Reviews for Spaceman

Booklist Reviews 2012 December #2
Now that NASA's been shut down, space-ape Orson, a genetically modified human bred to withstand the ravages of missions to Mars, lives in slummy exile on the fringes of a flooded Earth. But when a reality-show girl is kidnapped and Orson gets sucked into the mess, the whole world seems to go a little nuts. Though their signature overtones of explicit sex and gruesome violence are on full display, the creative team behind seedy crime-comics classic 100 Bullets displays a deft touch in dealing with calamitous climate change, vapid celebrity worship, hyperaccelerated media mania, and even a sweet (for them) relationship between an innocent girl and damaged brute, with a few blips of King Kong and Planet of the Apes on the radar for good measure. Risso's gritty artwork hits you where it counts, but what's most accomplished on Azzarello's side is the invented dialect that feels so authentically lived in and plausibly derived from slangy mutations and text-message drivel. A complete package in one handy book from a veteran, venerated comics duo. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 November #2

In the slums of a flooded urban wasteland, a little girl goes missing and ends up in the hands of Orson, a kindhearted but simple-minded outcast eking out a living by salvaging old machine parts. Recurring flashbacks reveal that Orson was one of a handful of Cro-Magnon men created by an abandoned government space program for the purpose of off-world labor. Soon Orson, who wants little or nothing to do with most society (and vice versa), finds himself at the center of a televised manhunt led by the morally bankrupt media, the girl's dubious celebrity parents, criminal opportunists, and a ghost from Orson's dark past. Frequent collaborators Azzarello and Risso, the team behind the award-winning 100 Bullets, construct a bleak and eerily believable near future brought to life by distinctive yet sometimes garbled dialogue and Risso's stylish command of line and shadow. However, the trendy and low-tech world ends up being more provocative than the plot itself, which over the course of nine chapters scarcely develops as it dashes towards its conclusion, never quite finding its dramatic footing or reaching its full potential. (Nov.)

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