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The Technopriests Book 1: Initiation (Technopriests (DC Comics)) [Paperback]

Zoran Janjetov

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Jodorowsky's Best, But Not Uninteresting 8 Dec 2004
By J. Bukalski - Published on Amazon.com
This is a perfectly worthwhile introductory tome to a perfectly worthwhile series. But it is not Alexandro Jodorowsky's best.

If you're new to Jodorowsky, start with INCAL or METABARONS. Most find METABARONS the most approachable, and it will blow your mind, but INCAL came first and was more influential.

TECHNOPRIESTS, like METABARONS, technically occurs in the same world born with INCAL -- but you don't need to know this to appreciate the stories.

The art in TECHNOPRIESTS really sets it apart from INCAL and METABARONS, which have pretty crisp drawn art. TECHNOPRIESTS has pretty crisp computer-generated or influenced art, and as a result it looks very sleek but also very sterile.

The problem with TECHNOPRIESTS is the story. It's another kind of impoverished-kid-gains-power story, but without the guts we expect from that sub-genre. The real problem is that, typical of computer-driven stories, we don't believe in the conflict: in such tales, the writer has to tell us that a "virtual" threat is real and we ought to be frightened or care. I think that too often with TECHNOPRIESTS we don't care.

That said, it's certainly worth having -- especially for fans of Jodorowsky. But if you haven't read INCAL and METABARONS, definitely start there. And SON OF THE GUN is better too -- a present-day (non sf) story by Jodorowsky. If you've got those (in as much as they're available), pick up TECHNOPRIESTS.

-- Julian Darius, Sequart.com (for sophisticated study of comic books and graphic novels)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'B' for Initiative 12 May 2007
By Charles T. Riley - Published on Amazon.com
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Mr. Jodorowsky was always a favorite in the 'Metal Hurlant' (US 'Heavy Metal') publication. His high quality of panel art is sustained in the 'Technopriests' and the teens are going to love the level of fan-service: Loads of TnA and gore strewn combat. The story arc is good, though lacking the bite of his earlier work. I look forward to deciphering the continuation of this tale of spiritualistic cyberspace.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Overblown and Overhyped 21 Oct 2012
By Fever Dog - Published on Amazon.com
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In my mind, Jodorowsky is one of those things or people that we're told to like but it's hard to understand why and we know it's not because it's too complicated and we need time to figure it out. I went through a Jodorowsky collecting phase after reading The Incal and bought Technopriests, Metabarons, Screaming Planet, and Son of the Gun. I think I liked Screaming Planet the best and Techopriests the least. Metabarons was OK and Son of the Gun was a bit better but Technopriests was very disappointing.

Technopriests is all over the place with a barely coherent story. It's mostly just space opera scene after space opera scene without much plot connecting the scenes. A whole lot of pseudo computer stuff mixed with Jodorowsky's surreal sci-fi vision. Sometimes his vision works ok but here it's just a mess. Also, I was probably let down after reading so much Jodorowsky and not really understanding why he's so hyped. The Incal was good enough but not nearly as well made as many, many other FrancoBelgian comics I've read. Maybe it was groundbreaking when it first came out but now it's just sort of "passable." Jodorowsky and his "vision" (including El Topo) seems to me to be a typical European decadent/excessive/provocative art that doesn't actually measure up to its ambitions in the way that a lot of European art does, particularly comicbook art (Manara, Pratt, Yslaire, Moebius in other works, Bilal, etc.). Maybe he gets too much latitude because of El Topo and how important it was in the whole start of the indie/Midnight Movie thing. But is El Topo even all that great or was it just a novelty at the time?

So, bottom line, keep your expectations low when buying Jodorowsky or you'll end up feeling swindled by all the hype around his name. Some of it is not bad but overall if you want coherent or intelligent sci-fi you should look elsewhere. The art in Technopriests and other Jodorowsky-authored works is pretty good but Jodorowsky wrote this stuff. He didn't draw it. And what you get here is pretty much standard FrancoBelgian sci-fi/fantasy drawings which are usually high quality but somewhat sterile. Again, see Manara or Yslaire for more interesting art. Incidentally, Jodorowsky worked with Manara on a comic on the Borgia family and it is pretty good. But then, it seems more Manara (very, very well drawn but really pervy) than Jodorowsky (sometimes loses control of its imagination at the expense of the plot).
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "french" is not a criticism 29 Sep 2006
By Clastito - Published on Amazon.com
Doc Tarantula gave this 2 stars and seemed to be quite put off by the "frenchness" of a comic that was written by a Chilean. Too many americans want things to smell like apple pie and seem convinced they only need to stare at their belly buttons. Hey, Doc, you read the whole darn thing and bothered to write that lengthy review...most of the american superhero comics (which stack 90% of the stores) that I' d ever bothered to read have hit the trash before getting even halfway.

In one point of the book, albino has the challenge of sacrificing his talent to create games only to please 50 mediocre critics called..."the fifty morons". Any hints, Doc?

Truth is, any of Jodorowsky's comics is worth your reading time. I agree that this one is not the best...Son of the gun, The white lama, are my favorites and would get the full 5 stars. Bouncer, a western, is pretty good too. But, in any of Jodorowskys works, be it film, novel, or comics, you will always find something that makes you think.
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun ride 11 Nov 2004
By Miguel Guerra - Published on Amazon.com
As far as the artwork being french. Well why should french be a dirty word especially when it comes to art many great artists like matisse, monet and many other great artists from france. I found the actually story an allogory of european history which is bloody nasty and often ugly. Its often tiring that we are always poking fun at the french but we the english are their descendants. In old english courts french was spoken, english only came into play a little later. Even the myth of king arthur was translated by Sir malory from its french romance form to english. Okay setting aside the french issue. Alexandro Jodorowsky Is a russian that immagrated to latin america, I believe he grew up in Chile. The main artist on the book is Zoran Janjentov which I believe is eastern european and not french. The only french contributor is fred beltran, who is a pioneer, illustrated thee cover and colored the book. The cover is gorgeous and unlike our plastic looking computer coloring he has managed to do computer coloring that looks and feels like natural on the computer. I look forward to his upcoming megaplex. lastly we americans are should not ones to stereotype another culture because they draw disportionate women all we have to do is turn on the tube. So if you're one that believes that the rest of the world outside of our borders is french then this book is not for you, but if you like to try something different from the hulk smash man or the typical end of days hellboy(don't get me wrong I love hellboy but how many times can the same plot be strung along) story line then try this one out. Keep in mind that the translation may have a factor with some of the clunkniess in the writing. It also ties some of the characters from the incal, which is fantastic. My technopriest book will stay on my book self. vive le diference.
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