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Valerian: The Complete Collection, Volume 1

(Valérian - Intégrales #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  1,222 ratings  ·  173 reviews
This first volume of the collection contains books 1 and 2 of the series: The City of Shifting Waters – in its original two parts, 9 pages longer format – and The Empire of a Thousand Planets. It also includes book 0, Bad Dreams, translated into English for the first time: the very first adventures of our two heroes, published after City and retroactively numbered. Finally ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published June 1st 2017 by Cinebook, Ltd (first published April 3rd 2006)
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This is a collected comic from the late 60s and beyond. In the preface, it speaks to the fact that Star Wars took this as inspiration - I don't see it really. They are both set in space, that's about it. I think this was probably cutting edge for the 60s, yet now it feels very childish. There is a lot of time travel and I'm not a fan of time travel. Back to the future did it well and now it's become a silly device everyone uses to bad effect. (see how it ruined season 3 of the Flash).

I do like t
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well I finally got my hands on it, and I must admit I really have enjoyed the first three stories in the adventures of Valerian and Laureline. I will admit that I wasn't sure what I was letting myself in for - since the first story is really a back story of how the partnership was formed which reading the notes were not published in the original order.

However I can see where the love of these characters and their adventures come from. The comic strip was started in the late 60s and by the author
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wanted to find out a bit more about who Valerian (and by extension, Laureline) was before the movie came out. This volume covers his first three adventures, and to be honest, the first two didn't do much for me as they seemed to be more silly than anything else. Then the third story, "Empire of a Thousand Planets," came along and showed some great creativity, nifty escapes, and made the most of the setting's sci-fi background. That one made the whole volume worth it, particularly if the first ...more
Stewart Tame
Dec 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Very cool 1960’s style SF action! With the release of the recent movie, the original Valerian stories are getting handsome new editions. This is a good thing.

I was struck by how much of a James Bond vibe there is to these stories. In fact “James Bond crossed with Dr. Who” would be a fair summary of the first two storylines at least. Valerian is an agent of the Spatio-Temporal Service, with a ship that can travel in space and time. The Service is based in Galaxity, “... capital of Earth and the
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Like a lot of readers, I wanted to check out the original Valerian and Laureline comic before the movie came out. I had actually read some of the later books in the series, probably dating from the mid to late 80's so now I'm checking out the first volumes in this series, which has run since the Sixties.
My initial thoughts on it were that the stories felt EXTREMELY dated. There was a naive feeling to them too, like the creators really weren't sure what they wanted to do with this series. The bo
Fredrik Strömberg
The first volume in a complete collection of the French classic sci-fi comic Valerian (Linda och Valentin in Swedish), in hardcover and with extra material about the comics and the creators. I read this comic the first time when I was about ten, sitting at my local library, totally engrossed in these stories, mostly oblivious to the political and historical context with which they were created, but really enjoying the creative stories and beautiful, inventive art. Then, when I got more money of ...more
I really loved Fifth Element, which had me excited for Valerian earlier this summer, so I put a hold on this for the library that only just finally came in. Much like the movie I was pretty underwhelmed.

There is very little here to do with the movie, but does offer you some insight into the two main characters. I'm not sure if that comes in later volumes or if Luc Benson simply took the characters/universe and made his own story.

This volume continues 3 stories across 4 parts (the second
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Fun! Especially the first chapter. I was worried that a 1967 French sci-fi comic would be super misogynistic and racist but it overall feels pretty contemporary (excepting some of the groovy fashion). If you've seen the big budget, ponderous trailer for the new film adaptation then you might share my concern that the film makers have taken a light and sometimes silly adventure comic and processed it through the Cameron /Avatar too-serious too-overblown machine
P. Kirby
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
You can definitely see, especially with the final story, "The Empire of a Thousand Planets," how much George Lucas borrowed, I mean "was inspired by" this comic series.

Anyway the following is less a review and more a ranty comparison of the recent movie adaptation to this, volume one, of the Valerian series.

Based on just my reading of these few stories and reader comments elsewhere, it seems that Luc Besson, despite his proclamations of love for the series, committed a kind of character assassin
Shannon Appelcline
Valerian is an interesting book because it reveals a foundational French science-fiction comic of the '70s. Today, it's a bit wordy, and less groundbreaking, but it's still an intriguing look into the past of the medium.

Bad Dreams (#0, 1967). This intro to Valerian presents a future society, but then rather surprisingly dumps Valerian into a mythical time full of spells and monsters. Overall, it's a cute little story, and the characters of Valerian and Laureline are both interesting, but there's
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This volume includes the first three collected adventures of French science fiction heroes Valerian and Laureline. Valerian is a spatio-temporal agent from the 28th century who travels back in time to medieval France where he meets Laureline. When they come forward in time, she learns quickly and soon becomes Valerian's partner. In the second part of the book, they go on an adventure to 1980's New York, flooded because of Global Warming (spawned by global nuclear war). In the third story in this ...more
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rib Cracking! :D Brilliant Review to Come! :D
Emily Schoenick
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, graphic-novel
From the 5 stars above, obviously I loved this. The adventure was crazy and moved at a breakneck pace (like the movie) but I never thought that it was overly weird like a lot of graphic novels seem to be.
Valerian is a spatio-temporal agent, which basically means that he can jump instantly through space and time and spends a lot of time tracking down scientists that endanger history. His sidekick, Laureline, he found in the jungle in the first book. After deciding that she had seen too much, Val
I decided to pick up Valerian because I wanted to see if it was better than the movie, honestly. I liked the world-building in the movie but hated the main characters' dynamic, so I was hoping that the dynamic was different in the original comic books. And it was!

