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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

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