The day has finally dawned on the first new North American edition of Moebius work in a generation. The World of Edena is the first in a series of deluxe hardcover volumes that will reintroduce the great French master of comics (bande dessinée) to readers on this side of the Atlantic. Collecting all the Edena short stories in a deluxe, 344 page, full color, hardcover edition, The World of Edena includes “Upon a Star,” “Gardens of Edena,” “The Goddess,” “Stel,” and “Sra.” Although several had been translated into English in the 1980s, this will be the first time “Sra” has been available to English-language audiences. Dark Horse has done a nice job here: the black lines are crsip and clear, and the colors are full and vibrant. Moebius is one the most influential science fiction artists in history, and anyone who is a fan of science fiction comics and films who encounters his work here for the first time will likely find the work feeling familiar for the simple reason that it has informed the work of so many of the artists already encountered, from Miyazaki, Jodorowsky and Ridley Scott to Brandon Graham, Simon Roy, James Stokoe, Jesse Jacobs and countless others, Moebius has led the way. Get ready for an experience!
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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.