Adult fans of the Bone series will find the same intricate world-building and memorable characters, but in a much more raw setting. This story of a physicist using Tesla's lost journals to discover parallel universes (with potentially disastrous side effects) doesn't pull any punches when it comes to sex, profanity or, well, punches, but at its center is the wonder of discovery, both of new worlds and of the title character. The rough and gritty surface of the story hides a deep moral conviction and compassion that make it transcend mere action-adventure and become truly haunting. -- Sarah H.'s pick
Winner of the Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album 472 page hardcover in full color A New York Times Bestseller, RASL is Jeff Smith's follow up to his epic fantasy BONE. A tightly wound mixture of science fiction, noir and conspiracy theories, RASL is a gritty, hard-boiled tale of an inter-dimensional art thief caught between dark government forces and the mysterious powers of the universe itself. When Rasl, a thief and ex-military engineer, discovers the lost journals of Nikola Tesla, he bridges the gap between modern physics and history's most notorious scientist. But his breakthrough comes at a great personal price. In this twisting tale of intrigue and betrayal, Rasl finds himself in possession of humankind's deepest, most dangerous secret. Originally serialized in black & white comic books and graphic novels, the award winning completed novel is embellished with muted, smoky color by Steve Hamaker and Jeff Smith. Praised by The Village Voice, USA Today, NPR, Physics Today, Booklist, The Onion/AV Club, Paste, Publishers Weekly and more.
About the Author
Jeff Smith is the author/cartoonist of the BONE graphic novels which won numerous awards around the world, including 11 Eisner Awards & 9 Harvey Awards, the Alph Art for Best Foreign Book in France, as well as awards in Spain, Germany, and Italy before being chosen to launch the first graphic novel imprint for children by Scholastic in 2005. In 2009 Smith was the subject of an Emmy Award winning documentary called The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, BONE, and the Changing Face of Comics. Most recently, Smith was Guest Editor of The Best American Comics 2013.