The Borgias by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Milo Manara

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Main Plot Points:

  • When Pope Innocent VIII dies, the corrupt, licentious Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia schemes, murders, and seduces his way into becoming the new pope, immediately securing positions for his family and thereby ensuring a Borgia dynasty.
  • With breathtakingly beautiful painted artwork by Manara, this account of Italy’s first Mafia family by Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky is among comics’—and history’s—sexiest, most violent, and most engaging epics!

 

What We Thought:

  • This was the most ridiculous sensationalization of history I can ever remember reading. I understand amping up the sex and violence, but the liberties taken with actual historical events was just absurd. For example, Lucrezia is depicted as dying after giving birth to her first child, a two-headed monster, when she in fact gave birth to at least seven live children. The depiction of Cesare’s death and the fantasy of Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions were also completely unnecessary: real history was so much more interesting than the juvenile story told here.
  • The art suited the themes of sex and violence, but there was eventually so much of both that I got tired of looking at it all.
  • The bonus material is interesting, but tries to assign too much seriousness to what is essentially a cable-channel-version of history: fine if taken as escapist if frequently gratuitous entertainment, but not worthy of a lot more than that.

 

What It Includes:

  • All four chapters newly translated and collected in English for the first time.
  • Introduction by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá
  • The complete collaboration between legends Alejandro Jodorowsky (Metabarons, The Incal, Technopriests) and Milo Manara (Click!, Indian Summer)!
  • Preface by Jodorowsky

 

Creators:

  • Writer: Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • Artist: Milo Manara
  • Translated by Blacksad translator Katie LaBarbera!

 

Recommended If You Like:

  • HBO’s Game Of Thrones or Showtime’s The Tudors
  • 80s pulp comics
  • Playboy