As Gus had mentioned in the previous newsletter, comic legend and one of my personal favorites Jean Giraud aka Moebius died recently at the age of 73. I had wanted to solicit his and Jodorowsky's magnum opus, The Incal, but that's sadly past Diamond's FOC (final order cutoff) date*. BUT luckily for you, their often overlooked yet equally entertaining book Madwoman of the Sacred Heart is back in print.
Moebius and Jodorowsky take us through the trials which leads to the physical and spiritual rebirth of Alan Mangel, esteemed philosophy professor at La Sorbonne. We meet him at his peak with adoring students giving him a nearly rockstar status. And, like a rockstar, his fall from public grace is just as quick and brutal. From there, coaxed by a cult of his own accidental creation, Magel reluctantly goes on an adventure of spiritual rediscovery. Mangel's path leads to psychiactric ward breakouts, gang wars, and treks through South American jungles to a shamanic wisewoman.
Through it all, Madwoman is Jodorowsky's loveletter to love, lust, and philosophy. It's his proclamation that true love and happiness can't be found without uniting all three. Throughout the story, Mangel's adventures cause him to gain and lose certain parts of what it takes to be happy (impotency, loss of faith, etc), yet each time he begins to feel content he is dragged kicking and screaming and forced into maturity. There are some things that may put off certain readers though; as the comic deals heavily in the subject of lust there are a few parts that get more than just a little raunchy. If you're looking for pure titillation, you're better off with a porno, but if you shy away from full-frontal nudity of either sex or of bisexuality, then this isn't quite for you. Also, Jodorowsky pits the world of the spiritual against the world of the logical, so logical-minded individuals (doctors and politicians) tend to be depicted as angry, antagonistic people. He doesn't discount these fields entirely, just that they're best served with a compliment of spirituality. There is no true villain in this comic, but clearly these people seek to hinder Mangel's progress. And because this is a Jodorowsky comic, there are clearly Christ/savior figures and he explores the theme of death and rebirth and infuses these with both Western and Eastern philosophies.
And then there's Moebius. As much as I've enjoyed Jodorowsky's work with other comic artists, Moebius makes Jodorowsky's story stand out like no other. Anybody that has seen Moebius's work on the Western comic Blueberry can attest, Moebius can do realism with the best of them, but he is also a master at working with cartoonish caricatures of people. His cartoons are expressive and distinct, and along with the coloring, which he coordinates himself, it's also often symbolic. While this work isn't as distinct or full of imagination to give Moebius room to go wild like he does in The Incal, Moebius is able to let loose in certain segments with a few exaggerated moments of drama and action.
Overall, while not quite the flurry of imagination or spectacle like The Incal, this seems to be a much more personal and focused work for Jodorowsky.
*The Incal is scheduled to have a new printing released in April. If it doesn't sell out instantly (which it might because Humanoids does low print runs), it'll be orderable from us shortly before its release. - ed.
New edition of the twice sold out title. Professor Alan Mangel's journey of madness begins when he impregnates Elisabeth, a student, with what she believes is John the Baptist reincarnated. They meet and conspire with a following convinced in bringing forth the Second Coming of Christ. Are they delusional? Find out by diving into yet another Jodorowsky and M?bius (The Incal, The Eyes of the Cat) collaboration. Presented in its original colors and featuring a brand new cover.