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Shrapnel: Aristeia Rising Paperback – September 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Shrapnel
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Radical Publishing; 1St Edition edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935417010
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935417019
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,315,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Intense and intelligent story partnered with art that makes your eyes drool." -Ain't It Cool News

"Hardcore science fiction fans should not miss this." -IGN

"The cinematic beauty of the art only reinforces the kinetic force of the action." -Louis Leterrier (Director of The Incredible Hulk)

 

About the Author

Nick Sagan has been steadily writing for Hollywood since 1992, crafting screenplays, teleplays, animation episodes and computer games. He has worked for a variety of studios and production companies including Paramount, Warner Brothers, New Line, Universal, Disney, actor/producer Tom Cruise and directors David Fincher and Martin Scorsese. Writing credits include the award-winning computer game, Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands, television's Star Trek: The Next Generation as well as Star Trek: Voyager, where he worked as a story editor. His novels The Idlewild Trilogy, were sold to Penguin Putnam in 2002.
 
Mark Long is the CEO of Zombie Studios and Designer/Producer of more than 28 titles. In addition, he has served on a number of technical advisory boards and government committees, and was a member of the Silicon Graphics Technical Advisory Board, advising SGI on requirements for their next-generation virtual reality systems.

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My main problem is the binding.
VEH
The art, while very beautiful, doesn't do a very good job of telling us what's going on.
Enrique Treviño and Yuliia Glushchenko
It was fairly basic, overly wordy, and didn't really go anywhere interesting.
Talvi

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Enrique Treviño and Yuliia Glushchenko VINE VOICE on February 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
Shrapnel is a science fiction comic in a dystopian future created by Mark Long and Nick Sagan. The story is in a future where humans have colonized the Solar System. The Solar Alliance, a powerful government is trying to conquest the different colonies (Mars, Jupiter, Venus) and in this story we get to see what happens when the Alliance goes against Venus.

The story is entertaining. I like it but I don't love it. The story doesn't have a strong ending which is probably because they are planning three stories.

The art, while very beautiful, doesn't do a very good job of telling us what's going on. The main problem with the art, might not be the artists fault as the people fight in some high technology suits and it is very hard to tell which character is which due to this. The painted art many times gets in the way of the story with images that look blurry. I usually love painted art, but in a book where there's a lot of war scenes, I would have preferred sleeker, cleaner art.

The thing I liked about this book was the price. It says 5 issues, but two of them are double sized, so you get 7 issues for the price of 5 which is a pretty good deal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Talvi TOP 100 REVIEWER on January 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
Shrapnel ended up being a problematic 'read' for me. I cut my tooth on military sci fi (Cherryh especially) and was hoping for something literary in this graphic novel. However, the story really could have been told in any setting and didn't need the sci fi trappings. It was fairly basic, overly wordy, and didn't really go anywhere interesting.

With a generic story, I look for the art to carry and expound upon the story. That didn't happen here. The art was very murky and somewhere through the middle of the book I gave up trying to figure out what the heck was going on. Honestly, I think things blew up and people said things. I have a "reader's digest' cursory summary but I don't have any idea what was going on thanks to the dark, featureless art.

I don't think the art or the story was bad. But what clearly happened here is a complete and utter lack of synergy between a good artist and a good storyteller. As such, the art didn't further the story and the story couldn't depend on the art to tell the details. The dialogue rarely pushed the story further and the art never further the story graphically. I can honestly say that I had no clue what was happening for 3/4 of the book. And well, aren't we through with 1-dimensional evil military types who kill innocents for their own glory (There are several 'moustach twirler' eeeevil military types in this story).

I think there was a love story somewhere in there - he may have been killed, not sure. And there's a story of conflict between natural borns (helots in the story) and the genetically enhanced (Slicers). Not sure that was really important to the story either.

The quality of the book itself was, like it's story and art, conflicted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 28, 2011
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Yep, this one scratches that itch, if you're a hard core military sci-fi fan. SHRAPNEL: ARISTEIA RISING is a blistering, good old-fashioned war story set in the far-flung future. Centuries from now, man will have expanded its territories across the solar system. You'd think with more breathing room, people would be more apt to give each other space, respect each other's privacy, be more tolerant, yada, yada, yada. It's a pipe dream. Because in the future, according to SHRAPNEL: ARISTEIA RISING, man is as much of an asshat. In the future, the war drums beat on.

The expansionist Solar Alliance of Planets has been systematically conquering the solar system, and now it's gotten around to the final holdout: the independent mining colonies of Venus. The Solar Alliance's representative tells the President of Venus: "Please don't consider this an occupation, Mr. President. We're simply here to make sure the Alliance's democracy and its way of life are spread across the system uniformly." The defiant President of Venus pretty much gives him the finger. War, on.

Except that it bodes to be a hell of an uneven contest. The mighty Solar Alliance of Planets deploys its highly trained United Space Marine Corps. The mining colonies of Venus have had one year of half-arsed militia training. But, unknowingly, these mining colonies happen to be home to the most notorious soldier in recent years, come to Venus to escape her past.

No one figured on Sam, mysterious and distant. Sam is one of them reluctant heroines, someone world-weary and guilt-ridden and who just wants to blend into the background. In private Sam often converses with her personal holographic psychologist in the shape of her dead kid sister Ria.
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I was inspired in reading the graphic novel when I read online that a movie is in pre-production. So I purchased this and gave the graphic novel a try.

I thought the story was well written. It kept my interest throughout and I am interested in reading the next.

The art was well done. Lots of colors and inked very well. There were a few instances where the images were a bit of a challenge to follow. Which made the story a bit more difficult. Thankfully the dialogue was easy enough that it made up for some of the arts confusing sections.

Don't get me wrong, the occasionally hard to follow panel or image is not a major issue. At best it is a minor issue. The previous reviews are pretty accurate and on target with their assessments. But I wrote this review because I wanted to emphasize a particular point.

What is a major issue with the book is the binding of the graphic novel itself. It's garbage. The glue on the binding is worthless and the whole thing came apart in one sitting. And it's not like I was being rough with it or anything. It is bad enough that rating wise, it's at least a 1 star detraction. What good is it buying paper over digital, if the paper does not hold up from one reading?

I would rate overall the story and art 4.5 stars (I would probably round up when actually rating it). But because of the binding issue alone, that immediately makes this a 3.5 star book.
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