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Planetes. Vol. 2
Yukimura, Makoto, 1976-
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Publication Information:
Los Angeles, CA : Tokyopop, Inc., [2004]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations ; 19 cm
General Note:
"This book is printed "manga-style, " in the authentic Japanese right-to-left format"--Colophon.

"First published in Japan in 2001 by Kodansha Ltd., Tokyo"--P. facing t.p.
Reading Level:
T Teen, age 13+
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When private developer Werner Locksmith decides to mount a mission to Jupiter it will be the farthest into the solar system mankind has ever been. This radical plan piques the interest of many astronauts, including the rookie Hachimaki Hoshino. However, standing in the way of this investor-driven sojourn to the Jovian world are environmentalists protesting the further exploitation of space, and when the clash gets deadly, Hachimaki is caught in the crossfire.

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In the year 2075, Hachimaki Hoshino is a member of a three-person crew clearing satellite and spaceship debris out of Earth's orbit. His dream is to own his own spaceship. As a step in that direction, he hopes to be chosen for the crew of the first manned mission to Jupiter, and he's begun training rigorously. But a radical group, the Space Defense League (SDL), does not want to see the natural resources of the solar system plundered as Earth's have been, and Hachimaki and his father (an experienced engineer who's being offered a place on the Jupiter mission) become targets for the SDL's terrorist activities. On top of that, the driven Hachimaki has a lesson to learn: the coldness of space need not inspire coldness of heart. In terms of excellent artwork and also the combination of action and somber reflection, Yukimura's work is reminiscent of Yukito Kishiro's in Battle Angel Alita. For Yukimura's characters, space is an alluring but very dangerous place. A departure from the shojo (e.g., female-oriented) comics that predominates in Tokyopop's line, this compelling and realistic ongoing series is recommended for all collections and especially for teen and adult fans of Alita and Cowboy Bebop. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.