Sunday, June 10, 2012

My Review of The Incal

The IncalThe Incal by Alejandro Jodorowsky

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I kept picking up this graphic novel, reading a few pages, only to then put it down again. I could never get into it. The story zooms everywhere and is very epic, but the characters are not really developed and the dialogue is at times kind of preachy. I don't know if it all reads better in the original French or not. This story is heavy in metaphysics, and it felt like a lot of the supposed profundity of the text whizzed over my head, or maybe Jodorowsky tried to jam too much into this one story. Like I don't understand why he felt the need to introduce the five humors of John Difool, portrayed as funny little cartoon imps, when they didn't seem to add anything to the story or maybe that whizzed over my head, too. But there is a lot going on in this book and stuff is introduced on the fly that seems to be really big, but we don't get to spend any time on it. I thought maybe I wasn't really reading the first in a series and some of the characters were developed in previous stories, but though Jodorowsky wrote some prequels, this was supposed to be a standalone story. There are so many characters that we don't get to know any of them, except possibly Difool, and he just barely. Though I felt like I wasn't getting much of the story, I persevered because I'd never read a work drawn by Moebius and wanted to keep looking at his artwork, and I had to read to understand what the artwork was portraying.

The introduction to this book was by Brian Michael Bendis, which consists of him beseeching the reader not to rip off this book. I admit many of the elements in this story were familiar from other stories, notably The Fifth Element. Jodorowsky and Moebius sued the director Luc Besson for copyright infringement. They didn't win their case, but I think they had plenty of cause, and I think Jodorowsky and Moebius' estate may want to take a hard look at the past series of Dr. Who because there are a lot of things that are very similar. I recognized the microscopic spaceship and possibly the protoqueen/the flesh as being from this book. I'm sure there are more.

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