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This collection of nine short stories, six of which are told without the use of dialogue or sound effects, features the mysterious character Arzach, first created in 1976 by the French writer and illustrator Moebius.

It is not apparent whether the eponymous character is a hero, an antihero or simply a definitive example of the surreal Fantasy and Science Fiction storytellin
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Paperback, English Edition, 80 pages
Published February 1st 1996 by Dark Horse (first published 1976)
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Anca
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Andrew
Oct 24, 2014 Andrew rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Andrew by: andrew.edwards91@gmail.com
Arzach is one of Moebius's defining works. It was America's first introduction to him through the Heavy Metal serialization of the story. It, like many of Moebius's works, isn't very strong in a narrative sense, but it is nice to look at. And, unlike lots of Moebius, it isn't bogged down by text.

Which is funny to say because the second story in this volume is bogged down by text; to the point that I began to skim the text and focused on the drawings.
Hugo
Moebius tiene un estilo muy personal de narrar y de dibujar, es muy bueno, un poco sombrío y mórbido, pero es parte de la aura que encierra su obra. Esta novela encierra las historias del silencioso Azarch, un héroe sobre un pterodáctilo (que influencio a Taarna de la película Heavy Metal). Me saco un par de sonrisas y hay algunas bromas que me tarde en captar, pero creo que la traducción tiene algo la culpa. Aparte de las de Azarch hay algunas historias cortas como La Ciudadela Blanca, Kutulu y ...more
Evan
More fun Moebius stuff. The Arzach stories left me a little confused as to why they're so renowned, and I hated Detour, what a wordy mess.
Heathbrook Badhwar
Moebius works on the subconscious, evoking emotions with powerful mythical imagery. Stunning work. And the colours,.. The colours!
Helmut
Sehr gemischte Zusammenstellung

Während die ersten, frühen Zeichnungen von Moebius komplett ohne Dialog auskommen und eine unheimliche Faszination ausstrahlen, ist der Rest so extrem dialoglastig, dass man die Zeichnungen hinter den riesigen Textblasen kaum mehr sieht. Leider ist meines Erachtens mit dem Dazukommen des Texts die Magie der Bilder abhanden gekommen. Trotzdem lohnt sich die Anschaffung, denn allein die ersten zwei, drei Geschichten sind, trotz ihrer Kürze und Textlosigkeit, extrem f
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Shish
Moebius's visual imagination is unparalleled. I can just stare at his panels for minutes, each one is an exquisitely imagined and flawlessly executed painting. But as Eisner said, comics is sequential art, they need a narrative component, and this is where Moebius falters.

The (very) short stories in this anthology, most of them centered on his famous pterodactyl-borne silent alien warrior Arzach, are barely stories at all. The humour is rudimentary, drama nonexistent and attempts at psychosexual
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Antonis Lamnatos
Not so much a story-wise collection, but oh my god those drawings. An exquisite surreal safari of wonders.
Javier Jiménez
Esta obra está compuesta por historias cortas que tienen como protagonista al mismo personaje, un hombre llamado Arzach que viaja en una especie de ave gigante para encontrarse con seres extraños. Las historias son humorísticas, ambientadas en lugares extravagantes y haciendo uso de ciencia ficción. Un estilo que solo como Moebius era capaz de llevar acabo. Cabe mencionar que estas historias practicamente carecen de texto.

Los relatos son algo graciosos y entretenidos, sin embargo lo que vale la
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Michael Scott
The art is novel (for its time) and amazing. The story is cryptic. This was a source of inspiration for so many artists, including Hayao Miyazaki (for Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, for example). Enough said.

TODO:
+++ art
+ cryptic story
- loose or no plot
- gratuitously obscene
Abby
Sep 18, 2008 Abby rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Abby by: Kim Thompson
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Beautiful wordless comix of strange captivating other worlds populated by green-skinned men and weird albino pterodactyl like creatures. The intricacy & care with which Moebius draws his bizarre alien worlds would almost be too fussy if not for the sly humor coursing through each page. A delight to behold.
Peter E.  Frangel
Incredible artwork. The entire experience might have been even better if all the stories, like Arzach, had been wordless; the narrative doesn't often live up to the art. Open it to look and to gaze and to stare, astonished. (Includes some nudity)
Brian
Nov 06, 2008 Brian marked it as to-read
dont know anything about it but i would like to check this and heavy metal the comic out much more. moebius is tight.
John
A triumph of style over story. Gloriously artistic, but accompanying slight, forgettable stories.
Zena V.
his art always gets 5 stars.
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Jean Henri Gaston Giraud (pen-name: Mœbius) was a French artist, cartoonist, and writer, who worked in the Franco-Belgian bandes dessinées tradition.
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