The Metabarons, The: v. 1: Path of the Warrior Paperback – 1 Mar 2001
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Our story begins with--and all too frequently returns to--a framing sequence in which one robot spins yarns of the beginnings of the Metabaron clan to another. These bookend pieces are awkward in the extreme. They make far too much use of such non-futuristic terms as "diodes" and "circuits" and "ultra-coolant." It is likely that they are just as awkward in the original French, and not simply a victim of the tyrrany of translation. Fortunately, it�s well worth fighting through these bits to get to the meat of the tale.
That�s where the payoff comes. We're presented with Othon Von Salza, an average enough crown prince of an average enough planet until the entire galaxy takes an interest in the family's powerful secret. Through a complex series of events--involving love, betrayal, intergalactic politics, space warfare, genital mutilation by laser blaster, mechanical space sharks, more space warfare, and genetically-engineered hermaphroditic fetuses (I'm not making this up)--Othon transforms into the irredeemably nasty patriarch of the ultra-powerful and self-abusive Metabarons.
The most frustrating thing about this story is its sheer density. There are six untold tangent stories hovering between the frames of each page. An obviously rich and complex back-story is sped past like so much roadside scenery, sometimes at the cost of clarity. But what story we get is engrossing and compelling, if perhaps a little gut-wrenching.
The DC version is slightly different. This one collects the first five issues. The DC one goes back to the French original volumes and collects the first two, serialized by Humanoids as the first four issues. In other words, this Humanoids volume has half a book more in it, but that material opens the second DC volume. The DC versions are on cheaper paper but in a wider format that doesn't leave the white space at the top and bottom of the page, which the Humanoids versions (on high-grade paper) have. Also, the Humanoids versions were censored: clothes are added in some scenes.
In response to Avik Kumar Maitra, that 10-page story telling the origin of the clan was reprinted by Humanoids in a slim volume along with other miscellany, including pages cut from Incal showing the Metabaron and a preview of a new Metabarons series. The same 10-page story is included in the back of the first DC volume, the same one linked to above.
-- Julian Darius, Sequart.com (for the sophisticated study of comic books and graphic novels)
From ruler of a low tech world with a powerfull secret, to becoming THE Metabaron and the most powerful warrior in the universe...the rise of the Von Salza family is interesting and operatic.
in an imaginative (although not entirely original) way, the author probably adapted many sources including historical warrior creeds,and romances like Dune or Star Wars in a dark and gritty vision of the future.
There is also an interesting "jargon" that, although not very credible, gives a certain Theatrical atmosphere and distancing the reader from the events (the way historical fiction normally uses certain expressions not used nowadays).
Gimenez art is very good and works remarkably well with the text. The perfect bodies, the power of the emotions and pain are masterly represented.
There are some things, in my perspective, that could have been avoided (like the "monkeys" understanding Aghnar language, or the microimplanted bombs...if the metabaron had a simple accident and for some bad luck was pierced by anything, he would explode??!?).
But Jodorowsky gave us a full universe, with interesting characters, factions (like the Shabda-Oud) and (spoiler alert) the plot to make the perfect being...the Metabaron opponents have a strong motive for their actions.
Jodorowsky's creation is larger then this saga; those of you that appreciated the storyline and became curious about the story of the powerful metabaron, should also read the Incal.
Don't miss this fine Graphic Novel.
Jodorawsy and Gimenez's Metabarons is one of the greatest space opera series I have ever read. It is filled with mad ideas and fantastic painted art. Fans of Frank Herbert's Dune or Games Workshop's Warhammer 40k series will see some familiar elements here, but that is not say Metabarons ever feels derivative or redundant.
Jodorawsy's use of language really conveys that this is an alien society, as strange to us as the 21st C would be a medieval peasant.
With the English rights to Metabarons in flux it is sadly out of print but if you can find a copy for around $20-30 pick it up, you won't be disappointed.
My sole complaint with this series of books is directed at Humanoids Publishing. I would really prefer to see this whole series collected in a giant edition, like Marvel is doing with Grant Morrison's X-Men (usually also quite amusing) and Bendis's Spider-Man. That way we get the art at the size it was intended to be seen at AND we get the entire story arc.