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Extremely limited to just 200 copies, this ultra-deluxe giant coffee table size edition comes numbered and includes loose illustrations as well as a bookplate signed by Jodorowsky & Ladrönn. Visionary storyteller Jodorowsky returns to the epic mythology he created with the late Moebius over 30 years ago. This volume concludes the spiritual space adventures of everyman, John Extremely limited to just 200 copies, this ultra-deluxe giant coffee table size edition comes numbered and includes loose illustrations as well as a bookplate signed by Jodorowsky & Ladrönn. Visionary storyteller Jodorowsky returns to the epic mythology he created with the late Moebius over 30 years ago. This volume concludes the spiritual space adventures of everyman, John DiFool, as the universe faces the threat of an all-devouring metallic virus. The book is presented in a slipcase and contains both the original, unfinished "After the Incal" drawn by Moebius (1 volume), as well as the complete 3-volume series "Final Incal" illustrated by Eisner-winning artist Ladrönn ("Cable," "Hip Flask," "Elephantmen").


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Extremely limited to just 200 copies, this ultra-deluxe giant coffee table size edition comes numbered and includes loose illustrations as well as a bookplate signed by Jodorowsky & Ladrönn. Visionary storyteller Jodorowsky returns to the epic mythology he created with the late Moebius over 30 years ago. This volume concludes the spiritual space adventures of everyman, John Extremely limited to just 200 copies, this ultra-deluxe giant coffee table size edition comes numbered and includes loose illustrations as well as a bookplate signed by Jodorowsky & Ladrönn. Visionary storyteller Jodorowsky returns to the epic mythology he created with the late Moebius over 30 years ago. This volume concludes the spiritual space adventures of everyman, John DiFool, as the universe faces the threat of an all-devouring metallic virus. The book is presented in a slipcase and contains both the original, unfinished "After the Incal" drawn by Moebius (1 volume), as well as the complete 3-volume series "Final Incal" illustrated by Eisner-winning artist Ladrönn ("Cable," "Hip Flask," "Elephantmen").

30 review for Final Incal: 200 Copies Limited Ultra-Deluxe Edition: Coffee Table Book

  1. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    The first thing I will say that okay I am reading them out of order - although each book I am pretty sure (for those that have read them) that they are standalone and yet all fit together in to a bigger story (there is also the Metabaron to fit in there too but as I read the interview at the end of the book it appears he now has his own tale to tell and is appearing in his own publications). but what can I say that will not give away any spoilers - well the artwork is still incredibly iconic but The first thing I will say that okay I am reading them out of order - although each book I am pretty sure (for those that have read them) that they are standalone and yet all fit together in to a bigger story (there is also the Metabaron to fit in there too but as I read the interview at the end of the book it appears he now has his own tale to tell and is appearing in his own publications). but what can I say that will not give away any spoilers - well the artwork is still incredibly iconic but now with a slightly crisper clearer definition to it - but that I believe is due to the changes to the production team rather than a change in the story or the creative processes behind it. But there also a lot of what made the first Incal book so incredible - the massive canvases of the action (I think what is most impressive are some of the wide angle images where there is just so much going on) as well as the incredible eye for detail especially when you see how far the story goes from planets and asteroids, from the depths the heights there is just so much going on. The book is something that you would just want to return to time and time again and I can now see why there are so many references to other stories and pieces of art which you can clearly see to their inspiration from this story.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Konstantine Paradias

    In true Jodorowsky fashion, the Final Incla is more of a sequel to Before the Incal than the Incal itself. Much more concisely structured but with a sort of 'let's get this over with' ending, this was one hell of a conclusion to a god-tier space opera series. In true Jodorowsky fashion, the Final Incla is more of a sequel to Before the Incal than the Incal itself. Much more concisely structured but with a sort of 'let's get this over with' ending, this was one hell of a conclusion to a god-tier space opera series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    andrew y

    This had glorious art the likes of which I have hardly ever seen. And yet a totally incomprehensible story that despite my best efforts flew way, way over my head.

