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The World of Edena

(Le Monde d'Edena #1-4)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  2,266 ratings  ·  297 reviews
Working closely with Moebius Productions in France, Dark Horse is putting the work of a master storyteller back in print--with some material in English for the first time!

Stel and Atan are interstellar investigators trying to find a lost space station and its crew. When they discover the mythical paradise planet Edena, their lives are changed forever. The long out-of-print
Hardcover, 350 pages
Published November 8th 2016 by Dark Horse Books (first published January 2001)
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Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stel and Atan find a space station abandoned and go looking for the crew. One flying blue pyramid later, they find themselves on the paradisaical planet of Edena...

Sometime back in the pre-Internet age, I read about Moebius in Marvel Age when Marvel was adapting the Airtight Garage for their Epic imprint. Then I forgot about it since the closest comic shop was fifty miles away and I was a kid with no money anyway. Decades later, this popped up on sale during the shit show that was Amazon Prime D
mark monday
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Mœbius had a dream. at first it was a flight of fancy, easy to follow, easy to explore this strange lovely world with our strange lovely protagonists...

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like children they were, traveling through these beautiful natural settings, learning, growing. and so as children grow, they grew, into woman and man. and so an apple ate, a sundering, a fall. into the excitements and pitfalls of gender, into the complicated and treacherous systems of adulthood, of government, of behavior. the strange l
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
The story became more and more incoherent as it went on.
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal work. But I guess there is a soft warning I have to give, I want everyone to love Moebius, or at least hope they can discover appreciation of his work, but I don't think Moebius is for everyone (style and taste wise). I think if you are into comics it is easier to dig his work, especially if you appreciate the craft of drawing and illustration. This guy is one of the tops of all time in terms of art. The precision, clarity and surety of line, beautiful perspectives, gorgeous compositi ...more
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Moebius's art is simplistic but stunning. The World of Edena tells the story of Stel and Atan a couple of space travelers who crash land on a mysterious world and are transported to an Eden like world. There they encounter a repressed society they struggle to overthrow. The last chapter was very confusing and had no resolution. It felt like the closing chapter was missing from the book.

Received an advance copy from Dark Horse and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Joshua Joyce
Aug 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
There’s a reason they call him “the Master”. The way Moebius blends concrete imagery with the abstract is breathtaking, and I don’t say that lightly. His skill as an illustrator is phenomenal, similar to Druillet in his meticulous level of detail. I could blab on and on about his work and say things that hundreds of others have said before me but I won’t because that’s boring. This book is a visual treat and you should read it.

The story itself was solid too!
It's inconceivable to me that the 'Edena' or 'Stell & Atan' books were never collected in Moebius' life-time; but it's just one of the more obvious examples of the strange disconnect between his critical and popular esteem, and the large portion of his oeuvre that has remained obscure, hard-to-find, and untranslated for English readers. As a kid, I discovered his art in ads from back-issue Marvel titles, featuring art from the now highly-prized 'Epic' collections of Moebius' stories. 'Epic' was ...more
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've read bits of Moebius before, and naturally marveled at his artwork an broad influence for years, but this is my first foray into his extended-form work. And unlike his well-known collaborations with Jodorowsky and other contemporaries, this is all his own story, a slow dive from a simple set up through increasingly complex layers of reality. The story concerns two interstellar repairpersons (initially genderless, in a technological biologically-altered future) for whom a routine mission ope ...more
"The World of Edena" is one of Moebius' less famous works compared to "The Airtight Garage" or "The Incal". At the same time, it is one of the most interesting. Even though the series started with a glorified advertisement for the French automobile manufacturer Citroën, "The World of Edena" ended up as among Moebius' most personal works: It's not filtered through either a collaboration with Alejandro "The Holy Mountain" Jodorowsky as "The Incal" or the loose adaptation of Michael Moorcock's Jerr ...more
Rif A. Saurous
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
6 stars for the art, 3 stars for the story.

