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Spaceman Deluxe Edition [Kindle Edition]

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BRIAN AZZARELLO and EDUARDO RISSO - the Eisner Award-winning creators of 100 BULLETS - return to Vertigo with their new interstellar mystery SPACEMAN.
SPACEMAN tells the story of Orson - a hulking, lonely loser who spends his days collecting scrap metal and dreaming of the startrekking life he was genetically engineered for. When Orson finds himself at the center of a celebrity child kidnapping case, he sees a chance to raise himself out of his sad life and become a hero, but a hero's life may not be the life he thought it would be.
Orson's adventures throw him into harsher realities than those he was designed for, where bloodthirsty pirates are hunting the same "treasure," though only Orson wants to find the "treasure" alive. Can Orson overcome his crippling personal failures, drugs and pirates to do the right thing and find meaning in his life?

About the Author

Brian Azzarello has been writing comics professionally since the mid-1990s. He is the author of JONNY DOUBLE, BATMAN: BROKEN CITY and the Harvey and Eisner Award-winning 100 BULLETS, all created in collaboration with artist Eduardo Risso. The "New York Times" best-selling author's other work for DC includes the titles HELLBLAZER and LOVELESS (both with Marcelo Frusin), SUPERMAN: FOR TOMORROW (with Jim Lee), JOKER and LUTHOR (both with Lee Bermejo), SGT. ROCK: BETWEEN HELL AND A HARD PLACE (with Joe Kubert), FILTHY RICH (with Victor Santos), and most recently the all-new ongoing series WONDER WOMAN (with Cliff Chiang). He also wrote the Richard Corben-illustrated graphic novels "Cage" and "Banner" for Marvel Comics. Azzarello lives in Chicago with his wife, artist Jill Thompson, and twitters only when he has something to say.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 82733 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: DC (26 Feb 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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OK, it's called Spaceman - it's a bit sci-fi (near future, post ecological melt down) but at it's heart it's a crime story. Very relevant to now, with great slang dialogue which you pick up quickly Wire-style, fully formed, well very realised characters and impeccably drawn by Risso, this is a great book. Well worth picking up if you like Azzarello's other work, or other crime comics, like Ed Brubaker's work or early Brain Michael Bendis.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't Be Fooled By The Sci-Fi Trappings.... 9 Dec 2012
By Daniel V. Reilly - Published on
...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.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Desolation Sci-Fi 19 Nov 2012
By John Robie - Published on
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 31 Dec 2012
By J MAN - Published on
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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.
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well made book, great plot, horrible dialect 18 Nov 2012
By mike - Published on
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The book is very well made and of great quality.

The plot is fantastic. It is sad, but still very heartwarming.

The setting and environment is very interesting.

The dialog is awful. The outcasts/lower cast people use a form of slang that does add to the story, but for me it was too hard to follow. I had to constantly break to translate in my head, making for a very choppy read. Some of it didn't even make sense to me. Instead of laughing with the typical Ha Ha Ha, they used lol lol lol. There is no slang for laughing, it is something you just do. People have been doing it the same for all of time and across all cultures, so for it to suddenly change in this story made no sense. It could be the same way people use lol in text messages and instant messaging, but that would mean no one ever laughed in the entire story.

If it wasn't for this dialect it would easily be five stars.
5.0 out of 5 stars Kafka, Dostoyevsky, Salinger...Azzarello? 16 Jun 2014
By Kiera Arbour - Published on
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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