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Aama. 2, The invisible throng
Peeters, Frederik, author.
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London : SelfMadeHero, 2014.

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86 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
"In this second volume of Peeters' award-winning series, we follow Conrad's expedition across a hostile world, chasing a rogue professor and her precious cargo. It is a journey filled with startling encounters, breathless action and poignant memories of home. As the implications of Aama's extraordinary power become clear, will anything ever be the same again?"--Provided by publisher.
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Verloc Nim has travelled with his brother Conrad to the desert planet Ona(ji) to recover the mysterious biorobotic experiment aama. The planet is home to an abandoned group of scientists, who have been left to their fate.In the second volume of Frederik Peeters' science fiction series, Conrad sets up an expedition to find the professor who has taken aama to another part of the planet. With the assistance of their robot-ape Churchill, Verloc and Conrad embark on a journey that brings spectacular discoveries and unsettling encounters...Aama won the 'Best Series' prize at the Angoulême International Comics Festival in 2013.

Author Notes

Frederik Peeters is one of the world's most important comic artists, best known for his autobiographical graphic novel Blue Pills. He has received five nominations in the 'Best Book' category at Angoulême, and in 2013 he won the 'Best Series' prize at the same event for the first two volumes of Aama. He is also the author of Pachyderme and Sandcastle (with Pierre-Oscar Lévy), both published by SelfMadeHero. He lives with his wife and daughter in Geneva.

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Booklist Review

The extended flashback that contains the main action of Swiss graphic novelist Peeters' handsome and engaging sf concoction continues in this second volume. The expedition to find the absconded head of the scientific research team on Ona(ji), a planet like Earth before life began, and aama, the main product of the team's work, shoves off. The search party of brothers Conrad and Verloc, team-member Myo (with whom Verloc begins an affair), the unspeaking little girl who seems to be Verloc's daughter, team doctor Frienko, and the robotic ape Churchill as leader and protector gets farther from base and closer to the runaway. Meanwhile, a flashback within the overall flashback fills in more backstory about Verloc and his daughter, and they almost fatally encounter increasingly bigger signs of life. Peeters' impeccable European comics realism which stops just short of making heroes superhandsome (the brothers look like twin descendants of Karl Malden) and heroines stunners his flair for distinctive characterization, and his good management of the tale's flashback construction make aama an outstanding sf adventure.--Olson, Ray Copyright 2014 Booklist

Library Journal Review

The Invisible Throng is the second volume of the four-part "aama" series by Peeters (The Smell of Warm Dust). Verloc Nim travels to a strange planet with his brother Conrad in search of Aama, a nanotechnology experiment intended to kick-start life on the primeval world. Led by a robotic ape named Churchill, the brothers, scientists consigned to the planet, and a peculiar girl make their way across a rapidly evolving and increasingly deadly landscape. The greatest struggles, however, are character-driven as Verloc relives his estrangement from his wife and child and Conrad suffers from stress-induced breakdowns. Verdict Peeters's vivid alien landscape is a stunning backdrop for Verloc's soul-searching. Readers interested in strange science and complex characters will appreciate this series.-Terry Bosky, Madison, WI (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.