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Preview: The Sons Of El Topo Vol. 1: Cain OGN HC

The Sons Of El Topo Vol. 1: Cain OGN HC

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Artist: Jóse Ladrönn
Colorist: Jóse Ladrönn & Hugo Sebastian Facio
Letterer: Deron Bennett
Translator: Edward Gauvin
Cover Artist: Jóse Ladrönn
Price: $19.99

Legendary filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky (The Incal, Metabarons) and virtuosic illustrator José Ladrönn (Cable, Incredible Hulk) deliver a sequel to Jodorowsky’s cult classic film, El Topo.

El Topo was once a bandit without limits, a man with no moral compass, until his journey through the desert brought him to religion and enlightenment. As he became a holy vessel imbued with the power to perform miracles, he left behind his first born son Cain, and brought forth the birth of Abel.

Fueled by resentment, and unable to kill his saintly father, Cain begins the slow pursuit of his half brother in a tale of magic and mayhem.

BOOM! Studios Releases a First Look at The Sons of El Topo

BOOM! Studios has unveiled a first look at The Sons of El Topo Volume One: Cain, a hardcover original graphic novel, available in December 19th 2018 at comic shops and December 25th at bookstores, from legendary filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky and virtuosic illustrator José Ladrönn that continues the 1970 Mexican Acid Western film written, scored, directed by and starring Alejandro Jodorowsky himself.

The merciless gunslinger El Topo has abandoned his pursuit of ultimate gun mastery to find enlightenment in the unlikeliest of places and is forever transformed, becoming a holy vessel imbued with the power to perform miracles and cheat death. But just as he gains sainthood, tragedy strikes as his community of outcasts is murdered before his eyes and his long-abandoned Hijo, Cain, returns to kill the father who discarded him many years ago.

Fueled by resentment but unable to strike his saintly father, Cain instead vows to hunt down his half-brother Abel, leading to an astonishing quest in The Sons of El Topo Volume One: Cain, featuring a haunting cover by José Ladrönn, and continuing the legend in graphic novel format.

BOOM! Studios Releases a First Look at Alejandro Jodorowsky’s The Sons of El Topo

BOOM! Studios has unveiled a first look at The Sons of El Topo Volume One: Cain, a hardcover original graphic novel from legendary filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky and virtuosic illustrator José Ladrönn that continues the 1970 Mexican Acid Western film written, scored, directed by and starring Alejandro Jodorowsky himself.

This sequel, arriving in stores December 2018, tells the story of El Topo—a bandit without limits and a man with no moral compass. But when his journey through the arid west brought him face to face with a series of rogue outcasts, he found enlightenment in the unlikeliest place and was forever transformed, becoming a holy vessel imbued with the power to perform miracles. This was a journey that took him far from his first born son, Cain, and brought about the birth of Abel.

Fueled by resentment, and unable to kill his saintly father, Cain begins the slow pursuit of his half-brother in a tale of magic and mayhem in The Sons of El Topo Volume One: Cain, featuring a haunting cover by José Ladrönn, and continuing the mythic tale only in graphic novel format.

BOOM! Announces The Sons of El Topo from Alejandro Jodorowsky and José Ladrönn

BOOM! Studios has announced The Sons of El Topo Volume One: Cain, a hardcover original graphic novel from legendary filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky and virtuosic illustrator José Ladrönn, arriving in stores December 2018. This sequel to the 1970 Mexican Acid Western film written, scored, directed by and starring Alejandro Jodorowsky himself, tells the story of El Topo—a bandit without limits and a man with no moral compass. But when his journey through the arid west brought him face to face with a series of rogue outcasts, he found enlightenment in the unlikeliest place and was forever transformed, becoming a holy vessel imbued with the power to perform miracles. This was a journey that took him far from his first born son, Cain, and brought about the birth of Abel.

Fueled by resentment, and unable to kill his saintly father, Cain begins the slow pursuit of his half-brother in a tale of magic and mayhem in The Sons of El Topo Volume One: Cain, featuring a haunting cover by José Ladrönn, and continuing the mythic tale only in graphic novel format.

Factory – New Dystopian Sci-Fi Coming From Jodorowsky and Moebius Collaborator, Elgo!

