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The Incal (The Incal / L'Incal - Complete Editions #1)

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The international comics MASTERPIECE by Moebius and Jodorowsky collected in an hardcover edition and presented in its original colors. With a Foreword by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS. Detective John Difool is the key to the Universe after accidentally discovering the mystical Incal artifact.
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published October 2011 by Self Made Hero (first published 1988)
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I think that seeing the documentary Jodorowski's Dune helped prepare me for this book, since I knew what I was getting into. In a lot of ways, The Incal does what Jodorowski wasn't able to do with his film adaptation of Frank Herbert's novel.

As far as I can tell, The Incal is about...proto-scientific neo-spiritual existentialism? That sounds about right. In a weird way, this story reminded me of C.S. Lewis's Space Trilogy--not a connection I was expecting to make as I read this.

My suggestion f
The Incal je kultni strip koji je napisao Alejandro Jodorowsky, a nacrtao Moebius. Jodorowskom je ovo bio prvi strip koji je napisao i najavio ga je skromno kao "roman koji će promijeniti način na koji francusko tržište razmišlja o stripu".

Jodorowsky je poznat po svojim kvazi-umjetničkim filmovima El Topo i The Holy Mountain, koje ja vidim kao proto-hipsterske, u njima je "čudno" prodano pod originalno, a simbolika nema dubinu, ili ja jednostavno nisam podešen na sličnu frekfenciju kao Jodorowsk
Sean Francisco Yau-Smith

When Jean Giraud or Moebius passed away, the international "comic book" or "graphic novel" lost the last of the 4 great giants who shaped the medium (the other three being Osamu Tezuka, Will Eisner and Jack Kirby)- geniuses who combined an innovative and unique look and feel, with a tremendous breadth of work. While American exposure to Moebius actual comic book work was limited- his overall effect in terms of design and mass media can't be understated - first through the translations of "Metal
Oct 25, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book drips in pure sci-fi creativity. It seems like every page has a new, cool concept put forth; all within a cohesive narrative. (I won't give any examples, as I think that would take away from the enjoyment of reading this book).

Moebius's art is fantastic. The new reprinted of The Incal respectfully retains the original coloring (which is especially nice since many reprints seem to replace the original color with some awful modern rendering). I see so many artists that I love within Moeb
Aug 02, 2013 Nate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Great art, awful writing.
S.A. Hunter
I kept picking up this graphic novel, reading a few pages, only to then put it down again. I could never get into it. The story zooms everywhere and is very epic, but the characters are not really developed and the dialogue is at times kind of preachy. I don't know if it all reads better in the original French or not. This story is heavy in metaphysics, and it felt like a lot of the supposed profundity of the text whizzed over my head, or maybe Jodorowsky tried to jam too much into this one stor ...more
Jeff Jackson
***1/2 stars. I can see why this epic has inspired so many other sci-fi and comix creators - it's spilling over with fascinating ideas about media and technology, compelling adventure scenes and detailed cityscapes, and Moebius's eye-popping graphics. It was a fun read though also a bit clinical. The characters are all one-dimensional archetypes, there's no emotion generated, and the scenes about convincing entire galaxies to meditate had an awkward New Age feel to them. But if you're a fan of M ...more
C. Derick
Jan 31, 2016 C. Derick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jodorowsky's "The Incal" is a decidedly unique hard book to write about because it is an experience that is deeply engaging, profoundly uneven, narratively frustrating, and dripping with Jodorowsky's almost maniac and gonzo ideas. Jodorowsky's comics are as enigmatic as his films but often with less subtly in its symbolism. While certain characters do have some narrative consistency such as the Metabaron and John DiFool, most the characters seem to have total personality changes depending on th ...more
Dec 12, 2015 Tamahome marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
EDIT: Getting it for Christmas!

Proposed animated movie trailer, very good:

Saw this in 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die. Holy crap.

