Synopses & Reviews
BRIAN AZZARELLO and EDUARDO RISSO - the Eisner Award-winning creators of 100 BULLETS - return to Vertigo with their new interstellar mystery SPACEMAN.
SPACEMAN tells the story of Orson - a hulking, lonely loser who spends his days collecting scrap metal and dreaming of the startrekking life he was genetically engineered for. When Orson finds himself at the center of a celebrity child kidnapping case, he sees a chance to raise himself out of his sad life and become a hero, but a hero's life may not be the life he thought it would be.
Orson's adventures throw him into harsher realities than those he was designed for, where bloodthirsty pirates are hunting the same "treasure," though only Orson wants to find the "treasure" alive. Can Orson overcome his crippling personal failures, drugs and pirates to do the right thing and find meaning in his life?
"In the slums of a flooded urban wasteland, a little girl goes missing and ends up in the hands of Orson, a kindhearted but simple-minded outcast eking out a living by salvaging old machine parts. Recurring flashbacks reveal that Orson was one of a handful of Cro-Magnon men created by an abandoned government space program for the purpose of off-world labor. Soon Orson, who wants little or nothing to do with most society (and vice versa), finds himself at the center of a televised manhunt led by the morally bankrupt media, the girl's dubious celebrity parents, criminal opportunists, and a ghost from Orson's dark past. Frequent collaborators Azzarello and Risso, the team behind the award-winning 100 Bullets, construct a bleak and eerily believable near future brought to life by distinctive yet sometimes garbled dialogue and Risso's stylish command of line and shadow. However, the trendy and low-tech world ends up being more provocative than the plot itself, which over the course of nine chapters scarcely develops as it dashes towards its conclusion, never quite finding its dramatic footing or reaching its full potential." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Brian Azzarello is the Eisner Award winning writer of 100 BULLETS. The New York Times Best Seller's other notable DC Comics work include JOKER, LUTHOR, HELLBLAZER, FILTHY RICH, DOCTOR 13, SUPERMAN: FOR TOMORROW, BATMAN: BROKEN CITY, KNIGHT OF VENGEANCE and the upcoming series SPACEMAN to be published by Vertigo. As part of DC Comics- The New 52, Azzarello is writing WONDER WOMAN.