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If You Love ‘Westworld’, Try These Comics Next

Photo credit: HBO
Photo credit: HBO

Over the past few weeks, HBO's new hit series Westworld has captivated a viewership with its complex tale morality play of gods, men and machines. As great as Westworld is, it's only on for one hour a week, and soon it'll reach the season finale.

If you need more of that good machines-achieving-sentience action, we've selected five of the best robotic comics for you to sample next. Love that? Try this.

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Splitting The Atom: How Urasawa’s ‘Pluto’ Reinvents Tezuka’s ‘Astro Boy’

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Without the massive popularity of Osamu Tezuka's trademark creation Astro Boy, the manga and anime industries might look very different today. By taking the hot topic of the time --- nuclear power --- and marrying it with a heroic child character and the influence of the Walt Disney cartoons that were flooding into postwar Japan, Tezuka not only secured his reputation as "the father of manga," but created an enduring icon of action and adventure.

The book also had a very specific influence on one of the greatest mangaka of the 21st century, Naoki Urasawa, who retold one of the classic Astro Boy tales in Pluto, but succeeded in making it very much his own.

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Link Ink: Universal Gets ‘Pluto,’ ‘Underground’ Gets a Sales Boost and Penguins Love Robots

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Movies: Universal and Illumination Entertainment are teaming up with Tezuka Productions to produce a live action/CGI hybrid adaptation of Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki's Pluto manga, which explores a world analogous to Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy stories ...

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Morrison x Urasawa: Mining the Past Without Strip-Mining It

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Naoki Urasawa's "Pluto" is probably one of the best comics I've ever read. It's stark, uncompromising, driven, virtuosic, addictive and bull-headedly optimistic. Despite being an adult adaptation of a children's pop-culture phenomenon, it doesn't fall into the common trap of inserting airport-novel sleazy melodrama

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Best Comics of 2009 — ComicsAlliance’s Top 10

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The end of the year is upon us, and as the old man that is 2009 hobbles towards the finish line, we're taking stock of the best comics to hit the shelves in the last 12 months. And by comics, we mean everything: superhero books, indies, manga, singles, graphic novels -- we love it all...

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – November 18: Lemons, Rice and Bats

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Savage Critic and "Reading Comics" author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week, using this helpful key:

KEY

£ Demagoguery
% Peculiarly textured hair
° Snobs get what's coming to them
§ Protagonist wears spectacles
¥ Antepenultimate installment
Psychological state of environment-closing-in represented graphically
^ Shooting off sparks

€ DRIVEN BY LEMONS

This is a completely mind-blowing little book by Joshua Cotter -- a brilliant, difficult, painful, not-like-anything-else piece of work.

I reviewed it here, but the...

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‘Astro Boy’ Spin-Offs: The Movie vs. ‘Pluto’

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Since its creation in 1952, Osamu Tezuka's "Astro Boy" manga has become a certified worldwide phenomenon, featured in multiple television series, movies, and books. 2009 alone saw the introduction of two new takes on the "Astro Boy" mythos: a CGI "Astro Boy" movie aimed squarely at the brainpans of American children, and "Pluto," a new manga for adults who want a little bit more from their cartoon characters...

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