‘Valerian’ flashback: ‘The Complete Collection, Volume 4’ (Comic book review)

Looking for a “Valerian” fix after last year’s movie, “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” I’m delving into the comics that started it all, by Frenchmen Pierre Christin (writer) and Jean-Claude Mezieres (pencils and inks). “The Complete Collection, Volume 4” includes the two-part sagas “Chatelet Station, Destination Cassiopeia” (1980)/“Brooklyn Line, Terminus Cosmos” (1981) and “The Ghosts of Inverloch” (1984)/“The Wrath of Hypsis” (1985).

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‘Valerian’ flashback: ‘The Complete Collection, Volume 3’ (Comic book review)

Looking for a “Valerian” fix after last year’s movie, “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” I’m delving into the comics that started it all, by Frenchmen Pierre Christin (writer) and Jean-Claude Mezieres (pencils and inks). “The Complete Collection, Volume 3” includes “Ambassador of the Shadows” (1975), “On the False Earths” (1977) and “Heroes of the Equinox” (1978).

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‘Valerian’ flashback: ‘The Complete Collection, Volume 2’ (Comic book review)

Looking for a “Valerian” fix after last year’s movie, “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” I’m delving into the comics that started it all, by Frenchmen Pierre Christin (writer) and Jean-Claude Mezieres (pencils and inks). “The Complete Collection, Volume 2” includes “The Land Without Stars” (1972), “Welcome to Alflolol” (1972) and “Birds of the Master” (1973).

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‘Valerian’ flashback: ‘The Complete Collection, Volume 1’ (Comic book review)

Looking for a “Valerian” fix after last year’s movie, “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” I’m delving into the comics that started it all, by Frenchmen Pierre Christin (writer) and Jean-Claude Mezieres (pencils and inks). “The Complete Collection, Volume 1” includes “Bad Dreams” (1967), “The City of Shifting Waters”/“Earth in Flames” (1970) and “The Empire of a Thousand Planets” (1971).

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Christie Golden’s ‘Valerian’ novelization delightfully digs into Valerian-Laureline relationship (Book review)

After seeing “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” my No. 1 movie of 2017, I wanted to spend more time in the world, and also try to figure out just what the heck was going on in a couple key sequences. The novelization (July 2017) by Christie Golden, who was becoming one of the top “Star Wars” Legends novelists before that line’s cancellation, mostly delivers the goods.

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‘Valerian’ serves up grand adventure while showing how its source material influenced ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Avatar’ (Movie review)

I consider myself to be an amateur “Star Wars” historian, but until recently, I didn’t know about the influence of the “Valerian and Laureline” comics on George Lucas’ saga. Pulling the 1997 “Magic of Myth” book off my shelf, I don’t find “Valerian” or its creators — writer Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières – in the index. Maybe it’s because it was a French rather than American creation, but at any rate, it’s clear that “Star Wars” borrowed from “Valerian,” which began in 1967 and is still going today.

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