David Gallin-Parisi
The legendary, always-mentioned-but-rarely-seen, influential, and illustrious Mobius and Jodorowsky work is a must read for anybody interested in the following things. Bear with me, this is a long list. Check this out if you find yourself in any of these listings: fantasy lover, sci-fi dreamer, trip-mode druggy adventure, video games, Star Wars, art comics like Ben Jones' or CF's contemporary works, comics like X-Men or X-Whatever, desert dystopias, blade runner dystopias, rainbow industrial par ...more
Byron Georgalas
May 22, 2015 Byron Georgalas rated it liked it
I am sorry, but I couldn't like "The Incal" as much as I wanted. Its art is what an epic space opera should be. Colossal scale but with attention to detail, really beautiful exotic environments with the necessary disregard of physics and it succeeded in immersing you in that degenerate galaxy. Being true to the sci-fi genre, it also dealt with pressing social subjects, like the indifference of the individual and the media manipulation by the leading elite, which allowed (in my view) the Darkness ...more
The complete collection of the Jodorowsky/Mœbius classic recounts the extraordinary (mis)adventures of the inept private investigator John DiFool. He seemingly stumbles upon the Incal, an entity of immense power. Through bizarre and often metaphysical means, DiFool finds himself as the most important being in the universe. Jodorowsky and Mœbius include several fascinating companions as DiFool follows his unwanted destiny: Deepo, a sentient concrete bird; The Metabaron, the most powerful fighter ...more
May 25, 2014 Don rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I'll be honest, I finally got around to reading this classic only after having seen Frank Pavich's documentary Jodorowsky's Dune. I'd heard of Jodo and his El Topo, and you can't be any kind of comics fan without having at least heard the name Mœbius. Still, I came late to this particular party.

It's absolutely true what people have said--you can literally pick out the bits that have been used in any number of sci-fi films over the past 30 years. I'd never read The Incal, but every one of Mœbius
Wes Benchoff
May 15, 2016 Wes Benchoff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sci-fi mysticism, visualized LSD, tarot symbolism, and nudity
Michael Scott
Every once in a while, a classic book lives up to its expectation, and more. For me, The Incal is such a book. Born from the creative tension between the godly optimism of Alejandro Jodorowski and the teluric (or simply French) skepticism of Moebius (Jean Giraud), The Incal is a brilliant epic of universal (actually, multi-universe) proportions. Just go today and pick this up!

The story is more of a space opera and at yimes gratuitously grandiose (the Jodoverse), but the situation humor and skep
Rif Saurous
Apr 27, 2016 Rif Saurous rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can I give six stars? Seven?

If you haven't heard of Jodorowsky, go read about him. If you have any interest in comic books, read this, and then ask why you've never heard of it. The most important additional thing to know here is that the art is by Moebius [possibly best known for his concept work for Alien and other films], arguably the greatest comic book artist ever, which means that even if you don't read the comic you should buy the book just to look at it: the art is inventive, brilliant
Jesse A
Just insane (as you kind of expect this to be). Reminds me of the movie Heavy Metal, with decidedly less overt spiritual existential leanings. If you've ever seen a Jodorowsky movie you have an idea what to expect here because it is definitely similar.
May 24, 2016 Pedro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sobre el Incal, una de las obras más conocidas del binomio Moebius – Jodorowski se han escrito libros de tinta. Baste añadir mi opinión. Y se resumiría en una palabra: Jodorowski. El Incal es una suerte de road movie espacial donde la imaginación desbordante de su autor queda de manifiesto. Tiene momentos brillantes, pero otros quedan lejos de quien no sepa viajar con su mente.
Aug 06, 2014 Mrx_Horror rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Una de las historietas más fascinantes que he leído jamás. El dibujo es maravilloso, cada página es como contemplar un cuadro al tiempo que la aventura engancha sin remedio hasta el final. Y menudo final, todavía estoy recuperando el aliento.

Con razón ocupa tan elevado puesto en el mundo del cómic.
Blake Ellis
Moebius: Great at art. Genius of western comics.

