RASL, Pocket Book One

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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 also could uncover one of the world's most dangerous ...
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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 also could uncover one of the world's most dangerous secrets.
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Publishers Weekly
In this collection of the adventures of dimension-jumping art thief RASL, Smith (Bone; Shazam: The Monster Society of Evil) has created a gritty graphic novel for mature audiences that is as captivating as its enigmatic hero. RASL is the tag of Dr. Robert Joseph Johnson, whose former career as a scientist working on classified projects at a military base called "The Compound" has been exchanged for one as an interdimensional art thief for wealthy clients. But his former employers won't leave him alone. RASL, a devotee of the work of engineer and inventor Nikola Tesla, possesses information which, in the wrong hands, could prove disastrous. Enter Sal, a lizard-faced assassin, who can "drift" through dimensions as RASL does, and so relentlessly pursues him into a variety of parallel dimensions. Though Smith is eminently competent at creating engaging dialogue, he is at his best in wordless action, where he shows a mastery of pacing as well as an ability to render his protagonist as fully human. The narrative moves back and forth through space and time in a manner that cleverly mirrors his hero's travels. Taken together, these elements form a stunning visual narrative that impresses with its originality, sophistication, and complexity. (Oct.)
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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.

Library Journal
The celebrated creator of the youthful Bone series here leaps into adult comics. In this sci-fi thriller, RASL steals art for a living, plundering famous paintings from parallel universes. Then a nasty lizard-faced heavy comes after him, and the story alternates among RASL's memories about his former career, his struggles with the lizard, and the romantic complications of his present life. We learn that he hops universes only very painfully by using equipment based on the theories of Nikola Tesla, know-how gained during a military initiative that RASL's former persona Robert Johnson helped design—and then destroyed because of potentially disastrous outcomes. It's a tribute to Smith's narrational skill that the story thread never tangles incomprehensibly while bits and pieces of RASL's past come to life amid his present dilemmas in multiple universes. VERDICT In gritty black and white, RASL offers grown-ups a hard-boiled story about corruption and cutting-edge physics, as addictive in its own way as Bone for its combo of almost wordless action and sophisticated premise. With sexual situations and obviously much more plot to come; recommended for adult collections.—M.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781888963243
  • Publisher: Cartoon Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Series: RASL Series
  • Edition description: Collection #1-7
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 8.14 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

A co-founder of the 90’s Self-Publishing Movement, and an early adopter of the graphic novel format, Jeff Smith is best known as the writer and artist of BONE, an award winning adventure about three cartoon cousins lost in a world of myth and ancient mysteries. In 2008, Smith was the subject of a documentary called The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, BONE, and the Changing Face of Comics.

Besides BONE and RASL, his other books include Shazam: The Monster Society of Evil, and Little Mouse Gets Ready!

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