  4. 5 out of 5

    C. Varn

    This is difficult to review, if you have the current one with "After the Incal" you can see the story start twice: once with Moebius and once with Ladronn. Jodorowsky's Incal stories got more and more relatable in time, particularly when he wrote the "Before the Incal," which, while still have some objectively laughable dialogue, did give you far more consistent characters than Incal itself. It also contextualized "The Incal" in a way that made its themes clearer. Both the Moebius and Ladronn ve This is difficult to review, if you have the current one with "After the Incal" you can see the story start twice: once with Moebius and once with Ladronn. Jodorowsky's Incal stories got more and more relatable in time, particularly when he wrote the "Before the Incal," which, while still have some objectively laughable dialogue, did give you far more consistent characters than Incal itself. It also contextualized "The Incal" in a way that made its themes clearer. Both the Moebius and Ladronn versions of the story pick up and try to integrate the events of "Before the Incal" with "The Incal" in a way that makes John DiFools character more consistent. The story telling possibilities seemed more interesting in the Moebius version, but I must say, I actually like Ladronn's art a little more. Making "The Incal" a dream, however, was both lazy and inconsistent with the story. It was clear that Jodorowsky liked the symbolism of the Incal, but did not like some of the narrative problems. It also doesn't make sense since there are some continuities issues that this creates even in the Ladronn version. Now many will point out that story is prosperous, which is true, but that was true for ALL the comics in the Jodoverse except for the short stories like vignettes in "Screaming Planet." Furthermore, there is actual character development here which most Jodorowsky comics lack in a way his films do not. Still it doesn't have the pop of originality of the first Incal and not as a narratively developed as "Before the Incal." It is, however, better than a lot of the other space operas out there.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michael Burnam-Fink

    Final Incal begins where we left John DiFool, falling down the shaft of the great city of Terra 2014 towards an acid lake, his cosmic encounters forgotten. He's rescued by plasma shooting giant bugs and informed of a new universal conflict. The great black Bentacodon, a horrible energy vampire, is conspiring with the Prezident of Terra 2014 to release a horrible plague, killing all organic life and forcing the survivors into metal bodies. DiFool meets up with Elohim, a glowing white archangel wh Final Incal begins where we left John DiFool, falling down the shaft of the great city of Terra 2014 towards an acid lake, his cosmic encounters forgotten. He's rescued by plasma shooting giant bugs and informed of a new universal conflict. The great black Bentacodon, a horrible energy vampire, is conspiring with the Prezident of Terra 2014 to release a horrible plague, killing all organic life and forcing the survivors into metal bodies. DiFool meets up with Elohim, a glowing white archangel who informs him that only his love for Luz can save the galaxy, and they're off through the Incal cosmology, meeting mutants, space pirates, techno-technos, and the hermaphroditic Emperor/ess of the Galaxy. What this feel like most is a retread, a return to basically the same themes and story beats as both previous Incals and the Metabaron, without the psychological tension or originality that made those stories great. Jodorowsky has his themes, and returns to them again and again. DiFool alternates between cowardice and heroic self-sacrifice as the narrative demands. The war between black and white, and their ultimate fusion, seems like an empty play of symbols. And finally, something is off about the art. It's incredibly detailed in every panel, but when I found in the end that Ladronn did it entirely digitally, and 3D modeled key elements like the city shaft, it made sense. Some things are better analog.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Panhodny

    Unbelievable as it sounds, Final Incal is probably Jodorowsky´s most normal work. Of course that hardly means you will not find dozens of bizarre characters, plot twists and ideas on every other page, just that in the context of Jodorowsky´s work, Final Incal exhibits the kind of cohesion that you would find in many "regular" scifi/superhero stories. The book actually reminded me a lot of various cosmic superhero adventures, which was quite surprising. It is both the strength and weakness of thi Unbelievable as it sounds, Final Incal is probably Jodorowsky´s most normal work. Of course that hardly means you will not find dozens of bizarre characters, plot twists and ideas on every other page, just that in the context of Jodorowsky´s work, Final Incal exhibits the kind of cohesion that you would find in many "regular" scifi/superhero stories. The book actually reminded me a lot of various cosmic superhero adventures, which was quite surprising. It is both the strength and weakness of this installment. Weakness in the sense that Jodo´s work was always characterized by a sort of disjointed mayhem of ideas, changing locations and often characters from page to page, which Final Incal lacks. On the other hand, it´s also what makes it his most narratively "unified" work. The story is mostly linear, a lot of the scenes are portrayed in detail (especially battles, which are so detailed they actually flow very nicely from one action to another!) - this is in stark contrast with the original Incal where an idea is often presented and discarded within 4 pannels. Overall, better than Before the Incal (to which it actually connects more than to the Incal itself). The art is magnificent! Being able to build on Moebius´ designs and aesthetics, Ladronn proves himself to be more than a match to Moebius himself.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Luke Mosher

