Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Volume 1

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In a distant future where sentient humanoid robots pass for human, someone or some thing is out to destroy the seven great robots of the world. Europol’s top detective Gesicht is assigned to investigate these mysterious robot serial murders—the only catch is that he himself is one of the seven targets.

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Overview

In a distant future where sentient humanoid robots pass for human, someone or some thing is out to destroy the seven great robots of the world. Europol’s top detective Gesicht is assigned to investigate these mysterious robot serial murders—the only catch is that he himself is one of the seven targets.

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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 Astroboy and 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. (Feb.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421519180
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • Publication date: 2/17/2009
  • Series: Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka Series , #1
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 200,952
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 3.60 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 2.50 (d)

Meet the Author

URASAWA Preeminent manga artist Naoki Urasawa, collaborating with editor, producer and manga writer Takashi Nagasaki, creates a daring revisionist take on Osamu Tezuka’s timeless classic Astro Boy. Conceived under the auspices of Tezuka’s son Macoto Tezka, a visual artist in his own right, Pluto: Urasawa × Tezuka is more than just an homage piece — Urasawa takes Tezuka’s masterwork and transforms it into a new groundbreaking series of his own. Pluto: Urasawa × Tezuka will surely delight loyal Tezuka fans, but it will also capture the imagination of anyone who loves a compelling work of great science fiction. × TEZUKA The legendary Osamu Tezuka is arguably the most influential person to shape the landscape of the narrative art form known as manga. In 1964, Tezuka created a revolutionary story arc in his Astro Boy series called “The Greatest Robot on Earth.” Tezuka’s engaging tale struck a chord with the children of that time to become the most popular story line of the series. It would also prove to profoundly influence and inspire a generation of manga artists to come.

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  • Posted May 18, 2009

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    An interesting take on an old classic

    I can't tell you how trilled I was when I found the Pluto volumes as I searched for something to read at the book store. The first thing that caught my attention was the title, very intriguing, very mysterious. Then I caught a glimpse of the artwork, very detailed, very modern. And when I finally read the synopsis on the back, I couldn't believe what I was reading. It was a "modern" reinterpretation of the Astro Boy cartoons I loved so much as a little kid. My mind was blown away. I had to buy it ( I actually bought volumes 1 and 2 at the same time), and when I did, I couldn't believe how good it was. I couldn't put it down. An Astro Boy story ( Atom, as it was known in Japan), told from the perspective of another character (inspector Gesicht), with a thrilling mystery to boot.

    I definitely recommend you to read these books. If you enjoyed Astro Boy as a child, and would like to experience the same excitement you felt while watching the original cartoons, but this time with a more "grown up" story with plots and twists, pick Pluto up. You will not regret it. On the other hand, if you never heard of Astro Boy before, or you were not into it, pick the book just the same. You are not going to regret it.

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    Story pulls you in

    I have not been able to stop reading this series since I ordered the first book. I have, in the distant past, read all the Asimov robot books and so thought this series might be an interesting take. The series is very very good. The art is fantastic, the storytelling is top notch, the pace is perfect.

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