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The Incal Hardcover – 3 Oct 2011


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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: 19.5 x 2.3 x 26.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,537 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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy on 3 Oct. 2011
Format: Hardcover
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 By hell-oh-kitteh on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tee Double You Bee Esq on 13 Dec. 2011
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There's no denying that this is an epic tale - a classic struggle between good and evil and all grey areas inbetween. There are clear parallels with Jodorowsky's 'Holy Mountain' (the lowlife as saviour, the power struggles, the psychedelic harmonising with the universe) and also his aborted take on Frank Herbert's 'Dune' with the labyrinthine heirarchy of various clans and special powers. The scope is enormous - from giant psychic jellyfish, evil sun-enveloping black eggs and seas of acid to an underground trash universe, a robotic president/assassin patched into the world's TV networks and a hermaphrodite emperor/ess. It really is an immense undertaking. Moebius' art is spectacular - the colours and movement of the human form are second to none.
However, for the uninitiated, like Jodorowsky's films, it is often easier to admire than love. I found my initial attachment to antihero John Difool deteriorated slightly through the tale as he developed into more of a superbeing and the arc of the story became more intergalactic in scale rather than the trials and tribulations of a reluctant hero.

These are minor niggles though for what is a wildly entertaining and immersive read and is so beautifully presented in a hefty hardback tome. Essential reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Mar. 2012
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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 richness. I have never been so engrossed in science fiction since I first came across Ballard and Dick when I was 18. Hard to believe this is a comic book. It is a great piece of writing and illustration. It complements Jodorowksy's films.

It has a great transcendental story; based on Jodorowsky's vision of bringing together the elements and seeking solace within fantastical realms. Deals with the appliance of violence in society, greed, avarice and elements of astromony. It also pulls together to analyse the pilfering of the innards, replete with resonating graphics also mixing intrigue, power, sex and paranoia in a future lit world.

If you have the time and the energy to look after it, this will create both pleasure and appreciate in cultural wealth over the years, when the realities it depicts gradually become the envisaged future, and then finally it will become the past.

Worth the knowledge it brings.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ian Williams TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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