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Valerian: The New Future Trilogy Volume 1 (v. 1) Paperback – April 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: IBooks (April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743486749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743486743
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,365,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A little bit Dr. Who, a little bit James Bond, and hugely influential on the modern sf scene, Valerian has been a classic in France since the 1960s. Given the impact it has made on everything from comics to movies, it is surprising that it hasn't crossed the pond a long time ago. Valerian and his partner, Laureline, are agents for the vast Galaxity organization. In the past their missions have taken them to all corners of the galaxy and through time as well. But now Galaxity is gone, and Valerian and Laureline are dependent upon their meager remaining resources and their ingenuity. This volume, containing stories from the late 1980s and early 1990s, begins a new story arc in the long-running series. The art is bold and gives a different look to pulp sf than those most American comic readers may be used to. Valerian is great to recommend to comics fans and prose sf fans willing to read graphic novels. Tina Coleman
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"A wonderful balance of intellect and craft . . . a comic page that is structurally whole."

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Grendel Khan on May 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
Valerian: The New Future Trilogy marks a turning point in the long running graphic novel series created by Jean-Claude Mezieres and Pierre Christin. Fans of Luc Besson's "The Fifth Element" will immediately recognize Mezieres images, right from the cover. The flying taxi speeding through the mega-city is one of the defining elements of the movie; and, it was inspired by this book. In fact, Mezieres was one of the conceptual artists for the film, along with Jean "Moebius" Giraud.

Valerian chronicles the adventures of Valerian and Laureline, spatio-temporal agents for the Galaxity. What does that mean? They are secret agents and troubleshooters who work throughout time and space. This volume marks a turning point, as they no longer have Galaxity resources to aid them. This volume consists of three stories: "On the Frontiers", "The Living Weapons," and "The Circles of Power. "On the Frontiers" deals with a rogue spatio-temporal agent who wishes to bring about the destruction of Earth, in order to recreate the Galaxity. "The Living Weapons" tells the tale of a pointless war between two factions, and a troup of actors caught in the middle. "The Circles of Power" relates the story of political corruption and maneuvering. Each story is well told, with doses of humor and irony, and a wonderfully light graphic style. Mezieres fills his worlds with wonderfully bizarre aliens and lush architecture and scenery. His work is somewhat stylized, but very engaging. Christin is a masterful writer who imbues the dialogue with wit and intelligence.

Valerian and Laureline are two of the greatest characters of European graphic sci-fi.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Manel Purroy on October 31, 2007
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This is the first English edition of a classic european series. It has been running for the past 35 years and it tells remarkable stories in an extraordinary setting. Characters are novel like while landscapes are like right out of a modern art design artist. Valerian and Laureline mantain a partnership with romantic components while they travel throughout space time visiting planets and peoples. Good for everybody, especially from 12 years old on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By swmagicien on November 1, 2009
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I would say the stories and illustrations are just about as good as any comic or graphics novel ever gets. I just wish the publisher would offer a few more volumes.
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