The 6 Voyages of Lone Sloane

Bokomslag 'The 6 Voyages of Lone Sloane' (inbunden)

In space, when making epic voyages, it is important to choose a sufficiently epic transportation. In the comic book The 6 Voyages of Lone Sloane by Philippe Druillet the protagonist travels through space and dimensions using a stone throne, a gigantic organ and a dragon. Sloane is a space pilot that is captured by a mystic entity and imbued with strange powers when his space ship is destroyed. He has thus turned exceptionally powerful but he has also completely lost control of his own fate, and it seems that the full universe is against him. He is Lone Sloane.

The art and storyline in The 6 Voyages of Lone Sloane consist of a mixture of old-fashioned space opera, even older-fashioned lovecraftian horror and then-contemporary (~1970) psychedelia. The drama is over-the-top without a single hint of irony and this is refreshing. Lone Sloane ponders about his position in cosmos and the impact from trans-dimensional dark metaphysics surrounded by colourful explosions and intricate complexities in the narrative.

I found the story difficult to follow, partly due to the disparity between the cosmic size of the story and the few pages on which it is told and partly since I read the book in bed just before going to sleep. Thus, I need to re-read the book, but I do not really mind. I actually look forward to once more dive into the polychromatic unknown to experience Lone Sloane with fresh eyes.

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