The term 'wild imagination' is really an understatement when it comes to Jodorowsky; anyone who's seen his amazing films or read any of his comics will testify to this. So it comes as no surprise that Megalex is loaded with incredible, albeit sometimes baffling ideas that meld together to create a complex and satisfying whole. Those not used to his style may find the super-fast pace and really out-there ideas a bit alarming at first, but with the help of Beltran's beautiful art, it shouldn't take long for you to get accustomed to the wild energy, sexuality and extreme violence contained within the narrative. As usual for Jodorowsky, there is plenty of social commentary in this story, although none of it too heavy-handed or preachy; there's also plenty of spiritual and religious symbolism.
Fred Beltran's artwork is incredible. The book is divided into three chapters, the first two contain Beltran's signature digital artwork, which still looks organic and beautifully detailed, despite not being hand-drawn in the traditional sense. The final chapter is done in a more traditional pen and ink comic style, but it somehow remains consistent with chapter one and two and is too pretty to complain about. Beltran's talent and unique style as an artist is indisputable.
As usual, being a Humanoids book, this hardcover is beautifully bound and printed, and looks great on my shelf. I think Humanoids are probably the best comics publisher around when it comes to pure quality in their physical product, luckily the content nearly always lives up to the classy presentation.
I highly recommend this book to fans of Jodorowsky and comics in general, but not to younger readers as it does contain some extreme violence and plenty of nudity. Some of the violent scenes are genuinely disturbing, which I find rare in a Jodorowsky comic because he usually depicts violence in an almost celebratory comic-book style. If you like good art, dystopian sci-fi, and really unique characters; then buy this book. Fans of the Incal are in for a real treat, it's the closest thing he's done to that style in years, even more-so than the canonical 'The Metabarons or The Techno Priests' series .