Reading Pile: 2/4/13

The Technopriests Supreme Collection

The Technopriests Supreme Collection- So this may seem pointless because the thing is already out of print, but who knows if you care to hunt it down via Amazon or are lucky enough to find a used copy. This is one of those books you don’t just pick up on a whim, and you will most likely only be interested if you follow the works of Alexandro Jodorowsky, Zoran Janjetov, Fred Beltran, or are blindly purchasing all of the oversized Humanoid slipcases because that’s just your bag. I pretty much like them because they make great blunt objects to bludgeon people with, but that’s how I grade most of my comic collections. But I digress.

This is a four hundred and six page monster that is beautifully bound, so I find that the $114.95 price tag is not so harsh considering it took me a while to read my way through this beast. I’ve read chapters of this massive story before in different printings, but I’ve never had the pleasure of just working my way through the complete story at my own pace.

The main push of the book follows three interconnected stories, the core two focusing on the rise and journey of the Supreme Technopriest. As you follow him as he plays out a Moses role in leading 500,000 followers across the cosmos, he narrates his past life and everything he had to suffer through to achieve his station. Intermittently, he also narrates the life of the rest of his family. The entire thing is filled with mutants, aliens, mutilation, genocide, commerce, religion, cannibal forests, and rapist comets. Yes, you read that right.

It’s the usual crazy ass metaphysical sci-fi that you can expect from Jodorowsky, chock full of metaphorical and spiritual allusions that act as social commentary and meaningful suppositions about our role in the universe. It’s kinda old hat at this point, and while I don’t think Jodorowsky is a broken record per se his messages are fairly familiar from story to story. I’m sure he’s aware of this as well as he tries to dress them up with some high end science fiction and naughty sexual material to maintain our attention. The really nice thing is that the Technopriest sage sort of merges with the Metabaron saga and the Incal saga, giving you a sense of a shared universe that doesn’t depend on itself and doesn’t force you to read everything but gives you a great sense of connectivity and a feeling that Jodorowsky is drawing from a very rich well of material. These books aren’t for everyone, which is probably why they are a pain to find and bitch to afford. I'll always recommend that people give them a try though, and if you get into them you really get into them. A-