One of these tomes that I reckon I must have seen is 'The Incal' and it's something I intend to explore. I've asked the lovely wife to get me the english version for christmas. The reasons it fascinates so much without even having read it intrigue me as much as the book does. So lets delve into my psyche a little and see what has 'hooked' me.
Firstly, as you may know if you've read much of this blog, I'm a big fan of 2000ad and it's characters. 2000ad is a peculiarly british take on sci-fi and comics in general. I prefer it massively to the DC/Marvel universes for it's grittiness and 'punk' attitude. In what I have read and seen so far about 'Metal Hurlant', there seems to be a interesting parallel in attitude and approach which makes me want explore.
For various reasons the film wasn't made (a documentary came out this year exploring this aborted attempt to film the novel entitled Jodorowsky's Dune) but the sketches and designs can be easily found on the interwebs. See below for a taster.
Jodorowsky had managed to spend $2million of his budget on pre-production costs and had written a script that would have resulted in a 14 hour long film! It was this script that was converted into the basis for the 1981 story of 'The Incal', written by Jodorowsky and illustrated by Moebius. Fair enough, take my money!
The first Incal series ran until 1988 and was followed by 'Before the Incal' (88-95 and this time illustrated by
So what is it that has me all excited?
It's a whole new 'Space Opera' that I can immerse myself in, unlike star wars, or dune or even the 40k backstory, it's entirely new (to me) and I'm not sure what to expect and that doesn't happen often at my age.
Visually it looks stunning and want to grab all new kinds of ideas for painting and modelling and seeing where the Jodoverse takes me.
It's a fulfillment of the curiosity that I've always had about European graphic novels and hopefully it'll be first step in.
I'm fascinated by a sci-fi trope that I haven't seem before, like meeting a relative for the first time and looking for family similarities.
And finally, lets face it, when it comes down it, it's a whole load of sci-fi comics with guns and aliens and robots and craziness and I like that kind of thing!