A very unusual comic--somewhat crudely drawn with vivid colors, it tells the story of an edenic Earth (humans could comminicate with animals telepathiA very unusual comic--somewhat crudely drawn with vivid colors, it tells the story of an edenic Earth (humans could comminicate with animals telepathically and lived in utter harmony with nature) that is invaded by powerful, technologically sophisticated aliens. these aliens are like gods and have the names of old gods (Mithras is the primary baddie). Mithras mates with a human called Gaia and has a series of mutant children who all have names of Titans from Greek mythology. Meanwhile in Canaan, other sleazy aliens have landed where Adam and Eve are living as pre-lapsarian telepathic humans. They are lead astray by a group of techno-gods lead by Serapis. This is the first volume of a series that Moynihan is publishing online.
Briefly, it reminds me of three things. First is Ulysse by Jacques Lob and Georges Pichard. This french comic from the 70s (which was translated into English I think by Heavy Metal) posited that the Gods who were impeding Ulysses from returning home were in fact technologically (if not morally) superior beings. The cyclops is a robot, for example.
The other thing it reminds me of are the "space" books by Doris Lessing. In them, three highly sophisticated civilizations are trying to affect events on Earth has humanity evolves. Two are allied and are basically good, while one is intent on having humanity destroy itself (lest it develop into a rival). The myths and fairy-tales of humanity can be explained by the interventions of these planets.
Finally, Roger Zelazny's Lord of Light is a science fiction novel where very advanced humans set up a pre-industrial world where they will be seen as gods--specifically as members of the Hindu pantheon.
If there is a genre of tencho-gods meddling with humans, Forming is a worthy addition to it....more
The artwork in this volume is far less exciting than his work in Leon la Came, which was a revelation. This is not to say that it was bad--De Crecy haThe artwork in this volume is far less exciting than his work in Leon la Came, which was a revelation. This is not to say that it was bad--De Crecy has an appealing style, and I love his wavery linework. The story is fairly trivial--I had a hard time staying interested. ...more
Each of NBM's editions of the Dungeon series by Lewis Trondheim, Joann Sfar and their various collaborators contains two volumes of the French series.Each of NBM's editions of the Dungeon series by Lewis Trondheim, Joann Sfar and their various collaborators contains two volumes of the French series. An album is a 48-page book, which is not a format that American readers are used to. It would probably seem skimpy to the average American. So we get these nice thick volumes. On the downside, NBM shrinks the size of the page to about two thirds the original size, so we don't get to see the art in all its glory, and the lettering is quite small.
Trondheim and Sfar are two of the most important alternative cartoonists of their generation. It's a strange irony that the pair decided to start creating these truly wacky genre adventure series. Using animal characters, these stories are set in a Dungeons & Dragons-like fantasy world. Lots of sword fighting, magic, thievery, treachery, etc.
The early years introduces us to characters who will be quite important later, especially Hyacinthe, who will laterer become the Keeper of the titular Dongeon. In this volume, he is a very young man (a teenager perhaps), and he has been sent by his father to the city to study with his uncle. His uncle turns out to be a completely corrupt mover-and-shaker type. Hyacinthe, confused and disgusted--and full of romantic fantasies--assumes the form of a masked avenger, the Nightshirt. And even though he is usually outmatched by his foes, he picks his allies well and manages to triumph over his enemies.
The art is by Christopher Blain (another important French alternative cartoonists), and like all the books in this series, the rich coloring is a big part of the pleasure....more