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Metabarons Genesis: Castaka Hardcover – 26 Mar 2014

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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Humanoids, Inc; 01 edition (26 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594650535
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594650536
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 2.2 x 32 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 754,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As usual, Jodorowsky weaves a science fiction story like nothing you ve read before...What further pushes this graphic novel into top-shelf status is the exciting artwork of Das Pastoras... who delivers on every level" - SciFiMonkeys.com "This is what makes Jodorowsky's work brilliant really; the ability to tell both the brutal and the beautiful, the ugly and the magnificent - all in an overarching story that's both engaging, entertaining and enjoyable." - Figures.com "I get transported away into a universe that's full of tragedies and hope, a universe and bloodline so fully realized, vast, and complex that with every re-reading I keep finding new things to discover and changes the way I see how comics can be done." - 9th Blog ..".it is deep like the work that Jodorowsky is know for and that is what makes it exciting and a very interesting read." - MediaMikes.com "Castaka is an indefatigable exercise, very well-made..." - tcj.com" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Alejandro Jodorowsky is a playwright, filmmaker, composer, mime, psychotherapist, and author of many books on spirituality and tarot, and over thirty comic books and graphic novels. He has directed several films, including "The Rainbow Thief "and the cult classics "El Topo" and "The Holy Mountain". He lives in France. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Jodorowsky and Das Pastoras have teamed up for a cracking spin-off from the much-acclaimed Metabarons series. This particular installment is an 'origins' story, focusing upon the initial boiling-pot of conflicts and events that transformed the Castaka tribe of the planet Marmola into an elite lineage of uber-powerful galactic warlords (ie, The Metabarons). The first part of the book reads almost like an Akira Kurosawa samourai epic, with warring clans fighting for supremacy and then transmutes back into space opera for the latter half, making for an epic experience. Jodo's writing is as stylised, scandalous and spicy as ever and is superbly supported by Pastoras' incredibly detailed and oddly unsettling artwork. For those that are unfamiliar with his art, refer to the cult graphic novel series 'Deicide' for a sense of his credentials. His attention to detail and design is often outstanding and there are literally endless examples of frames in Castaka that you could posterize (including an impressive two-page spread of a busy battle scene that you could spend hours picking apart). His texture-work is strangely muted, gritty and earthy (a wash-and-stipple mixture of watercolour, acrylics, pencils) and punctuated by delicate, fine lines of 'hairy' inking, which combine to create scenes that are both ultra-clear and yet utterly organic. This is a very 'hand-drawn', 'hand-painted' style and is ultimately more impressive because of it. Don't expect any futuristc CGI-work here. Fans of the Jodoverse will love this book, but be aware that this particular story is already covered to some degree in The Metabarons. Although Castaka elucidates much further, certain parts of the script and events are full reproductions of the original Metabaron scenes.Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Das Pastoras Joins Ladronn as the New Masters of the Jodoverse 19 July 2014
By EisNinE - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Everything seems to be converging to form a career rebirth for Alejandro Jodorowsky. Not that he ever really went through a decline, in any way; he's remained one of the most prolific writers of bande dessinee since the early 80's, and has written books on various subjects, such as the Tarot and ritual magic. But with the critical acclaim garnered by the fascinating documentary 'Jodorowsky's Dune', and the long-anticipated conclusion and collected edition of 'Final Incal', he seems more vital now than he has since creating the cult film 'El Topo' over forty years ago. 'Final Incal' completes the central trilogy in the massively complex series of graphic novels that share a continuity dubbed 'The Jodoverse'. Moebius, who illustrated the original Incal, creating one of his most important and visionary works around Jodo's brilliantly eccentric story, also completed one chapter of 'Apres L'Incal' before abandoning the project. Retitled as 'Final Incal', Ladronn started over, and spent nearly a decade crafting some of the most gorgeous artwork in comic history.

