Saturday, 1 December 2018

Planets Volume 1 by Makoto Yukimura - A Graphic Novel Review

I recently did a Google search to discover new science fiction graphic novels.  Planets caught my attention -  the story of a crew of astronauts who clear debris from low earth orbit.  Yup, space garbage collectors.

The stories follow Hachimaki, a young brazen, prickly, driven and a somewhat lost young man, who dreams of greater things.  Each chapter is it's own stand alone story but there is also a thread that runs through them all.  A mission to Jupiter is announced and Hachi wants to win a spot on the crew.

His drive to become the best astronaut Japan has ever seen turns him into an obsessed person who is lucky he has people around him that understand him.  Otherwise, he'd lose friends quickly.

Chapter 10 of the book is my favourite story.  Hashi and Leo, his friend and co-pilot, crash on the surface of the moon.  Hashi saves him from the wreck but after their ship explodes they must attempt to rescue themselves by walking 40km to the nearest shelter.

This is the kind of man-vs-environment story that grabs my attention and explores the real consequences of exploring space.

This is an English translation and at times the narrative is a bit clunky but that is to be expected.  It also takes some getting used to reading back to front and right to left.

Ultimately it was a satisfying read.


Hachi carrying Leo to safety.

THIS is how I like my SF

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