Thursday, December 1, 2011

Spaceman #2

Written by Brian Azzarello
Art by Eduardo Risso

I don't understand why there hasn't been more discussion and hype for Spaceman.  Azzarello and Risso are an excellent team, and with this nine-part mini-series, they are doing something quite different from what they usually do.

Spaceman is about Orson, a genetically engineered or modified person who was originally intended to travel to Mars.  What we learn this issue is that the program that birthed him led to the complete shut-down of NASA amid complaints about 'playing god' and irresponsible spending.  Now, Orson makes a living running a small salvage operation.

It seems he has become embroiled in the kidnapping of a young reality TV star, as he rescues the girl and her kidnapper from a burning yacht.  This leads to an interesting and informative discussion, before things really hit the fan.

Azzarello's clearly having a lot of fun speculating on the slang of the future, having almost completely constructed a new language for this comic.  Risso is up to his usual tricks, giving us bizarre camera shots and lots of visual wizardry.  This book should have a much higher profile, as it is very good.

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