Urasawa X Tezuka. 002

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"An advocate for robot rights and a renowned European robot have been murdered. Gesicht, the detective assigned to the case, has deduced that the killer is targeting the great robots of the world - which means that he too is one of the targets. Gesicht takes it upon himself to warn the potential targets, and Atom, the famous boy robot from Japan is next on his list."--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : VIZ Media, 2009, ©2008
Edition: Viz signature edition
ISBN: 9781421519197
Branch Call Number: 741.5952 Ur
Description: 196 pages, 6 unnumbered pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
Audience: Rated OT+ for older teen
Alternative Title: Pluto. 002


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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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