Whenever I read forewords like the one written specifically for this edition by Matt Fraction, where all but calls Jodorowsky's and Gimenez's work a piece of art I tend to feel skeptic and to approach said work with some reservations.
The caste of Metabarons is an amplification of an earlier character that debuted on the seminal Incal by Jodorowsky and Moebius. Now partnering with Gimenez, himself an acomplished artist every bit as good as Moebius, Jodorowsky finally reveals to us the strange story of the clan ruled by the bushitaka code of honor of the ancient warriors.
Here and there parallels resonate with another SF masterwork, Dune, by Frank Herbert, and that's no coincidence. By now it has become legend the story of how Jodorowsky's adaptation of the masterwork fell through, the enormous talent that he assembled only to be let down by pitiful economics. We were to have our adaptation of Dune but itself is but a pale shadow of what it could be, a risible, misguided effort that bears no relation to the written word from where it takes its name.
Jodorowsky felt no compunction in using and liberally sprinkling this vast space operatic tale of revenge, duty, honor, horror and tragedy, with nods to Dune that any reader familiar with the text will be able to discern. That's not to demean Jodorowsky's imagination, mainly because he himself never spurned those associations. In fact his use of Herbert's ideas expands on an ever revolving cauldron of ideas that ultimately serves the purpose of demonstrating that all good stories come from some obscure locus.
That is also true in the use of classical Greek tragic myth telling, whenever sons kill fathers, mothers use incest to purify bloodlines, etc. Jodorowsky, no stranger to myth, weaves all these seemingly disparate threads into a coherent plot that drives along with the speed of a sublight carrier.
One last mention of the superb skills of Gimenez that brings to life with an impressive palette of colors and traces the vivid imagination of his partner. Sometimes his double page insets could be the envy of a lot of Hollywood blockbusters. One can only dream of ever seeing these still images brought to life. In a way it's better not to tarnish perfection.
This truly is an amazing piece of art deserving a place in every SF fan Bookshelf.