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Before The Incal

Alejandro Jodorowsky
Art: Zoran Janjetov

Reviewed by Lorenzo Princi
Before The Incal by Alejandro Jodorowsky
Cover Concept by Lorenzo Princi, 2 April 2017

Romeo & Juliet find themselves in a future dystopia.

Taking on the challenge of becoming a detective, John DiFool must choose a mystery to solve and does so with one close to home yet unwittingly find himself on the tail of something the government was keeping hidden. Not to be deterred, John, his trusty concrete seagull Deepo and an unlikely robot mentor pursue the truth despite being hunted as well as hunters.

With The Incal being such a perfectly contained story a prequel seemed a little odd, nonetheless Before The Incal does successfully chronicle the events which preceded it. It also does wells to flesh out John DiFool by giving him a rich backstory while explaining how he become a Class-R Detective. 

Before The Incal also greatly expands the world building of Jodorowsky's immense dystopia and Janjetov's art showcases it magnificently by being a little more bold and less elegant than M
“bius' original.

Violent, sexual and tragic, Before The Incal is an adult, epic noir but one that must be read after The Incal can be enjoyed in isolation.