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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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J.G. Keely
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
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Ubiqua
Jan 05, 2016 Ubiqua rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Fumettista francese pubblicato tra gli altri dal «Métal Hurlant» fondato da Moebius, Enki Bilal disegna le sue storie fantascientifiche dagli anni ’70 ad oggi. La Trilogia di Nikopol contiene tre storie, collegate tra loro, create tra il 1980 e il 1992.

La prima è La fiera degli immortali, capolavoro ambientato in una Parigi futuribile governata dal dittatore Gianferdidando Cavolobianco, fascista e folle, ricalcato sulla figura e sull’effigie di Mussolini. Sospesa nel vuoto sopra la città, una p
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Belarius
Jan 29, 2008 Belarius rated it really liked it
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
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T4ncr3d1
Dec 12, 2014 T4ncr3d1 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
Indiscutibile capolavoro. Sublime. Potrei parlarne fino a domani mattina. C'è dentro di tutto: l'ossessione del potere, lo smascheramento del divino, i tratti più grotteschi della satira e della parodia, la visione di un futuro decadente, la parodia dei fascismi (a cominciare da quello mussoliniano, vera fonte d'ispirazione per Bilal), e omaggi fantascientifici a quintali.
Splendide le illustrazioni, splendido il taglio quasi cinematografico dato all'opera, sceneggiatura originalissima, dialoghi
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Radu
Jun 04, 2013 Radu rated it did not like it
Shelves: comicbooks
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
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Michael
May 04, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 -
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Alexander Lisovsky
Aug 26, 2016 Alexander Lisovsky rated it liked it
Начало марта 2023 года. Постапокалиптический Париж давным-давно находится во власти неофашистов с причудливо раскрашенными физиономиями, а в воздухе над городом вдруг повисла гигантская летающая пирамида с почти полным комплектом древнееегипетских богов. В то же время на землю падает старый спутник с доисторическим космонавтом на борту, на помощь ему приходит Хорус, бог-отступник из пирамиды, а протоколирует события депрессивная журналистка с ослепительно белой кожей и лазурно-синими волосами.

Д
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Josh
An interesting, rather bleak look at the human future from the peak of the cold war, and the immediate aftermath in the last chapter. Nuclear wars, a breakdown of Western states into fascist city-states ruled by dictators, and the steady expansion of Communism are all assumed. It's a world of the desperately poor, the oppressed elite, the cruel despot, the amoral gods, and the annoyingly whiny anti-hero; it's hard to root for anyone in the first chapter, though the second and third bring a few m ...more
Antonella
May 02, 2014 Antonella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Eric Novello
Dec 10, 2014 Eric Novello rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-leituras
Em seu roteiro, às vezes mais estruturado e coeso, às vezes vago e indefinido, mas sempre interessante. Em seus traços e cores, belíssimo. Além disso, traz os deuses egípcios com as bundinhas mais saradas que você já viu.
Pieter-Jan Beyul
A fascinating alternate 21st century future which is sometimes dizzying in all its subtextual contents.
The impossibility of connection (and the desire to forget any previous attempt), the divine as seemingly clumsy and illegible as any other force of nature, the comical hurbis inherent to politics and the brittle individual pursuits for meaning to get one to the final exhaustion of our mortal coil.
The background of Bilal's trilogy had a strong pull on me. The whimsical nature of (human) realit
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Jason
Interesting and stylized art, reminiscent of some of the stuff I saw in Heavy Metal growing up, in the service of a surreal and less-than-comprehensible narrative about political and social revolutions, fathers and sons, alien ancient Egyptian space gods, and a hot blue-haired woman who cries indigo tears. It was originally written in French, he notes, by way of explanation. (And, alas, the film version of the story, Immortal , really didn't help me making sense of things. Like the man said, ...more
Adilson
Nov 15, 2013 Adilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
George Harris
May 31, 2015 George Harris rated it it was amazing
A collection of three graphic novels that are amazing. The art is stupendous, very evocative with vibrant color. Set later in the twenty-first century in a somewhat dystopic fascist Paris and elsewhere in Europe and Africa, rather surreal in plot. Psychic cats, Egyptian gods and sentient animals. Mesmerizing.
Amy
Feb 12, 2016 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-books, sci-fi
The art is amazing, very similar to some 2000ad art. I think it's because of the art this book has such a high rating, because the story is a bit meh. There's no real over arching plot, outside of one gods refusal to pay nice with others. But the little "mini" plots of each section are entertaining enough I never felt bored.
Tita
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
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Mark
Jun 29, 2015 Mark rated it really liked it
beautiful art, elegant bande dessignée of a school with mobius. twisted storyline too, starting with high adventure and slowly tumbling to indifference and mild despair. classic.
Psychophant
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
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Voss
Jun 24, 2016 Voss rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una storia assurda, al limite del ridicolo, con splendidi disegni e colori, un finale perfetto e dei personaggi meravigliosi.
miha ha
Feb 04, 2016 miha ha rated it it was amazing
Se spomnim s faksa, Mojca mi jih je presla - in so mi bli noro všeč, sploh kako je blo neverjetno dobr narisano!!!

Przemek Skoczyński
Dec 29, 2014 Przemek Skoczyński rated it it was ok
Postacie jednowymiarowe i płytkie jak kałuża, historia też w sumie dosyć banalna. Świetnie narysowane, nic więcej.
Manasvi mudgal
May 01, 2015 Manasvi mudgal rated it liked it
Though the art was interesting, the story didn't seem to be going anywhere and lacked depth.
Cocaine
Jan 27, 2016 Cocaine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I should like aS EVERYONE SAYS I SHOULD. It didn't quite 'click' with me though.
Chris Martin
Apr 16, 2014 Chris Martin rated it it was amazing
Love the story, love the pictures! One of the great classic in adult comics
Leif
Apr 26, 2016 Leif rated it really liked it
Merciless, inhuman, grotesque and inventive... now this is a ravishing canvas of sights and sounds--more syncopated than tightly cinched, loosely unravelling here and spilling with Egyptian gods and fallen spacemen there, madness here, madness there.

Do yourself a favour: let this one in.
Reyel2107
Jul 30, 2016 Reyel2107 rated it it was amazing
i love the blue girl !!!!!
Boris
Aug 15, 2016 Boris rated it it was amazing
Chef d'oeuvre
Jonah
Sep 02, 2008 Jonah rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 29, 2013 Giulia Gubellini rated it really liked it
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.
La recensione su: http://wp.me/p2wrGs-EE
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...
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