Jodorowsky: Great concepts, but has the biggest, dumbest lead foot when it comes to execution. At the very least, can someone call a cease-fire to his out of control use of exclamation points? If you expect character development, coherent plot, robust and convincing dialogue, and any respect for subtlety at all, apply elsewhere. In fairness to Jodo - his films are amazing when any pretense of these elements of storytelling are bypassed completely.
Jun 29, 2015 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
NOT for general classroom use. Too much nudity! Art is amazing though.
Jeremy DeBottis
This is a graphic novel that I would recommend to anyone that ranks the art of a story up higher than the story itself.

The story here is complex, and long, but I would not give it the title "epic." Just because something goes on for a while does not make it epic. The story itself is probably closer to 2 stars as it drags on and at times seems to jump around almost at random.

The dialogue is the bigger issue. I wish I could give it some leeway as some of the issues with it probably come from it b
Jun 08, 2016 Campo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First and Second thing to say about this book is about the art.... It's BEAUTIFUL! After reading it I understand why Jean Giraud (Moebius) art is regarded so highly.

After that said I've the story was interesting and at times very funny and real it doesn't feel like the typical star war/trek/journey it felt in its own way original.

That said I had many moments that evoke too Much Dune, specially if you've seen Jodorowsky's Dune.

Still gotta say it's been a great read.
Sep 06, 2013 Nathan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like The Incal, and there are parts I really like! The artwork is amazing, and it keeps getting better as the story progresses. Some of the ideas were really creative and fun. There was a lot here that made me think.

But I can't give more than two stars for the way they treat John Difool. The entire plot consists of everyone doing whatever the Incal says, John complains about it, and then either a) John decides to help because the girl he likes tricks him into it, b) the girl h
Jan 17, 2014 Zach rated it it was amazing
At 30, I likely discovered The Incal later than many who did so in their college years, but the second I flipped to the first page in the bookstore, I knew this one was for me and I think I appreciate it much more than I would have when I was younger. The art is absolutely incredible and detailed. The plot is a spiritual, psychological, space faring opera. It does drag a bit about 3/4 of the way through but the ending knocked me on the floor for several days.

One other reviewer mentioned the sta
Feb 22, 2016 Joe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After the cinematic adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune crashed and burned, filmmaker, novelist, and mystic Alejandro Jodorowsky and French artist Moebius took some of their ideas and turned them into the amazing comic book The Incal. In this format, none of the budgetary concerns which sunk the film existed thus allowing their imagination to run wild. THIS BOOK IS AMAZING! Satire, mysticism, space opera, and more combine and recombine in various forms as this story goes on. Originally published ...more
Zsombor Szabadkai
the graphics are great, that was the main reason for starting to read the Incal. The story is really messy for my taste sometimes... that is why 3 stars
Vi MacDonald
I mean, it's a collaboration between filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius. It basically does what it says on the tin. It's delightfully mad and features some excellent artwork!
Jan 25, 2015 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A pretty far out read and I loved it. Jodorowsky had said that the ideas of his now defunct Dune film spilled onto the pages of The Incal. Moebius artwork is gorgeous and propels you deeper into the story. I do see parallels from The Fifth Element here and there, which I believe Hollywood stole. As other reviewers have stated leave your expectations at the door. Existential sci fi. If you are a fan of Jodo/Moebius this is a must read. A big thanks to Big Brain in Minneapolis for introducing me t ...more
Elijah Kinch Spector
I usually don't like spiritual mumbo jumbo in place of plot and character, but in this case, it works? These guys are just so inventive (and so possibly unhinged) that they do an amazing job at a sort of story that tends to bother me. Beautiful, weird, vulgar stuff. It does help that, in all the magic and enlightenment and symbolism, we have, at the center of the story, a self-centered, stupid, irredeemable asshole who never appreciates what's happening around him. This grounds the story and let ...more
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Also credited as Alexandro Jodorowsky

Better known for his surreal films El Topo and The Holy Mountain filmed in the early 1970s, Alejandro Jodorowsky is also an accomplished writer of graphic novels and a psychotherapist. He developed Psychomagic, a combination of psychotherapy and shamanic magic. His fans have included John Lennon and Marilyn Manson.
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The Incal / L'Incal - Complete Editions (4 books)
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