Druillet has a scratchier style. It was one of those artists I thought I would never experience first hand. I don't know if it's in homage to those artists or more of a rip off, and it doesn't matter to me, 'cause it looks great, but there's body positions, layouts, etc that are pure Steranko. La cote des premières éditions est d'ailleurs en hausse, si les rééditions ont un format plus confortable pour exprimer la démesure de l'auteur. Like other comics I remember from Heavy metal magazine back in the day, it doesn't really hold up, story-wise. The personages were almost always crushed by the size of the surrounding universes and structures, all the strip cartoons I read before put their characters in human dimensions, at the center of the action whereas Lone Sloane was like a pebble thrown in raging winds.
His sci-fi story-telling is not the translation of a script but a holistic creation of the same mind. The problem is that once you have gotten your nifty new product, the Lone Sloane T01 Les Six Voyages De Lone Sloane gets a brief glance, maybe a once over, but it often tends to get discarded or lost with the original packaging. All other evils that Sloane will meet will be of a lesser proportion. Like other comics I remember from Heavy metal magazine back in the day, it doesn't really hold up, story-wise. It would be perfectly possible to spend hours poring over one of the page-sized panels that occur at least once in each of these six short stories, and I suspect that back when Druillet's work was first published, the early 1970s, many chemically-enhanced hours were spent doing just that. Space as the ultimate imaginative adventure.
To do that he needs a guide. It has no breaking point that I know of, and extreme temperatures only add to its strength, however its is tensile to a certain extent with great efforts, the bow for example requires tremendous strength to operate. The story of Lone Sloane unfolds in six voyages : each of theses voyages forms a whole, constitutes a narrative and is at the same time part of a global narrative that streches over the six voyages. Lone Sloane seems like a blueprint for Starlin's Warlock run, a much looser, heavy metal foundation to Starlin's glam rock opera. Nice, but that drawing's in one sequence at top of a page, and we never see her again, Sloane doesn't even note the change, the computer's never hinted at a desire to become a woman neither has the narration ; there's no payoff to her becoming a woman.
He enjoys playing with people souls, that of the travelers that pass by his bridge. He single handedly tipped the scales towards good and relegated the spirit of evil to oblivion. I think what Druillet succeeds in accomplishing here is a complete mashup of both our cultural references and our time scales, and to signify that in that distant future, men having been scattered over the stars will continue to recreate and relive the same constitutive elements of the human psyché : piracy, slavery, polytheism, animism, etc. The planet the size of Jupiter, vast expense of hurling winds, raging waters and wretched deserted rock islands, islands the size of continents on Earth. All of the plots could easily fit into a fantasy setting. Last but not least Shonga's pirates and the rest of them lived by a code similar to that found on planet Earth, although more somber and more sinister in nature.
Shonga needs the powers of such a man, a seer, who can take him to the living metal source. But it seemed interesting to us to report the results we have reached in our study. Le message du Coran s'adresse ainsi a tout l'univers, ou l'Arabe en tant que langue parlée a sa place aux cotés d'une myriade de langages. Now when his work is made available in English I fear that it is to late for me. The art is impressive, the oversized dimensions of the books just barely do it justice. Shonga's narrative program is acquiring the living metal, the source of all life, power and wealth in the universe.
Iotaï is the ultimate time machine. Once again The Wul fails to see in Lone the purest specimen of men since their creation, he has been tainted by evil, but it has been removed from him. His red eyes are the coolest thing about him. I feel like there's was so much potential with this guy he just needed some quality control, better coloring and someone to write a goo Ahh, another attempt at enjoying some Druillet gone poorly once more. The Red Army is undefeated since its creation, untold eons ago. While warehoused in a massive storage facility tended by robots, the brains pass time watching old film clips, learning about bees, and meditating their way to a higher state of being.
The story's sloppiness, the psychedelic chaos, I could be fine with, if we had a good character as our anchor through the chaos, but we don't. Sorta Euro-Kirby with a shared interest in South American native art? I did feel there is something lost in the translation and some disjointed sequences. I might have an ugly greenish paperback volume buried around here somewhere with a lot more pages, but I like the large format of these 70-ish page volumes and may get more for the art. To say simply that Druillet put a positive hero in Lovecraft's desperate universe would be an understatement of the value of the work of Druillet, Lone Sloane is as dark a hero as they come, he is in fact, to put it bluntly, an anti hero. Along with Steranko, Kirby was obviously a heavy influence.
He has seen with his own eyes the fabric of life in the universe and escaped its guardians, in that huge cavern, the tavern of Hell. Applies to this comic and that music, that movie. The art makes the book worth reading, for sure. The ship is destroyed and Lone loses both competency and power. In this episode Sloane on a space dragon rejoins his ship, O Sidarta.
This author really seems to me alike a precursor of Caza, and like him, Moebius and Bilal benefits a lot from being both the writer and the ilustrator. Because that is what Iotaï accomplishes, it negates space and time, it is an immemorial object, time, even deep time cannot sum it up. The story's sloppiness, the psychedelic chaos, I could be fine with, if we had a good character as our anchor through the chaos, but we don't. Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Oddity, 1968. They were 7 pirate Kings in total, and the seas were a constant scene of warfare and plunder One might call this voyage The Singularity. The intervention of the King Gods effectively redeemed Lone.