Moebius's art is just stunningly good, over and over again, and he's at the height of his powers here. This is a gorgeous 2016 printing: big book, beautiful paper, I believe all the lettering was redone for this edition. The story is enjoyable but incredibly whack, in that French 70's and 80's sci-fi fantasy kind of way. Think 5th Element if they'd taken way more drugs and hadn't made much of an attempt to make it coherent enough for mainstream cinemati
May 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great art, incomprehensible story. Don't expect to understand much. ...more
Dec 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a gorgeous science fantasy dreamscape.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kind of like a serial of prog. rock album covers. Really fascinating setting and story. Unbelievable art.
Jesse A
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This one started a bit slow but man when it got going did it ever! An absolute masterpiece!!! Weird scifi at its absolute best!
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120119 much later addition: i tried to ‘look’ more than ‘read’ this time, to counter embedded literary prejudice. i have been told that the reading should be fast, just flipping through images, like watching movies, so decided to pretend this was only in french (or some language i cannot guess at...) and narrative coherence not important. in this way i can now say it is not no story, but truly should be thought as images telling
Billie Tyrell
Apr 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Absolutely beautiful artwork and story that were perfectly understandable considering the surreal and spacey high concept ideas it's trying to get across. It's hard to actually sum up the journey this took me on. I've read bits of pieces of Moebius' old Heavy Metal strips and Airtight Garage but this completely eclipses those IMHO. Also it's cool to read a comic where almost every page is sufficently interesting enough for me to want to read it slowly... saying that there was a section that drag ...more
C. Varn
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Moebius's art is fantastic in this work; he begins with simple lines and designs and gets more complicated as the story progresses and complicates. However, his storytelling has much of the same allegorical nature of his frequent collaborator Alejandro Jodorowsky but is not as thematically coherent. The French, Metal Hurlant, aesthetic is clear, but the shifting of the setting and changes of the nature of the characters involved is not terribly convincing. Moebius's world-building and art power ...more
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Dreams within dreams within dreams... in the added material of this collected edition Moebius admits to setting out on this story without knowing how he will finish it (or if he will even be able to). This does not turn out to be an issue. Though the plot wobbles early on, The World of Edena develops a distinct sense of purpose that consistently propels the story forward. Just as Stel awakens to the drive that his life has been missing; so also does Moebius seem to discover why this story must e ...more
A series that sadly grew less good with each new volume, but I'm glad to have at least seen the later chapters, finally, even if I'm not entirely sure on what happened in that last volume. In fact, I hope I misunderstood it because otherwise it's a lousy ending. (Although apparently there was a sixth volume that will be in the companion volume. Is it a continuation? A side story? Now I'm even more confused.) ...more
May 29, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic
First things first: The World of Edena is gorgeous. I frequently found myself flipping back and forth between pages just to have another look at the Citroën crossing Pool Ball or the desert shrublands and rainforests of Edena. Jean Giraud's ligne claire is a perfect fit for these vast landscapes, keeping detailed from falling into cluttered.

But to talk about the The World of Edena one must talk about its politics - because Edena is explicitly a political work in its claims about what it means to
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it
weird as always....
Mar 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
I knew the drawings would be amazing, but didn't expect the story to be so cool as well

I loved the Sirs / snufflers, following an evil leader but very friendly and curious

Atana is a babe

By the end it was completely insane, with dreams within dreams, sort of lost track of what was going on but still dug it

Such awesome style. Apparently he consulted on Alien, Tron, The Abyss, and The Fifth Element, and now I can see the influence
Sara the Librarian
This was a vast, wonderful and weird trip of a read. This is sort of an anthology just put out by Dark Horse comics of the major books in the "Edena" series created by Moebius (the nom de plume of French writer, cartoonist, and artist Jean Henri Gaston Giraud), whose work (if you're into this kind of thing) you might recognize from his comic "Blueberry," or the totally awesome, super softcore porny cartoon anthology film "Heavy Metal" among many other things.

It tells the story of two interstell
Sep 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
I like the Le Monde d'Edena ("The World of Edena," published in English as The Aedena Cycle) it’s my favorite series by Mœbius. It has Sur l'Étoile (The Star), Les Jardins d'Edena (The Gardens of Edena), La Déesse (The Goddess), Stel, and Sra. But unfortunately I think this book is incomplete with the final part of the series missing from it, Les Réparateurs (The Repairers). Perhaps I’ll have to just get the French version and muddle through it with Google Translate.

Mœbius's art is as beautiful
Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it
The World of Edena is fascinating and surreal. It starts out as a science fiction story but evolves into a fantasy involving multiple levels of dreams. The artwork is colorful and expressive and compelling.
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
This was the most unusual and yet the most amazing thing I've read all year. If you are a fan of the Saga series, you need to check this out. ...more
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Feels like I just woke up from a strange and beautiful dream.
3.5 stars. The illustrations were gorgeous and masterful, the imagined worlds creative and fun to explore but the overall story trying to sew all these elements together was bland and unsatisfactory.
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Was a little hard to follow.. not really sure I know what I just read, but it was entertaining so.. 3 stars
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
The plot got real crazy real quick! At first it seemed like it was going to be a straightforward space comic, but there were several major turns that each took the story in a whole new direction. The art is not as elaborate as some of the newer graphic series I read, but still some spectacular spreads and really cool imagery. I like the surreal and ultimately unresolved feeling of it all. I sense the influence on series like Saga.
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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.
Also published as Jean Giraud.

Other books in the series

Le Monde d'Edena (8 books)
  • Sur l'étoile (Le Monde d'Edena, #1)
  • The Collected Fantasies, Vol. 5: The Gardens of Aedena (The Collected Fantasies of Jean Giraud, #5)
  • La déesse (Le Monde d'Edena, #3)
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