Synopses & Reviews
472 page hardcover in full color and 2014 Eisner Award winner for Best Graphic Novel! When Rasl, a thief and ex-military engineer, discovers the lost journals of Nikola Tesla, he bridges the gap between modern physics and historys most notorious scientist. But his breakthrough comes at a price. In this twisting tale of violence, intrigue, and betrayal, Rasl finds himself in possession of humankinds greatest and most dangerous secret. New York Times
bestselling author Jeff Smiths follow up to his epic fantasy BONE
is a gritty, hard-boiled tale of an inter-dimensional art thief caught between dark government forces and the mysterious powers of the universe itself.
"The complete run of Smith's (Bone; Shazaam: The Monster Society of Evil) previously serialized black-and-white noir SF adventure is collected in full color for the first time. Dr. Robert Joseph Johnson, an experimental physicist and Tesla fan, has discovered the secret to leaping in and out of parallel dimensions something he uses to become art thief RASL when his partners and governmental employers endanger the multiverse with their experiments. Tracked by a lizard-faced government agent, RASL has to navigate multiple worlds to determine just what is worth saving. The subdued tone of the full-color sections perfectly fits the gritty style of the story. Wordless action sequences show Smith's mastery of pacing, while his witty dialogue and quieter art reveal the fully human side of his protagonists. RASL is a brilliant antihero, at once hard to love and deeply worthy of empathy. As in his earlier work, Smith uses symbolism and mythology as well as the legendlike history of real-world scientist Nikolai Tesla to drive a personal story of love and vengeance into a deeper tale of heroism and self-sacrifice. And it's Smith's greatest skill that he makes us care so much about everything in the story. (Reviewed from an incomplete galley.) (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her
RASL is like nothing youve ever read--its electric, eerie and riveting;and as close as you get to a masterpiece. Smith is simply peerless.”
Booklist STARRED REVIEW
Smith is a unique talent in the world of comics whos not afraid to take risks and knows how to pull them off...fascinating.”
Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW
Stunning visual narrative that impresses with its originality, sophistication, and complexity.”
John Geddes, USA Today
"Smith is awesome. Theres really no other way to put it...RASL reads like one long, dust-filled, sci-fi,blood-stained, crime noir chase scene.
...”dazzling...demonstrates the same knack for arresting character design that made Smiths Bone such a rewarding read...”
...briskly paced hardboiled sci-fi hybrid...an inventive mix...”
...audacious...a concentrated thrill.”
RASL is gorgeous, creepy, grim, and crammed with action, history, sex, booze, science, and psuedo-science...a hell of a ride.”
...there is one simple truth in comic life: you must read Jeff Smiths comics. Its just the reality of the situation.”
Bill Baker, ForeWord Reviews
"Jeff Smith is perhaps the most accomplished cartoonist and storyteller of his generation, no small praise for an artist whose contemporaries include the likes of Alison Bechdel (Fun Home) and Chris Ware(Acme Library)... [RASL] offers universe-spanning adventure even as it explores those tender and terrible territories within the human heart."
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 who races through space and time searching for his next big score and trying to escape his past. Known only by the four letter word found spray-painted at the scene of a crime, RASL stumbles across a mystery that spans centuries, and not only threatens to expose his illicit activities, but could uncover one of the world's most dangerous secrets.
Award-winning cartoonist Jeff Smith explores a world of violence and corruption, mixing murder, passion, and folklore, with cutting-edge physics.
About the Author
Jeff Smith is the author/cartoonist of the BONE graphic novels which won numerous awards around the world, including 11 Eisner Awards & 9 Harvey Awards, the Alph Art for Best Foreign Book in France, as well as awards in Spain, Germany, and Italy before being chosen to launch the first graphic novel imprint for children by Scholastic in 2005. In 2009 Smith was the subject of an Emmy Award winning documentary called The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, BONE, and the Changing Face of Comics. Most recently, Smith was Guest Editor of The Best American Comics 2013.