You may not have heard Jean-Claude Forest’s name, but you know his most famous creation, the free-love sci-fi classic Barbarella. Barbarella [Jean-Claude Forest, Kelly Sue DeConnick] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In Book 1 (first collected in ), Barbarella’s. Barbarella [Jean-Claude Forest] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

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But it was not always like this. I guess back when Barbarella was first published it would have been quite titillating. Still, this book includes 4 psychadelic adventures behind a fun Fonda cover photo, and I love the spot colors clakde to distinguish each of her tales. But her choices throughout the comic ripple out beyond their individual panel borders, and those ripples interact with one another—altering the larger reading experience.

Your email address will not be published. Share on Twitter Share on Facebook. She has encounters of varying magnitude throughout the book with men, women, and robots, all quite tastefully portrayed, with everything explicit hidden between panels.

Its lovely artwork – lots of stylized shots of the alien world, and each chapter using only black and one jewel-tone claudd – pops right off the page. The eroticism’s relatively innocent, and the humor’s more Beavis and Butthead than anything else.

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Barbarella was relaunched as an ongoing series by American publisher Dynamite Entertainment in December It’s an equally useful and compelling way to “take cpaude of” the bad guys and deal with conflict, especially for the seemingly random, unmotivated situations Barbarella finds herself in. The artwork is simple but good and the story is somewhat disjointed – most likely a product of being a serial.


An English translation by Richard Seaver reached readers only a few years after the initial French printings, first serialized in Evergreen Review and then collected in a single volume. The comic book, on which the film is based, makes a slightly more sense and is entertaining enough. And I admit, I honestly like the movie more – though it was fun to read the original comics and find all the bits they pulled for the film. Oct 29, at From the start, her captions and dialogue are livelier than those of Seaver.

Barbarella, with her long hair barbarells sonorous name, her baby face and disdain for needless clothes, finds herself on the planet Lythion, where she has made a forced landing while traveling alone through outer space in her rocket.

Read this graphic novel if you’re a third wave feminist trying to reclaim the sexploitation of the s. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Jean-Claude Forest above went on to create many other characters and masterpieces, but Barbarella transformed his work and his life. I did like how the book had a few of the best lines of the movies like: Also the cover is ugly as hell. On top of it the stories barely make any sense when taken from a “strip” format to a graphic novel format.

The first few adventures are kind of too simplistic but by the time the drawings turn yellow the book gets more interesting the drawings are black, white, and shades of a different color in each chapter.

I understand in recent years a Barbarella Psychadella! But you know his most famous creation.


This Barbarella goes rather abruptly at times from one adventure to another on one planet. The comic stands well on its own, too. And there are plenty of come-ons. In the film, she was a law enforcer, not just some adventurer, and she had to find Durand Durand because he invented the Positronic Ray. And interestingly, Forest served as a design consultant on the Barbarella film, so he had a hand in the striking visuals that are such a big part of making it a classic.

Jun 27, Artur Coelho rated it really liked it.

This article is about the comic book. Barbarella is a work of cartooning first and foremost. It looks froest I especially loved the two toned coloring and the stories are pretty interesting for what they are. He’s not exactly a legend in American comics circles.

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Kelly Sue DeConnick resolves some of this through a kind of doubling down. The movie was playful frippery, and was based on a playful frippery — the Barbarella comic strip was a slightly saucy science fiction tale about an occasionally hapless Earth girl who veered between sex at the drop of a hat and helping to overcome tyrannical regimes on alien planets — Barbarella and Flesh not Flash Gordon would have gotten along well, methinks.

For other uses, see Barbarella. Retrieved 18 April Barbarella Barbarella 1 by Jean-Claude Forest. Captain, you better pull out!

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