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Adaptations of stories by Robert Heinlein, one of my favorite writers, are rare, and I’m not sure why, other than perhaps the price of rights to do so. The novels he wrote for younger readers are works I always thought would make good comics, if a little on the talky side. This is one of those novels, and so far I like the adaptation pretty well. I haven’t read the book for some years, so I can’t say how close the adaptation is to it, but it feels like Heinlein, even reads like him in places. The art by Steve Erwin is kind of loose, but that works well on this tale of Jubbul, a planet full of thieves and beggars, sort of the space version of the film “The Thief of Baghdad.” It follows the life of a slave boy, Thorby, who is brought to the slave market on Jubbul and bought by a beggar who, as it turns out, is much more than that. He has seen something in this boy, and decides to take him in and help him. Thorby is suspicious at first, but in time the two grow close. When the beggar’s real work threatens both their lives, Thorby has to learn some hard lessons to escape death, and Jubbul.

Nicely done, looking forward to more. Recommended.

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