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The Trigan Empire Hardcover – October 13, 1978
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I eventually tracked it down and bought a used copy. Great story. Cool art.
THE TRIGAN EMPIRE takes place on the faraway world of Elekton, which totters the line between half-civilized and half-savage: some of the nations are highly advanced, whilst others are still romping about in skins. The Vorgans, led by Trigo, fall into the latter category, but their ambitious chieftain has grand designs: forseeing the threat posed by the warlike, green-skinned Lokans, whose leader King Zorth, is bent on world conquest, Trigo persuades his reluctant nomads to take root and establish an empire of their own. As Han Solo once said: "Here's where the fun begins."
THE TRIGAN EMPIRE consists of the first seven stories of Lawrence's long-running fantasy epic. They are: Victory for the Trigans, Elekton in Danger, The Legend of Hellas, Truce with Hericon, Revolution in Zabriz, Battle for Trigan City, and The Invasion of Bolus. Each story pits Trigo and his various relatives and confederates (Bragg, Peric, Janno, Keren, Salvia, Roffa) against all manner of mustache-twirling bad guys as well as a parade of ugly, flesh-eating beasts. It's no easy thing to be Emperor of Trigan, and when good old Trigo isn't fighting treacherous Lokans, savage Nills or arrogant Hericons, he's burying his blade in a Zargot or rescuing featherbrained nephew Janno from his own stupidity. Life in Trigan may be tough, but it's never, ever dull.
Lawrence's world is a fascinating hodgepodge of fairy-tale monsters, medieval weaponry and modern technology, set against a backdrop of harrowing deserts, Roman-style cities and Byzantine intrigue. The illustrations are lush to the point of ostentation, and overstated narration ("And then....IT HAPPENED!") is the order of the day. Best of all is the campy-villainous dialogue ("Guards! See to it that one in every ten of these shrinking curs is led out to instant execution!"; "Take this babbling, boastful wretch, and hurl him from the highest cliff!"), which never lets the reader doubt who the bad guy is. If all of this seems right out one of those terrible 50's-era "Captain Video" weekly serials, you're not far off, but thanks to the richness and complexity of the storytelling and the beautiful artwork, it doesn't matter. There's bad camp and good camp, and this is GREAT camp.
The price of this huge,189 page hardbound comic may seem prohibitive, but trust me, if you want to indulge in some platinum-plated escapism that will never get old, you could do a helluva lot worse than watching Trigo kick Lokan butt. Long live THE TRIGAN EMPIRE. Or, as Bragg says: "It cannot be done, but by the stars let us do it!"