Planetes, Volume 1by Makoto Yukimura, Anna Wenger
In the 1st volume of Makoto Yukimura's Planetes, we meet Yuri, Hachimaki, and/i>
In the 2070's, mankind has established a mining base on the moon and dispatched men to explore Mars. The first manned mission to Jupiter is also in progress. As a result of this interplanetary activity, space debris is increasing and its collection has become a new profession.
In the 1st volume of Makoto Yukimura's Planetes, we meet Yuri, Hachimaki, and Fee. Hachimaki's dream is to buy his own spaceship. He thinks he can earn money quickly by joining the crew of the first expedition to Jupiter. Yuri lost his wife in a space travel accident, and became a debris collector out of a desperate desire to discover some remembrance of her. Fee takes great pride in her profession and works very hard, having left behind her husband and young son on earth.
In a dark and cruel universe, each of these space junkers grapples with his or her own personal problems.
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This Manga is one of the best in illustratoins I have ever seen, very realistic masking techniques as well as very realistic depictions of human kind's romp towards space and the solar system. A story that gives a gentle enough touch of reality with enough drama for it to be made a cross gender book, meaning a book that can be ejoyed by both sexes, though mainly to the sci-fi fan. An excellent read and work of art on its own. A very recomended read at those whom like a more realistic veiw towards space dramas.