The return of the greatest warrior in the universe: The Metabaron!
The Metabaron character was created by legendary artist Moebius and writer Alejandro Jodorowsky in The Incal, and was later spun-off into his own international bestselling series, The Metabarons, with art by Juan Gimenez. The new series The Metabaron is a collaboration between Alejandro Jodorowsky and Jerry Frissen, exhibiting the work of talented artists including Valentin Secher and Niko Henrichon.
Writer/director/ producer David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) called The Metabarons: “The greatest work of graphic fiction ever produced,” and it has sold millions of copies globally.
Book 1 : The Techno-Admiral & The Anti-Baron
Book 2 : The Techno-Cardinal & The Transhuman
Book 3 : The Meta-Guardianess and the Techno-Baron
Book 1 : Wilhelm, The Techno-Admiral
Book 2 : Khonrad, The Anti-Baron
Book 3 : Orne-8, The Techno-Cardinal
Book 4 : Simak, The Transhuman
Book 5 : Rina, the Meta-Guardianess
Book 6 : No Name, the Techno-Baron
This strong science fiction story will not only appeal to readers familiar with the Metabaron catalog and the strong output of Humanoids in the field, but should also be on the radar for audiences weaned on Image Comics' recent presence in the genre over the past few years with titles such as Saga, Prophet, and much more.
His replacement, Valentin Sécher, brings even more to the party, though, taking up the challenge of picking up where Gimenez left off and running a country mile with it. Some of the overtly sexual content is toned down and while Sécher doesn’t shy away from an exposed breast here and there, it’s less gratuitous than in The Metabarons series. He doesn’t shy away from the gore, though, and this remains an adult book crammed with darkness and violence: exactly how a Metabaron book should be.
The art, by Valentin Secher, is gorgeously atmospheric. While it is suitably epic for a story of its scope, it also scales down very well for smaller, more personal scenes. The character designs are remarkable, as are the new worlds and spacecraft. Sand cities, markets where slave-women are bought, citadels, super-advanced tech are all very well rendered here, and painted in gorgeous colour.
If you’re new to this circus, then be prepared to be welcomed with giant robotic gladiator arms as it’s impressively accessible in its decision to open with a more linear, grounded plot than its predecessor. It’s still as grand as ever, of course, blending soap opera with Poetic Edda and psychological equilibrium with tragic humanity.
The Metabaron: Book 1 isn’t just good, it’s memorable. The imagery will stick with you, the complex world will make you ponder its depths, and the mythical nature of the hero has deep roots worth exploring. It might turn some away due to its slow start and crazy use of language, but if you give it a chance you’ll be hooked.