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The Incal [Hardcover]

Alejandro Jodorowsky , Moebius
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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3 Oct 2011
The Incal is a comic masterpiece illustrated by acclaimed artist Moebius and written by Alejandro Jodorowsky. Together they present the classic sci-fi adventure of John Difool, a private detective. With the great darkness attacking the galaxy, Difool races through the cosmos with his pet concrete bird, Deepo, and the Universe's greatest warrior, the Metabaron, on a quest to face the great evil.

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  • Hardcover: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Self Made Hero; First Edition edition (3 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906838399
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906838393
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 27.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A fine dance on the edge of meaning and meaninglessness, creation and chaos. Regardless of the genre he works in, each panel will rip the top off your skull and force-feed your brain new ideas. --The Guardian

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why arn't all Moebius works printed Thus 3 Oct 2011
By Jeremy
This is a 300+ page full colour high quality hard back print of the incal, all 6 parts of the orignal Moebius and Jodorowsky work.

For those how know the incal, this is probably the definitive print so far, i expect when this is out of print it will sell on ebay for silly money.

For those who don't know. This is a scifi graphic novel part space opera part reality shifting madness. In setting it is not completely dissimilar to Dune. The story follows a PI flawed protagonist as he becomes in an adventure that takes him increasingly out of his depth and though loops of self doubt. During in his adventures there are political usurptions, riots, starship battles and suns being consumed, and escapes into strange dimensions etc. The story is full of colourful but not exceptionally deep characters. This is more of an event rather than character driven story but having said that some of the characters do grow and change and have developing relationships. The book is light hearted for the most part.

The artwork is exceptional. If you like sci fi landscapes, technology etc this is a visual treat dripping with vivid imagination.

The only warning i would put on this is that there are some sex sceens and nudity so this maynot be appropriate for minors.

I'm not a massive comic fan but i do rate this very highly and would put it next to Akira as my favourite work.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnifique!! 11 Oct 2011
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I read about this in SFX magazine and decided pretty much instantly I needed to own a copy. I love comics and graphic novels and the SFX review was extremely positive but what really caught my eye was the beautiful artwork.
As usual I found a copy on Amazon for a great price and Im glad I got it.

Still relatively obscure in the UK, having only been published in France and sporadically in the UK, this really deserves to be a worldwide smash. Perhaps now is its time?!?

A true space opera in every sense, The Incal follows the (mis)adventures of reluctant hero John DiFool, a down on his luck private investigator, as he comes to be in possesion of the awesomely powerful Light Incal. A crystal sought by numerous other unsavoury characters who will do whatever they can to get their hands on it.

The Incal is a fantastic mindbending epic created by Alejandro Jodorowsky and wonderfully brought to vivid life by Moebius. It enthralled me from the first page and it was difficult to put down. A stunning, full colour hardback tome it will now sit proudly alongside Watchmen, From Hell, Maus et all on my bookshelf. I now plan to delve deeper into the "Jodoverse"

Highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Weird, wacky, and sometimes wonderful 31 Oct 2011
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And often extremely strange.

But, and this is often overlooked, frequently funny and satirical. Jodorowsky the writer is also known as a maker of surreal blackly comic movies that are also extremely violent. The Incal, however, is Jodorowsky in a playful mood and were it not for the fact that the metaphysical aspects of this science fiction graphic novel seem to be played out with relative seriousness I'd be inclined to call The Incal a satire.

I can usually sit down and get through a graphic novel relatively quickly but, while enjoying it, I seemed only to be able to get through it about 10-20 pages at a time spread over a few weeks. This may be because I found myself not quite in sympathy with the fallible everyman protagonist (his name is appropriate) and the metaphysical or spiritual aspect of the thing. It has its moments, many of them but,while in part it deserves its reputation, I sometimes felt I was looking at the emperor's new clothes. Perhaps an introduction might have been useful.

As for the art, well it's by Moebius who is one of the greatest graphic story illustrators of the last 40 years. It's worth buying for the art alone and there should be more books by Moebius available. It is good but I feel as if I'm sitting on the fence somewhat.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Visual And Literal Assault On The Senses 8 Mar 2013
For me, Moebius is a god.

Ever since i was a young boy i had been fascinated by his artwork. I was an avid reader of Asterix and Tin Tin at a young age, and it was around that time that i came upon an article in a magazine about Moebius. I remember being fascinated by it and the corresponding artwork with the article- it was then that the name of Moebius became forever imprinted in my mind. As a teenager i carried on reading comics, my tastes had varied by then and i was more interested in sci-fi literature and comics (not to mention films aswell). Two of my favourite films growing up were Blade Runner and Alien. After digging further i was surprised to see Moebius' name attached to both projects. Ridley Scott (an accomplished artist himself) was a big fan of the French artist and looking at the films you can clearly see his influence on them stylistically. The concept art he did for these films (especially Alien) was superb. My attempts at finding Moebius comics however proved futile due to the rarity of it and any i did come across were always in French.

Anyhow, fast forward many years later and finally someone had the decency to publish one of Moebius' famous works; The Incal. U.S publisher Humanoid released a hardback edition of The Incal, but on closer inspection it proved to be an unfaithful translation because some of the panels had been re-coloured, so it could be more 'palpable' to U.S readers, not to mention the censoring of nudity. Both these poor decisions in my view tatamounted to sacrilege. Would someone re-colour the Mona Lisa to make her appear more appealing? I very much doubt it. Then why the need for this I do not know. Thankfully readers in the U.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Happy Customer
Great communication and quick dispatch. Happy to have my favorite sci-fi work in my hands again!
Published 1 month ago by Jacob Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Sprawling and immersive Sci-fi epic
Moebius's art is ridiculously good. Detailed, stylised, realistic and transcendently imaginative. Amazing characters, cities, vehicles and fantastic worlds fill the 316 pages. Read more
Published 8 months ago by M P Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow.
Firstly, I'd like to apologise if this review sounds like total gibberish. I've just finished this book and had to take the time to review it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Yogi Bear
3.0 out of 5 stars Great artwork, lacks in storytelling
I am sorry, but I couldn't like "The Incal" as much as I wanted. Its art is what an epic space opera should be. Read more
Published 19 months ago by gbyron
4.0 out of 5 stars The Incal
Silky smooth transaction. Speedy delivery. Thanks everyone. This book is a present for a relative so I am unable to say anything useful about the book's contents, merely express... Read more
Published 20 months ago by G. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars The Incal
One of the greatest stories I've ever read. On a par with Lord of the Rings, but futuristic. Fantastic characters, imaginative worlds. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Stephen
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice addition to any collection.
I'm not exactly a huge comic fan. I read 2000ad with Judge Dredd from issue 1 (technically Dredd started in issue 2) as a young lad, but never really found anything else that... Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2012 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the hype
Having seen the almost unanimously positive and enthusiastic reaction to The Incal, and being a comics fan of some 25 years, I figured I ought to track this book down. Read more
Published on 8 May 2012 by JoeConsumer
5.0 out of 5 stars Sci Fi Paranoia
Jodorowsky and Moebius- have created something that chimes along with Phillip K Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" and his "Flow my Tears," in terms of imagination and... Read more
Published on 4 Mar 2012 by Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventures with a concrete seagull
There's no denying that this is an epic tale - a classic struggle between good and evil and all grey areas inbetween. Read more
Published on 13 Dec 2011 by Tee Double You Bee Esq
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