51n8tndkcdlThe World of Edena
by Moebius
Dark Horse Books
ISBN-13: 978-1506702162

This PopCult Gift Guide pick is for the connoisseur of fine French comics. The World of Edena is a huge new collection of stories from the late master of sequential storytelling, Jean “Moebius” Girard. Some of the stories in this huge (344 page) collection have been published in the US before, but not all of them, and never with this previously-unpublished translations by the late Kim Thompson. This is part of an ongoing project to put the work of Moebius back in print–with some material in English for the first time!

Stel and Atan are interstellar investigators trying to find a lost space station and its crew. When they discover the mythical paradise planet Edena, their lives are changed forever. The long out-of-print Edena Cycle from Moebius gets a deluxe hardcover treatment! Moebius’s World of Edena story arc is comprised of five chapters–Upon a Star, Gardens of Edena, The Goddess, Stel, and Sra–which are all collected here.

giftguide-graphic-008A storyboard artist and designer (Alien, Tron, The Fifth Element, among many others) as well as comic book master, Moebius’s work has influenced creators in countless fields.While French artist Jean Giraud was already a well-known comic artist with his hard-boiled western series Blueberry, he built an entire second career under the pen name Moebius beginning in 1963 with a series of short stories. In later years, Moebius would become world famous for his science-fiction, artistic, and erotic art. He is admired for his many collaborations with Alejandro Jodorowsky such as the wordless comics fantasy, Arzach.

This book is a treasure in the sincerest sense of the word. The World of Edena  can be ordered from any local bookstore by using the ISBN code above, but Amazon offers it at a substantial discount.