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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; De Luxe edition edition (22 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401235522
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401235529
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 1.8 x 28.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 550,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Azzarello is the Eisner Award winning writer of 100 BULLETS. The New York Times Best Seller's other notable DC Comics work include JOKER, LUTHOR, HELLBLAZER, FILTHY RICH, DOCTOR 13, SUPERMAN: FOR TOMORROW, BATMAN: BROKEN CITY, KNIGHT OF VENGEANCE and the upcoming series SPACEMAN to be published by Vertigo. As part of DC Comics- The New 52, Azzarello is writing WONDER WOMAN.

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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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took me a while to get into the way this was written, but the art work is stunning. I enjoyed it, but found it hard to follow in points. the story follows the path of Orson - a genetically engineered astronaught , who lives in a world where the rich thrive and the poor fend for themselves, he then he happens to get involved in a reality tv show kidnapping plot and its all down hill for him from there.
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HASH(0x91a7480c) out of 5 stars Don't Be Fooled By The Sci-Fi Trappings.... 9 Dec. 2012
By Daniel V. Reilly - Published on
Format: Hardcover
...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.
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HASH(0x91a74860) out of 5 stars Desolation Sci-Fi 19 Nov. 2012
By Dirty D - 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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91a74b3c) 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.
HASH(0x91a74a34) out of 5 stars Craftsmanship To Be Celebrated 17 July 2013
By Scott William Foley - Published on
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With art by 100 Bullets collaborator Eduardo Risso, Azzarello has created a bleak, unsettling landscape where the very rich are well taken care of, and the rest of us are left to survive by any means necessary.

Spaceman follows the story of Orson, one of a group of genetically engineered astronauts meant to explore Mars. However, most of the story takes place in a flooded, ruined city that, like most of the coastal world, has been overwrought by melting glaciers. Long since returned to Earth after the demise of NASA, Orson is left to pirate and scavenge in order to endure.

Soon, however, Orson finds himself in the middle of a kidnapping, one in which an orphan has been stolen from a reality television show's super-couple, obviously modelled after Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. The couple are the stars of a show where orphans must compete to be adopted by the celebrities and live a life of leisure.

Before long, Orson is at odds with the only other surviving member of his astronaut crew, Carter. His brother has taken a darker path in life, consequently, and he too becomes involved with the abduction. If the child is to survive, Orson must overcome hauntings from Mars that still disturb him as well as a very present cadre of killers.

Perhaps it helped the book that I suffered from stomach flu while reading it, but the ruin and demise of the world depicted in its pages truly touched a nerve. Risso's gritty, detailed artwork is a perfect match for the tale, and he portrays a horrifyingly civilization that may not be that far off.

Quite honestly, I expected Spaceman to take place more in outer space. I was surprised that the majority of the book unfolded on Earth. I was further surprised that, at its core, the story presented a child kidnaping case.

However, the story is far more than just that. I truly believe Azzarello to be an underestimated writer in today's literary scene. His stories are often violent, alarming, and graphic, but they also touch on themes that apply to our modern life. For example, Azzarello realizes that we are ruining our environment and that repercussions await us all. Those repercussions are evident in Spaceman. He also has noticed that the poor seem to be getting poorer, while the rich get richer. Spaceman delivers a painfully realistic portrayal of what the current trend may yield.

And though it's a matter of much controversy, I find Azzarello's commitment to language commendable in Spaceman. Like his rendition of society, he presents a language that is falling apart, shortened, and slowly dying. Azzarello clearly put a great deal of thought into his vision of our ruined language, and the dedication to his vision reminds me of writers such as Anthony Burgess.

Spaceman is a potentially prophetic science fiction work that offers a troubling glimpse of our destiny. Azzarello grants us a violent adventure with the life of a child hanging in the balance, a societal warning, and a craftsmanship to be celebrated.

~Scott William Foley, author of Andropia
HASH(0x91a74c20) out of 5 stars Trouble at Liftoff 1 April 2016
By Kurt Russell - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Do not expect anything revelatory here. Despite its flashy future-speak, the story is woefully stale and boring. An interesting promise of space exploration is squandered and mislabled by having the plot mostly all unfold on boring ol' Earth.

In the midst of a classic mismatched chase story, it strives for depth in both humanity and social critique, but there’s nothing here that hasn’t been done countless times before. I’ve always adored this writer’s other works greatly, so it was stunning to see something that is so superficially high-concept crash-land into the abysmally mundane.
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