The Nikopol Trilogy: The Carnival of Immortals / The Woman Trap / Equator Cold
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The Nikopol Trilogy: The Carnival of Immortals / The Woman Trap / Equator Cold (Nikopol #1-3)

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The incredible journey of Alcide Nikopol in the company of Horus of Hierakonopolis, the vengeful god and Jill Bioskop, the mysterious women with blue hair, from Paris to Berlin, Cairo to equator City. A unique mix of science fiction, anxiety, humor and strangeness.
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published October 22nd 1999 by Humanoids Publishing (first published September 23rd 1992)
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There's something so indulgent about French stories, which is at the same time their strength and their downfall. They lilt along, laughing and provoking, never shying away, but there is also a lack of self-editing there that tends to leave them a bit silly and unfocused.

Sometimes, I think it's a problem of translation, and this translation is so unusually literal from the French, as if it were meant for primary English readers who understand the French language and culture, but who are unable t...more
Jan 29, 2008 Belarius rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Critics of Graphic Literature
Surreal, gritty, and supremely strange, the Nikopol Trilogy is a loose three-part epic spanning 12 years of author Enki Bilal's career. Nikopol helped to make Bilal a household name in Europe, where the trilogy's oblique storytelling and signature artistic style both work against a reader's expectations.

The three volumes of the trilogy differ from one another markedly, both in their writing and as Bilal's style evolved. Rather than thinking the stories as mere sequels, each additional chapter su...more
I did not finish the third book, it got annoying, preachy and self important around the events in the previous books, while the art got darker, but not better.

I was expecting more god to human interaction and less manipulation, or at least some true gods involved, not some arrogant immortals not making use of their fabulous powers.

This is what bothered me the most about this book, why do the gods act as they do? Why don't they take the fuel they need in the beginning since they are almighty an...more
This is some seriously surreal High Operatic dystopian SF shit here--and by "High" I don't just mean elevated in artistic intent, I mean tripping balls. Nikopol harks back to the heyday of the old Heavy Metal/Métal Hurlant Adult Fantasy Comics of the Seventies and early Eighties, before adult graphic storytelling went mainstream. There's low-grade erotica and ultra-violence (though tame by Heavy Metal standards) and aliens and decaying Art Deco buildings and futuristic trains and wild animals an...more
I loved this when I first read it as it was published in installments in an Italian comic magazine. I still loved it now that I reread the original French edition. It's just a perfect blend: the story, the world-building, the art, the humour.
It's dark, it's strong, and it may keep you up longer than coffee, because it's also very, very squalid -- so if you don't like that type of atmospheres, do not read this book.

Still, it's good. What I like most, is probably:
- The dark but beautiful artwork, especially in the second and third stories;
- The historical irony (at the beginning, a character thrown into a fascist futuristic version of his city remembers he learned something about Mussolini in school but doesn't remember what it was -...more
Com uma complicada narrativa em quadrinhos que mistura ficção distópica, beirando ao new weird, Enki Bilal confere um realismo impressionante ao mundo que propõe, impresso nos pequenos detalhes dos ambientes que desenha magistralmente. O texto também auxilia com criação de novas palavras e termos que descrevem tecnologias, espécies e elementos desse universo único. Nesse cenário, a política que permeia uma moribunda Terra futura e, particularmente, os diferentes centros fragmentados de poder fas...more
Apa yang akan kita temukan ketika terbangun dari 'tidur' dalam keadaan beku selama 20 tahun? Bagaimanakah rupa dunia? Makhluk apa sajakah yg mendiami bumi dan kekuasaan seperti apa yang berlangsung?
Alcide Nikopol mengalami semua itu ketika terbangun di th 2023, di tengah kekacauan pemerintahan dunia. Ia terlibat dengan salah satu dewa Mesir yang sengaja merasuki tubuhnya. Kejutan bagi Nikopol datang dari satu saat ke saat berikutnya, dalam perjuangannya untuk bertahan hidup di masa yang sama sek...more
Twenty years after I read small parts of Bilal's great work, I finally managed to read it fully. It is a complex and ambitious work, imperfect, but so ambitious that it still fails grandly.

From the parts I read (The Woman Trap), I was left with a certain fascination with blue hair that still persists, long before I read manga.

Drawing is idiosyncratic and detailed, fitting the troubled and tangled plots and sites. A deep layered story, with several repeating messages appearing time and time again...more
Chris Martin
Love the story, love the pictures! One of the great classic in adult comics
Comments: Bilal is one of my favourite comic artists - some of his panels reach the sublime. The stories have been criticized as being weak or lacking in complexity, but the same might be said about other greats, such as Philip K. Dick. I think the concepts are great, and not clarifying all the details lends the work some of it's mysterious charm. Again, like PKD's work, read this and see how many things have been lifted for TV shows or movies you know. I'd give it 5 stars for the art alone.
Giulia Gubellini
Io l'ho trovato fantastico, nel disegno, nei colori, nella storia. C'è tutto: azione, violenza, ironia, romance, divinità egizie che giocano a Monopoli, gatti telepatici a strisce verdi, donne bellissime dai capelli blu, e molto più di un pizzico di follia e allucinazione.
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Ho apprezzato veramente molto Il Carnevale degli Immortali, decisamente meno le altre due storie. Ma Il Carnevale degli Immortali, nonché Immortal, il film a tecnica mista CG-disegni animati che ne fu tratto, meritano davvero.
Ryan McArthur
My rating is somewhat coloured by seeing the movie first. It was in French, with some very important parts in (untranslated) ancient Egyptian.
The comic isn't much better, a bit confusing and weird, but you get that with French comics...
I've really like everything I've read by Enki Bilal. I think my favorite books of his I've read are the ones with Pierre Christin but this and "The Beast Trilogy" that he did by himself have more interesting art.
The art is gorgeous in its dilapidation. The story is bizarre and yet touching in so many ways. HIGHLY recommended (if you can find a copy for under $100).
i never really understand what's going on in any of enki bilal's books but i still find them entertaining and the pictures are really pretty!
Surrealistic, lucid, druggy, utopian - and yes, the story could be even better but I simply love Enki Bilal's artwork, so I am giving him five.
Completely nuts and makes no sense whatsoever. Luscious art and an utterly surreal plot line. Good stuff. Make that, GREAT stuff.
Ανώνυμος Άγνωστος
Such an artistic graphic novel. It is so strange that Bilal is not as famous as he should be. Also his works are so hard to find...
The art is good & the world-building is interesting. Maybe I'd enjoy it more if I know more about the French cultural background.
pretty sure I read this before and skimmed it. Was into it more this time but wasn't overly impressed
Un chef d'oeuvre de la BD. A lire, relire et relire encore. Je ne me lasse pas de cet univers cree par Bilal.
Assistant Editor on this one as well. Retyping all those newsclippings into English was a bitch!
Enki Bilal's art is great.
The story is very French, disconnected, weird, and gorgeous.
He was in Istanbul on March. And I missed meeting to him >/
Not such a fan of the stories, but the art is beautiful.
Dark, strange, moving and timeless.
how funny. 2024 is coming up soon...
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