It was originally published in French in 1980. In time, The INCAL by writer Alejandro Jodorowsky and artist Jean Giraud A.K.A Mœbius, would be praised as perhaps one of the best comic books in the graphic novel genre. Having been translated into over eleven different languages, it set the standard with its blending of intergalactic voyages, science, technology, and political intrigue. Now to celebrate its 40th Anniversary, Humanoids has released a new trade paperback version of the comic. This was announced in this press release:
Humanoids Press Release
(September 8, 2020) Humanoids, the Los Angeles-based publisher of some of the world’s most iconic and groundbreaking science fiction and fantasy graphic novels, is celebrating the 40th anniversary of THE INCAL. It was written by writer Alejandro Jodorowsky and internationally acclaimed artist Mœbius. Humanoids has commemorated this occasion with a special anniversary trade paperback edition. The trade paperback collects Mœbius’ and Jodorowsky’s sci-fi masterpiece in one volume and includes a foreword by bestselling writer Brian Michel Bendis. It’s available now, retailing for $29.99.
“If you’ve never read THE INCAL, here’s a word of caution,” said Humanoids Publisher Mark Waid. “This book is unlike anything you’ve ever read before, and you’ll very likely never experience anything like it again. It’s mind-blowing, jaw-dropping, absolutely insane storytelling by two masters of the medium that will challenge your preconception of what comics can do. With THE INCAL, Alejandro Jodorowsky & Mœbius created one of the essential graphic novels. It’s as fresh, weird, and transgressive today as it was 40 years ago when it was first published.” For Humanoids’ Free Comic Book Day comic this year, Waid wrote a brand-new Incal tale illustrated by Stéphane Roux (Star Wars, Birds of Prey) that serves as a perfect introduction to the series.
In this iconic story by Jodorowsky and Mœbius, John DiFool, a low-class detective in a degenerate, dystopian world, finds his life turned upside down when he discovers an ancient, mystical artifact called “the Incal.” DiFool’s adventures will bring him into conflict with the galaxy’s greatest warrior, the Metabaron, and will pit him against the awesome powers of the Technopope. These encounters and many more make up a tale of comic and cosmic proportions that has DiFool fighting for not only his very survival, but also the survival of the entire universe.
As stated above, THE INCAL is widely regarded as one of the great achievements of the comics medium. Have you ever read THE INCAL? If so, what did you think of the collected work? If not, Do you think it might be something you might pick up? Share your thoughts either way, here at Geek Vibes Nation.
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