para Wonder Woman que interpretará Gal Gadot y el guión que gane será lo que veremos en la gran pantalla.

Arash Amel fue el encargado de revelar vía Twitter que Warner Bros. no acabó de contratar a JasonFuchs (Pan) para…

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Ansel Elgort and Tye Sheridan Could Launch "WarGames"

(Photo Credit: Ryan Green - © 2014 - Roadside Attractions)

by: Sammy Mink

“Fault in Our Stars” lead Ansel Elgort and “Mud” star Tye Sheridan are on the shortlist to fill Matthew Broderick’s role of David in the WARGAMES reboot. The original 1983 film starred Broderick and Ally Sheedy as two teens who hack into a government computer, inadvertently beginning a game that could push the world into World War 3. This time, though, the hackers will accidentally set off a virus that threatens to destroy the world’s computers. Arash Amel is set to re-write the script that was previously penned by Noah Oppenheim and Zak Penn.

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The WarGames remake almost has a director

The WarGames remake almost has a director

Would you like to play a game?

Let’s imagine that the news of another remake of a much loved film from our childhood is not the mother of all evil. It is just people riffing on a great film and bringing it to a new generation. If the remake sucks, we still have the original film. If the the remake works we have another good film to watch.

Don’t forget, there are some great remakes out there*


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Title: Butterfly #4 (of 4)
Creator: Arash Amel
Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Artists: Stefano Simeone
Colorist: Adam Guzowski
Letterer: Steve Wands
Publisher: BOOM!
Price: 3.99
Release Date: 12/24
Reviewed by: David Melton

So marks the end of the story, and what an end it is. A story of a father and daughter. How their lives took them in different directions and then ultimately led them to the same fate. As much as this is a story of betrayal, secret ops, changing the world no matter what the stakes, and trying to hide your identity while beginning a new life, Butterfly is also about how you can’t run from what you’ve created, and how sometimes what we’re destined to become is what we fear the most.

Amel’s story coupled with Bennett’s writing talent has been quite the pairing to enjoy. A thrilling spy story that delivers much more than just action. It has heart, honesty, and brutality. Not sugarcoating their message, Butterfly punches you in the mouth and doesn’t stay around long enough to help you up. Four brilliantly mapped out issues that may have delivered an ending that will leave readers wanting more, but the ending that this story and these characters deserved.

Fuso and Simeone split art duties on this series, and both delivered concise pictures that found creative ways to deliver the scenes. In this issue specifically, there’s a page of action panels that show Buttefly following a potential victim down a hallway as he begs for his life. It’s powerful images like these that will keep Butterfly memorable long after we’ve finished it.

Don’t worry. You will get a glimpse of what made Nightingale so dangerous and how skills like the ones he possesses are put away but never forgotten.

Butterfly #4 Review “Has heart, honesty, and brutality” CC: @arashamel @EvilMarguerite @stefano_simeone @BOOMStudios Title: Butterfly #4 (of 4) Creator: Arash Amel Writer: Marguerite Bennett Artists: Stefano Simeone Colorist: Adam Guzowski…
Grace of Monaco

Shunned at Cannes and made heat with both Weinstein and the Royal family. What is up with you, #GraceofMonaco?

According to the crimson text that opens it, Oliver Dahan’s Grace of Monaco is “a fictional tale inspired by real events,” and in sitting through what pompous catastrophe that it precedes, you finally arrive at the purpose that it serves. Dahan, who previously made La Vie en Rose, expressed his disinterest at ‘politics’ or ‘history’ than, say, ‘his ideas,’ and again, his words meet what your eyes…

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Butterfly #3 Pours on the Familial Tension & Spy Drama

Butterfly #3 Pours on the Familial Tension & Spy Drama

Archaia’s Butterfly series has reminded me more than a little of my favorite spy show of all time: Alias. You’ve got a father and a daughter in the same line of work, but they have no idea how to relate to each other within that frame because it’s complicated by a familial relationship they don’t really know how to handle, either. Basically, that twist takes the well-known spy genre to a…

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