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Orbital Vol.1: Scars [Paperback]

Sylvain Runberg
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7 May 2009 Orbital (Book 1)
In the 23rd century, the humans and the Sandjarrs are allowed to join an intergalactic multi-racial organisation set up 8,000 years before. The humans are seens as a belligerent, underdeveloped race by the other members of the organisation and had been kept out until now. The Sandjarrs had stayed out of interplanetary politics until a war between themselves and the humans broke out. Now Caleb, a human, and Mezoke, a Sandjarr, are paired up and trained as special agents to keep the intergalactic peace.

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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Cinebook (7 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905460899
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905460892
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.1 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 311,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sylvain Runberg has three series published by Dupuis: Les Co-Locataires (2005), Orbital (2006) and Hammerfall (2007). Serge Pelle used to work in advertising. He published his first book in 1996 and, since then, divides his time between drawing comics, designing sets and video games and cartoon animation.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great new series 16 Jun 2009
Part of this book reminded me of the bar scene in the original Star wars film. There are many many aliens although all appear to be more or less upright bipeds with funny alien faces. The drawings are amazing with loads of detail in the vast distances of huge space stations and planetary colonies. The book involves politics at an intergalactic level with bits of mystery and lots of detail still to come to the fore I think in the coming book(s) in the series. Is the Sandjarr to be trusted and also what is her/his gender? This is going to be a great series. The 12+ age suggestion is probably about right but only for an ability to understand what's going on rather than anything else.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous drawings, short book. 27 Mar 2010
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Stunning drawings - full of detail and grandeur. Realistic far future technology and ships, and drawings with plenty of atmosphere and character. The story develops nicely with several strands. The only problem is that it is only the first part so there is no conclusion to the story, and it is a quick read if you aren't poring over the pictures. I'm looking forward to the Part 2.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Orbital Vol.1: Scars 23 Jan 2013
Orbital is (currently in English) a four-volume graphic novel from the pen of Sylvain Runberg and the paintbrush of Serge Pelle. It's a huge, galaxy spanning science fiction adventure set in the 23rd century. An intergalactic organisation that has been in power for 8,000 years reluctantly allows humans to join, as humans are seen as a young, unpredictable and possibly dangerous race by the other members of the organisation and have therefore been kept out of it. The Sandjarrs had stayed out of the organisation and their politics until conflict arose between themselves and the humans.

There are two stories divided into two volumes each. The volume descriptions below are from the Cinebook website[...]

Volume 1: Scars - Caleb, a human, and Mezoke, a Sandjarr, are paired up and trained as special agents to keep the intergalactic peace. This is a controversial and historic alliance, and a lot of people are watching them. Their first mission is to keep war from breaking out between humans and Javlodes on the planet Senestam.

First of all, the books themselves. They are 22 x 29 cm softback books in full colour, and at 48 pages you get quite a lot of story. It's decent and robust paper stock with glossy covers, and the text is clear and easy to follow.

Now for the artwork - this is wonderful stuff and in the first dozen pages you immediately settle into the atmosphere the story is trying to invoke. The characterisations of the humans are a little more cartoony than normal, some of the images have an almost comical appearance, but each character is defined and has their own personality on the page.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Visually quite good 10 April 2013
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The story is predictable and bland but the art work is quite good.Same goes for all 4 volumes in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scars to a classic Space-Opera 2 Aug 2011
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A must-be read for Space-Opera fans!
These series of comic-book are a coming-back from the old-good-times of the scifi genre.
Remember me, Valérian and Laureline (French: Valérian et Laureline), also known as Valérian: Spatio-Temporal Agent (French: Valérian: Agent Spatio-Temporel) or just Valérian, created by writer Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières.

Surprizing good script and art!
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