Friday, June 18, 2010

Pluto:Volume 1 by Naoki Urusawa YP FIC URUSAWA

Far in the future robots are so advanced that they can pass for human and are integrated into daily human life. A new robot has appeared and is systematically destroying the world’s Seven Greatest Robots. The European detective robot Gesicht has been charged with finding and stopping the malevolent robot, but is also a target on the hit list. He meets and teams up with several other of the world’s strongest robots, including a Japanese robot the world famous Astro Boy in this brilliant reimagining one of Ozama Tezuka’s most famous Astro Boy stories.

Part murder mystery, part political thriller, part philosophical statement about the nature of man and free will, all awesome. This is an unparalleled series. It is smart, deep, beautifully drawn, and takes everything that made Astro Boy such a powerful and important series, and updates it for an older audience. Pluto looks at all sorts of serious questions about life and society all wrapped up in a seriously compelling mystery. The characters are so fully realized that you’ll feel real emotional attachment to them, despite them being robots. The villains are super creepy and loathsome and the series goes through lots of twists and turns until building to a world shattering climax. Once you jump into this world of cover ups, intrigues, and robots that want to be alive you will be hooked. We have the first three volumes, so you can see if it’s your cup of tea.

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