Synopses & Reviews
Cartoon Books proudly presents Jeff Smith's new adventure series, RASL - a stark, sci-fi series about a dimension-jumping art thief, a man unplugged from the world who races through space and time searching for his next big score - and trying to escape his past. In this first of three graphic novels, Rasl faces an assassin's bullet and stumbles across a mystery that not only threatens to expose his own illicit activities, but could also uncover one of the world's most dangerous and sought after secrets!
"The debut volume of Bone creator Smith's new series is distinctly not for kids, but its gripping images and swift pacing are as impressive as anything he's done. In its first two chapters we meet Rasl, an art thief who's mixed up in some very weird circumstances: to make his getaways, he passes (painfully) through a sort of other-dimensional warp called the Drift, and sometimes he doesn't end up on the right version of Earth. He's also got a mysterious gunman following him, a mysterious tattoo on his arm and a prostitute girlfriend with a mysterious necklace that displays a 'symbol of emergence.' More even than Bone, Rasl is built around a few indelible images, like the agonized appearance of Rasl emerging from the Drift and the sinister grin of the strange-faced man who's following him; it's a pretty minimal story so far (the book was reviewed from an incomplete galley), and Smith clearly knows more about the world he's building than he lets on. Still, his scrubby, rough-edged brushwork (showcased nicely by the book's oversized format) gets across the story's foreboding, quiet moments as well as its chaotic chase scenes, and his knack for character design is always a treat." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
From the New York Times best-selling author of Bone comes a stark gritty sci-fi series about a dimension-jumping art thief a man unplugged from the world who races through space and time searching for his next big score and trying to escape his past.
Award-winning cartoonist Jeff Smith explores a world of violence and corruption, mixing murder, passion, and folklore with cutting-edge physics.
About the Author
A co-founder of the 90s Self-Publishing Movement, and an early adopter of the graphic novel format, Jeff Smith is best known as the writer and artist of BONE, an award winning adventure about three cartoon cousins lost in a world of myth and ancient mysteries. In 2008, Smith was the subject of a documentary called The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, BONE, and the Changing Face of Comics.
Besides BONE and RASL, his other books include Shazam: The Monster Society of Evil, and Little Mouse Gets Ready!