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From Across the Pond: Angel Claws

Monday, April 6, 2015

The following column is written by Humanoids UK liaison and known counter-culture expert, Tim Pilcher, as he writes about his thoughts and opinions about Humanoids in the UK.


Jodorowsky and Mœbius have always been a creative team that challenges their readers' preconceptions. In The Incal they challenged the idea of what a "hero" could be; in Madwoman of the Sacred Heart they challenged the concept of religion; and in The Eyes of the Cat they challenged the nature of horror. Following in the latter's illustrated prose format, the auteurs went on to challenge readers' ideas about sex in Angel Claws.


Following the death of her father, a middle-aged woman explores the family house, embarking on a quest for sexual identity, which is both visceral and shocking. Every form of fetish and vice is explored, from sadomasochism and coprophagia to body-piercing and transgenderism, as she journeys from one metaphorical room to another.


In many ways it's the one comic that's closest to any of Jodorowsky's earlier films like The Holy Mountain and El Topo, using hallucinatory, dream-like imagery to explore the interior landscape of the human mind.


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Mœbius's artwork is some of his finest illustrative work ever, lovingly rendering tender embraces and pierced genitalia with equal care and attention. While Angel Claws is undoubtedly salacious, it's hard to call this book truly "erotic," as just as the reader is becoming aroused the next page reveals something startling and unsettling before returning to more alluring scenes. This deliberate jarring keeps the reader on tenterhooks throughout, creating an oddly unnerving mood that could be described as "Lynchian."


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Oscar Wilde once said "Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power" and like most of Jodorowsky's work, this poetic book is an allegory ­– a surreal quest for internal peace, reclaiming one's personal power, and ultimately transcending to a higher state of being, free from the Earthly desires that drive us.


So if you are an adult who is stout of heart and strong of mind, check out Angel Claws and see if it challenges your preconceptions. You may find liberation where you least expect it.


Angel Claws will be available through Diamond (Item Number: FEB151485) and can be ordered directly through your local comic store (as well as our own store) as of April 8, 2015 with an MSRP of $100.

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