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5.0 out of 5 stars A great new series
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...
Published on 16 Jun 2009 by J. J. Blackburn

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3.0 out of 5 stars Visually quite good
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 A great new series, 16 Jun 2009
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J. J. Blackburn "captainjjb" (Rochdale, UK) - See all my reviews
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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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Mr. M. Jones "Jonesmz" (Chester, England) - See all my reviews
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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
This review is from: Orbital Vol.1: Scars (Paperback)
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. The images are crisp and wonderfully coloured with tones reflecting where they are - bright and crisp for outdoors, dark and moody for the ravaged moon, plain and stark for the Orbital. Strangely, it's the alien races that benefit from Pelle's style of artwork, with a huge plethora of species whose images beg for a fleshed-out background and history. Mezoke, the Sandjarr, is a simple jet-black head with red eyes and pouting lips but he manages to express her feelings incredibly well. The setting itself is designed on an epic scale, with inconceivably huge space stations, starships and creatures exploding form the page. The sheer number of concepts in the first volume alone is enough to keep you wondering for a long time. Hats off to Serge Pelle, the artwork is wonderful. It's been a while since I've stared at a page of a graphic novel just drinking in the wonderful design work.

Sylvain Runberg's writing is excellent - I'm not a fan of exposition but something on this scale positively screams out for it, and Runberg manages to keep this not only interesting but entertaining, so you don't feel like you've just sat through a lecture on the finer points of galactic issues. There's a lot of cutting between situations with each separate incident continuing on a few pages later from where it left off; this gives it a very cinematic feel. His characters have depth, especially the two main protagonists Caleb and Mezoke, and there are times you honestly feel for them. Out of the pair I'll have to choose Mezoke as my favourite character, which speaks volumes for the writing and the artwork if my favourite personality is a jet-black featureless alien. The stories are interesting, exciting and filled with tension and adventure, and Runberg manages to give us something huge but also very personal; the problems and dangers in the galaxy are thrilling, but you care about them because you care about the characters.

The pairing of Pelle and Runberg is what makes the volumes so strong as they suit each other's style. Runberg writes on an epic scale and Pelle illustrates it with aplomb. Some of the human characters may seem a little cartoonish and the plots may jump suddenly from politics to adventure with no warning, with story elements changing or ending suddenly, but these are small gripes compared to the quality of the work on show here.
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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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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