Writer: Brian Azzarello
Artist: Eduardo Risso
Warning: This review contains spoilers
I've been looking for something different and interesting at my comic book store. Over the past month, I've been on a New 52 kick and have enjoyed some great stories from Marvel. However, I was not able to find something new, but that changed last week when I picked up Spaceman.
Spaceman, a nine issue science-fiction story from the creative team of 100 Bullets. The one dollar price was very nice, but I was sold on the collaboration of Azzarello and Risso. For some reason, I had not read anything online about the release of Spaceman, so I decided to give the first issue a shot. Azzarello and Risso had an amazing run with 100 Bullets and Azzarello has been on fire with Wonder Woman.
Reading Spaceman was the equivalent of reading something from Thomas Pynchon (Gravity's Rainbow), Samuel Delany (Dhalgren), or Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange). That's not a negative statement, folks. The vernacular of this book is a blend of internet slang with urban American slang, which is nothing terribly difficult to decipher. I give credit to Azzarello for creating a language that works well for this wonderfully odd story.
Spaceman is Orson, a genetic freak of a creature that was created for missions to Mars. The first issue includes flashbacks to Orson on a Mars mission but most of the story deals with his life on Earth, which appears to be a cyberpunk dystopia where the water levels have flooded a major city. Orson is a scavenger and has decided to take a risky trip into waters controlled by an individual known as Rat. While on his mission, Orson encounters a ship that has exploded and is about to sink. Orson is able to help a girl named Tara off the ship. Tara is part of a reality based show developed by two powerful celebrities named Marc and April who choose a orphan to join their "multinational adopted clan". Orson not only helps Tara off the boat but encounters some "trouble".
The price for this comic book was incredible and the story itself is excellent. Azzarello has done it again and Risso has not lost his touch. There is a splash page of the city where Orson lives and it is fantastic. After reading the first issue, I am hooked and can not wait to read the rest of this series.
TonyDoug Wright is the owner and editor of Champion City Comics. He is the writer for RED DEVIL.