Review of the Metabarons by Jodorowsky & Juan Giménez

A must-read cult spin-off of Moebius and Jodorowsky’s “The Incal,” focusing on the fascinating ancestry of the ultimate warrior, has gained a cult following.

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The Metabarons is a science fiction epic written by Alejandro Jodorowsky and illustrated by Juan Giménez. The series follows the journey of the Metabaron, a title passed down from generation to generation, as they seek to unite the universe under their rule.

A Metabaron (chronologically the last of the Metabarons) made its debut in the Incal comic book series in May 1981. The character’s origin was then covered in a number of prequels, which were told through the android Tonto‘s account of his masters’ accomplishments to the android Lothar. Each of the five Metabarons is profiled in the series, which spans multiple generations and follows their lives.

The Meta-Barons are the ultimate mercenaries, the strongest in the galaxy, in an unnamed, dark, war-torn future. They live harsh, gory, and extremely lonely lives, having been trained and subjugated to the rigorous Bushitaka code. Each Meta-Baron is distinct from his predecessors, but they are all bound by an unbreakable tradition (they all undergo mutilation by their father; The title may only be obtained by assassinating the preceding Meta-Baron. their’s own father; love comes at first sight; no one is born in the traditional way).

The Caste of the Meta-Barons is a strong and personal epic, integrating space travel and reflection in a continual swing of emotions. Master Gimenez’s drawings make each panel distinctive and lure the reader on a voyage beyond the bounds of standard science fiction. The character designs are also unique and memorable, with each Metabaron having their own distinct look and personality.

The story begins with the original Metabaron, Othon von Salza, a genetically enhanced warrior who embarks on a quest to find the Ultimate Weapon and defeat his enemies. As the series progresses, the mantle of the Metabaron is passed down through the family, each new holder facing their own challenges and foes as they struggle to maintain their position and protect the cosmos.

Throughout the series, the Metabarons are confronted with several enemies, including rival clans, rogue robots, and even gods. The story also explores themes of family, duty, and the cost of power as the characters navigate complex relationships and make difficult choices.

One of the standout aspects of The Metabarons is the world-building. Jodorowsky and Giménez have created a vast, complex universe filled with a wide variety of alien species, futuristic technologies, and bizarre landscapes.

Jodorowsky’s storytelling is epic in scope, with a complex and multifaceted plot that spans centuries and involves a wide cast of characters. The themes of family, duty, and the cost of power are explored in depth, making for a deeply philosophical and introspective read.

The stories portray a space opera that is strongly influenced by Frank Herbert’s Dune novels and reminiscent of Greek tragedy. In 1973, Jodorowsky had just begun production on a Dune movie.

Overall, The Metabarons is a must-read for fans of science fiction and graphic novels. The combination of Jodorowsky’s writing and Giménez’s art make for a truly memorable and thought-provoking experience. With its epic scope and richly detailed artwork, The Metabarons has garnered a devoted following and is considered a classic of science fiction literature.

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