Urasawa X Tezuka. 002 : A New Vision on Astro Boy, 'the Greatest Robot on Earth'

Graphic Novel - 2009
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In a distant future where sentient humanoid robots pass for human, someone or some thing is out to destroy the seven great robots of the world. Europol's top detective Gesicht is assigned to investigate these mysterious robot serial murders--the only catch is that he himself is one of the seven targets.

Atom, a boy robot whose sophisticated AI programming seamlessly blurs the distinction between man and machine, starts his own investigation into the serial murders of the great robots of the world. When he discovers that the killer's motives may be connected with the geopolitical events of the recent past, he realizes that the case is far larger than anyone could have ever imagined.
Publisher: San Francisco : Viz, c2009
Edition: Viz signature ed
ISBN: 9781421519197
Characteristics: 196 p. : chiefly ill
Additional Contributors: Tezuka, Osamu 1928-1989


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Nov 16, 2015

This series is AMAZING, it's SO good! The author does such a fantastic job of character development and building up to intense climatic moments. The artwork is really great, very nice pencil work at times to convey fear and intense moments, while subtle and simple at other times to show more heartfelt or sympathetic emotions. The author also does a great job of paralleling events in the series to those in real life (ex: racism and discrimination, the war in Iraq, the US' control over the world's nuclear weapon development, etc).
And finally, I love the way the author develops the murderous and mysterious "Pluto" character. It's almost like a "Jaws" formula: you see horrific murders committed by Pluto, you see the way the characters cringe at his name, you hear about how dangerous and indestructible he is, but you have yet to get a clear image of him. I love it!! It totally helps build up suspense and keep the mystery going. If you're a fan of crime and mystery, I HIGHLY recommend this series! (Also, Atom/Astro is adorable!!)

Feb 13, 2010

This series gets better as it goes along. Telling the story of the world's greatest robots, their advocates and creators, who are being hunted by a serial killer. Urasawe gets us invested in the characters as he takes us into their past and introduces us to more of them. Borrowing from the Astro Boy mythos, Urasawa has created a tight, engaging murder mystery that also explores what it means to be human.


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