So, I definitely liked the relationship between Laureline and Valerian more. They have banter, they talk about things, and Laureline takes charge without Valerian getting weird about it. Also, Laureline makes a couple of comments that m
Wanted to read the source material before I watched the movie. It's interesting, and in a volume collection it's cool to see the art evolve and improve. There are some minor problems with it--many of the issues get solved conveniently near the end of the arc way-too-simple ways. Laureline is cool, but sometimes there are some annoying instances of "she gets kidnapped", "she makes a joke about how women are only employed in their line of business because they can cook", "women love shopping!" I d ...more
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Getting the first four stories in order helped a lot with understanding where Valerian and Laureline came from. I have to say, though, I did not expect Laureline's backstory to include a unicorn.

I always got the impression that V and L were a couple, but there's no real couple-relationship development here... they have friendly down-time together, true, but there's no indication it's romantic... yet.

I quite enjoyed the gorgeous post-apocolyptic New York, especially diving through the subways. Th
Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I were 10 years old when I first read this, I'd be in love. Great art, fun story line, and a tone that nails the ideal adventure stories I loved as a pre-teen. As an adult reading it for the first time I admire it more than I adore it. The Saga series, for instance, has a similar feel but is modern and aimed at adults. Will be interesting to see if the movie is able to thread the needle: maintaining the youthful exuberance and sense of wonder while delivering enough nuance and complexity for ...more
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Took an issue or two before this seemed to hit its stride, but the final story in the book is a good one that has some great visuals and a unique setting that makes you interested in the upcoming tales to see where they go next. Some odd lookalike characters here and there (scientist who looks like Jerry Lewis, gangster who looks like Sun Ra, etc.) and it's very 60's in its interpretation of sci-fi, but I can see how this would have captured imaginations at the time. Will definitely check out th ...more
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Fascinating in that these graphic novels written in the late 60s and early 70s are such clear influences on both Luc Besson and George Lucas; however, that also means they are much more cartoony than modern graphic novels. Worth a look, but almost more like Tintin in space than anything approaching Saga.
90818: i had read ‘city of...’ separately before, and the vols. 2 and 3, so out of order. i can see why this would be so popular and inspiring the movie, how it appeals to adults, how it is an advance from say ‘tintin’, how it is quick and tells the story in images... story is good as well but it is the way it is told that matters...
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These French graphic novels are pretty terrific - classic science fiction that predates Star Wars and Heavy Metal. And a very strong woman in sci-fi which was rare at the time.
Nov 16, 2017 rated it liked it
A lot less serious than I imagined it would be. Some cool ideas, but the climaxes aren't that great. Would like to see more of Laureline's character.
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, 2018
Divided into 3 parts, my favorite was Empire of a Thousand Planets.
Very colorful, loved the art, fit the story style.
Jun 02, 2020 rated it liked it

The first tale in this volume you can take or leave. As the introduction to volume 1 says the art is sketchy as is the story telling. It makes you wonder why all the fuss.

By the third you begin to see. While still of its time the art has improved exponentially, the writing is solid and the imagination has absolutely been set free. Some of the ideas and images are amazing and when I first saw the rear of the space ship you could see where Lucas got a load of his inspiration. (cough:Falcon cough)
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf, graphic-novels
Clearly a product of its time. The dialog (possibly due to translation) is stilted and telly--possibly explaining similar in the film. Made to be consumed weekly, the combined version of the stories suffer from a lack of depth. And the three stories in this volume all have rather quick and dissatisfying endings.
Review to come :)
David Rickert
May 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was right up my alley. Intricate and imaginative world building, cartoony characters, and decent plotting. I loved the future (at the time) 1986.
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imaginative, creative, simple and entertaining. A work of genius.
Geraldo Gallardo Trujillo
The original adventures of Valerian and Laureline certainly are that: adventures. At times it even felt like small but still epic space operas. The art style is cartoony but very fitting, as it allows more creative designs for aliens and ships, making Valerian a universe of its own. The Time Travel aspect not being too complicated was also a good detail from the creators and several other ideas like the different eras of the earth and this mysterious place that can perceive time without a watch ...more
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Valerian Volume 1 (1967-69/ Collected 2017): written by Pierre Christin; illustrated by Jean-Claude Mezieres; translated by Jerome Saincantin: Before it was a blockbuster financial bomb of a movie directed by Luc Besson, Valerian was a beloved French comic strip ('Bande Desinee' or 'BD' for short). It began in the late 1960's and influenced Besson and many others French and otherwise.

This volume collects the first three Valerian story arcs. Thankfully, as anyone can attest who lived through the
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