Moon Face delivers another spiritually infused surrealist fairy tale.
The story has the grand scope of the Old Testament with the grit of a great adventure pulp.
In Moon Face, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Francois Boucq take us to a mysterious island ruled by an authoritarian regime teeming with gangs of scavengers and cults that worship mutant whales. When a tsunami is about to hit the island, everyone runs to a shelter — except for a lone figure who playfully dances between the waves.
This is how we are introduced to Moon Face, a character who is both a savior and a savant. Because Moon Face maintains a childlike sense of innocence, he’s able to create wonders and miracles — even if this story is not all childlike wonder. Moon Face feels very Old Testament in that it dives headlong into the darkest aspects of human cruelty and suffering.
There are also aspects of Moon Face which feel more in line with a rollicking adventure like The Odyssey or Moby Dick. All of these fantastic elements are put through a unique lens that’s analogous to Jodorowsky’s surrealist films. There are places where the story gets bogged down by its many moving parts, but the end result hits like a tidal wave.