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Life on Another Planet

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  177 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Following his highly acclaimed A Contract with God, which initiated the modern graphic novel, Will Eisner came back in 1978 with this fast-paced, engaging tale of espionage and power. When a signal from intelligent life in outer space is received here on Earth, it triggers a mad race for information and power. At the center of it all is CIA operative Jim Bludd, who is forc ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by DC Comics (first published 1978)
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Hannah  Messler
I like the 0ther 0nes better, but I think that is mainly c0z I am a peas-baby when it c0mes t0 sci-fi. (Erm, that just means like h0w a baby d0es n0t like peas in THE0RY, EVER, but then s0metimes it eats a bunch 0f peas and is like 0h yum! until it realizes it's eating peas and then it spits the icky peas 0ut! . . . that is me and sci-fi.) Anyway I am g0ing t0 read m0re 0f this little fella, he is a real dear.
Mary Grace
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Mike Raymond
Life On Another Planet is about a couple of scientist that are working with some type of radio system and then they accidentally hear a signal from what sounds like alien life from a whole other planet. This book was pretty good if you do like anything sci-fi then I would read it, also if you like drama and some action I'd also take a chance at it
Thom Foolery
In this case, "another planet" is an Earth which has received its first signal from intelligent life in space. An SF author might have used that as a springboard for ruminations on information theory, xenobiology, and engineering for space exploration, but Eisner was not an SF author. He instead chooses to explore what would happen to those of us here on Earth, or more correctly on an alternate 1978 Cold War Earth with its whacky Sub-Saharan dictators and umbrella-injected ricin assassinations, ...more
Angela
Nah, not as good as anything else by Eisner that I've read. This one felt like Eisner was channeling Frank Miller: it was dark, cynical, political, tone-deaf to anything beyond white guy stuff (ALL of the 3-4 ladies were either sex objects or shrews), and feeling very dated. It was also very talky, which made it a slog to read. Consider Exhibit A:



SO TALKY.

It's weird that Eisner, who was such a force in advancing the medium of graphic novels/comics/comix/"sequential art" would have, well, not rea
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Jeff
I was pleasantly surprised by this graphic novel. The title and theme are a misdirection, suggesting this story has an interstellar component when truly it is a simultaneous criticism of religious fanaticism, corporate capitalism, genetics, globalization, military conflict, mafia, and politics: all in one story.

It seems Eisner was very interested in how humans react not to phenomena, but to being human. Well-drawn novel creates a socio-cultural allegory frustrating our perceptions of Universal
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Rascal Drrmrmrr
I'm really glad I downloaded a huge chunk of this guys collection. This wasn't as great as the couple I've read so far but his illustrations are great and I'm really liking his over all style.
Rosa
At first I couldn't get into this spy/outerspace thriller. It felt like I was following too many characters that I couldn't find a reason to like. However eventually I really started liking Bludd and suddenly the whole thing became more bearable for me. Once I liked one character, watching other characters that I didn't like so much spiral a bit didn't bother me as much. It was interesting to see how many different people were affected in strange ways. The political aspect of the graphic novel w ...more
José Nebreda
Flojillo para ser todo un Will Eisner.
Paul Johnson
I really wanted to like this comic. The art is great, and there's some fun stuff going on. But I just found myself getting confused and wishing the story would go somewhere Eisner clearly wasn't about to take it. This is a slightly pessimistic view about mankind's reaction to the news the title suggests, with none of the payoff of a cool sci-fi plot. It's all depressed, power-hungry or otherwise twisted people ruining it for everyone, namely the reader. If you like Eisner, you should probably sk ...more
Kushal Srivastava
Holy mother of awesomeness !! Eisner with this legendary graphic novel proves that he is so kickass and such a big fucking genius that if anyone of us had 1 % of his talent we would be holyfuckingcrazy awesome. He blends scifi, politics, cold war, espionage and demerits of nationalism so well along with the beautiful and memorable character and human fraility that is impossible to come unaffected by this book.

If I were to leave for an unknown planet and could keep only5 books, this one would be
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Shannon
I just didn't get into this graphic novel that much, even though I know it's been highly praised by many. I found it difficult to keep the different characters straight in the black and white comic strip. It deals with making first contact with alien life and the race to set up the first colony there. A lot of politcal interplay between the Arab, Russians, and the US. The plot bounced around a lot, with little notice so the reader really has to pay attention.
Doyle
I liked this one more than the other Eisner stories I've read. This one has more action and espionage than Eisner's "immigrants of New York City in the 1920's" stories that he is more popular for, but still manages to create the heartfelt characters that made him the master.
Matt Piechocinski
I was SO excited to read this but found it one of the great Eisner's lesser works.
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WILL EISNER was born on March 6, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York. By the time of his death on January 3, 2005, Will Eisner was recognized internationally as one of the giants in the field of sequential art, a term he coined.

In a career that spanned nearly eight decades -- from the dawn of the comic book to the advent of digital comics - Will Eisner was truly the 'Father of the Graphic Novel' and the 'O
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