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The Incal Hardcover – June 29, 2011

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It changed my life forever... it became the blood in my veins. --Ladronn, artist of HIP FLASK, CABLE, and DC cover artist

It's quite simply one of the most perfect comics ever conceived. --Mark Millar, writer of KICK-ASS & THE ULTIMATES

About the Author

Moebius, the internationally acclaimed illustrator of countless graphic novels, and film designer for ALIEN, THE ABYSS, and THE FIFTH ELEMENT, first influenced a generation with THE INCAL. He collaborates with legendary writer and filmmaker Alexandro Jodorowsky, co-creator of THE TECHNOPRIESTS and THE METABARONS and the writer/director of the famous cult films EL TOPO, SANTA SANGRE, and THE HOLY MOUNTAIN.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Humanoids, Inc.; Regular sized Hardcover edition edition (June 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594650152
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594650154
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reviewing such an esteemed book as The Incal, a work of art most contemporary writers and illustrators hold in such high regard, is a somewhat daunting challenge. It is a difficult text to approach without acknowledging the prejudices of time and evolving storytelling conventions. Furthermore, as such an influential text, ignoring the testimonies of not only various comics industry professionals but also luminaries of cinema and science fiction literature as not to cloud or influence one's own interpretation is also perplexing. Attempting to contextualize the work within the period of its creation or within Jodorowsky's own canon is one analytical tool some first time readers may choose to pursue.

The Incal is the offspring of a seven-year collaboration by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius between 1981 and 1988. Originally released in French by Les Humanoïdes Associés, the 2011 collection includes all six Une Aventure de John DiFool stories--L'Incal Noir (The Black Incal), L'Incal Lumière (The Luminous Incal), Ce Qui Est En Bas (What Lies Beneath), Ce Qui Est En Haut (What Is Above), La Cinquième Essence: Galaxie Qui Songe (The Fifth Essence Part One: The Dreaming Galaxy), and La Cinquième Essence: La Planète DiFool (The Fifth Essence Part Two: Planet DiFool). Additionally, the edition also restores the colors by Yves Chaland on The Black Incal, Isabelle Beaumeney-Joannet on The Luminous Incal, What Lies Beneath, and What Is Above, and Zoran Janjetov on the remaining two titles.

In terms of story, the first chapter of The Incal is potentially the most entertaining for its originality and humor.
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Cliff on November 29, 2011
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It Moebius for cripes sake -- he's amazing. But the images are too small on the page to do his work justice. There's way too much white space, and the images could've been as much as 10% larger, or perhaps go for a larger format. I shouldn't have to squint to look at Moebius' work.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By reading guy on January 26, 2011
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I was very reluctant to spent $175 on this book but am very happy I did; this is a phenomenal graphic novel. I am a big Moebuis fan so was tempted to buy this, and then did some research. It is available in other editions, for instance you could piece it together in various parperbacks or get the French copies. But that would still be expensive and this is the unedited, uncensored version, from the original art proofs, in its full glory in one beautiful package. The story is fantastic. If you are a fan of Blade Runner, The Fifth Element or noir pulp ficticon (like Raymond Chandler) you will like this. The story is intricate and thoughtful and the art is stunning top quality Moebius. I highly recommend getting a copy if you can afford it. Perhaps they will reprint this, but it came out in 2010 so I expect it will not be for at least a couple of more years until the movie (long rumored) is released. Highest Recommendation!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kwisatz Haderack on January 7, 2011
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The Incal is a unique saga that combines politics, religion, spirituality, sex, violence, satire, beauty, philosophy, science fiction, fantasy, metaphysics, and an amazing collaboration between two masters of their craft, Jean Giraud "Moebius" and Alejandro Jodorowsky "Jodo". Any description of this saga will fail to do it justice until you experience the density of the story and the beauty of Moebius' work by yourself. The actual presentation of this saga is not unlike the "Absolute" series, in an oversized hardcover with an elegant slipcase. The quality of the printing is absolutely pristine, and they even went back and reproduced the original colors. Ridiculously, only 750 copies were printed, making it extremely easy for collectors to assume this title would go up in value extremely fast. As you can see from the sellers here, it has already appreciated in value 100% (the original price was $99). I can't wait until technology and a visionary director dares to shoot this saga as a trilogy in the future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas J. Kiser on May 24, 2012
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The Incal plays out like adventure dreams many of us have. We meet people who become our enemies only to later become our friends on an out of this world adventure. The draftsmanship is fantastic and the subtle color palette is amazing coupled with an excellent writer makes for a really good time. There is a book mark in the spine and nice big glossy pages. If you are a fan of the Fifth Element, Blade Runner, or of Sci-Fi and adventure, pick it up! You won't be disappointed. I loaned this to my friend who gave me jodorowsky's "The Holy Mountain". He loved it as well, "Best book I've read in awhile". I loan him a lot of comic books haha
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ArchibaldTuttle on September 13, 2012
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Aside from being created by two men with knowledge of existance beyond themselves, this book contains in it a beautiful metaphor that sings to any soul looking to transcend our dimensional realm. This feat is one rarely accomplished in art and should be taken as serious as a means of transformation as it is a means of entertainment, which is wildly is. Alejandro possesses wisdom that could greatly better our current collective consciousness. Moebius never disappoints, and often amazes. Together they are a match made between octaves, and this book as a result is pure light. Lovely.
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