    I was more mixed on this one that I wish I was. The Incal, the original Jodorowsky and Moebius comic, is one of the best comic books of all time, and truly melted my brain when I read it earlier this year. Before the Incal is also really good. This one, like I said, I was more mixed on. The main thing was that it felt "modern" in a way that the first two didn't - they were more in the "classical" 70s and 80s style where everything was drawn by hand, in simpler panels, and everything was over-wri I was more mixed on this one that I wish I was. The Incal, the original Jodorowsky and Moebius comic, is one of the best comic books of all time, and truly melted my brain when I read it earlier this year. Before the Incal is also really good. This one, like I said, I was more mixed on. The main thing was that it felt "modern" in a way that the first two didn't - they were more in the "classical" 70s and 80s style where everything was drawn by hand, in simpler panels, and everything was over-written--in this case a good thing. There simply weren't as many ideas at play, and the writing and dialogue felt a bit thin. There is just so much packed into the original Incal; this one plays out like any standard sci-fi action comic of the last 20ish years. The colors in this are more muted, softer, pastel almost, where the old Incal really popped with vivid color. This is also drawn on computer, and not by hand; it kind of numbs my brain a little, though a lot of the art is still very good. It does finish the story in a pretty satisfying way, though. I've got Metabarons and Technopriests lined up to read next, which I hear are both quite good, so here we go...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Happy to return to this indescribable universe, but sad to see the updated art. Totally a stylistic preference, but I much prefer Moebius's flat, bold colors. That Kanye West epigraph though--yes. I guess now I actually have to watch Holy Mountain but I'm all out of 'shrooms. Happy to return to this indescribable universe, but sad to see the updated art. Totally a stylistic preference, but I much prefer Moebius's flat, bold colors. That Kanye West epigraph though--yes. I guess now I actually have to watch Holy Mountain but I'm all out of 'shrooms.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Clint

    2.5 stars Final Incal’s propulsive opening pages immediately excited me as it seemed to get right into a more urgent crisis than the previous two books. But then the story never really slows down to introduce new corners of this world or interesting new characters like the previous two books did, and seems to misuse existing characters mostly to avoid needing to introduce anyone new to play those parts. I was excited to see several familiar faces again, but nearly everyone acts so out of characte 2.5 stars Final Incal’s propulsive opening pages immediately excited me as it seemed to get right into a more urgent crisis than the previous two books. But then the story never really slows down to introduce new corners of this world or interesting new characters like the previous two books did, and seems to misuse existing characters mostly to avoid needing to introduce anyone new to play those parts. I was excited to see several familiar faces again, but nearly everyone acts so out of character that it feels like a reboot from a company that bought the IP. There’s also almost no humor here, which is a sharp break from the overtly playful tone of the previous two stories. I felt similarly about Ladrönn’s cleaner and understandably more modern looking art and the attractive watercolor coloring. Initially impressed, but then quickly let down by its less distinctive and less interesting quality overall. Several previously introduced visuals get new presentations, but there’s surprisingly little if any new imagery introduced here. The monochromatic aesthetic many pages use becomes washed out and blasé next to the comparatively garish technicolor of the first two books. This sort of feels like the The Incal’s very own Episode IX. :(

