The Metabarons – A grand scale space opera about family, sacrifice, and survival told A must-read cult spin-off of “The Incal,” by Moebius and Jodorowsky. The Metabarons by Alexandro Jodorowsky, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Deluxe Edition (with Slipcase) – 1st printing. Written by Alejandro Jodorowsky. Art and cover by Das Pastoras. But his ancestors also had ancestors. And far from.

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Lists with This Book. Oct 01, EisNinE rated it liked it Shelves: Incest, Dismemberment, Genital Mutilation He will never jodoroesky trying to be funny and failing. He will never crack a book in order to make his science fiction even vaguely scientific. I’ve learned to accept all that shit, tho The Metabarons: I’ve learned to accept all that shit, though I didn’t know much about him before my first reading of ‘The Metabarons’.

This is Alejandro Jodorowsky’s epic spin-off from the equally epic Incal trilogy.

The character of the Metabaron was a supporting player in the fucked-up ‘space-wizard’ proceedings, but he was also a charismatic enigma, and Jodo had plans – ugly, evil plans – for him and his entire family. Ideas from his failed attempt at bringing Dune to the screen made their way into all the bande dessinee space operas he has written over the decades, but The Metabarons – after The Incal – squeezes the best of them from the tube, like a revised version of the film that completely expurgates Frank Herbert’s story.

The film had already ejected most of the novel anyway; Jodo was essentially using Dune as a subterfuge to raise capital for his own story.

He had no intention of realizing Frank Herbert’s vision, or any vision that wasn’t his. If Kubrick could treat the source material for and The Shining like soft clay, to be shaped or cast aside by the auteur, so could he! That’s another reason for the production’s financial collapse, as investors suspected they were being conned into funding a mega-budget sci-fi sequel to ‘El Topo’, with sand-worms and spice. Mega-macho murder by numbers: Juan Gimenez provides page after fully painted page of otherworldly vistas and horrific mutant hybrids; carefully detailed robotic machinery, weapons and armor; beautiful women and brutal combat Gimenez is far from the best of them.

He’s not the slickest, or the most technically proficient of Jodo’s many collaborators, and there is occasionally confusion regarding both characters and action, stemming from the rough, unpolished feel. When he’s at his best, though, his rich colors and dense compositions make The Metabarons look like the weird mix of beautiful and fugly that defines the spirit of the Jodoverse.


It’s unfortunate, in fact, that Jodorowsky’s verbosity impinges on the art like it does, probably exacerbating the random bits of visual incoherence. A great deal of the action is obscured by this ‘narrator-interference’ This is the kind of thing where Gimenez shines; his talent as a conceptual artist, imagining alien worlds and future-tech, is truly fantastic: Nevertheless, this remains a multi-generational BD-epic like no other, telling the tale of four generations of Metabarons, and the harsh, inexplicably fucked-up demands they place upon themselves and their loved ones.

I have no fucking clue. Maybe if I was swimming in a pool of elephant testosterone and jamming steroids into my eyeballs it might seem reasonable for a family to torture, dismember and murder each other for the sake of claiming the ‘Mega-Macho’ crown. Top the idiocy in question. The more I read by Jodo, and come to recognize the same basic themes and characters repeating throughout his oeuvre, the more he His solution to an awe-inspiring ignorance is adorable: I take his books in small doses, usually, so the standard page BD album is just about right.

Worse than the ignorance, he thinks he’s pretty fucking funny, and apparently no one’s had the heart to tell him that his comedic failures are getting far more spectacular and explosive than the stories themselves. If you’re down for the whacky space opera, manly violence, and the slight risk of Jodo-psychosis, ‘The Metabarons’ remains one of the foundation stones of modern SF BD While Gimenez is sometimes haphazard with his interior art, his covers for the various international editions of the series are spectacular, often combining Renaissance and early Baroque portraiture with classic SF elements, and somehow avoiding the artistic disaster that most SF illustrators would make of it: As I said earlier, you either accept Jodo’s flaws and eccentricities, or avoid his entire body of work.

