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Barbarella : Barbarella and The Wrath of the Minute-Eater: Slightly Oversized Edition Hardcover – February 18, 2015
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But, however much I like this, it's not a top favorite. I like the stories, but others are better; I like the art well enough, but its loose style compares poorly to Modesty Blaise's strong rendering and tight plotting. And that built-in ribbon bookmark? A convenience, admitted, but a bit much for what's really just a comic.
Unlike the film version of Barbarella, the comic version a completely capable, independent, kick -ass babe. MUCH more interesting than the wimpy Jane Fonda incarnation. If you own volume one, you will want to purchase this sequel. If you are new to the classic adult comic, the first volume, parallels the film version for lengths of time, perhaps you should start there. Barbarella is a modern woman and her adventures do not seem especially dated, unlike many other 60's comic strips. Highly recommended.
In black and white.
Why? Sometimes bad color jobs hurt the original line drawings, so fans like to see reproductions of the original black and white, but I don't think that was the case here. Another reviewer notes that the limited edition of this book did include some color pages, but when I looked up that edition here, it seems only the first page of each story was treated to the one-color wash, with a few pages of colorized inserts (pictures taken out of the story sequence) in between adventures.
Maybe the strips were in black and white in French and only colorized here. Maybe the new editors prefer the line drawings. Maybe this was just the cheap way to do it (even the limited edition is a fairly cheap affair, if that should be the case).
I'm glad I finally get to read the previously unreleased section of Barbarella's adventures, but I think this is a shoddy way to handle the product. I wish there was an editorial comment on how the decision was reached.
I think this is a nice collection of the first 2 books. I had read the original book before, which is simply titled "Barbarella", it also contains story elements that the 1968 film with Jane Fonda is based on. The 2nd book "Wrath of the Minute Eaters" was written while the film was in production, and there is a lot of imagery from the film in the 2nd book, like men in giant fish bowls... plus some of the character's outfits and guards uniforms resemble what's in the film, which I thought was great to see.
I've also seen images from both books with a single color added to the illustrations, as well as images of the 2nd book in full color, but I like the simple black and white/pen and ink drawing presented here. I've always thought the writer/artist Jean-Claude Forest had a very elegant way of drawing these characters and it's nice to see the art work the way he originally drew it. This is also the first time the 2nd book "Wrath of the Minute Eaters" has been published in English, so if you are a fan of the film, the first book, or both, I think this is a good edition to have