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These books are a big crazy Jodorowsky-style reinterpretation of Bible tales and mythology mixed in with lots of funny swearing and pretty colors. Jesse Moynihan is well known for making the more cerebral and weird Adventure Time stories. If you saw that and thought "I need more" then here is that "more" you wanted.
—Vice

Moynihan walks a fine line between "weird" and "incomprehensible" and between "clever" and "dumb," and manages to stay on the right side of it through almost every one of these bizarre, demented panels. I can't say that I've ever read anything quite like this (though it did call to mind the weirder bits of The Incal). I'm glad I did.
—Boing Boing

Forming is a success on so many different levels. First of all, it’s simply a beautiful art object filled with page after page of brightly colored and bizarre images. The plot is genuinely complex and even byzantine at times, with multiple betrayals, long cons, and elaborate plans all right below the surface. Because it’s well-executed, there’s essentially a laugh on every single page. It’s certainly the most hilarious cosmogony I’ve ever read.
—The Comics Journal

At times funny, violent, thought-provoking, juvenile (in a good way), and genius […] Moynihan has a firm and defined aesthetic that is singular and fantastic.
—Nothing But Comics

Forming, a super strange graphic novel published by the super strange English publishing house NOBROW and written by possible genius Jesse Moynihan.
—Full Stop

About the Author

Jesse Moynihan lives in LA and works as a storyboard artist on the successful cult Cartoon Network show 'Adventure Time'.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Nobrow Press (August 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907704132
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907704130
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What noone else has mentioned is that this comic is nuts. It is nuts in the same way that the Old Testament Bible is nuts. Jesse Moynihan's Forming is a sequential artbook that is violent and profane, but because it is set in a world of gods, titans and aliens it just seems like a rollicking adventure with plenty of laughs where everyone will probably learn a good lesson at the end. It's raw, but it's also nice and funny and colorful. I hope this is a good review, I had to think about it.
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A totally unique and creative take on the prehistoric mythological origins of mankind and society on Earth, this graphic novel s drawn from Jesse Moynihan's long-running web-comic serial of the same name. The comic deals with the nature of the soul, consciousness, life, death, and other profound concepts in a easily accessible and lighthearted way, all the while framing things in the context of a comic that weaves together the numerous creation myths of humankind, with nary a god, goddess, or demigod left out of the fray. Jesse Moynihan is slowly doing for comics what Joseph Campbell did for modern comparative religion with "The Hero of A Thousand Faces." Enjoyable and addictive to read, and richly dense in it's beautifully colored drawings, this book is a real pleasure.

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<<Central golden boy Mithras, lands in Atlantis around 10,000 B.C. Within a hundred years he has transformed the Atlantean population into a slave force to mine Earth's precious minerals. He has children with human labor captain Gaia because the freaky star-shaped birthmark on her face is a sign of the elements. Their offspring are gifted with awesome abilities.

<<In Canaan another alien, Serapis the Androgyne, arrives with a group of creatures cloned from his DNA, The Nephalim Guard. They encounterAdam & Eve and begin a period of observation and stealth known as OPERATION: HEAVENLY SWORD. These Adam and Eve communicate with telepathic pictures as the Atlanteans did before Mithras taught them speech.

<<The dog head reveals to Arges a battle at the dawn of time where The Adversary aka Lucifer separated himself from the universal consciousness (Ain Soph the Absolute) and was pursued by Michael the archangel for this crime.
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A mythological mashup set 12,000 years in the past, the Edenic paradises of Atlantis and Canaan are torn asunder as meddling cosmic deities land on Earth to plunder its resources and mate with the locals, all of which may or may not be according to a grand design. Abrahamic, Greek, Roman, and Christian mythologies collide with a healthy dose of Dragon Ball Z-esque sci-fi to produce a colorful, irreverent, transcendental tragicomedy about the very origins of our species.

I hate to make too much reference to "Adventure Time" since that's Moynihan's day job, but this is like "Adventure Time" meets "The Mahabharata." The dialogue, character archetypes, and tone are all pure Adventure Time, except it's less about wacky hijinks and cartoon hyperbole than it is about murder, Imperialism, incest, enlightenment, and selective breeding programs. It's an origin story for the modern age.
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This is a very special comic. The other reviewers have pretty much nailed it on the head, it is an amalgamation of all the ideas Mr. Moynihan has absorbed about the origins of life on earth and the universe and then is translating them back out again in a weird comic version of a sacred illuminated manuscript. People have mentioned Alejandro Jodorowsky - except with a story and if Jack Kirby were doing the drawings and symbols. I would say basically it is as if someone took a Californian Version of a Compendium of Mystical Thought and Consciousness and Origin Stories of the World (if such a book existed) and poured it into the mind of a child and planted him in front of a television set to help wash it all down. For pure jokes I think 'Kime Agine' is better, but that is a series of comic strips - 'Forming' is like Jesse Moynihan's Mahabharata in terms of scale and scope.

How does it compare to something like, say, 'Powr Mastrs' by C.F.? I guess you could say it's in the same sort of "school" but 'Forming' is a much more vivid world. As much as I dig 'Powr Mastrs', 'Forming' is equally weird, but much more charming. I think Moynihan is more of a story teller, as loaded as that sounds, whereas C.F. is more about making something that is artistically weird and messed up. Stylistically C.F. is more like Henry Darger and Jesse Moynihan has more in common with Jack Kirby and alternate comics of the 1960's about science and religion.

The worst part is that Vol. 1 of Forming ends abruptly, almost mid-sentence.

4/5 (I can't give it 5 stars because I reserve that for the best of Tolstoy or Tezuka.)

Highly Recommended.
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Forming is epic goodness. It is what would happen if you took the insane cosmological concepts of Alejandro Jodorowsky, and interspliced hilarious WWF type smack talk. There are so many quotables in this book it's like a hiphop mixtape. The art is jaw dropping, particularly in the use of color, and the overall composition of some of the more out there pages.

One of the best of 2011 by far.
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