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Ladies and gentlemen, this torrent contains all of the scanned issues of Aardvark One International's Puma Blues by Stephen Murphy and Michael Zuli.
The Puma Blues was a comic book written by Stephen Murphy and drawn by Michael Zulli. It ran from October 1986 to somewhere in the beginning of 1989, stretching over 23 regular issues and a single "half-issue" minicomic.
Published first by Aardvark One International and later by Mirage Studios, the story was set around the millennium as Gavia Immer, a governmental fauna agent, goes through an existential dilemma as he watches the videos his father left for him after his death.
The comic book's detailed artwork by Michael Zulli, which focused primarily on wildlife and nature, was superposed to a loose narrative with a druggy, dreamy, new age apocalyptic atmosphere. This de-structuralizing of the main narrative increased dramatically in later issues, with the second half of the series often taking the form of illustrated prose poetry within an associative narrative.
Issue #1 begins in March of the year 2000 (fourteen years in the future, by the comic's original publication date). It is a world of space shuttle passenger service, humanoid robotic workers, fully armored taxicabs, and children in gas masks -- and it's a world without the Bronx. It seems that on April 20, 1995, a white supremacist group attempted to kidnap the President during a visit to New York City. During the ensuing gunplay, a member of the group detonated a nuclear device, and five years later the Northeastern United States is still in recovery.
U.S. Agent Gavia Immer (sharing a name with the common loon) is stationed by the US military in a cabin in the woods of the Quabbin Reservoir in Massachusetts. His new job consists of displacing mutated animals ('animutes' or 'biomutes') and collecting pH samples of the reservoir, which is frequently limed to compensate for the effects of acid rain.
Gavia is alone at this cabin (save for an occasional trespasser and the puma that stalks the mountains above the reservoir) but is in contact with his superiors through a video conferencing system, which he also uses to speak to his mother.
Haunted by his unresolved relationship with his late father, four years gone, he spends many nights watching a series of videotapes his father made documenting his search for truth -- something Gavia also desperately seeks.
Among the questions needing answers is that of a colony of flying manta rays -- the principal 'animute' inhabiting the reservoir. Although the government is aware of their existence, of chief concern at the story's outset is the origin of their mutation, as well as the importance of keeping the creatures a secret.
Starting with issue #21 the story skips two years ahead, and follows Gavia as he leaves the service and begins to travel cross-country.
Puma Blues consisted of three separate story arcs with two stand-alone issues; the first and second arcs were later collected in trade paperback form by Mirage Studios.
The flying mantas. Original art for the Puma Blues, Book Two: Sense of Doubt trade paperback.
It was announced in issue #22 that the third story arc, Under a Deep Blue Sun, would conclude in issue #26. However, this arc ultimately remained unfinished. Puma Blues ended with issue #23.
The story arcs ran as follows:
Issues #1-12 - Book One: "Watch That Man" (Aardvark One International/collected edition by Mirage Studios)
Issues #13-19 - Book Two: "Sense of Doubt" (Aardvark One International/collected edition by Mirage Studios)
Issue #20 - "Eat or Be Eaten" (self-published benefit issue)
Issues #21-23 - Book Three: "Under a Deep Blue Sun" (intended to end at #26, Mirage Studios)
A strong message of environmental responsibility runs throughout the series. In one of the most memorable scenes of the comic's run, a wealthy old woman enjoys a drive through the country with her robotic chauffeur. She sees a cluster of flowers with an aluminum can beside it and urgently requests the car pull over. She then asks the chauffeur to pick the flowers for her, leaving the can behind.
Most issues include sections called 'Notes on the Environment' and 'The Fraying Weave', which offered facts and often frightening statistics related to tropical rainforests, endangered animals, and other environmental concerns.
Thanks to the scanners and the original sources, who as always, wish to remain nameless.