Book Review

The Metabarons

Mini Book Review of Jodorowsy and Gimenez’ Epic Graphic Novel

Jodorowsky is a madman. His cult filmic work is legendary, and his Incal (with Moebius) is a masterpiece. The Metabaron’s definitely satisfies any curious reader’s yearning for more after finishing The Incal. Gimenez’ art is glorious and disturbing.

The framing device of these lil’ robot buddies works better than it should. A touch of comic relief between psychospiritual space-saga is more than welcome.

The graphic violence and misogyny upset me more than I had expected. I had been cautioned about this before – but gave it little thought. Its… not subtle. However, getting beyond that, the multi-generational intergalactic soap opera delivers plenty of cool ideas. A big reason I finally delved into this massive tome was Juan Gimenez’ tragic passing this past year. It was worth the price of entry to pour over his insane pages. Bristling with techno-gothic arabesques and oozing with bio-horror monstrosities, it is an overwhelming, maximalist achievement of personal style.

RIP Juan Gimenez, 1943-2020