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The Incal

(The Incal / L'Incal - Complete Editions #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  5,129 ratings  ·  470 reviews
John Difool, a low-class detective in a degenerate dystopian world, finds his life turned upside down when he discovers an ancient, mystical artifact called "The Incal." Difool's adventures will bring him into conflict with the galaxy's greatest warrior, the Metabaron, and will pit him against the awesome powers of the Technopope. These encounters and many more make up a t ...more
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published May 28th 2011 by Humanoids, Inc. (first published 1981)
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Dan Schwent
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, 2018-comics
Down and out class R detective John DiFool has a powerful artifact, The Incal, fall into his grasp. But what is the Incal? And what will other people do to get it?

Yeah, that's grossly oversimplifying it but The Incal throws so many concepts at you it's hard to simplify. Do I mention the far-future, near dystopian setting where most of humanity spends most of its time watching TV? Or the giant flying space jellyfish? Or the dark eggs? Or The Metabaron, the biggest bad ass in the galaxy? Or the Pr
Jul 14, 2014 rated it liked it
I think that seeing the documentary Jodorowski's Dune helped prepare me for this book, since I knew what I was getting into. In a lot of ways, The Incal does what Jodorowski wasn't able to do with his film adaptation of Frank Herbert's novel.

As far as I can tell, The Incal is about...proto-scientific neo-spiritual existentialism? That sounds about right. In a weird way, this story reminded me of C.S. Lewis's Space Trilogy--not a connection I was expecting to make as I read this.

My suggestion f
Sean Francisco Yau-Smith

When Jean Giraud or Moebius passed away, the international "comic book" or "graphic novel" lost the last of the 4 great giants who shaped the medium (the other three being Osamu Tezuka, Will Eisner and Jack Kirby)- geniuses who combined an innovative and unique look and feel, with a tremendous breadth of work. While American exposure to Moebius actual comic book work was limited- his overall effect in terms of design and mass media can't be understated - first through the translations of "Metal
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Great art, awful writing.
Metin Yılmaz
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Başlarında farklı tarzı ve güzel çizgisiyle sizi yakalıyor fakat sonrasında ne olduğunu anlamadan, neyin ne olduğu belli olmadan, bir yerlere sürükleniyorsunuz. Senaryosal bir sıkıntı olduğunu düşünüyor, kopukluk yaşıyorsunuz. Özellikle sonlara doğru bu kopukluk daha da artıyor. Fakat herşeye rağmen farklı bir çizgi roman okumak isteyenler için doğru adres. Taytlı pelerinli, hep aynı sona sahip çizgi romanlardan değil en azından.
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book drips in pure sci-fi creativity. It seems like every page has a new, cool concept put forth; all within a cohesive narrative. (I won't give any examples, as I think that would take away from the enjoyment of reading this book).

Moebius's art is fantastic. The new reprinted of The Incal respectfully retains the original coloring (which is especially nice since many reprints seem to replace the original color with some awful modern rendering). I see so many artists that I love within Moeb
Jerry Jose
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book a little too much that I will refrain myself from reviewing it.

This is Kilger Trout in graphic novel format with one of the most unique and most amazing artwork ever.
The Incal je kultni strip koji je napisao Alejandro Jodorowsky, a nacrtao Moebius. Jodorowskom je ovo bio prvi strip koji je napisao i najavio ga je skromno kao "roman koji će promijeniti način na koji francusko tržište razmišlja o stripu".

Jodorowsky je poznat po svojim kvazi-umjetničkim filmovima El Topo i The Holy Mountain, koje ja vidim kao proto-hipsterske, u njima je "čudno" prodano pod originalno, a simbolika nema dubinu, ili ja jednostavno nisam podešen na sličnu frekfenciju kao Jodorowsk
Blake Ellis
Sep 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Moebius: Great at art. Genius of western comics.

