Robotika

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Niko, the Steampunk Samurai, is in Her Majesty's service. But is he a faithful royal bodyguard or a for-hire yojimbo? A perfect warrior or a soulless weapon? Follow Niko on his journey of self-discovery with Uri Bronski and Cherokee Geisha, as the Three Yojimbo explore a bizarre futuristic world populated by silent samurai, fast talking geisha, deadly mecha-betsushikime, digital djihits and morphing butterflies.

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Overview

Niko, the Steampunk Samurai, is in Her Majesty's service. But is he a faithful royal bodyguard or a for-hire yojimbo? A perfect warrior or a soulless weapon? Follow Niko on his journey of self-discovery with Uri Bronski and Cherokee Geisha, as the Three Yojimbo explore a bizarre futuristic world populated by silent samurai, fast talking geisha, deadly mecha-betsushikime, digital djihits and morphing butterflies.

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In the future, genetic enhancements of humans and humanizing treatments on machines-all in pursuit of a "true cyber-genetic hybrid"-have resulted in a race of discarded cyborgs and other experiments who live at the edges of the universe. The Queen's chief scientist creates a "biological machine" that could bring cyborgs and humans together. But before he can bring it to her, he is killed and his invention stolen. The queen sends mysterious samurai Niko to recover it. He travels from world to world in search of his prize, having misadventures and picking up companions on the way. This is the first full-length work by Sheikman, whose prior work as a role-playing-game illustrator informs the tale, from the detailed world-building to the quest structure. Sheikman's dreamy yet sharp art features bizarre details reminiscent of Mike Mignola's early work on Hellboy, and his story has absurdities that recall Grant Morrison's edgy plotting. But the marriage of these techniques results in something all Sheikman's. Chua's nuanced color work and expert shading adds much clarity. Though at times overwritten, Robotika is a unique treat and should appeal to fans of Mignola and Morrison as well as samurai film devotees. (Nov.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932386219
  • Publisher: Archaia
  • Publication date: 12/6/2006
  • Series: Robotika Series , #1
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Alex is the writer and artist of Robotika, a comic book published by Archaia.Robotika is his first major effort as a storyteller.

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  • Posted February 17, 2011

    Decent story, but over-hyped

    This book gets so much hype on more popularly reviewed websites (amazon, etc.). So I bought it along with a different graphic novel in the same vein ("Okko" by Hub - check it out, i like it WAY better).
    I thought this book would blow the pants off the other based off the reviews. But i have to say i was extremely underwhelmed. The artwork was just okay - i didn't care much for the character design and i think the best artwork was to be seen on the cover. The story was simple and disjointed. And the thing that annoyed me the most was the vertically oriented text! I don't know if the author was trying to make it more "asian" by having english letters oriented vertically, but all it did for me was make it a pain in the @$$ to read.

    Maybe this graphic novel was great when it first came out and there were no others to compare it to, but in the modern world of graphic novels, there are better options.

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