Weapons of the Metabaron – Humanoids
Creative Team: Alexandro Jodorowsky, Travis Charest, and Zoran Janjetov
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For this entry, we’re taking another dive into the vision of the Incal, the universe created by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Jean “Moebius” Giraud. Readers last visited this universe with The Incal: Dying Star and with a future film coming out with Taika Waititi (THOR: RAGNAROK, THOR: LOVE & THUNDER) tagged to direct, the franchise is making some big moves to watch for.
Hitting the comic shops on May 31st is the oversized edition of one of the most popular characters in the Incal Universe: The Metabaron. Weapons of the Metabaron by Jodorowsky, Travis Charest, and Zoran Janjetov from Humanoids brings their universe’s most feared warrior into the spotlight with a special showcase that is sure to please fans of this line. Let’s take a closer look and see what unfolds here, shall we?
Author’s Note: The original TPB of this story was released in December of 2016
*** POSSIBLE SPOILER WARNING ***
A New Story To Tell
The story begins with the mysterious figure known as No-Name flying toward the Omphal, the humongous asteroid located in the center of the universe with more secrets inside. There is a group of individuals inside the rock known as the Eight Intra-Sleepers waiting for his arrival. No-Name has an artifact in his possession that they have a vested interest with.
No-Name brings them the Omnigraal, which on the surface looks like an artifact but it is revealed to be much more than that. Once presented, No-Name activates it by pulling it close and absorbing it. The elders divulge that the artifact is a receptive weapon that absorbs everything, including No-Name’s memories. The elders set him down and mind-link with No-Name to restore his thoughts. The life story of the Metabaron is set to be revealed.
The past begins with a young No-Name and his father-mother on a mission to slay a beast known as a Leodactyl. The pair embark on their dangerous task with precision strikes. Readers witness first hand how dangerous and violent the pair can be to accomplish their goals. However, that was only the tip of the iceberg.
Once they return from their mission, No-Name is given his final test to prove his status as the heir apparent. He is challenged by his father-mother to a duel to the death! “Victory or Death” are the only options. Readers witness the brutality and the emergence of No-Name’s ascension to becoming a Metabaron.
The Journey Continues
The journey doesn’t stop here as No-Name begins his quest to acquire the most powerful weapons in the universe. Can he step up to the mantle left for him? With what has previously transpired, does he have enough strength and determination to finish the mission?
Readers are taken on a wild ride as No-Name attempts to conquer such weapons as the Transpineal Eye and the Sword of Dreams known as Praxis to name a few. The action raises the stakes at each turn all leading to an ultimate confrontation. The conclusion will leave no doubt in anyone’s mind on why the legend of the Metabaron is known and feared throughout the Incal Universe.
The story of the Metabaron is a very unique one. The mentality of No-Name is one of “mission over everything”. From starting out as an ambitious fighter to evolving into a cold and ruthless warrior, Jodorowsky takes readers into a fascinating journey into pushing limits over self-sacrifices.
The duel with father-mother establishes that point directly. Knowing that there is only one way to grasp the mantle, both know what to expect from their face-off. It sends No-Name into an emotionless void which becomes a frightening strength.
Readers see this play out in the final act as No-Name fully becomes the Metabaron he envisions. Most of the other elements of this story play into the Incal formula of sci-fi, intense action and particular creativity. Readers are left with a definitive mark of why this character is a legend.
The art is where this issue shines above anything else. If you have never seen a Travis Charest book before, you are in for a treat. His style is so realistic and detailed, it raises any story to a new level. The visuals of the fight between No-Name Father-Mother and the Leodactyl establish a strong pace for where the story is heading.
The fight between Father-Mother and No-Name will be another moment readers will be raving about as the sequences play out like a movie. The same goes for the initial quest for Praxis. “Stunning” feels like an undersell when it comes to his work. The only drawback is Charest only worked on pages 11-39, with this oversized edition featuring Charest’s sketchbook which is worth buying this issue alone!
It is explained in the book on the reasons for the art change which Janjetov fills in the rest of the book very well. Janjetov’s style plays into the final product of these trials for weaponry. The closing portion of the book leaves no doubt on where the evolution of No-Name has formed into.
FINAL POINT: 8 OUT OF 10
The origin of one of the most feared characters in the Incal Universe is brought to life through the visionary art of Travis Charest in a special edition not to be missed. Solid writing matches the incredible artwork to deliver fans a story that won’t soon be forgotten. Keep an eye out for this on New Comic Book Day.
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