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    This is the third volume (as currently published) in this series and is both the best and the worst of the three. What makes it the best? The art is amazing, in my opinion it is better than Moebius' work. But the downside to the art is that they tried too hard to cram too much story into every panel. Many of the panels, especially later in the story are giant landscapes and environmental images with the featured characters as tiny specs. Maybe this was intended to be done in a way that emphasize This is the third volume (as currently published) in this series and is both the best and the worst of the three. What makes it the best? The art is amazing, in my opinion it is better than Moebius' work. But the downside to the art is that they tried too hard to cram too much story into every panel. Many of the panels, especially later in the story are giant landscapes and environmental images with the featured characters as tiny specs. Maybe this was intended to be done in a way that emphasized some huge, galactic story over characterization; but just not my favorite thing. What makes this the worst? Just the gigantic space saga that is unfortunately emphasized over the characters. Occasionally, the characters get their chance to shine and the story becomes fun. Then the big, cosmic battle against the end of the universe takes over and the characters are smothered once again.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shabbeer Hassan

    This is the end, my beautiful friend the end! The journey of John DiFool, his companion Deepo, his ever-changing flames, greed-laden, hedonistic humans in a universe full of weirdness, impressionable aliens and everyone's favourite evil - machines, finally comes to an end after a torturous journey. It all started brilliantly and in a trail-blazing fashion with The Incal, meandered through middling imagination in Before the Incal and finally landed in a quiet, distasteful whimper with this book. This is the end, my beautiful friend the end! The journey of John DiFool, his companion Deepo, his ever-changing flames, greed-laden, hedonistic humans in a universe full of weirdness, impressionable aliens and everyone's favourite evil - machines, finally comes to an end after a torturous journey. It all started brilliantly and in a trail-blazing fashion with The Incal, meandered through middling imagination in Before the Incal and finally landed in a quiet, distasteful whimper with this book. The desire to be unpredictable and shocking was too strong with Jodorowsky which in turn followed a similar plotline to the first book and ended up touting mystical cosmic consciousness of love, whatever that is, to be the supreme power in the cosmos binding humanity together (despite panels before they were still squabbling over land, money and power). All in all, the whole series was superb, especially the first book, and anyone who is into SF, should at least read that one, rest of them can be pretty much avoided. My Rating - 1.5/5

  12. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Boquiren

    The Final Incal is the last book in Jodorowsky's Incal Trilogy. This book, lavishly illustrated by Ladronn is visual wonder to behold. Every panel is jaw-droppingly amazing. I continually wondered how the artist managed to cram so much detail into each page and still maintain the manic production pace needed for publication. My only quibble is that Jodorowsky's pacing is relentless and never lets up. The story is frenetic and action packed from beginning to end. I continually wished for a page wit The Final Incal is the last book in Jodorowsky's Incal Trilogy. This book, lavishly illustrated by Ladronn is visual wonder to behold. Every panel is jaw-droppingly amazing. I continually wondered how the artist managed to cram so much detail into each page and still maintain the manic production pace needed for publication. My only quibble is that Jodorowsky's pacing is relentless and never lets up. The story is frenetic and action packed from beginning to end. I continually wished for a page with a single panel that allowed the reader's eyes to rest before diving back in. I was exhausted halfway through the book and had to put it down for several days.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Baal Of

    This one is way more conventional than the previous two volumes, perhaps because Jodorowsky was recycling a lot of the same story elements and themes, and perhaps partially because a lot of the world is now familiar to me. The artwork is beautiful, and incredibly detailed, and quite a contrast to Moebius more spare style on the first volume. John Difool is just as frustrating a character as he has always been, vacillating wildly between cowardice and bravery, loyalty and laziness, and almost alw This one is way more conventional than the previous two volumes, perhaps because Jodorowsky was recycling a lot of the same story elements and themes, and perhaps partially because a lot of the world is now familiar to me. The artwork is beautiful, and incredibly detailed, and quite a contrast to Moebius more spare style on the first volume. John Difool is just as frustrating a character as he has always been, vacillating wildly between cowardice and bravery, loyalty and laziness, and almost always being at least a little bit stupid. Fortunately he is surrounded by better characters that help keep him on story arc. Some of the writing gets a bit silly with the techno-this and paleo-that, but then that is part of the charm of Jodorowsky. Some of the philosophizing is a bit heavy handed and too black-and-white for my taste, but then that's what you get with Jodorowsky.

