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5.0 out of 5 stars let's fly again, 5 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Orbiter (Paperback)
a graphic novel by writer warren ellis, drawn by artist colleen doran, and coloured by colourist dave stewart. a one off story complete in one hundred pages. It tells of a near future america where the manned space programme was abandoned ten years previously after the space shuttle venture disappeared with all hands. only unmanned space flight has taken place since.

yet one day, at cape kennedy which is now home to lots of transient families [a very striking image that opens the book] the venture suddenly comes home.

It's covered in something strange. Only one of the crew is on board. and he's not talking.

Can a rocket scientist, a former astronaut, and a psychologist help the military get to the bottom of the mystery?

both a science fiction mystery and a novel of character, orbiter centres on the first three of the above mentioned protagonists. altough the military guy is a pretty decent character in his own right. all three of them have their own reasons for dreaming of manned space flight resuming. they investigate the mystery, slowly find the answers [which get a bit technical at times but not desperately so] and their lives are changed by what happens as a result.

a book written and drawn by fans of space flight. and it shows. it considers what draws human beings to the prospect, and why humanity needs and wants to explore. all the characters develop nicely. The artwork and the colouring are very nice, and the end - if you have a sense of wonder - will make you smile.

and if you don't have a sense of wonder, that's your loss. Hopefully this book might inspire you to get one.

there is some strong language in this so it's for grown up readers only
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