Cover image for Pluto. Urasawa X Tezuka. 006 / by Naoki Urasawa and Osamu Tezuka, co-authored with Takashi Nagasaki ; [translation, Jared Cook & Frederick L. Schodt ; touch-up & lettering, James Gaubatz].
Title:
Pluto. Urasawa X Tezuka. 006 / by Naoki Urasawa and Osamu Tezuka, co-authored with Takashi Nagasaki ; [translation, Jared Cook & Frederick L. Schodt ; touch-up & lettering, James Gaubatz].
Title Variants:
Urasawa X Tezuka.
ISBN:
9781421527215
Edition:
VIZ signature ed.
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Viz Media, 2018.

©2009
Physical Description:
189 pages : chiefly illustrations; 21 cm
General Note:
"A new vision based on Astro Boy--The greatest robot on earth".

"Original Japanese edition published in 2008 by Shogakukan Inc., Tokyo"--T.p. verso.

Paging is from back to front to preserve the original Japanese format.

A science fiction story.
Audience/Reading Level:
Rated OT+ for older teen.
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Summary

A new vision based on Astro Boy - "The Greatest Robot On Earth" R to L (Japanese Style). Pluto… Sahad… Goji… Abullah… Mysterious figures somehow involved with the serial murders of the great robots of the world. Europol's top robot detective Gesicht has been put on the case, and he's mere steps away from discovering the horrifying truth behind the killer and his motives… Little does he realize that he's also steps away from discovering a horrifying truth of his own… Masterfully crafted science fiction and suspense at its best! In an ideal world where man and robots coexist, someone or some thing has destroyed the powerful Swiss robot Mont Blanc. Elsewhere a key figure in a robot rights group is murdered. The two incidents appear to be unrelated...except for one very conspicuous clue - the bodies of both victims have been fashioned into some sort of bizarre collage complete with makeshift horns placed by the victims' heads. Interpol assigns robot detective Gesicht to this most strange and complex case - and he eventually discovers that he too, as one of the seven great robots of the world, is one of the targets.


Author Notes

Born in Tokyo in 1960, Naoki Urasawa's career as a manga artist spans three decades and has firmly established him as one of the true manga masters of his generation. A graduate of Meisei University, Urasawa debuted with Return! in 1981 and hasn't stopped his impressive output since. Well-versed in a variety of genres, Urasawa's oeuvre encompasses a multitude of different subjects, such as romantic comedies ( Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl ), gritty urban dramas ( Pineapple ARMY ), swashbuckling detective stories ( Master Keaton ), captivating psychological thrillers ( Monster and 20th Century Boys ) and modern reinterpretations of the work of the God of Manga, Osamu Tezuka ( Pluto: Urasawa × Tezuka ). Many of his books have spawned equally popular animated series, and 2008 saw the theatrical release of the first of three live-action Japanese films based on 20th Century Boys .No stranger to accolades and awards, Urasawa has received the Kodansha Manga Award, and is a three-time recipient of the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award and a two-time recipient of the Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize.Similarly, Monster has been nominated twice for the Eisner Award in America. Urasawa has also become involved in the world of academia, and in 2008 accepted a guest teaching post at Nagoya Zokei University, where he teaches courses in, of course, manga. Combining a breathtaking cinematic visual style with stories known for their penetrating psychological depth and maturity, Naoki Urasawa remains one of the most exciting creators working in the medium of comics today.


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Library Journal Review

A radical rethinking of part of Tezuka's epic Astro Boy, the Pluto series takes one incident and puts it under a microscope. Overseen by Tezuka's son, Macoto Tezka, Urasawa tells a dark, engrossing story about top robot detective Gesicht's search for the murderer of Swiss robot Mont Blanc and a robot rights activist. Many of the original story's elements are maintained (including Tezuka's odd belief that all great scientists must have distinctive noses), but readers will detect a much darker tone that seems to owe as much to such sci-fi writers as Philip K. Dick as it does to the writings of Tezuka. Likewise, readers will encounter artwork that is more serious than cartoony. Verdict A knowledge of Astro Boy is not necessary in order to read this series. Fans both of that classic and of Urasawa's works (e.g., Monster or 20th Century Boys) will find much to like here, but perhaps just as much to rub them the wrong way. In any case, most suitable for adults and older teens because of the themes.-Nick Smith, Pasadena P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.