Titan Comics and Statix Press are excited to announce a brand-new comic series, Factory, from Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius collaborator – Yacine ‘Elgo’ Elghorri (Character designer on Matt Groening’s Futurama).

Arriving March 2018, Factory is part of Titan Comics’ new Statix Press imprint, which showcases the best comics from Europe and around the globe, introducing audiences to fresh new creators & titles.

In the new Factory comic series, Mad Max meets Fallout in a nightmarish vision of life on a dystopian planet. A band of mutants slog through the harsh deserts of a dystopian planet in search of The Factory – the last semblance of civilization left among the wasteland.

Factory #1 will come with a spectacular cover by renowned artist Simon Bisley.

Review: Metabarons Volume 3 Steelhead & Dona Vicenta

Being a child of the 1980s, I remember how obsessed the world was with the British Royal family. The world still is but not at the height of when Princess Diana was still alive. Not only the British tabloids were obsessed with the family but the world was as well. The fact that Diana, was not of royal blood, played into it, as initially it was a marriage of love.

Eventually thing went sour, between the two, but the obsession never really ended, as they pretty much made Prince Charles the villain and Diana he princess she was. Despite its tabloid nature and the fact, the royal family, is more symbolic, than possessing of actual power, shows a time in history when the people loved their rulers. This is something every ruler hopes those they rule over, feel. In the last volume of The Metabarons, we find a royal family in shambles, as their climb to build their empire back is an uphill battle.

In the opening pages, we find Aghnar and his mother, Honorata paying the ultimate price to end the fighting amongst the Pthugeran race, which despite their sacrifice, ended their race. Steelhead takes advantage to take over the crumbling empire, but not without the opposition of the las remaining royal families, the Rokhas. What follows is a romance between Lady Rokha and Steelhead, where she finds out her whole life is a lie. By book’s end, a final betrayal, to end the Metabarons, leaves the future uncertain at first, until a future is found.

Overall, the best book of the series thus far, as this iteration proves that Alejandro Jodorowsky knows how to handle melodrama and political intrigue in the same arena. The story by Jodorowsky is action packed and filled to the brim with powerful characters. The art by Juan Gimenez is gorgeous and could hang in any museum. Altogether, a first-rate installment that will have you clamoring for more of this universe.

Story: Alejandro Jodorowsky Art: Juan Gimenez
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Humanoids Launches HumanoidsKids and Slice of Life Imprints

L.A.-based graphic novel publisher Humanoids Inc. is launching two brand new imprints  that will diversify its already impressive range of graphic novels.

This imprint offers graphic novels for children and Young Adults, with the same attention to art, content, and quality that have made Humanoids one of most world-renowned comic book publishers.

The first title, The Magical Twins, is the first ever children’s graphic novel written by Alejandro Jodorowsky, and sold out within 2 weeks! A revised second printing will be available in December 2017. Illustrated by regular Jodorowsky collaborator Georges Bess (The White Lama, Son of the Gun) the book is a Hardcover, 56pp, $19.95/£14.99 ISBN: 9781594654084.

August sees the release of the first in the Gregory & The Gargoyles trilogy, a competitively priced all-ages adventure about a young and lonely boy’s travels through a long-forgotten world where magic still rules. Written by Denis-Pierre Filippi (Muse, Marshals), Hardback, 96pp, $12.95/£10.99 ISBN: 9781594657986.

In September, Humanoids will release Halloween Tales, by Denis-Pierre Filippi & Olivier Boiscommun. A spooky – yet sensitive – book with three interconnected stories revealing that, on Halloween, it’s always darkest before the dawn. Hardback, 156pp, $24.95/£20.99 ISBN: 9781594656545.

Slice of Life: This new range will offer a wide variety of subjects, from travelogues and  personal journeys, to LGBTQ themes and coming to terms with bereavement. The first two upcoming titles are:

The Retreat: A lyrical and touching tale of friendship put to the test amid death, mourning, and nostalgia. The September 2017 release date corresponds with Suicide Prevention Awareness month. By artist Tom Tirabosco and Pierre Wazem, the author of the bestselling KOMA and Snow Day. Softcover, 112pp, $14.95/£12.99 ISBN: 9781594656156.

Adrift: Gregory Mardon’s poetic tale of a life at sea, exploring how travel, adventure, and chance encounters can shape both individuals and future generations. Softcover, 116pp, $14.95/£12.99 ISBN: 9781594658396.

