Perhaps the single greatest science-fiction-adventure bande dessinée series of all time, the six-book series that was originally published in France throughout the 1980s has at last been collected in its entirety in a single hardcover volume for a price that works out to less than $7.50 per book. Massively influential (see Brian Michael Bendis's introduction cum rant), The Incal has informed many a popular culture work, across mediums: films, television series, and books, in addition to countless comics, manga and graphic novels have been influenced and/or informed by this Jodorowsky-Moebius masterpiece. While the page-size is here slightly reduced from the original, the magnificent colors – along with their registration and reproduction – are of high quality and enable the reader to plunge right into the definitively fantastic Moebius art that propels the twists and turns of the epic Jodorowsky plot in this now definitive English language edition.
We heard only hours before starting to write up the arrival of the softcover edition of this classic work by two of the all-time greats of bande dessinee, that Moebius, perhaps the greatest of them all, had passed away. While Madwoman does not contain the type of cosmic science fiction imagery most closely associated with Moebius, it is second only to The Incal as his most important collaboration with Alejandro Jodorowsky, and it is a work that clearly demonstrates his seemingly effortless mastery of the form and that is certainly one of his most mature and sophisticated works from a narrative standpoint. On the one hand Madwoman is a close up and personal view of a popular university professor's midlife crisis that involves a torrid affair with one of his students who may or may not have a screw loose, but on the other it is a brilliant allegorical satire of the religious and political institutions that undergird European society that is accompanied by a (relatively; certainly for a graphic novel) deep analysis of their historical basis. It is also a wildly entertaining page-turner that is nearly impossible to put down; a highbrow screwball comedy for the ages.
BACK IN STOCK!
This long out of print work allegorical work by the dystopian duo has now been brought back into print by Humanoids in this attractive (but over-priced) hardcover. Featuring 50 pages of stunning black and white art by Moebius in his prime, this is a work to savor. Fans of Moebius art will not be disappointed, but they may feel gouged. We have stepped into the breach here by steeply discounting this item in order to bring it in line with a price that our customers can feel more comfortable paying.
Moebius & Jodorowsky's Madwoman is, perhaps, the screwball comedy to end all screwball comedies. Opening on a French college campus, it starts out slow with what seems at first to be the beginnings of a fairly typical professorial indiscretion with an attractive younger student, but.... Well, we don't want to ruin it for you, as the primary pleasures of this work – after, of course, that provided by simply enjoying Moebius's splendid artwork – are the rapidly multiplying plot twists that make up this roller coaster ride of a book. It seems germane to point out at that, yes, the superficial characterizations on display here lean towards the stereotypical and, oh boy, yes, sexism is the order of the day – but, the outrageous plot has been concocted to turn these clichés inside out and point out the inherent folly in building a society based on such conventionalities (i.e., a patriarchal one), before, finally, setting everything back to right with what may very well be the definitive deux ex machina conclusion. So, buckle up and get ready for quite the ride.