“Rasl Volume 1: The Drift” by Jeff Smith (Cartoon Books, 2009)

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Writer and artist Jeff Smith, of Bone fame, returns with an original concept in Rasl. In The Drift, Rasl is a classic young tough guy who’s been messing around with magnets and magnetic fields and has invented a way of traveling across dimensions into parallel universes.  It takes a lot out of him each time he drifts, explaining his alcoholic ways.  For his occupation, Rasl is an art thief, stealing art from other dimensions to sell in his own.  But in this first volume, something is terribly wrong.  There’s an assassin out to get him, following him somehow across the dimensions.  It’s nonstop action for Rasl, as he tries to save his skin, while continuing to research the powers of magnetism that make it possible to cross the dimensions of space. Rasl is a great new story from Jeff Smith, who will be publishing two more volumes in the series.

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Originally written on February 3rd, 2009 ©Alex C. Telander.

Originally published in the Sacramento Book Review.

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