Jodorowsky: Great concepts, but has the biggest, dumbest lead foot when it comes to execution. At the very least, can someone call a cease-fire to his out of control use of exclamation points? If you expect character development, coherent plot, robust and convincing dialogue, and any respect for subtlety at all, apply elsewhere. In fairness to Jodo - his films are amazing when any pretense of these elements of storytelling are bypassed completely.
May 19, 2017 added it
Wild, expansive, profoundly weird space opera fairy tale replete with Dune-like bits. Lots of union-of-genders-mystic-tantra stuff here, too—definitely bears the mark of being written in the 80s. Amazing art, vivid, fast-moving action. As Brian Michael Bendis points out in his forward, it's painfully obvious that some people have spent their whole careers ripping this off, I mean, creating vivid homages.
Jeff Jackson
May 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
***1/2 stars. I can see why this epic has inspired so many other sci-fi and comix creators - it's spilling over with fascinating ideas about media and technology, compelling adventure scenes and detailed cityscapes, and Moebius's eye-popping graphics. It was a fun read though also a bit clinical. The characters are all one-dimensional archetypes, there's no emotion generated, and the scenes about convincing entire galaxies to meditate had an awkward New Age feel to them. But if you're a fan of M ...more
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Bir çizgi roman düşünün, her sayfasında başlı başına bir bilimkurgu romanına konu olabilecek konseptler bulunsun. Okuduğunuz her karesinde ya çok sevdiğiniz bir eserin ilham kaynağı olabilecek bir şeyle karşılaşın ya da beyninizdeki nöronların çarpışıp sizi yeni hikâye fikirlerine sürüklediğini hissedin. Üstelik bu çizgi roman 1980’lerde yazılmış olsun ama hâlâ orijinalliğini korusun. Incal tam olarak böyle bir eser işte…

Incal uzak mı uzak bir gelecekte, distopik bir şehirde geçen bir dedektifli
S.A. Hunter
Jun 10, 2012 rated it liked it
I kept picking up this graphic novel, reading a few pages, only to then put it down again. I could never get into it. The story zooms everywhere and is very epic, but the characters are not really developed and the dialogue is at times kind of preachy. I don't know if it all reads better in the original French or not. This story is heavy in metaphysics, and it felt like a lot of the supposed profundity of the text whizzed over my head, or maybe Jodorowsky tried to jam too much into this one stor ...more
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I should have known that this would be weird knowing that it is written by Jodorowsky. It was nice to see the art by Moebius. I just didn't like this.
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Nejvíc sci-fi komiks, jaký jsem zatím četla. Asi mě ten žánr fakt baví. Zaujme hned na první straně, kde hlavní protagonista padá vstříc smrti.
C. Varn
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jodorowsky's "The Incal" is a decidedly unique hard book to write about because it is an experience that is deeply engaging, profoundly uneven, narratively frustrating, and dripping with Jodorowsky's almost maniac and gonzo ideas. Jodorowsky's comics are as enigmatic as his films but often with less subtly in its symbolism. While certain characters do have some narrative consistency such as the Metabaron and John DiFool, most the characters seem to have total personality changes depending on th ...more
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
So this what they call the contender to be "For the best comicbook in medias history" huh

Its alright actually. Pretty good

Incal is not you're average Sci-Fi, hell you cant even call this a Sci-fi at all. More like a weed trip in space actually. Its basically Space Opera(means technology logic don't apply on this as much) part spiritual journey(means hipster people will love this) and also a littlebit of satire(like your employer have sex with a werewolf/you're bird becomes a prophet/fighting a
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: euro-comics
This would have been better as a silent art book. Moebius's art is astounding, but Jodorowsky's story is trash.
Javier Muñoz
Típico cómic de Jodorowski con muchas pretensiones pero poco fondo, conclusión muy previsible y poco original. Al menos en esta ocasión es un cómic entretenido (aunque un poco cargante a veces) y el dibujo es genial, eso lo salva.

