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Orfani vol. 1: L'inizio

(Orfani #1-3)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  183 ratings  ·  38 reviews
I primi tre capitoli della saga di Orfani, la prima serie a colori della Sergio Bonelli Editore, ideata da Roberto Recchioni, in un curatissimo volume oversize, cartonato e su carta di altissima qualità, con una grande quantità di extra, materiali preparatori, commenti degli autori e una copertina inedita di Emiliano Mammucari a racchiudere il tutto. L'edizione definitiva ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 10th 2014 by Bao Publishing (first published April 9th 2014)
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[Shai] Bibliophage
The translation into English of this comic book series was good; I was not aware that it was first published in Italian in 2013 not until I've checked the publication part. The plot and flow of the story are well written, and the portion I like best is the story of Sam and Ringo. Moreover, I also like how each chapter was drawn by different artists because it gives some divergence per part of the story.
Orphans Vol. 1
Those who are into science fiction and either dystopia or utopian type of stories will love
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss, 2018
Borrows heavily from Halo, Starship Troopers, and Ender's Game but pretty solid in its own right. Earth is bombarded by some kind of ray that kills a sixth of its population. The many orphans are gathered together to be turned into a fighting force to send after the aliens who committed the attack. Each "issue" takes place in two times, flashing back and forth to the Orphan's training and then now when they are adults having finally made the first landfall on the alien planet.

I liked this quite
Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
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A massively popular series by Italian authors Roberto Recchioni and Emiliano Mammucari, this series is about a group of orphans, left behind when an energy beam strikes earth, becoming a group of elite soldiers who are sent to do something about the aliens deemed responsible for the attack on their families. Serbian scientist, Jsana Juric and Japanese army colonel, Takeshi Nakamura, train them and administer a vaccine to
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-acheter
This one was really good. One of those pearl I read so much indies/underground book or comic book. There is a lot of action in this one, but there is also a solid story, evolving characters, strong universe. The illustrations are good, but not the strongest part of the book. It's a great comic book and I will be looking for the next issue closely!
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
(Received from NetGalley for an honest review).

First of all, the art is phenomenal! Second, this graphic novel is utterly amazing!

When the world is hit by a beam of light, the prospect of aliens becomes real. Now all the survivors are basically orphans, and these children are the best candidates to be fine-tuned into soldiers. They have nothing more to lose and some may seek revenge against the alien species that took their families from them and destroyed their planet. The aliens are mysterious
This started out well enough. One fifth of the world is wiped out by something alien, and children are left behind without parents, thus they are orphans, which the army picks up and trains. We follow a group of those children found in Spain, of which one is a) a girl and b) an American. She is the only girl in the group. They are then dumped “Lord of the Flies” style, somewhere that they have to find their way out of, on their own.

That was the start, and for that, I would have given this whole
Standard children recruited as soldiers scifi trope, dressed up with good art and a slick translation that doesn't get in the way of the story.
Jun 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recchioni con LRNZ fa la giusta accoppiata e livello di egomania
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Decent, but it withholds all the secrets about the truth of the scenario. Hard to know how good the series is without knowing more.
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An interesting Italian take on "Starship Troopers." Premise: Aliens invade (or do they), most people die, and then children survivors are turned into super soldiers who grow up to fight said aliens. There are two parallel stories of the kids training when they're young and after they've grown and are in the war. The aliens are intriguing in the vein of "Ender's Game" but the dialogue and characters were mostly flat, IMO.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cinque stelle per i disegni, e i colori.
Cinque perché la storia mi sembra interessante, anche se, non essendo accanita lettrice di fumetti, non so se questa rappresenti un cliché, deja vue e similari.

Tre, se non due, per alcuni dialoghi e battute da film d'azione di serie B. E per i personaggi finora poco interessanti.

Insomma, incrocio le dita sperando che, come dicono i convintissimi autori a fine volume, ci sará un crescendo di complessitá.
Staremo a vedere.
Solid art and a story with some similarities to both the Halo and Ender's Game universes.

Here an energy beam hits the earth from space and kills a fifth of the population. Earth bands together and builds an army and space force to respond. Orphans from the initial attack make up some of this force and we follow one group of these orphans trained to special forces standards. I believe volumes one is their season one, with five so far. Hopefully this sells well enough to get the whole series
Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Il fumetto degli stereotipi: è tutto già visto e rivisto mille volte! L'unica cosa che salvo sono i bellissimi colori.
Dec 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
Altre recensioni sul mio blog:

Nota: Questa è la recensione della prima stagione completa.

Orfani è una serie a cui ero interessato da parecchi anni, ma l'ho sempre lasciata da parte per via del suo costo proibitivo. Finalmente mi sono deciso a darle una possibilità e ho acquistato la prima stagione nell'edizione BAO, la quale raccoglie in soli 4 volumi tutti e 12 i primi albi per un costo di 27 euro a volume, non poco.


Ogni capitolo di Orfani è diviso in due
Nali's Shelter
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Ho trovato Orfani per caso, girando in biblioteca alla ricerca di un fantascientifico da leggere per la challenge di ottobre della #fantadistochallenge. Non ne avevo mai sentito parlare e la cosa mi ha molto sorpresa, visto che è uno dei pochi fumetti italiani di recente pubblicazione ad essere interamente a colori.

Orfani è un fantasicentifico
Wayne McCoy
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
'Orphans Vol. 1' by Roberto Recchioni with art by Emiliano Mammucari is a collection of the first three issues of the series, but each issue is over 100 pages, so this collection weighs in at 352 pages.

