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The Incal

(L'Incal (Collected Editions) #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  6,240 ratings  ·  583 reviews
The international comics MASTERPIECE by Moebius and Jodorowsky collected in an hardcover edition and presented in its original colors. With a Foreword by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS. Detective John Difool is the key to the Universe after accidentally discovering the mystical Incal artifact.
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published October 2011 by Self Made Hero (first published 1981)
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Dan Schwent
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
Great art, awful writing.
Jerry Jose
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, classics, wishlist
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
Merl Fluin
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: esoteric-fiction
Film-maker Jodorowsky is my darling, so it's very ridiculous that I had never read this before. Of course, it's spectacular. Jodo's world-building is masterful, and Moebius's drawings pop in every frame. So many ideas, such an intricate story, all rendered in beautiful images. Sublime.
Blake Ellis
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.
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
***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
One of the most impressive achievements in comic book art and science-fiction/fantasy storytelling, despite its ambition and complexity one of the best places to start with both Moebius' comic books and Jodorowsky's oeuvre.

This starts out as a futuristic hardboiled noir detective story with a couple matching supernatural artifacts as MacGuffins. However, the story ends up drawing in more weird alien races, galaxy-spanning feudal theocratic powers scheming for control over the known universe a l
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.
The comic book magnum opus.

EDIT: Just got it as a early christmas present, time to finally re-read and dive into the spin-offs!
S.A. Hunter
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
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: european-comics
Simple amazing. The art, the concept, the execution. It's a multilevel sci-fi that speaks volumes on spirituality, religion, technology, sexuality, human sacrifice, the duality of man and the connection between these concepts and many more. "The Incal" is one of the best choices you'll ever make, yet another proof (of too many to count) of Moebius mastery and genius. He's truly transcendent, Jodo was lucky to share some of his light with this comic.
John Pistelli
This classic 1980s science fiction graphic novel is the tale of John DiFool (i.e., the fool of the Tarot, representing humanity's freedom and stupidity) and his journey to save the cosmos in the company of his sometime lover Animah (i.e., his Jungian anima, or female aspect) and some other probably allegorical figures on behalf and with the aid of the titular Incal, a device incarnating the animating spirit of the universe. Rising from the ruins of Jodorowsky's abortive Dune adaptation, The Inca ...more
C. Varn
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Brandon St Mark
Finished this a couple of days ago but apperently I forgot to add that to goodreads. Anyway, really enjoyed this, althought it feel like there were 4 different endings to this book but Jodo kept going "and now THIS!". Which I suppose my be okay for some people, but it got to the point where I really identified with John Difool about being tired of it all lol. But there were a lot of great elements in this book that make up for it. Would definitely say to check it out!
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: euro-comics
This would have been better as a silent art book. Moebius's art is astounding, but Jodorowsky's story is trash.
Wes Benchoff
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sci-fi mysticism, visualized LSD, tarot symbolism, and nudity
Ill D
Dec 07, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dum(b)-Dum(b)s

Incal is the most unintentional anti-drug advertisement of all time.
Byron Georgalas
Jan 28, 2013 rated it liked it
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
David Gallin-Parisi
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
Mar 03, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
EDIT: Getting it for Christmas!

Proposed animated movie trailer, very good:

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

Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!!
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review? Perhaps eventually, once I feel worthy... This was rather phenomenal.
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The universe that Jodorowsky has created in The Incal is similar to some of his classic films, an occult/spiritual core buried at the center of a mad, psychedelic universe. The sci-fi elements of The Incal and the rapid action pacing are fantastic, and the story builds toward a grand conclusion. I can't wait to dig deeper into the Jodoverse.
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
Lukas Sumper
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is kind of a must read. I know that phrase is overused but for this book it just holds true... this pretty much is the best sci-fi graphic novel I've read (by far) and I don't see that its gonna be topped, just because of its crazy cultural importance across multiple mediums!

I mean the list of people that got influenced by this book is staggering and they are no unknowns, George Lucas, Ridley Scott, Luc Besson etc. and you can see why, this is one awe Inspiring book.

The first half I though
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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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