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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Cinebook; 3rd edition (4 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905460937
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905460939
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 0.7 x 26.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 656,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Leo was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1944. In 1968, having acquired an engineering degree, he was a member of the Leftist student movement. He had to leave his country in 1971 to escape from the military dictatorship. In 1974, he was back in Brazil and decided to devote himself to drawing. When Leo discovered European graphic novels, he decided to try his luck in France and settled in Paris in 1981. He started drawing stories in Okapi magazine in 1986, and in 1989, he illustrated an album about the life of Gandhi, published by Editions Centurion. His work drew the attention of scriptwriter Rodolphe, who entrusted him with the drawings for his new series, Trent. Leo's career was established. In 1993, he launched his own series: Aldebaran, a science fiction saga of which he is also the scriptwriter.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Allum on 7 Jan 2010
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If, like me, you once thought that the graphic novel was the unassailable domain of the better known transatlantic giants like Marvel, DC & Dark Horse, then these gems from European publishers Cinebook will be a welcome diversion. Beautifully drawn and thoughtfully crafted, Brazilian artist/writer Leo's Aldebaran and Betelgeuse series, chronicalling mankind's early attempts at colonising two distant planets, sparkle with originality. The main characters, Kim, Driss and Alexa, despite being bestowed with the gift of longevity along the way, remain otherwise quite ordinary people with whom the reader can quickly identify. The series is set at a time when these colonies, long isolated from their earthly masters & despite their best intentions, have become totalitarian states, whose leaders have allowed their personal paranoia and zest for power to stifle democracy. Our heroes are naturally opposed to such negative ideologies and set out to instigate change as best they can, aided by resident alien intelligences with whom they and their small band of followers have forged a unique relationship. Leo, who fled his native Brazil in the 1970's to escape the military dictatorship which was then in power, has clearly drawn much from his own experiences here. Even the locations and the human characters have a very Latin American feel to them. What I liked particularly was that in both cases these long isolated societies had used local materials to construct sailing vessels and build dwellings, whilst there were relatively few powered vehicles in use amongst the general population. Certainly not the gleaming space-age towers so beloved of many SF writers. A well constructed series with plausible characters & plenty of human interest
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ian Williams TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 July 2011
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First off this is an overview of the entire 6 volume series Aldebaran and Betelgeuse and contains some mild spoilers.

Before going into the story, I'll briefly discuss the art. I like the clarity of it. People look like people, unlike the superheroes of American comics. There's no difficulty in following the story, no attempts at 'clever' or 'arty' layouts. Leo is also very good at picturing convincing Earth-like but still alien environments and populates with them with some wonderful creatures.

There are very few narrative captions and those that are are from a character's point of view. Otherwise, all information is conveyed either through the visuals or through dialogue. And, dear lord, there is so much dialogue that sometimes I was wishing for more narrative to simplify things. With up to nine panels a page on a standard American comic size rather than the larger format of Orbital (see earlier post), the dialogue often squeezes the image, but then that's just two people talking anyway.

The planet Aldebaran is a water world, 90% to 10%. Humans have colonised it for over a century and haven't from Earth in all that time. As a result we have a predominantly rural but also patriarchal and authoritarian society. Our two protagonists, 13 year old Kim and 17 year old Alex, live on a coastal fishing village which is destroyed by some strange creature which may be highly intelligent but impossible to communicate with. They soon find themselves hunted by the authorities because of their contact with a man who had been investigating said creature. They meet a variety of people, grow up considerably and, though the mystery of the creature isn't solved, contact with Earth is restored and at the end their future looks bright.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 5 Mar 2014
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This is a European comic album that I have recently found in my local library. The 94-pages of comics feature the two middle episodes of this ongoing serial by the Brazilian artist/writer Leo – ‘The Photo’ and ‘The Group’. This is a low-key story, in that there are no spectacular space battles, hostile aliens or other Hollywood or pulp SF activities, though there are the occasional natural catastrophe or man-made menace, usually in the form of angry men and oppressive governments, whereas mouthy women tend to be the heroes. I suspect the ‘leftish’ author is channelling his experiences under the military dictatorship in his younger days. However, it is a really interesting story, a ‘proper’ SF story about people, character, and exploration. The feel of the story reminded me of some of Michael Coney’s novels, published back in the 1980s, which were also set on colony worlds, and didn’t feature space ships, aliens or ray guns, just colonial life and adventures on worlds which were still relatively unknown.

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‘The Photo’ takes up the story three years after the previous volume, which Mark has spent in prison for helping the scientist Alexa escape from the authorities. Now it is Mark’s turn as Mr Pad engineers his escape from a work-gang, and he hides out in nearby Anatolia, the capital city of the human colony on Aldebaran (the planet of the star of the same name). He meets up with Gwendoline the reporter from the first episode, ‘The Catastrophe’, as well as Kim, his fellow survivor of the catastrophe. There is a group that Pad belongs to who need Mark and Kim to look at some photos in the city’s museum, to identify the rogue scientists Driss and Alexa, who few people have met.
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