An attack from space hits the Earth and leaves behind a group of orphaned children. They become the best hope to strike back against this interstellar enemy. The problem is that the enemy is very stealthy at hiding and attacking, but the Orphans are pretty good at what they do. Each issue starts
A quick glance, before I began writing this review, shows this receiving more stars than I am giving the volume. What should be kept in mind is that I'm not a huge military science fiction fan, in large part because of my huge bias about how nearly everything (IMO) since Starship Troopers and Forever War are going over old ground are are just a little too hawkish for my taste.

Does this book go over some of the ground Troopers and Forever covered? Yes, but frankly I think the creative team does
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't really sure what to expect with this book, but it turned out to be quite the pleasant surprise. The premise is a bit of your typical SF dystopia: aliens wipe out lots of people on Earth, Earth fights back using children that they trained up into soldiers. It's not necessarily the plot or the premise that gets me (although I do tend to enjoy books that remind me a bit of Ender's Game but not written by someone whose personal beliefs are as antithetical to mine as Orson Scott Card), but ...more
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cliché but fun. The idea of using orphan children to battle an alien menace that threatens Earth has been done to death; this comic is more of the same. An alien blast from a unknown planet kills 1/6 of the worlds population. Only a stereotypical Japanese General and a Pink Haired pirate woman can train the orphan children of the victims of the attack into an alien killing revenge squad. They enhance and train the children by isolating them in the wilderness and testing their survival skills and ...more
Shay Dawn
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


This was pretty cool. It's a story of children, survivors of the apocalypse, who are raised as weapons of vengeance.

For a graphic novel, the artwork quality exceeds any expectation I could've had. The backgrounds, character anatomy, character design, and coloring are spectacular.

I think it was originally written in Italian, and it begins in Spain. One character is American (Sam), but she gets paired with the Spaniards because she was found alive in Spain, but she was visiting family. Then,
Dakota Morgan
Orphans is basically Ender's Game plus The Forever War - after a world-shattering alien attack, a bunch of orphaned kids are trained into killing machines and then sent across the galaxy to defeat the unknown enemy. It's all fast-paced, well-illustrated, and generally fun, but these first few issues seem to be more about explosions and gunfire than revealing depth of character - or anything about the characters, really. It's only in the third issue that we start to delve deeper into any one ...more
An enjoyable story, with obvious similarities to Ender's Game and Starship Troopers, but also reminded me of Lord of the Flies and Sleator's House of Stairs. Translations in good, artwork is rich and consistent, characters are what they need to be for an action story, and this book sets the stage for a story I am curious to see continue.

It does makes my Cataloging Headaches shelf though, ultimately just for one page of sexual content. I would have much preferred to place this in teen graphics
Chiara Vecchi
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Divorato tra ieri sera e sta mattina, non vedo l'ora di continuare questa avventura! Ammetto che il soggetto non sia originalissimo: in un futuro non ben precisato, un attacco alieno distrugge gran parte della popolazione terrestre. Le milizie reclutano così tutti i bambini rimasti senza genitori per crescerli come soldati, al fine di distruggere i nemici che hanno bombardato la Terra. Mi è però piaciuto un sacco, ricco di adrenalina e un po' ansiogeno, molto interessante! Anche i disegni, ...more
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good, fun read - a reasonably impressive style adds to the briskness of the narration in this sci-fi actioner, with humans fighting back against Earth's first assault by aliens. It's not perfect - when the characters are in their armoured helmets and solo fighter craft it's hard to know who's who, and the issue one jump from them being kids to them being the token perfect group of mystery warriors is too much, but on the whole this is a pleasantly escapist book. It's nowhere near the full ...more
Dec 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-bookshelf
3.5/5 There's not much new to be added in sci-fi with this collection. However, it was an enjoyable afternoon read. Stock sci-fi characters abound, with some added depth to a few key people. It was enough for me to root for their survival and to anticipate what happens next. The successful visuals made this graphic novel/series seem like a combination of watercolor, pen/pencil, and digital work. The extras at the end confirmed my thoughts, and offered some insight as to artistic and story ...more
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I was not expecting anything, suprised me a little. Pleasant sci-fi action story about orphans fighting aliens, so far. I'm a bit disappointed it lacks that effect on emotions, like, for example, I expect I will feel at least tiny sadness when somebody good dies and I felt nothing during reading this. In general, I felt nothing but the urge to read more to find out if it's going to become better.
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A bleak military sci-fi epic in the tradition of Heinlein, Orphans feels more like a relic from the golden era of science fiction than it does a present-day comic. The artwork is stunning and the narrative is perfectly paced. A truly remarkable comic.
Reminded me of Ender's Game.
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story keeps you intrigued. Reminds me slightly of Enders games. But different. I like how there was time taken for the back story. Graphics are good. Easy read
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun read but it feels like retread of other similar science fiction ideas that I’ve seen before.
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Roberto Recchioni è un fumettista e scrittore italiano.

Sceneggiatore e disegnatore, ha esordito sulla serie Dark Side per la Bdb presse. In seguito ha collaborato con Disney, Panini, Bonelli, Eura Editoriale, StarShop, Comic Art, Rizzoli, Magic Press, Astorina, e per l'americana Heavy metal; è inoltre tra i fondatori della casa editrice indipendente Factory, ormai sciolta. Creatore di John Doe e

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