Despite the image he tries to project of himself as a shaman-philosopher in tune with the music of the spheres, walking the ley-lines and shuffling jodorowsly tarot deck, he owes his success to an arrogance so intense it’s blinding. He’s a Director, dammit! View all 14 comments. Aug 15, J. One of the biggest letdowns I’ve ever experienced in a book.

After the huge buildup of people continuously talking about this series as the most metabbarons of all comics, I’m sorely disappointed. I made it to about pageand finally pulled the ripcord.

People keep saying “Greek tragedy as science fiction” but I beg to differ. This lacks any of the sophistication of Greek storytelling, even the more lurid versions Ovid presented. While the science fiction elements are interesting, the behavi One of the biggest letdowns I’ve ever experienced in a book.

While the science fiction elements are interesting, the behavior of the characters is more and more horrifying. The worst kind of masculinist nonsense–worse, jodorowskyy relatively childish idea of what masculinity means is upheld as the ultimate universal virtue throughout the bulk of these stories. The art is brilliant in spots, but overall lacking in subtlety.

Notice that the characters are depicted as either stoically silent or screaming at one another, even when the dialogue in question doesn’t call for a scream.

I would love to take some solace in the lovemaking scenes, even, but as they are almost all and I do mean all rapes or incest, they lose a bit of something. Metabarona be honest, the fact that some writers I respect revere this book makes me lose a bit of respect for them.


I’m not trying to score cheap points, but if this is what he would have done to Frank Herbert’s masterpiece, then I’ll take the David Lynch version any day. Avoid this one–go read The Incal, instead. La Storia di fantascienza a fumetti. I Meta-Baroni sono una casta di guerrieri supremi, che da soli possono affrontare intere legioni e distruggere pianeti.

Le loro avventure sono un concentrato di eccessi: Tonto e Lothar ci conducono in un viaggio meraviglioso alla scoperta di una terribile e tragica famiglia, fatto di personaggi che jodorrowsky chiedono amore o empatia, ma rimangono stampati nel ricordo.

E’ un viaggio nella fantasia e nell’avventura come ce ne sono pochi nella narrativa a fumetti. View all 3 comments.

Jodorowsky must be the world’s oldest, horniest teenager. My favorite part is when Metabaron 1 plugs the controls to his spaceship into the mechanical socket that replaces his dick as it was shot off two pages prior. The Metabarons were each presented with an impossible task to overcome which they each solved by being even more powerf This was awful. The Metabarons were each presented with an impossible task to overcome which they each solved by being even more powerful than they had been before, smashing the indestructible obstacle with a power that had never before been seen in the galaxy.

All of the characters were flat, lifeless stereotypes of the 3 character categories. It kind of felt like reading an Image comic from the 90’s. The dialogue of the robot’s was the first offender.

They repeated the same formulaic conversation every time they appeared to interrupt the story. And the art was great, so again, it felt like reading an Image comic from the 90’s. And dear God the dialogue. Jodorowsky uses the prefix “paleo” on every single page. And then he crams an extra techno-meta-electro-bio-meca-prefix onto each page just for good measure. Too surrealistic for me, the behaviour of the metabarons has less and less sense with each generation. I only really liked the first ones.

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Feb 29, Vov rated it it was ok Shelves: I should’ve known better, having seen Jodorowsky’s Dune jodorowskky. It was rather amusing, but it was clear that Jodorowsky’s mind works in mysterious ways. Heavy substance abuse, perhaps?

Eisnein pretty much nails it in his review. I’ll just add this: Quoting fellow GR reviewer Doyle: Link to original image. Some very strange stuff but the writing metabafons solid and the art was great. Imaginemos un preadolescente que tiene “Dragon Ball” y las pelis del destape como pilares de su cultura.


Resulta que hay una gente -los metabarones- que son guerreros impla Imaginemos un preadolescente que tiene “Dragon Ball” y las pelis del destape como pilares de su cultura.

Apr 10, Damon rated it really liked it Shelves: A quite entertaining history of the Metabarons through history. There is an odd technique employed in the storytelling whereby the protagonist is constantly presented with a roadblock that would make it seem impossible for the story to reach the conclusion that jdoorowsky already know about because the entire story is about past events.