laika by nick abadzis first second 2007


“Laika” is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Nick Abadzis, published by First Second Books in 2007. The story is a fictionalized account of the life of Laika, the first living creature to orbit the Earth aboard the Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 2 in 1957.

Abadzis’s graphic novel delves into Laika’s journey from being a stray dog on the streets of Moscow to becoming a space traveler, exploring themes of sacrifice, scientific progress, and the ethical implications of space exploration. Through rich storytelling and poignant artwork, “Laika” offers readers a glimpse into the Cold War-era space race and the human (and animal) cost of scientific achievement.

The graphic novel has been praised for its emotional depth, historical accuracy, and the way it humanizes Laika’s story, shedding light on a lesser-known aspect of space exploration history. “Laika” is a compelling read for both fans of graphic novels and those interested in the intersection of science and humanity.

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laika by nick abadzis first second 2007

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