Madwoman of the Sacred Heart

Madwoman of the Sacred Heart

by Alejandro Jodorowsky, Moebius, Jean Giraud
     
 

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Alan Mangel has it all. As a popular Philosophy Professor at the world famous Université de La Sorbonne, he is wealthy, married and academically acclaimed. On his sixtieth birthday, however, Alan’s life will crumble as Elisabeth, a beautiful young student, claims she received a vision from God that he is to impregnate her with the second-coming of John

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Alan Mangel has it all. As a popular Philosophy Professor at the world famous Université de La Sorbonne, he is wealthy, married and academically acclaimed. On his sixtieth birthday, however, Alan’s life will crumble as Elisabeth, a beautiful young student, claims she received a vision from God that he is to impregnate her with the second-coming of John the Baptist. As Alan gives himself up to the wild forces bullying him through life, he engages on a spiritual journey that challenges his very "reality." Everything once true is proven to be false. Everything once false is proven to be true.
One of the most compelling and personal works by legendary international comics superstars Moebius and Alexandro Jodorowsky ("The Incal").

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
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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Publishers Weekly
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.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594650628
Publisher:
Humanoids, Inc.
Publication date:
02/29/2012
Pages:
192

Meet the Author

Alejandro Jodorowsky (also known as Alexandro Jodorowsky) is a Chilean film and theatre director, screenwriter, playwright, actor, comic book writer, author, poet, mime, musician, and spiritual guru. He is best known for his avant-garde, cult films, such as "El Topo," a Midnight movie favorite, or "Santa Sangre." In the mid 1970s, he became attached to direct the adaptation of the famous Frank Herbert sci-fi epic novel "Dune." He brilliantly assembled a team of extremely diverse and gifted artists such as HR Giger, Chris Foss, Dan O'Bannon, and Mœbius, all of who would later be hired to work on Ridley Scott's "Alien." "Dune" was never produced, but Jodorowsky, having been exposed to such immense visual talent, propelled himself into writing graphic novels, pairing up with the artist Mœbius. This collaboration resulted in what many consider to be one of the most creative European sci-fi graphic novel series of all time, "The Incal." Since penning "The Incal," Jodorowsky continued writing top selling comic books with a wide variety of Europe's most talented artists, such as "The White Lama" (with Georges Bess), "The Metabarons" (with Juan Gimenez), "The Technopriests" (with Zoran Janjetov), and most recently "Bouncer" (with François Boucq).

Jean Giraud aka Mœbius was a French artist, cartoonist, and writer, who worked in the Franco-Belgian bandes dessinées tradition. Giraud earned worldwide fame, predominantly under the pseudonym Mœbius, which he used to create a wide range of science fiction and fantasy comics in a highly imaginative and surreal, almost abstract style. Esteemed by Federico Fellini, Stan Lee and Hayao Miyazaki, among many others, he is considered as the most influential bande dessinée artist, and a continued influence to filmmakers and artists around the world.

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