PLUTO (Pluto, #1)

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Naoki Urasawa's writing is so detailed and amazing. PLUTO (Pluto, #1) PDF EBook I have been a fan of his ever since I read his Monster series (if you haven't do yourself a favor and read it or at least watch the anime). Pluto was a good read, as it is a very unique interpretation of Astro Boy. Keeping in mind I have never read the original or seen the cartoon, but I imagine with Urasawa at the reigns this is "mature Astro Boy." The series covers a lot of philosophical themes, especially with identity and what it means to be "human" and "can robots feel emotion?" I need to read more Asimov, as I have heard that he invented the three laws of robotics, which have been used in most stories that deal with robots. The first and most important law being that a robot may not cause harm to a human through action or inaction. This law drives the plot in "Pluto."

Based upon Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy, "Pluto" reinterprets the story "The Greatest Robot on Earth," expanding it into an updated futuristic murder- PDFmystery. The action centers around Gesicht, a humanoid detective robot in a future world where robots live alongside humans and some are even national heroes. At the beginning of volume one, we learn that the Swiss mountain guide, forest protector, and war veteran robot, Mont Blanc, has been completely destroyed while battling a forest fire. The next day a robot rights defender is found dead in his apartment. Confusingly, only another robot could have killed the extremely powerful Mont Blanc, but a robot could not have killed the human (because of the robot law). Gesicht is assigned to the case by Interpol and he tries to make sense of the strangely connected murders. A pattern emerges as more robot deaths occur: someone is killing the seven greatest robots in the world, of which Gesicht is one and putting horns on their corpses.

It's an excellent comic series even without it's connection to Astro Boy (which I liked). I have always loved Naoki Urasawa's art, its so complex and real. I also love that Urasawa uses the whole world in his stories, with a focus on Japan and Germany, not Japan alone as is the case with most manga. It's also much more realistic than most Japanese comics, making it a perfect introduction to manga.

What I found to be really intriguing was that the story's perspective focuses on a robot detective rather than Astro Boy himself. It gives the series an outsider's look and keeps the story fresh. The story starts as an investigation of murders and unravels a larger and much more sinister plot. Who is behind these murders? Is it really a robot, or could it be a human? I recommend this for anyone interested in SF manga or a fan of Urasawa. Like this book? Read online this: Naoki Urasawa Präsentiert (Naoki Urasawa's Monster, #16), Dispatches from Pluto.

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