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Moebius Library: The World of Edena Hardcover – Illustrated, November 8, 2016
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- Publisher : Dark Horse Books; Illustrated edition (November 8, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 360 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1506702163
- ISBN-13 : 978-1506702162
- Item Weight : 3.45 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.61 x 1.18 x 11.12 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #20,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I got the hardbound, which has an integral cover (i.e no dust cover): all the art is beautifully reproduced and there are a couple "extras" - short comments by Giraud that introduce the work and preface each chapter (note that these are mostly different comments from those he provided for previous publications.) A one-page biography of Giraud and a select bibliography end the volume.
Stel is a pilot and mechanic from an advanced civilization who is supposed to be travelling to a "Jalopy" show on a distant planet with his partner Atan. Affected by a mysterious force, Stel discovers that apparently he alone can activate an ancient technology that transports him, together with Atan, to the legendary planet Edena, a supernatural paradise. Disconnected from their artificial life support systems, the pair develop into man and woman, whose natural physiology and impulses dismay Atan, the female. There is a more mystic aspect to the situation, however, as in a significant dream Stel meets the mysterious psychopomp Master Burg and is attacked by an evil entity. Atan flees from Stel and the separated pair experience symbolic adventures in which they must deal with the artificial civilization that the evil entity has created. Submerged in a dream state by the entity, Stel struggles to be united with Atan, but can he succeed in reality?
I like this series a little better than the "Incal" series Giraud did with Alexandro Jodorowsky; the latter is pretty heavy-handed at times and the New-Age stuff seems trite. Nevertheless the Edena stories are solidly in the same general mold - nature is good, society is corrupt, citizens are sheep, etc. The dark ironies of Arzach and surreality of The Airtight Garage aren't much in evidence, but there is some pointed social satire. The artwork is great, Giraud at the height of his powers.
None of the Moebius books I've bought for Kindle can be viewed as spreads. This was disappointing for the Incal series but you could live with it because there's a lot going happening on each single page. More of the art in the Edena books is designed as spreads. So you can see first the left half,... and then the right half... of this amazing artwork. This is a problem with most of the art, science, comic, and picture books on Amazon most of which are clearly designed with spreads in mind.
It is possible to format kindle books to show spreads. Here's an example of a book for Kindle that allows you to view as spreads or single pages:
Amazon, please turn this feature on for books that are not just pages of text (which are actually viewable as two column in the Kindle app).
All comics and graphic novels should be viewable as spreads.
So, if you look for clear motivations, plausibility, and consistency, you might have stopped at the wrong door. But, if you're willing to let this epic sweep you up and follow where it leads, you have an adventure ahead. And, for what it's worth, you might compare this to work by Druillet , another comic artist active at similar times. If you like Giraud's generally soft palette, gentle linework, and willingness to let the story build on its own, you might find a polar opposite in Druillet - opposite in every way except brilliance.
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The reason I love this artist so much is the combination of beautifully detailed and coloured artwork with wildly unbounded imagination.
Treat yourself or a sci-fi fan to this for Christmas and help encourage Dark Horse to translate and reprint more of Moebius's important work.