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Spaceman Deluxe Edition Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, November 13, 2012
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I've never really been a fan of Brian Azzarello's Writing, and SPACEMAN still hasn't converted me. The ending didn't quite pull together in a satisfactory way, and the pidgin language that most of the story is told in was very distracting to me. Risso's art is outstanding, though, as are Dave Johnson's covers. SPACEMAN is a chunky read, clocking in at well over 200 pages, so it's a real bargain at this price. The book collects all 9 issues of the mini-series, complete with covers, as well as the prologue from STRANGE ADVENTURES #1.
The writing and art both impress and inspire me. The "space" aspect of this story is actually not what I expected, but more or less traded for equal or greater value as far as I'm concerned; I found myself comparing this story and overall tangibility at least vaguely to "12 Monkeys" (of my Top 5 movies), and "Fluorescent Black," and even a little of the enjoyment I get from the art of Gabriel Bá.
If I'm not being clear, I love this book. This may not be for everybody, but sometimes some things are perfect for some people.
Spaceman follows the story of Orson, one of a group of genetically engineered astronauts meant to explore Mars. However, most of the story takes place in a flooded, ruined city that, like most of the coastal world, has been overwrought by melting glaciers. Long since returned to Earth after the demise of NASA, Orson is left to pirate and scavenge in order to endure.
Soon, however, Orson finds himself in the middle of a kidnapping, one in which an orphan has been stolen from a reality television show's super-couple, obviously modelled after Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. The couple are the stars of a show where orphans must compete to be adopted by the celebrities and live a life of leisure.
Before long, Orson is at odds with the only other surviving member of his astronaut crew, Carter. His brother has taken a darker path in life, consequently, and he too becomes involved with the abduction. If the child is to survive, Orson must overcome hauntings from Mars that still disturb him as well as a very present cadre of killers.
Perhaps it helped the book that I suffered from stomach flu while reading it, but the ruin and demise of the world depicted in its pages truly touched a nerve. Risso's gritty, detailed artwork is a perfect match for the tale, and he portrays a horrifyingly civilization that may not be that far off.
Quite honestly, I expected Spaceman to take place more in outer space. I was surprised that the majority of the book unfolded on Earth.Read more ›
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This is a brilliant book, not just a comic and not just a graphic novel. I had decided that it was one of the greatest things I've read before I even got about half way through... Read morePublished on July 4, 2013 by Maurizio Mezzatesta
I apologize in advance if this is a poor review, but this book left me with such a bad taste in my mouth that I am writing this review out of spite rather than trying to be... Read morePublished on March 25, 2013 by tgw
I don't generally like Brian Azzarello's work. I think he goes for a lot of cheap vulgarity and violence rather than actual depth most of the time. This was actually pretty decent. Read morePublished on March 23, 2013 by Amazon Customer
i was hooked on Azzarello since i read the plot summary for "100 Bullets" a year ago, I love his "villain" stories (lex luthor man of steel amd the joker) tooPublished on March 11, 2013 by nougat420