Metal Hurlant Volume 1 (Metal Hurlant Collection) Hardcover – June 22, 2011
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About the Author
Fred Beltran is active in several creative fields. He works as a comics artist, but also as a prolific musician. Beltran saw his first comic album published in 1988. In the early 1990s, he contributed to the collective album “Eros Gone Wild” at Humanoids and pursued a subsequent career in architecture, illustration and theatre stage design. Since 1994, Beltran has mostly used the computer on all his comics work, including the coloring of the series “The Technopriests.” Also in 1994, the first album of his new band Les Snails is released. Beltran cooperated with the Japanese publishing house Kodansha between 1995 and 1997, producing the series “Nina.” In 1998, he began a new series with Jodorowsky, called “Megalex,” (Humanoids) and in which he used both hand-drawn and computer-generated illustrations.
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Now, having said that, I do have to add that some of the stories are more clever than sophisticated. They rely on a twist at the end to carry the story forward or to finalize it, and some of the actions of the characters aren't that emotionally pragmatic, or where their actions serve the story they, as characters, don't make too much sense themselves. Ergo it's the author trying to show his version of "Strange Tales" by showing something strange and science fiction like without much regard to the logic of the plot elements.
Even so, I did enjoy reading this publication, and the art work, for what it is, is actually decent enough. I'm still of the opinion that comic books are for kids, even though adults can enjoy them on a certain level, but this collection of tales is respectable. Like I say, the stories are kind of interesting, but they do seem concocted for the sake of telling something that's different, as opposed to telling something that makes a statement or reflects on who we are as society.
I'm not sorry I bought it, but the price I paid for this volume does seem a bit steep. If you really want a copy, them maybe find a beat up one at a used book store or something.