Item description for Robotika by Alex Sheikman & Joel Chua...
Niko, the Steampunk Samurai, is in Her Majesty's service. But is he a faithful royal bodyguard or a for-hire yojimbo? A perfect warrior or a soulless weapon? Follow Niko on his journey of self-discovery with Uri Bronski and Cherokee Geisha, as the Three Yojimbo explore a bizarre futuristic world populated by silent samurai, fast talking geisha, deadly mecha-betsushikime, digital djihits and morphing butterflies.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 7" Height: 10.5" Weight: 1.34 lbs.
Release Date Dec 20, 2006
Publisher Archaia Studio Press
ISBN 1932386211 ISBN13 9781932386219
This graphic novel caught me by surprise. It's a fun adventure story with awesome art and a good storyline. Robotika has visual elements of Moebius (Blueberry, Airtight Garage), Frank Miller (Ronin), classic 'Heavy Metal' from the 1970's (the magazine that is), themes from American fantasists like L. Frank Baum & George Lucas, classic westerns, vintage science-fiction, and makes them work together in a comic that is adult in tone, truly imaginative, eye-popping and cool.
Definitely check it out!
ROBOTIKA = masterpiece May 6, 2008
Alex Sheikman's neo-cyberpunk/samurai/kung-fu/western is unlike any other comic. The art is superb and the writing is surreal adventure at its best. This collection of his first 4-issue series came out a few years ago, but it is a timeless saga of a distant future that combines and mixes genres to create a flavor unlike any other comic or graphic novel. From the wordless cyborg samurai, Niko, to the bizarre eroticism of the assassin known as Cherokee Geisha, this is a world full of wonders, terrors, and technology gone wild. Techno-organic societies mix with sorcery and wild-west violence in an odyssey of strangeness that must be experienced to be believed. Anybody who enjoys high-quality graphic novels and comic books owes it to him- or herself to buy and read ROBOTIKA. It's the kind of achievement that comics needs more of--a singular vision of one man's creative obsession. It is Alex Sheikman's imagination, poured onto the page in an exquisite ballet of line-art, beautifully-choreographed action, and mind-boggling technologies. Quite simply, ROBOTIKA is a masterpiece. Order it now and thank me later. --John R. Fultz
Mix this with some great writing and you have the coolest comic ever produced by man Apr 25, 2008
As all the past reviewers have said this is visually amazing with a capital "A". But I just can't let the writing slip. This could be my favorite comic ever. But instead it's more like a beautiful ming dynasty vase sitting on my shelf. If Sheikman could get together with someone who writes amazing stories but who wouldn't overpower his (Sheikman's) originality this is the book I would be taking with me to a deserted island.
On another note does any of this remind you Aeon Flux? I'm in no way saying he stole ideas only that they are both so original and out there that they remind me of each other.
Visual Tour-De-Force Feb 11, 2008
This is an excellent book. It has some amazing art and the author tries (and succeeds) with lots of different visual effects. The story is top notch too.
Some cool extras in the back, such as a sketch book, make this a collection worth having.
A TERRIFIC hard-cover comic! Jan 26, 2008
How good is this book? Honestly, it's one of the most gorgeous comics I've ever seen. I put it up next to my copy of PRIDE OF BAGHDAD and fit right it. The ROBOTIKA hardcover looks THAT good. And reviewers have noticed. Every single review I've seen for this series notes that Alex is a special talent who could easily make it at any of the bigger comic companies. But Alex wants to make it one his own terms, and with ROBOTIKA, I think he has. It's hard to argue that you've not yet arrived when your work is showcased in a major hardcover from one of today's hottest second-tier publishers.
Where critics have occasionally come down against Robotika is in its writing. There are some valid criticisms there, but the story is still weird, violent, and visionary enough for even the most discerning steampunk sci fi fans. ROBOTIKA reads a little more like a pair of related short stories more than it does a single four-issue story, but so what? That's hardly a killer, especially in this format where the whole story is collected in one gorgeous volume.
Unfortunately, the odds are pretty good that your local comic shop didn't order this book. That's too bad. This book is well worth your time and as well illustrated as anything on the market.