RASL

RASL

Book - 2013
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Winner of the Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album

472 page hardcover in full color! A New York Times Bestseller, RASL is Jeff Smith's follow up to his epic fantasy BONE. A tightly wound mixture of science fiction, noir and conspiracy theories, RASL is a gritty, hard-boiled tale of an inter-dimensional art thief caught between dark government forces and the mysterious powers of the universe itself.

When Rasl, a thief and ex-military engineer, discovers the lost journals of Nikola Tesla, he bridges the gap between modern physics and history's most notorious scientist. But his breakthrough comes at a great personal price. In this twisting tale of intrigue and betrayal, Rasl finds himself in possession of humankind's deepest, most dangerous secret.

Originally serialized in black & white comic books and graphic novels, the award winning completed novel is embellished with muted, smoky color by Steve Hamaker and Jeff Smith. Praised by The Village Voice, USA Today, NPR, Physics Today, Booklist, The Onion/AV Club, Paste, Publishers Weekly and more.
Publisher: Columbus, Ohio : Cartoon Books, c2013
ISBN: 9781888963373
1888963379
Characteristics: 468 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Gaadt, Tom.
Hamaker, Steve.

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NeilGaiman
Nov 05, 2017

While I'm still not sure exactly how much I liked it, I certainly have some comments on it:

1: I think personally the art was pretty good, but felt like the design of the main character was a bit ridiculous and distracted me throughout the read, especially considering he is portrayed as somewhat of a ladies man and looks more akin to a dwarf in some of the art's weakest moments, mainly near the start of the book.

2: I felt like the story was intriguing enough, but it felt like it was trying a little too hard to be some sort of profound sci-fi epic, when in reality the melodrama can be a bit too much for me to stomach without sarcasm.

3: My largest problem was by far the romance. I felt no connection to the main two women Robert pines after in the book, and honestly hated him on a small scale for the nature of his relationship with the blonde-haired love interest. But I also felt to connection or sadness at any point where the romance was the carrying force in the scene: it felt rush at times, and overall boring and lacking death. Considering what RASL stands for, I would hope the book were able to match up to what it set out with its relationships. Of course the obvious must be said: it's not as good as "Bone", but I don't regret reading it, at least.

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mikorangester
Mar 29, 2017

The science is not true in any way but it is still a great read.

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Citizen92116
Jan 10, 2017

A great read.
The storytelling is interesting and exciting.
The artwork is great.
I've heard others comment on the poor anatomy representation, I didn't find it an issue - I read comic books with anthropomorphic characters just fine.
That it's founded on some hard science it a big plus in my book.

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Shrewlord
May 05, 2014

Jeff Smith does it again. His visual storytelling paired with his creative foresight allow for darkly tantalizing tales like RASL. Romance and action are wrapped in scifi that's bound to spark creative interest for young and old readers.

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bnhkr
Dec 30, 2013

Great story and drawing! I love it!

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NeilGaiman
Nov 05, 2017

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bnhkr
Dec 27, 2013

bnhkr thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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