  14. 5 out of 5

    SebastianDangerfield

    I'm doing this all backwards. Despite knowing about the Incal series for decades, and while admiring the art of Moebius, I just never got into this. Put it off too long, look for it at the library, and the only volume available is the last, illustrated by the quite capable Ladronn. Story is a convoluted mess of gobbledygook that I don't know quite how to evaluate, and the drawings/painting/computer-rendered storytelling, is gorgeous. A lot of high-flying, overblown Sci-Fi/fantasty craziness. Jod I'm doing this all backwards. Despite knowing about the Incal series for decades, and while admiring the art of Moebius, I just never got into this. Put it off too long, look for it at the library, and the only volume available is the last, illustrated by the quite capable Ladronn. Story is a convoluted mess of gobbledygook that I don't know quite how to evaluate, and the drawings/painting/computer-rendered storytelling, is gorgeous. A lot of high-flying, overblown Sci-Fi/fantasty craziness. Jodorowsky's prose is rudimentary. It's fun enough, and pretty to the eye. Hard to truly to judge by reading the final chapter before the rest.

  15. 5 out of 5

    James

    The weakest of the Incal series by far. This one took me a while to get into as it just seemed too similar to the previous books. But while it does manage to add some new ideas, and is at times fairly enjoyable, it still lacks something that made the previous two books stand out on their own so well. I think I would have preferred a new story, rather than so much repetition and recycled ideas, but I guess the other spin off series' Jodorowsky created would cater to those requirements, and The In The weakest of the Incal series by far. This one took me a while to get into as it just seemed too similar to the previous books. But while it does manage to add some new ideas, and is at times fairly enjoyable, it still lacks something that made the previous two books stand out on their own so well. I think I would have preferred a new story, rather than so much repetition and recycled ideas, but I guess the other spin off series' Jodorowsky created would cater to those requirements, and The Incal remains tied to its own weird bubble. This is the Final Incal, but both of the previous books also ended in a way which suggested they too were the end of the story, so who knows really.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dávid Novotný

    Return to the world of Incal. At first glance, it looks like same story that was in original Incal, just in different colour. But it works for me. Jodorowsky is again shooting crazy and interesting ideas page by page, it's still entertaining and funny. Ladrönn's suits sci-fi theme very well, and I'm glad that Moebius decided to skip project. His drawing is simpler than in previous works, and really awful computer colouring is throwing it down. 4.5* as it missing amazement effect, but still pret Return to the world of Incal. At first glance, it looks like same story that was in original Incal, just in different colour. But it works for me. Jodorowsky is again shooting crazy and interesting ideas page by page, it's still entertaining and funny. Ladrönn's suits sci-fi theme very well, and I'm glad that Moebius decided to skip project. His drawing is simpler than in previous works, and really awful computer colouring is throwing it down. 4.5* as it missing amazement effect, but still pretty good

  17. 4 out of 5

    Matt Jeske

    If you've read the Incal, you know what to expect from Jodorowsky with the multiple jargon-spouting factions in a futuristic world overlaid with mysticism. The last third of the story starts to drag a little bit. Jose Ladronn does a surprisingly good job of living up to the standard set by his predecessor, Moebius. The coloring choices get to be a little routine, compared with the color in the Humanoids edition of the Incal, but the color in this one is a lot less drab than other attempts to mak If you've read the Incal, you know what to expect from Jodorowsky with the multiple jargon-spouting factions in a futuristic world overlaid with mysticism. The last third of the story starts to drag a little bit. Jose Ladronn does a surprisingly good job of living up to the standard set by his predecessor, Moebius. The coloring choices get to be a little routine, compared with the color in the Humanoids edition of the Incal, but the color in this one is a lot less drab than other attempts to make The Incal look modern. This is solid work all around.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Daryth

