Orphans Vol. 1: The Beginning
by Roberto Recchioni
Pub Date 26 Jun 2018
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A devastating energy beam strikes the Earth, instantly killing a sixth of the world population. Deemed to be a premeditated attack by aliens from a distant planet, a Serbian scientist named Jsana Juric and a Japanese army colonel named Takeshi Nakamura gather a group of orphaned children who survived the disaster to become lethal soldiers trained to invade the hostile planet in hopes of preventing a repeat attack.
Divided into teams, the children get to know each other, and begin to understand that surviving the training will itself be a brutal test. Lives are sacrificed and difficult lessons are learned, all in the interest of turning children into hardened killing machines. One such impressionable child is Jonas . . . Meanwhile, in a parallel storyline set in the future, a ground invasion force reaches the alien planet from which the energy beam supposedly originated. Before setting foot on the planet, every soldier receives a vaccine to combat the deadly radiation on the planet, a course that must be repeated every day.
The battles are tough, and the human forces suffer massive casualties, until a team of five soldiers appear and make short work of the aliens. These five heroes are Jonas and his companions-the "Orphans." A massively popular series by Italian authors Roberto Recchioni and Emiliano Mammucari, this series has spawned five spin-off series (or "seasons").
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (STARRED) -- An explosive, apocalyptic opening introduces this enthralling military sci-fi series where the action and emotional beats never let up. After an alien weapon devastates Earth, the survivors are willing to do anything to take the fight to the enemy, including training orphaned children to become elite soldiers. The central child squad includes six members: Ringo, Jonas, Juno, Rey, Felix, and Sam. The child troops, grouped by the region where they were found, are thrown into survival tests and pushed to their limits, even unto death, as they are formed into war machines. Those who live through it emerge with unshakable bonds, determined to defeat the mysterious alien antagonists. The program’s unethical nature is never downplayed or glossed over, but the story follows how the children grow and develop within it as they cope with anger, grief, love, and what it means to be trained killers. Reminiscent of Rucka’s Lazarus series, the narrative is drawn with detailed, expressive art that captures the distinctive personalities of its ensemble cast. Visually appealing, emotionally satisfying, and full of fight, this fast-paced adventure will have broad appeal to fans of science fiction, postapocalyptic futures, and elite warrior narratives. (June)