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The Metabarons: Aghnar & Oda (vol. 2)

Credits: Written by Alexandro Jodorowsky and Illustrated by Juan Gimenez
Publisher: Humanoids (DC)


There's a loony bin out here in Missouri that's no longer in use as a hospital and has turned itself into a museum of sorts. Between artifacts from the stone age of Mental Health to some of the more charming pieces of metal consumed by the hospital's patients, the Glore Psychiatric Museum is full of all kinds of charming shit to delight and bemuse even the most jaded of hipster. Take for example the giant quilt embroidered with verbal nonsense by a schizophrenic that's at once both hysterical and, well, hysterical.

There's a fine line between Schizo-Quilts and METABARONS, I think. A full-tilt Space Opera with ideas to burn on every page, this insane epic careens across the story of generation after generation of Intergalactic Superwarriors. This is an all-out, out of control, and completely mental exercise in imagination and lunacy. This book utterly defies definition, and rewards its readers with a bombardment of constantly evolving thoughts and an aching vigor for creation at once breathtaking and joyous. METABARONS is one of the best uses of the Comics medium and its potential for the limitless presentation of pure thought.

-- Matt Fraction

Matt Fraction splits his time between motion graphics and design house MK12, writing comics, and reading comics. He is the author of the graphic novels The Annotated Mantooth and Last of the Independents, both available from AiT/Planet Lar. He can be found on the web at mattfraction.com. His wife is hot.


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