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Forming Hardcover – August 23, 2011
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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.
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.
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.)
One of the best of 2011 by far.
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An entertaining, humorous, and interesting creation story. I recommend it. Hopefully Jesse keeps on putting these things out.Published 21 days ago by J. Lee
So I found it just okay. Don't really know what I was expecting exactly. Did remind me of underground comix, which brought me back, but not in an entirely good way. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kevin G. Flynn
A surreal and bizarre story of biblical proportions from one of the minds of Adventure Time. It's a blast in short.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
The mythology of Forming is so complex that it takes several reads to fully parse. That's great news, because then you get to enjoy the beautiful artwork and anachronistic... Read morePublished 6 months ago by T. Heil
So good. I'm late to this work but one of the most entertaining things I've read in a while. The reinvention of many ancient cosmologies with touches of reality tv who would have... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Coriollis