Review: Metabarons Volume 2 Aghnar & Oda

Metabarons Volume 2 Aghnar & OdaFollowing in your family’s footsteps can be hard. Throughout history, men either live up to family name or don’t. The legacy John Adams, left his son, John Quincy Adams, is probably one of the most interesting to have been realized. Being of our first presidents, John Adams, had to blaze his own trail and disprove his detractors.

His son, John Quincy Adams, years later, would do the same, but also surpass his father’s legacy. The Bushes would be of a different pedigree and caliber than the Adams family. Nonetheless, also in that relationship, the son surpassed the father. IN the second volume of Metabarons, we meet Aghnar, the s of the first Metabaron, a man very must formidable and even more powerful than his father.

In the opening pages of Metabarons Volume 2 Aghnar & Oda, we meet Aghnar, already battle tested and for the first time, meeting someone who can possibly destroy him, the Witches of Shabda-Oud. As his mother gets destroyed by the Witches, they as have cursed his father, and Aghnar must kill him, to save the empire. Soon after, he must marry a princess to rule effectively, where he fights to win the hand of Oda The Capricious, a princess who is said to be a sort of prophet, by killing the suitor she was promised.  By book’s end, the empire is in trouble, but his love is saved and someone from his past miraculously returns.

Overall; Metabarons Volume 2 Aghnar & Oda is a great story, this book is the defining  installment in this series, as it not only solidified it as a space opera, but an epic. The story by Alejandro Jodorowsky is tormenting, beautiful and but ultimately satisfying. The art by Juan Gimenez proves he is one fo the artists who gets space operas right. Altogether, a fine installment which proves that this series was ahead of its time.

Story: Alejandro Jodorowsky  Art: Juan Gimenez
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: The Metabarons Vol. 1

Legacy is a word that carries weight like no other when it comes to talking about family. As legacy usually has something to do with your family name and how you represent it, either carries weight or not. One of the most famous and popular representations of this dichotomy is of course, Game of Thrones. This book and television series, has constantly reached back to its history to talk about how past events affect the present storyline.

Constantly throughout the show, each character either alludes to or ultimately pays the price for, the sins of their forefathers. The Starks has seen the price of nobility, cost their father’s head and the lives of their mother and their oldest brother. Then you take the characters of Jamie and Tyrion Lannister, who bear the past sins of their house, but are among the most noble of the men in that family. As hungry as the public is to devour a series much like George RR Martin’s masterpiece, I heard of one another which at certain points, is even, better but in outer space and that is, The MetaBarons.

Within the first volume, we are introduced to Von Salza clan, a powerful family which rules a part of the galaxy. We are introduced to Othon Von Salza, shortly after he marries the daughter of a powerful baron, as the reader follows him throughout his rule, where he loses a son, some body parts but end up becoming the first human arsenal by creating weaponized body parts, the first Metabaron. His need for an heir to the throne consumes him, as he is unable to until a sorceress enters the palace, and gives him an alternative he never expected. By story’s end, his son is born, and becomes the second in the long line of MetaBarons, and just like Othon, is powered by metabaronic technology.

Overall, an engaging and sweeping epic, that is only part of larger story, which propels this family. The story by Alejandro Jodorowsky proves that he is a storyteller for the ages, one whose mind is even more epic than great filmmakers like Ridley Scott and Guillermo Del Toro, who has used his work as influences. The art by Juan Gimenez is luscious and realistic. Altogether, an epic that gives the reader, the true meaning of the “sins of the father”.

Story: Alejandro Jodorowsky Art: Juan Gimenez
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Titan Comics Announces Showman Killer: The Golden Child

Titan Comics has announced that will be publishing The Golden Child, the second in the hit science fiction saga, Showman Killer.

By visionary writer and director Alejandro Jodorowsky with art from Nicolas Fructus this second in the series will feature the trademark esoteric flair and uncompromising vision that made the first in the series such a hit.

In a moment of madness, the heartless Showman Killer has found himself responsible for a helpless infant, forced upon him by the mysterious Ibis. The Showman Killer must unravel the mystery of the forces at work in the cosmos, and find out exactly why this child is so important.

Showman Killer: The Golden Child will be available in stores and ​on ​digital devices from May 18, 2016.

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