    Just amazing, the art is amazing the story is amazing. I messed up and read out of order, but that is okay. Pretty sure I am going to be John Difool for Halloween. "There aren't just good guys and bad guys in life. Human beings cannot be defined or labeled. We don't have limits, but we create limits for ourselves that we call ego, and that are erected by family, society, and culture. They shut you up in a straitjacket and teach you to believe that you're supposed to be just like that." Just amazing, the art is amazing the story is amazing. I messed up and read out of order, but that is okay. Pretty sure I am going to be John Difool for Halloween. "There aren't just good guys and bad guys in life. Human beings cannot be defined or labeled. We don't have limits, but we create limits for ourselves that we call ego, and that are erected by family, society, and culture. They shut you up in a straitjacket and teach you to believe that you're supposed to be just like that."

  19. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    So weird. Jodorowsky is totally demented, and if you read this with an open mind it is a real trip. The plot moves at a ridiculous pace. he rips through ideas on politics, religion, war, sexuality, and more in the span of a couple pages. The art brings all of his wacky ideas to life, and the detail in each panel is unreal. I wish they could make a scifi movie with even a quarter of the weird stuff in the Incal series. Very good conclusion to this series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brendan

    My only complaint about Final Incal is that the shorter length of this story arc makes a lot of the plot feel slightly less fleshed out than the previous two volumes; I felt like there was room for a lot of expansion that wouldn’t have bogged down the action at all. Regardless, Jodorowsky’s farewell to DiFool is great, a love-conquers-all action blockbuster as only he could imagine it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    More conventional than The Incal, with character dynamics and storylines that are summaries of their stories in that story. The art is pretty terrific though. Strongly evokes the original but with higher detail and a modern digital feel.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ernest Spoon

    I´ve always loved Mobius´ work and illustrator Ladronn is a worthy successor. However...kind of wish I was more acquainted with the original Incal series from the 1980´s.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chad de Lisle

    Story is meh. Art is WHOA.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    70s-era brains come back to life in the 4th movie to rescue whales by time traveling... still manages to be unafraid to swim with the things.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Col

    Good art, but the plot has transformed into staid space opera. There's almost none of the Jodorowsky craziness I was looking for. Good art, but the plot has transformed into staid space opera. There's almost none of the Jodorowsky craziness I was looking for.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bandit

    The art was beautiful however the story was pretty boring. There were some highlights but near the end I just wanted it to be over.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jack

    Pretty great, less character driven than 'Before the Incal' and therefore slightly less enjoyable for me, but still a fine rounding off Pretty great, less character driven than 'Before the Incal' and therefore slightly less enjoyable for me, but still a fine rounding off

  28. 4 out of 5

    Melina

    Not as good as the other two... Story or art wise.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Campo

    Just not as good as the Incal or Before the Incal but it's it does have good closing Just not as good as the Incal or Before the Incal but it's it does have good closing

  30. 5 out of 5

    Benny Morduchowitz

    Everytime I'm reading an Incal collection, there's a point where I recognize the elliptical manner of the storytelling, and I wonder if the story will still feel new and original. It always does. Ladronn is not Moebius, but I don't think it's totally fair to compare. It's absolutely beautiful in its own way, and I like how each of these volumes has its own uniquely beautiful aesthetic interpretation of Moebius' work on the original run. The only major critique I have here is the lettering. I can Everytime I'm reading an Incal collection, there's a point where I recognize the elliptical manner of the storytelling, and I wonder if the story will still feel new and original. It always does. Ladronn is not Moebius, but I don't think it's totally fair to compare. It's absolutely beautiful in its own way, and I like how each of these volumes has its own uniquely beautiful aesthetic interpretation of Moebius' work on the original run. The only major critique I have here is the lettering. I can't remember if there were similar issues with any of the other Incal-verse translations I've read, but here I found the placement of the word bubbles very confusing. It seemed like they were placed on the panel gutters and edges to avoid blocking the art, which is admirable, but it just made the order of the text hard to follow. It wasn't difficult to figure things out from context, but the reader shouldn't have to decipher the word placements. Final Incal was still excellent, but that disruption of the narrative flow was a bit jarring at times.

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