Jodorowski tiene algo bueno, y es que tiene buenas ideas y sus obras siempre tienen conceptos rompedores y originales, lo malo es que ráramente los desarrolla y los suele dejar como parte del paisaje para centrarse en clichés.
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantascienza, fumetto
Rutilante space / inner opera con astronavi e immersioni nelle profondità dell'animo umano con metabaroni e uccelli parlanti.
I disegni di Moebius reggono bene le fantasie di Jodorowsky e aggiungono corpo e sangue :)
Byron Georgalas
I am sorry, but I couldn't like "The Incal" as much as I wanted. Its art is what an epic space opera should be. Colossal scale but with attention to detail, really beautiful exotic environments with the necessary disregard of physics and it succeeded in immersing you in that degenerate galaxy. Being true to the sci-fi genre, it also dealt with pressing social subjects, like the indifference of the individual and the media manipulation by the leading elite, which allowed (in my view) the Darkness ...more
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Jodorowsky - i started reading only because of this name and what an excruciating pain it is to finish reading. If sci-fi is all about writing mumbo jumbo technical words, then anyone can write too. This is bible meets edge of tomorrow/ source code. The only positive thing about reading this graphic novel is the illustrations and the color. So imaginative and vivid it is. Should think twice from now on before picking anything from hyped up writers. Phew!!
Mar 03, 2014 marked it as to-read
EDIT: Getting it for Christmas!

Proposed animated movie trailer, very good:

Saw this in 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die. Holy crap.

Wes Benchoff
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sci-fi mysticism, visualized LSD, tarot symbolism, and nudity
M. Ihsan Tatari
Incal her sayfasında tek başına bir bilimkurgu romanına/filmine konu olabilecek konseptlere sahip, ilginç bir çizgi roman. Ama okuması gerçekten de zor, hatta emek istiyor. Dedektiflik temalı bir bilimkurgu macerası olarak başlayan çizgi roman çabucak bir uzay operasına, oradan da mistisizm dolu bir maceraya dönüşüyor. Bazı yerlerde konu o kadar hızlı geçişler yapıyor ki bir yerden sonra neler olduğunu anlamakta güçlük çekiyorsunuz. Durmadan işin içine eklenen yeni sistemler, yeni ırklar, yeni i ...more
Ill D
Dec 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Dum(b)-Dum(b)s

Incal is the most unintentional anti-drug advertisement of all time.
David Gallin-Parisi
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: videogames, comics
The legendary, always-mentioned-but-rarely-seen, influential, and illustrious Mobius and Jodorowsky work is a must read for anybody interested in the following things. Bear with me, this is a long list. Check this out if you find yourself in any of these listings: fantasy lover, sci-fi dreamer, trip-mode druggy adventure, video games, Star Wars, art comics like Ben Jones' or CF's contemporary works, comics like X-Men or X-Whatever, desert dystopias, blade runner dystopias, rainbow industrial par ...more
Jul 24, 2012 added it
The complete collection of the Jodorowsky/Mœbius classic recounts the extraordinary (mis)adventures of the inept private investigator John DiFool. He seemingly stumbles upon the Incal, an entity of immense power. Through bizarre and often metaphysical means, DiFool finds himself as the most important being in the universe. Jodorowsky and Mœbius include several fascinating companions as DiFool follows his unwanted destiny: Deepo, a sentient concrete bird; The Metabaron, the most powerful fighter ...more
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
An absolute riot of art and Scifi adventure. The story is good but it's Mœbius's stunning art that makes it so interesting. Just what I needed to take my mind off of a sprained neck and shoulder. This is actually six volumes in one formatted and translated into English.
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, humanoids
First read of this book. I've heard of it over the years and had it described as a classic. The first issues were published in 1981 so it's been around for a while. Having read it I do have an understanding of why people call it a classic in the sense that ideas from this book have been replicated in some form or another in many sci-fi stories. The 5th element came to mind a few times and the story does borrow some elements from Dune, one of the greatest sci-fi books of the 2oth century. Many of ...more
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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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The Incal / L'Incal - Complete Editions (4 books)
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