Metamorphoses brings in a new edition (2008), two works by Claude Renard and François Schuiten in the early 80: Aux médianes de Cymbiola (1980) and Le rail (1982), first published in the monthly magazine Heavy Metal before being published in albums by Humanoids.
Aux médianes de Cymbiola, sci-fi tale made mostly in black and white, is an almost poetic variation on the myth of Icarus and geomancy, the exotic and grandiose scenery of the desert world of Cymbiola. It discerns already taste of utopias and imaginary city that will serve as cornerstones to the cycle of the Obscure Cities.
Science fiction even with Le rail, but in color and tone over technology. While returning from a distant union mission aboard a racing car computer, William Davis is the victim of a strange failure in the heart of a vast expanse of desert. Trivial at first glance, the incident will soon take a more dramatic turn, Davis Faisat a kind of modern Robinson lost at the margins of the world, in an environment that does not include … the backdrop of futuristic transport and clashes for energy management (a prescient theme), a fable disenchanted carried by a masterful design.
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