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Not many people get an entire universe named after themselves, but that’s exactly what Alejandro Jodorowsky has managed to do. Sure, it’s only a fictional comics universe, but they’re all the rage right now and tend to be the sole preserve of huge American publishing entities with vast IP portfolios and a track record of shafting their creators. They’re not usually associated with cult filmmakers with mystic tendencies who are now in their nineties.

This place is called The Jodoverse – AKA The Metabarons Universe – and there’s nowhere quite like it in comics or, indeed, anywhere else. It’s big, it’s weird and can sometimes be so ferociously violent that it makes Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy look like Zooey Deschanel’s New Girl.

Here’s a list of the comic titles that make up the Jodoverse, all of which are English translations published by Humanoids (the US-based offshoot of legendary French comics publisher, Les Humanoïdes Associés). Any prices displayed are in US dollars, although the links will take you to your local Amazon store where they’ll be priced in your local currency. As an Amazon affiliate, I may earn a small commission for any purchases made via this article, but it won’t affect the price you pay and it’ll earn you my eternal gratitude.

The Incal - by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius

Writer: Jodorowsky
Artist: Jean (‘Moebius’) Giraud

The one that started it all – the Jodoverse’s Big Bang, so to speak. Originally serialised in French comics anthology Metal Hurlant (and later it’s US counterpart, Heavy Metal), The Incal is a gorgeously illustrated and staggeringly original cosmic saga in which Jodorowsky reclaimed and repurposed many of the certifiably insane concepts from his famously unproduced and probably unfilmable 70s adaptation of the sci-fi novel, Dune . Together with the late Franco-Belgian comics legend Moebius, Jodo’s storyboard artist on Dune, they chronicled the reluctant spiritual quest of protagonist John DiFool from selfish dystopian-dwelling private (in every sense of the word) dick to enlightened cosmic entity and back again. The Incal introduced many of the concepts and characters that Jodorowsky would revisit in the decades to follow – including many, many things with a ‘Techno-‘ and ‘Paleo-‘ prefix – and remains an undisputed comic art masterpiece.

The Incal is available in a variety of formats, including a single hardback edition and six digital volumes.

Hardback

The Incal
  • Humanoids Inc
  • Hardcover Book
  • Jodorowsky, Alejandro (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 316 Pages - 09/24/2014 (Publication Date) - Humanoids, Inc. (Publisher)

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Paperback

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The Incal
  • Jodorowsky, Alejandro (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 316 Pages - 09/08/2020 (Publication Date) - Humanoids, Inc. (Publisher)

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Digital

The Incal Vol. 1: The Black Incal
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Jodorowsky, Alexandro (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 47 Pages - 03/19/2014 (Publication Date) - Humanoids (Publisher)

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The Metabarons (1992-2003)

Writer: Jodorowsky
Artist: Juan Giménez

Tonally, The Incal’s most famous spin-off title is a very different beast to its illustrious predecessor. A classic in its own right, The Metabarons (AKA ‘The Saga of The Metabarons’) is a multi-generational epic that explores the family tree of The Incal’s bald master assassin, right back to their humble beginnings as stone-cutters on a planet made of marble. To put it another way, it’s like an unbelievably violent and outrageously explicit version of the popular TV show Who Do You Think You Are?

With beautiful, painted visuals by the late Argentinian comics artist Juan Giménez, this is a wonderfully operatic space opera full of blood, honour, patricide and ritualised initiations that involve mutilation (families, huh?). It also manages to be even more outrageously bonkers than The Incal: when comic writer Warren Ellis says “There is literally a new and mad idea on every page” he’s not exaggerating

Metabarons is available in various print collections or as six digital volumes .

Hardback

The Metabarons
  • Hardcover Book
  • Jodorowsky, Alejandro (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 540 Pages - 02/25/2015 (Publication Date) - Humanoids, Inc. (Publisher)

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Definitive Edition: Box Set

The Metabarons Definitive Edition: Box Set
  • Hardcover Book
  • Jodorowsky, Alejandro (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 548 Pages - 01/28/2020 (Publication Date) - Humanoids (Publisher)

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Paperback

The Metabarons Vol.1: Othon & Honorata (1)
  • HUMANOIDS
  • Jodorowsky, Alejandro (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 120 Pages - 04/19/2017 (Publication Date) - Humanoids, Inc. (Publisher)

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Digital

The Metabarons Vol. 1: Othon
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Jodorowsky, Alexandro (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 56 Pages - 03/19/2014 (Publication Date) - Humanoids (Publisher)

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Before the Incal (1988-1995)

Writer: Jodorowsky
Artist: Zoran Janjetov

Yes, it’s a prequel, but don’t let that put you off. Published not long after the original Incal finished, the story was illustrated by the Serbian comic artist and Moebius protégé Zoran Janjetov. Telling a more grounded, noir-ish tale (no cameos from God this time around), Before the Incal delves into the traumatic backstory of Incal protagonist John DiFool and his seedy dystopian city-shaft home with a compelling tale of corruption and conspiracy.

