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Serial Sundays #1: Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka Vol 1 & 2

Sandman Sundays May be over but brunch and comics go together like milk and cereal!

 

The next series up... Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka by Naoki Urasawa!

It's an 8 volume series so plan on 2 volumes a month for the next 4 months along with a kick ass brunch and kick ass discussion! It's japanese style R to L reading. If you've never done that before it can be intimidating but don't let it dissuade you, it's a great read.

Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka Volume 1 by Naoki Urasawa

Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka Volume 2 by Naoki Urasawa

 

Here is a brief description lifted from Amazon...

Any pairing of two masterminds can elicit murmurs of approval—or of apprehension. But all readers can rest assured that in this case, the pairing of seinen manga suspense master Urasawa and legendary cartoonist Tezuka is a very, very good thing. In Pluto, Urasawa takes Tezuka's Pinocchio-inspired Astroboyand reimagines it as a futuristic thriller. Touching on many of the themes in Tezuka's story of a robot boy—the overlap of man and machine, the capacity for artificial intelligence to feel emotion, the true meaning of humanity—Pluto offers adult graphic novel readers (and fans of Urasawa's Monster) classic, all-ages Tezuka themes in a mature package. Volume one opens with the death (or murder) of the beloved robot hero, Mont Blanc. Merging current-day life with futuristic projections, Urasawa and longtime editor/producer Nagasaki develop a world where robots live among humans, sometimes living as humans—marrying, having children, taking jobs. Hardworking Detective Gesicht is one of those robots. As he slowly unravels the mystery of the death of Mont Blanc—and subsequent, related murders—he uncovers the disturbing news that he will be next. The creators subtly and seamlessly set up Gesicht's world, while digging deep to reveal the strange dichotomy of life and living among artificial beings. For anyone who doesn't believe that there's any good mature manga in the U.S., Pluto is required reading.

 

And for an in depth review of the whole series check out NBCBC member Jeffrey O. Gustafson's blog The Comic Pusher. And here's the direct link to the Volume 1 review.

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