The Incal by Jodorowsky & Moebius

The Incal
by Alexandro Jodorowsky & Moebius
SelfMadeHero, 2011

Sad to hear of the death a few days ago of Moebius, comics artist and futurist. By coincidence I’d been reading the new reprint of his famous Incal graphic novel, a handsome hardback collecting the six volumes printed from 1981 to 1989. This reproduces the original colouring for the series, which is flatter and brighter than previous editions. The ’80s shades make it seem less ‘futuristic’, but it also looks more original than its previous grungy tones… mostly because the look of this series gets ripped off a lot.

The story of John DiFool, private detective, and his concrete seagull Deepo, is essentially a long chase scene through the ‘Jodoverse’, Jodorowsky’s immersive sci-fi dystopia. Imagine a Tintin adventure starring a cowardly Han Solo who runs away a lot (also recommended: the exceptional Arzach). Later volumes become increasingly metaphysical, which gets in the way of the good-time sci-fi filth, but that’s what Transmetroplitan is for.

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