Overview - 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. Read more...
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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
- ISBN-13: 9781888963373
- ISBN-10: 1888963379
- Publisher: Cartoon Books
- Publish Date: September 2013
- Page Count: 472
- Reading Level: Ages 16-UP
- Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.7 x 1.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.05 pounds
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The complete run of Smith’s (Bone; Shazaam: The Monster Society of Evil) previously serialized black-and-white noir SF adventure is collected in full color for the first time. Dr. Robert Joseph Johnson, an experimental physicist and Tesla fan, has discovered the secret to leaping in and out of parallel dimensions—something he uses to become art thief RASL when his partners and governmental employers endanger the multiverse with their experiments. Tracked by a lizard-faced government agent, RASL has to navigate multiple worlds to determine just what is worth saving. The subdued tone of the full-color sections perfectly fits the gritty style of the story. Wordless action sequences show Smith’s mastery of pacing, while his witty dialogue and quieter art reveal the fully human side of his protagonists. RASL is a brilliant antihero, at once hard to love and deeply worthy of empathy. As in his earlier work, Smith uses symbolism and mythology—as well as the legendlike history of real-world scientist Nikolai Tesla—to drive a personal story of love and vengeance into a deeper tale of heroism and self-sacrifice. And it’s Smith’s greatest skill that he makes us care so much about everything in the story. (Reviewed from an incomplete galley.) (Sept.)