Jodorowsky’s films (El Topo; The Holy Mountain) and the late Moebius’s (d. 2012) artwork (Arzach; Silver Surfer: Parable) have bolstered their reputations as creative craftsmen without making them household names. Their phantasmagorical, erotic Madwoman won’t change that, but theirs is a kind of “supergroup” collaboration that’s worthy of mention, as examples of artists pushing one another into challenging territory. The plot concerns a philosophy scholar writing is both authentic and poetic. The story follows young lovers Tubby and Vim, whose plan to escape the mistakes of their lives involves breaking into a safe belonging to Tubby’s gang, the One Tricks. But they aren’t the only ones with this plan, and things quickly deteriorate. Reprinted for the first time in color by Jamie Grant (All-Star Superman), the story is followed by a section titled “Deep Cuts,” which features some of Pope’s rarest works, from two-page illustrated poems and personal reflections to full-length manga adventures.
Verdict The work in its entirety is a must-read for Pope fans. Purists might be turned off by the added color, but the “Deep Cuts” are largely historical. A stylish neonoir recommended for crime fiction fans.Peter Petruski, Cumberland Cty. Lib. Syst., Carlisle, PA
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Avant-garde filmmaker Jodorowsky (The Holy Mountain) and internationally renowned illustrator Moebius have crafted a graphic tour de force that perfectly fuses their particular sensibilities. Mining Jodorowsky's fascination with religion, mysticism and philosophy, the story follows Alan Mangel, a sixty-year-old professor of philosophy at La Sorbonne, whose world upended when his wife leaves him for another man. Along with Mangel's very public cuckolding comes the loss of the respect of his cult-like cadre of students, all save Elizabeth, a young beauty who claims a vision from God told her she would be impregnated by Mangel and their union would result in the second coming of John the Baptist. Following that statement, Mangel embarks on a spiritually and sexually-charged journey through farcical adventures with Elizabeth, a fellow believer named Muhammad, and the spectacularly-endowed and seemingly insane daughter of a Columbian drug lord, whom Elizabeth and Muhammad believe to be the earthly incarnation of Mary (though hardly virginal), but who comes to believe herself to be Jesusa, the self-proclaimed "androgynous Christ." Loaded with Jodorowsky's signature tropes, the story evolves into a full-blown hyperkinetic self-parody, fully aided and abetted by the loosest, most breezy work Moebius has done in years. (Nov.)