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Now that NASA’s been shut down, space-ape Orson, a genetically modified human bred to withstand the ravages of missions to Mars, lives in slummy exile on the fringes of a flooded Earth. But when a reality-show girl is kidnapped and Orson gets sucked into the mess, the whole world seems to go a little nuts. Though their signature overtones of explicit sex and gruesome violence are on full display, the creative team behind seedy crime-comics classic 100 Bullets displays a deft touch in dealing with calamitous climate change, vapid celebrity worship, hyperaccelerated media mania, and even a sweet (for them) relationship between an innocent girl and damaged brute, with a few blips of King Kong and Planet of the Apes on the radar for good measure. Risso’s gritty artwork hits you where it counts, but what’s most accomplished on Azzarello’s side is the invented dialect that feels so authentically lived in and plausibly derived from slangy mutations and text-message drivel. A complete package in one handy book from a veteran, venerated comics duo. --Ian Chipman
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Product Details

  • Series: Spaceman
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo; Deluxe edition (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401235522
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401235529
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,014,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Azzarello has achieved both huge sales and acclaim with his comic 100 Bullets, and has also recently completed a run on Hellblazer, and Marvel's Cage. Lee Bermejo is the illustrator of Superman/Gen 13, and has contributed pin-ups to 100 Bullets and WildC.A.T.S.

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I don't generally like Brian Azzarello's work.
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Azzarello clearly put a great deal of thought into his vision of our ruined language, and the dedication to his vision reminds me of writers such as Anthony Burgess.
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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.
Daniel V. Reilly

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daniel V. Reilly VINE VOICE on December 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
...SPACEMAN is pure Noir. Creators Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso (Aided and abetted by Cover Artist Dave Johnson) tell the story of Orson, a genetically-engineered Human created by NASA to withstand deep-space travel. After the media breaks the story of their creation, NASA is disbanded, and Orson and his "Bradahs" are left to fend for themselves on a devastated Earth. Orson makes his living salvaging scrap from the flooded remains of a ruined city. His life takes an unexpected detour when he stumbles upon Tara, a young kidnapping victim. (Tara is one of the stars of "The Ark", a truly twisted reality show in which multinational orphans compete to be adopted by a Brad-and-Angelina-like celebrity couple.) Orson saves Tara, setting the stage for an adventure reminiscent of Luc Besson's film THE PROFESSIONAL. Orson and Tara are pursued by Cops, killers, gangsters, and Tara's own Reality-TV producers, as well as one of Orson's fellow Spacemen, a hulking Bounty-Hunter named Carter. As I said above, this is pure Noir.....take away the futuristic setting, and this could have been a 1940's movie.

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.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Robie on November 18, 2012
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I came to read this based solely on the fact it's called "Spaceman," but immediately had a two good reasons along with that the moment I realized the creators are Azzarello and Risso. So I knew what I could expect, having read and loved "Batman: Broken City" from them.

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.

Excellent storytelling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J MAN on December 30, 2012
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Although difficult to understand at first, Azzarello's bastardized English of the future really immerses you in this dystopic future, where you can't help but be absorbed by Orson's plight/quest/adventure. Risso's artwork is fantastic, and colorists Patricia Mulvhill and Giulia Brusco compliment it beautifully with their work. Top notch.
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With art by 100 Bullets collaborator Eduardo Risso, Azzarello has created a bleak, unsettling landscape where the very rich are well taken care of, and the rest of us are left to survive by any means necessary.

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.
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Mark my words, someday in the near future some comparative lit grad student is going to write her or his thesis on this book and eventually Spaceman will garner the attention it deserves, at least among literary types. Lost amongst the hype of DC's "New 52" reboot, Spaceman is a brilliant expose of the human condition; specifically how we deal with failure and the attendant guilt. Unfortunately, Azzarello has proved himself too clever for the average reader and the message was lost on most, apparently somewhere between Mars and Earth.
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