Dark Horse Comics has announced a release date for the first hardcover volume of a collection of work from legendary French artist Moebius.
The Moebius Library: The World of Edena Volume 1 is expected to be released in the United States on Oct.26.
Dark Horse first announced the project back in October during New York Comic Con.
The volume contains the Edena story arc made up of five chapters: Upon a Star, Gardens of Edena, The Goddess, Stel and Sra. Moebius started the science-fiction series in the early 1980s and continued to work on it on-and-off until around 2001.
It’s been a very, very long time, nearly 20 years, since the series was seen in the U.S.
Graphitti Designs had released an english language collection in hardcover, which included the majority of Edena, in the early 1990s collecting their previous oversized paperback collections.
Those hardcovers are going for astronomical prices on eBay and Amazon, so the Moebius Library from Dark Horse Comics is great news; the series was also eventually published in other languages including Italian, Dutch and Japanese, often in very lavish collections.
From what little I’ve seen so far, it looks pretty interesting, fantastically strange and amazingly rendered (of course).
October can’t come soon enough.
Here’s last year’s press release on the project:
Dark Horse is proud to announce that the library of Mœbius, one of the most influential and respected artists in the history of comics and cartooning, will arrive on store shelves in a gorgeous series of hardcover volumes available for the first time in nearly 20 years.
With a vast array of work showcasing his mastery of realist drawing, Jean Giraud—better known as Mœbius—is one of the most influential bandes dessinées cartoonists in history, with work that helped to define the landscape of science fiction and fantasy comics. His expertise was also showcased on work in film, with credits including Alien, Tron, The Fifth Element and more.
“As a true visionary in the comics medium, it is a pleasure to once again publish collections of Mœbius’ work,” said Dark Horse president and publisher Mike Richardson. “His influence on contemporary comics is undeniable, and it’s a true honor to be working with Isabelle Giraud, his wife and partner, to help ensure that his legacy will continue to live on for a new generation of readers.”