Before the Incal is available in a single hardback collection and as eight digital volumes.

Before the Incal Hardback

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Before The Incal
  • Humanoids Inc
  • Hardcover Book
  • Jodorowsky, Alejandro (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 304 Pages - 09/24/2014 (Publication Date) - Humanoids, Inc. (Publisher)

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Before the Incal Digital

Before the Incal Vol. 1: Farewell, Father
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Jodorowsky, Alexandro (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 47 Pages - 03/19/2014 (Publication Date) - Humanoids (Publisher)

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The TechnoPriests (1998-2006)

Writer: Jodorowsky
Artist: Zoran Janjetov

Another Incal spin-off, this time featuring a protagonist called Albino (and yes, he is). Told mainly in flashback, it charts Albino’s rise from unwanted offspring of an intergalactic cheese magnate to the Moses-like leader of Cosmic Exodus, because that’s how character arcs play out in the Jodoverse. Beautifully illustrated by Before the Incal’s Zoran Janjetov, who had moved on from his early Moebius-influenced linework to something more distinct and personal.

The TechnoPriests is available in a single hardback collection and as eight digital volumes.

Hardback:

The Technopriests
  • Humanoids
  • Hardcover Book
  • Jodorowsky, Alejandro (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 408 Pages - 09/18/2013 (Publication Date) - Humanoids, Inc. (Publisher)

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Digital:

The Technopriests Vol. 1: Techno Pre-School
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Jodorowsky, Alexandro (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 48 Pages - 03/19/2014 (Publication Date) - Humanoids (Publisher)

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After the Incal/Final Incal (2000/2008-14)

Writer: Jodorowsky
Artists: José Ladrönn (Final Incal); Moebius (After the Incal)

When a deadly metallic virus threatens to eradicate all organic life in the universe, our only hope is John DiFool and the power of L-U-R-V-E – providing John’s various selves don’t kill each other first! When Jodorowsky and Moebius released the first volume of their long-awaited Incal sequel in 2000 it was quite the bande dessinée du jour, as they say in fancy Parisian comic shops. Unfortunately, Moebius was unable to complete After the Incal and so, with his blessing, Jodorowsky teamed with the immensely talented Mexican artist, Ladrönn. Rather than continue from where Moebius left off, they restarted the entire series from scratch under a new title, Final Incal. A satisfying conclusion to the trilogy, Ladrönn’s artwork is stunning and even manages to surpass Moebius’s After the Incal work.

Final Incal is available in a single hardback collection and three digital volumes.

Moebius’s unfinished After the Incal is available as a single digital volume, and has also been included as an appendix in some print versions of Final Incal.

Final Incal Hardback:

Final Incal
  • Includes an interview with the authors.
  • Hardcover Book
  • Jodorowsky, Alexandro (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 164 Pages - 03/11/2015 (Publication Date) - Humanoids, Inc. (Publisher)

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Final Incal Digital:

Final Incal Vol. 1: The Four John Difools
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Jodorowsky, Alexandro (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 66 Pages - 05/28/2014 (Publication Date) - Humanoids (Publisher)

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Moebius's After the Incal Digital:

After the Incal Vol. 1: The New Dream
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Jodorowsky, Alexandro (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 60 Pages - 05/28/2014 (Publication Date) - Humanoids (Publisher)

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Weapons of the Metabaron (2008)

Writer: Jodorowsky
Artists: Travis Charest and Zoran Janjetov

An odd one, this. Travis Charest – the Canadian artist best known for his work on the American superhero comic WildC.A.T.S and his lush, highly-detailed cover illustrations – moved to Paris in the early 2000s to work on a Metabarons story called Dreamshifters. This would look at how the greatest warrior in the galaxy acquired his formidable arsenal (his weapons, not the English soccer team). Unfortunately, Charest was a far from prolific perfectionist and, by 2007, only 29 pages of the story were complete. These were published as Weapons of the Metabaron with a framing sequence by Zoran (Before the Incal, Technopriests) Janjetov, who probably knocked out his 26 pages in the same amount of time as Charest spent prepping a panel.

Having said that, those 29 pages by Charest sure are purty.

One volume: hardbackand digital.

Hardback:

Weapons of the Metabaron
  • Hardcover Book
  • Jodorowsky, Alejandro (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 64 Pages - 12/06/2016 (Publication Date) - Humanoids, Inc. (Publisher)

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Digital:

Weapons of the Metabaron
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Jodorowsky, Alejandro (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 57 Pages - 03/19/2014 (Publication Date) - Humanoids (Publisher)

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Metabarons Genesis: Castaka (2007-2013)

Writer: Jodorowsky
Artist: Das Pastoras

A beautifully illustrated prequel to the Metabarons saga, which possibly makes it a pre-prequel. The original series explored the colourful genealogy of the galaxy’s premier hardman, but Metabarons: Castaka goes further back and tells the story of the ancestors of his ancestors. Turns out that before they were humble stone-cutters on a planet made of marble, the Meta-Fam lived a semi-feudal, samurai-like existence on an isolated world. This was before mom, dad and the kids turned to space piracy to make ends meet. Meta-Ancestors, huh?

