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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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This handsome 2011 edition compiles all of the “classic” Incal tales by Moebius and I was finally able to finish the saga. If you know anything about Jodorowsky, you know he has an incredibly fertile and open minded imagination. Reading this book as an adult I still feel like I am barely grasping it’s true meaning. I also find it interesting that the main character, John Difool is kind of despicable, or at least not very heroic at all. There is so much going on in here! Not just visually, thanks to the talent of the legendary Moebius, but big concepts and deep, complex philosophies. This is the kind of thing you keep on your shelf and read every few years, understanding more each time. They call this the “Classic Collection” and it is definitely that, worth owning and worth the wait.
The work has often been mimicked by films such as the fifth element (which Moebius worked on), but none manage to get the true spirit of the comic. This work should be considered part of the top comics in the world.
That became the most celebrated graphic novel in all of Mobius's milieu.
Need I say more?
It is safe to suggest that if there were a list of five most influential graphic novels of all time, INCAL would make that list.
Although it lacks the easily-recognizable symbols like the superman comic, the Incal graphic novel has affected multiple generations of the cultural elites – the film-makers like Sir Ridley Scott who readily admitted this in one of documentaries, graphic artists, architects, animators. French Film-maker Luc Besson made a movie “Firth Element”, drawing inspiration on some of the aspects of INCAL.
The story of spiritual journey is rather uneven in terms of pacing, and gets somewhat tedious toward the end.
BUT, all is redeemed by the unsurpassed graphic world-building of Mobius.
Note that some earlier US re-prints from 1980’s unwisely re-colored the comic for the US tastes of the time, making Mobius drawings muddier, more brown. This Humanoids re-print restored the correctly vibrant primary colors.
Overall, for anyone graphic or visual-minded, INCAL is a must. Five stars.
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my son says he hasn't read it yet but it has beautiful illustrations.