With so much attention devoted to 'Final Incal', another corner of the Jodoverse, based on an enigmatic character from the original Incal -- The Metabaron -- has almost been overlooked. 'The Metabarons', lavishly illustrated by Spaniard Juan Gimenez, was the dark companion to 'The Incal', a brutal, incredibly violent, multi-generational epic relating the bloody history of the Metabaron caste. Like a futuristic, technologically advanced version of the medieval Samurai, adhering to a warrior-code -- Bushitaka -- very similar to the Samurai's battlefield philosophy of Bushido, the Metabarons were the most feared men in the Jodoverse.

Following Juan Gimenez, Travis Charest matched Ladronn's sublime artistic perfection in the all-too-brief, 64-page follow-up to the 550+ page original in 'Weapons of the Metabarons'. Although he is excruciatingly self-critical, and this demand for perfection makes for slow work, it provides a showcase for what the Canadian artist is capable.

While 'Final Incal' takes us to the end, Jorowsky's 'Metabarons Genesis: Castaka', takes us to the beginning. While Charest is an incredible talent, producing this 112-page volume would have taken far too long. In his place. Das Pastoras was the choice to illustrate this prequel to 'The Metabarons' -- which was itself a prequel -- taking the story back to Castaka, the home world,before the Metabaron caste had been established. If The Metabarons represent the Tokugawa Shogunate of Edo-period Japan, then this gorgeously rendered story takes us back to the Sengoku period, the era of the warring states, which culminated in the battle of Sekigara, and after a short time of struggle between the generals of the victorious army, a stable, unified Japan ruled by the Shogunate. The correlations are obvious, after reading it.

'Castaka' is another masterpiece for Jodo, and an ending. It has been taking us backwards -- the 'first' Metabaron is introduced simply as 'The Last Metabaron', and the MB saga begins with the first. This final installment is a prequel that tells us how their horrific traditions began, stemming from a long conflict between the two tribes that originally populated Castaka, both fighting for control of the marble-planets meager life-sustaining resources. Das Pastoras establishes himself as an artist of the highest order. His fully-painted art is every bit as awe-inspiring as Ladronn's, and is worth it for the art alone.

These two artists have helped Jodorwsky realize his vision perfectly, and it will be interesting to see what he does next, both in the Jodoverse and out. 'Castaka' is a stunning book, both for it's art and its' design. It's a deluxe limited edition, numbered somewhere between 0001 and 1500 (mine was 0351), and is an over-sized !0" x 13" hardcover, complete with slipcase. Don't ignore this book for Final Incal, go ahead and buy both, because prices will skyrocket soon on both (I pre-ordered a copy of the original deluxe, slip-cased, edition of 'The Incal: Classic Collection' in 2010, just as Humanoids was stepping up its English translations for the US market again. It had the same over-sized dimensions as 'Castaka', and announced on the slipcase-cover that it was limited to 750 copies. If you didn't pre-order it through a comic-shop, you were out of luck -- the 100$ USD book never made it to the shelves, selling-out fast enough that even the later pre-orders never got their copy. I have yet to see one for sale).
5.0 out of 5 stars Das Pastoras and Ladronn -- the New Masters of the Jodoverse 20 Mar. 2015
By EisNinE - Published on Amazon.com
Everything seems to be converging to form a career rebirth for Alejandro Jodorowsky. Not that he ever really went through a decline, in any way; he's remained one of the most prolific writers of bande dessinee since the early 80's, and has written books on various subjects, such as the Tarot and ritual magic. But with the critical acclaim garnered by the fascinating documentary 'Jodorowsky's Dune', and the long-anticipated conclusion and collected edition of 'Final Incal', he seems more vital now than he has since creating the cult film 'El Topo' over forty years ago. 'Final Incal' completes the central trilogy in the massively complex series of graphic novels that share a continuity dubbed 'The Jodoverse'. Moebius, who illustrated the original Incal, creating one of his most important and visionary works around Jodo's brilliantly eccentric story, also completed one chapter of 'Apres L'Incal' before abandoning the project. Retitled as 'Final Incal', Ladronn started over, and spent nearly a decade crafting some of the most gorgeous artwork in comic history.

