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The Incal: The Epic Conspiracy (The Incal / L'Incal #1-3)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  197 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Moebius, the internationally acclaimed illustrator of countless graphic novels and film designer for Alien, Blade Runner and The Fifth Element first influenced a generation with The Incal. John Difool, a low class detective in a degenerate world, finds his life turned upside down when he discovers an ancient artifact called The Incal.--Difool's adventures will bring him ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Humanoids - Rebellion (first published 1988)
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Ben Nash
John DiFool gets hired for another run-of-the-mill job as a PI, but when he discovers the White Incal, things get turned upside down.

I recently watched the documentary Jodorowsky's Dune where Jodo talks about, among other things, his comics. The panels they showed combined with how they talked things up led me to check some of them out from the library.

Well, they didn't approach the hype. Sure, there were interesting elements, but they just didn't come together. Scenes didn't flow into each othe
The first volume of Jodorowsky and Moebius' excellent classic science fiction epic The Incal. Set in a galactic empire that brings SF classics like Herbert's Dune or Lucas' (original) Star Wars films, the story centres around John Difool, a class "R" licensed private investigator who just happens to have the conscious (almost divine) artefact the Incal fall into his hands, and who is consequently drawn (reluctantly) into an epic adventures with a host of characters (both friends and enemies); in ...more
Dec 26, 2012 Patrick rated it it was amazing
I love this series. Nobody has done counterculture/drug influenced space opera in comics better than Jodorowsky and Moebius. If The Fifth Element is one of your guilty pleasure movies consider this a must read.
Sep 11, 2016 Jack rated it liked it
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I liked it, but I didn't love it. World-building/design were obviously priorities (apparently there are lots of allusions to the tarot and they knew they were setting up a "'verse") and it felt like creating a cogent story or engaging characters were lacking. About halfway through I looked up some of it's history and learned that it's hailed as a masterpiece, foundation of "the Jodoverse," etc. The sci-fi designs were the highpoint, the art was very much in the Mœbius style (which is a great ...more
Steve Walker
Aug 08, 2015 Steve Walker rated it liked it
Great graphics and somewhat interesting story, but quite bizarre. I checked this book out after watching "Jodorowaky's Dune", a documentary of the movie adaption of Frank Herbert's Dune that was never made. It had an amazing storyboard that went scene by scene for the whole movie; wardrobes; actors picked ... would have been a fantastic movie and blown Star Wars away! Literally! But it was a few years ahead of its time and they could not get the money to make it. However, a lot of the ideas for ...more
Travis Mueller
Oct 20, 2014 Travis Mueller rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I have long been interested in the work of Moebius, since I have seen his art in many places at it has always looked intriguing. But sadly it is not readily available, nor is it obvious where one would want to start. I think this one cropped up as a suggestion here on goodreads, and my library system had it so I put it on hold. I wasn't impressed. It is interesting in some ways, but overall is just kind of weird. And not a good weird, but rather an excessively silly weird that often veers over ...more
Apr 21, 2012 Astral rated it it was amazing
Mu very first introduction to Jodorowsky ( even before Holy Mountain) i remember going to the comic book store and reading this at a very early age and being transported into a space beyond, i knew there was some other force trying to communicate with my young brain, but i could not quite grasp it. Years later i went back to it , to find that held some of the most inspiring ideas for me in it. I love Jodorowsky- with the invention of internet social forums, i have since become " friends" with ...more
Mar 24, 2015 David rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
I read this novel in part as it was serialized in Heavy Metal and then it left a strong impression on me. Möbius's artwork became part of my DNA and to this day I hold it as a gold standard to which other sci-fi artists are compared. The art holds up well all these years later and Möbius's detail and design still look fresh and original now. I found the writing confusing and disappointing, but not much since even back in '82 I realized I was not following the story. Worth a read for the art work ...more
Nov 15, 2015 Erik rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The original Epic (Marvel) publication of The Incal from the late 80s is a 5/5. This edition, however, gets a 1/5 for the "stunning re-coloring" where the vibrant coloring of the original has been replaced with bland muddy digital airbrush colors, to add insult to injury the nudity has been censored.
Fraser Sherman
Jan 04, 2015 Fraser Sherman rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Really 3.5. This is a rather picaresque SF tale in which a third-rate PI opens the box a dying alien told him never to open and so becomes host to the cosmic Incal. Which in turn, make the gumshoe a target for everyone seeking to possess or destroy it ... Part of an ongoing series, so not a lot wrapped up, but quite entertaining.
Mark Dickson
Apr 30, 2012 Mark Dickson rated it really liked it
I've missed Moebius's graphic works since his "Heavy Metal" days. When I worked in record stores in the seventies "Rolling Stone", "Heavy Metal", and "High Times" were the best selling magazines. I got the Moebius bug back then. A treat to see his work again all these many years later. I hope his work comes back into regular affordable circulation again soon.
Nat Thomson
Feb 09, 2015 Nat Thomson rated it it was amazing
far out sci fi shit from two serious bro dogs

having hard time figuring out which of the chapters this one covers and which one the next vol "journey" covers, versus the other versions released: please advise in comments!
Jun 24, 2009 Devowasright rated it liked it
i'd really like to give this three and a half stars, because i did enjoy it. it just got a bit tedious toward the end, probably as a result of it having initially been serialized. it was nice to read the entire story, however, after having read a few chapters in Heavy Metal back in the early 80s.
Sasha Boersma
Dec 07, 2015 Sasha Boersma rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
There is a whole lot happening in this small collection! Fascinating collection of characters. Love the dystopian feeling. The story itself is incredibly detailed. Only drawback was how confusing it can be if you read through it too fast. Not necessarily the fault of the creators though ;)
Jan 13, 2008 Seth rated it it was amazing
Excellent art as usual by Moebius, and written by Alejandro Jodorowski? Yes, does it get any better, no.
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Incal / L'Incal (6 books)
  • L'Incal noir (The Incal, #1)
  • L'Incal Lumière (The Incal, #2)
  • L'Incal: Ce qui est en bas (The Incal, #3)
  • L'Incal: Ce qui est en haut (The Incal, #4)
  • La cinquième essence, Première partie: Galaxie qui songe (The Incal, #5)
  • L'Incal, Tome 6 : La Cinquième Essence, deuxième partie : La Planète Difool (The Incal, #6)

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