In un distopico futuro ipertecnologico, un improbabile detective privato trova un oggetto misterioso e incredibilmente potente: l'incal. Iniziano così le straordinarie avventure di John Difool, alle prese con bizzarri extraterrestri, tecnoscienziati fondamentalisti, culti intergalattici e robot psicopatici. Un antieroe destinato suo malgrado a salvare l'universo. Una pietr...more
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.
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
« But, aren’t you french ? »
Well, yes. But I’m not the kind of French to pay 15€ for 48 pages of comic, and to wait a year between two installments.
So, The Incal is the start of the whole Metabarons universe. We follow the misadventures of a low rather private eye caught into events bigger than himself. Is it good ? Yes, it’s written by Jodorowski. Is it well drawn ? Yes, it’s drawn by Moebius. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I'll be re-reading this for years to come, there is so much packed in here. The reading experience is so dreamlike, and the art is incredible. I think this is one of the rare examples where I could rate something this highly without being able to connect with any of the characters. To me this book is all about the experience and the ideas, which it presents masterfully. The fact that I didn't get completely lost during some of the crazy stuff in here is insane.
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However somehow I seem to blunder in to reading them all the same, although in this case I will admit it was a conscious decision, a rather expensive one since this is the hardback version.
But what of the book, well I am still digesting it even though I finished ...more
Jean Giraud's (Moebius) artwork is top-notch and ahead of its time. It's like watching Akira several decades back. The imagery and t ...more
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. ...more