With so much attention devoted to 'Final Incal', another corner of the Jodoverse, based on an enigmatic character from the original Incal -- The Metabaron -- has almost been overlooked. 'The Metabarons', lavishly illustrated by Spaniard Juan Gimenez, was the dark companion to 'The Incal', a brutal, incredibly violent, multi-generational epic relating the bloody history of the Metabaron caste. Like a futuristic, technologically advanced version of the medieval Samurai, adhering to a warrior-code -- Bushitaka -- very similar to the Samurai's battlefield philosophy of Bushido, the Metabarons were the most feared men in the Jodoverse.

Following Juan Gimenez, Travis Charest matched Ladronn's sublime artistic perfection in the all-too-brief, 64-page follow-up to the 550+ page original in 'Weapons of the Metabarons'. Although he is excruciatingly self-critical, and this demand for perfection makes for slow work, it provides a showcase for what the Canadian artist is capable.

While 'Final Incal' takes us to the end, Jorowsky's 'Metabarons Genesis: Castaka', takes us to the beginning. While Charest is an incredible talent, producing this 112-page volume would have taken far too long. In his place. Das Pastoras was the choice to illustrate this prequel to 'The Metabarons' -- which was itself a prequel -- taking the story back to Castaka, the home world,before the Metabaron caste had been established. If The Metabarons represent the Tokugawa Shogunate of Edo-period Japan, then this gorgeously rendered story takes us back to the Sengoku period, the era of the warring states, which culminated in the battle of Sekigara, and after a short time of struggle between the generals of the victorious army, a stable, unified Japan ruled by the Shogunate. The correlations are obvious, after reading it.

'Castaka' is another masterpiece for Jodo, and an ending. It has been taking us backwards -- the 'first' Metabaron is introduced simply as 'The Last Metabaron', and the MB saga begins with the first. This final installment is a prequel that tells us how their horrific traditions began, stemming from a long conflict between the two tribes that originally populated Castaka, both fighting for control of the marble-planets meager life-sustaining resources. Das Pastoras establishes himself as an artist of the highest order. His fully-painted art is every bit as awe-inspiring as Ladronn's, and is worth it for the art alone.

These two artists have helped Jodorwsky realize his vision perfectly, and it will be interesting to see what he does next, both in the Jodoverse and out. 'Castaka' is a stunning book, both for it's art and its' design. It's a deluxe limited edition, numbered somewhere between 0001 and 1500 (mine was 0351), and is an over-sized !0" x 13" hardcover, complete with slipcase. Don't ignore this book for Final Incal, go ahead and buy both, because prices will skyrocket soon on both (I pre-ordered a copy of the original deluxe, slip-cased, edition of 'The Incal: Classic Collection' in 2010, just as Humanoids was stepping up its English translations for the US market again. It had the same over-sized dimensions as 'Castaka', and announced on the slipcase-cover that it was limited to 750 copies. If you didn't pre-order it through a comic-shop, you were out of luck -- the 100$ USD book never made it to the shelves, selling-out fast enough that even the later pre-orders never got their copy. I have yet to see one for sale).
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like Incal and the Metabarrons.. 1 Jan. 2016
By C. D. Varn - Published on Amazon.com
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Alejandro Jodorowsky's builds more into his universe, as explored more directly in Metabarrons and Incal, and this is does set-up a classic Greek tragedy style origin for the Meta-barrons. High on concept, low on characterization, but it is fascinating nonetheless. The wooden dialogue of much of Jodorowsky's futuristic work mars the piece as the lack of characterization, but the deep symbolism and art holds it together beyond that.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 7 Mar. 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Excellent addition to the metabarons
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jodorowski Seems Doomed to Success 3 April 2015
By Charles T. Riley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Well maybe his films are a bit hard to digest, but these new pubs revive the great series that gave METAL HURLANT heady and long-running success. Check my review of his Final Incal for more on Alexandro, and by all means treat yourself to a trip to some imaginative adventures presented in what may be the best illustrations in graphic novels.
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