Available in a single hardback collection and as two digital volumes .

Hardback

Metabarons Genesis: Castaka
  • Humanoids Inc
  • Hardcover Book
  • Jodorowsky, Alejandro (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 120 Pages - 09/20/2016 (Publication Date) - Humanoids (Publisher)

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Digital

Metabarons Genesis: Castaka Vol. 1: The First Ancestor
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Jodorowsky, Alexandro (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 60 Pages - 03/26/2014 (Publication Date) - Humanoids (Publisher)

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The Metabaron (2015-2018)

Writers: Jerry Frissen and Jodorowsky
Artists: Valentin Sécher, Niko Henrichon

While the Jodoverse titles have featured work by some of the comic industry’s finest artists, up until 2015 they were all written solely by Jodorowsky himself. That changed with the confusingly-titled The Metabaron series (singular not plural, although the series is currently being rebranded as The Metabarons: Second Cycle). As the title suggests, albeit obliquely, these stories focus on the most recent Metabaron, the bald badass from The Incal. While Jodorowsky received a ‘Story by’ credit, the series is written by Humanoids veteran, Jerry Frissen, with an English-language adaptation by the cult South African filmmaker Richard Stanley. Incidentally, the documentary film Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau is well worth your time and serves as an ideal double-bill companion to the excellent Jodorowsky’s Dune .

Available in two hardbackas well as six digital volumes.

Hardback

The Metabaron : The Techno-Admiral & The Anti-Baron(Book 1)
  • Humanoids, Inc.
  • Hardcover Book
  • Jodorowsky, Alejandro (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 112 Pages - 10/18/2016 (Publication Date) - Humanoids, Inc. (Publisher)

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Digital

The Metabaron Vol. 1: Wilhelm, The Techno-Admiral
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Jodorowsky, Alexandro (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 56 Pages - 10/18/2016 (Publication Date) - Humanoids (Publisher)

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Megalex (1999-2007)

Writer: Jodorowsky
Artist: Fred Beltran

Some would argue that Megalex shouldn’t be classified as a Jodoverse title as it doesn’t seem to be set in the same Incal/Metabarons universe as everything else on this list. Others (this author included), have a looser definition of ‘Jodoverse’, possibly encouraged by its publisher who lists it in the Jodoverse section of their website. As for the book itself? Jodorowsky explores his familiar theme of nature vs tech, although not as successfully as he’d later do with Final Incal. It features the distinctive CG stylings of Fred Beltran, which jarringly switches to traditional hand-drawn art for the final volume.

Verdict: it’s alright, mostly.

Available in a single hardback collection and as three digital volumes.

Hardback:

Megalex: The Complete Story
  • Humanoids Inc
  • Hardcover Book
  • Jodorowsky, Alejandro (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 164 Pages - 08/13/2014 (Publication Date) - Humanoids, Inc. (Publisher)

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Digital:

Megalex Vol. 1: The Anomaly
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Jodorowsky, Alexandro (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 49 Pages - 03/19/2014 (Publication Date) - Humanoids (Publisher)

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Simak (2019)

Writer: Jerry Frissen
Artist: Jean-Michael Ponzio

The latest Jodoverse series, with Frissen flying solo and not a Jodorowsky in sight. Future noir yarn in which an amnesiac cop investigating the murder of his colleague gets mixed up with the Simak, the loathsome transhuman critters last seen in Metabarons: Second Cycle.

Available in a single hardback collection and as two digital volumes.

Hardback:

Simak
  • Hardcover Book
  • Frissen, Jerry (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 120 Pages - 03/26/2019 (Publication Date) - Humanoids, Inc. (Publisher)

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Digital:

Simak Vol. 1: Hunt on Solar Corona
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Frissen, Jerry (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 57 Pages - 03/26/2019 (Publication Date) - Humanoids (Publisher)

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Humanoids Presents: The Jodoverse

Writer: Jodorowsky
Artists: Various

If you’re new to the Jodoverse and you’re not too sure where the best place is to start frying your synapses, you could do a lot worse than this reasonably-priced tasty hors d’oeuvre of brainwrong, which features excerpts from The Incal, The Metabarons, The Technopriests and Megalex.

Available in a digital volume.

Digital:

Humanoids Presents - The Jodoverse Vol.1
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Jodorowsky, Alejandro (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 112 Pages - 09/06/2016 (Publication Date) - Humanoids Inc (Publisher)

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If you want to find out more about The Jodoverse, it’s worth checking out Christophe Quillien’s books Deconstructing The Incal and Deconstructing The Metabarons (both published by Humanoids). Alternatively, you may be interested in the following things I’ve written:

I’ll regularly update this post as new titles become available, but in the meantime please let me know if there’s anything I’ve overlooked (I’m @tomlennon on Twitter).

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