A series of Franco-Belgian comics, created by the Brazilian artist Leo, consisting of three main cycles of albums, plus a spin-off one, published by Dargaud. Each of the mains is name after a separate planet colonised by humans and set on it.
Quite "hard" science-fiction, with attention given to the technology of the colonists and the native life of each planet; a few breaks such as FTL and perhaps the powers of the mysterious "Mantrisse".
Each series follows a handful of characters as they face problems both personal and affecting the entire planet. Tends to have a tragic tone, with many of the problems arising from "the follies of humanity". The partial regression of technology among the colonists gives it a visual Space Western
The series so far constists of:
- Aldébaran cycle:
- La Catastrophe (The Catastrophe-1994)
- La Blonde (The Blond-1995)
- La Photo (The Photo-1996)
- Le Groupe (The Group-1997)
- La Créature (The Creature-1998)
- Bételgeuse cycle:
- La Planète (The Betelgeuse Planet-2000)
- Les Survivants (The Survivors-2001)
- L'Expédition (The Expedition-2002)
- Les Cavernes (The Caves-2003)
- L'Autre (The Other-2005)
- Antarès cycle:
- Episode 1 (2007)
- Episode 2 (2009)
- Episode 3(2010)
- Episode 4 (2011)
- Episode 5 (2013)
- Survivants - Anomalies quantique (Survivors - Quantum anomalies) spin-off cycle:
- Episode 1(2011)
- Episode 2(2012)
Les Mondes d'Aldebaran provides examples of:
- Absent Aliens: While each world has its own native life (And how!), there are no intelligent aliens; except, perhaps, the Mantrisse.
- Averted by the last volume of the Bételgeuse cycle: a sentient alien from the Mantrisse home-world appears.
- Averted also by the iums, a semi-sentients species.
- Also averted in the spin-off serie Survivants: the planet where the heroes crash had some sentient aliens.
- Action Girl: Kim Keller, after being the Tagalong Kid in the first albums, become The Hero of the serie.
- Above the Influence: Hector, leading to Mistaken for Gay.
- All There in the Flyleaf: Much information about the planets or events from the first space colonization are done out of the narration.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: One of the main appeal of the series is the various and strange alien fauna.
- Blue and Orange Morality: the Mantrisse, of course.
- Cassandra Truth When ask about her mysterious past, Manon tell she maybe was an ex-terrorist or an ex-bank robber. This revealed true in the next volume.
- Also, Driss in his first appearance, warning the inhabitants of the Doomed Hometown that something bad is comming for them.
- Cat Folk An alien in the Survivors spin-of.
- Censorship Bureau: On Aldébaran, state censors are assigned to newspapers.
- Church Police: senior police positions are held by clergy.
- * The City Of Light: has becomme so poluted and drab that it's utterly depressing.
- Coming of Age Story: the first few albums are this for Marc.
- Cool Airship: the double zeppelin in "La Créature" probably qualifies. The album before also has a very cool looking military zeppelin.
- Cool Old Guy and Lovable Rogue: Monsieur Pad.
- Corrupt Church: Aldebaran itself (the first colonised planet) became a theocracy shortly after colonization. The series describes itself as "humanistic".
- More obvious with the third series, Antares, with the heroes regularly clashing with the extremely religious colonists they are supposed to help.
- Crapsack World: Earth is poluted and overpopulated, and out of three other planets colonized, two have produced oppressive regimes within years of colonisation within days of landing the third is moving in the same direction.
- Creator Provincialism: A lot of the colonists on Aldebaran (including the highest goverment authorities), appear to be of Brazilian origin, at least judging by their names and appearance.
- Cult Colony: the plan for Antares, though some colonists object.
- Deuteragonist: The first cycle of books starts with Marc as the protagonist and Kim as the Tagalong Kid. But as the series progresses, Kim first becomes the deuteragonist and then the true protagonist, with Marc being relegated into a supporting role.
- Doomed Hometown: The first series starts with a stranger coming to the heroes' village, warning them of the imminent arrival of a massive, incredibly dangerous sea creature which will cause the annihilation of their village. And of course, the villagers don't trust him...
- Driven to Suicide: Bert and Phi Ahn after their daughter is taken away to serve as breeding stock. Also in the same album some trapped crew of the Konstantin Tsiolkovsky.
- Eldritch Abomination: The Mantrisse appears as this. It is certainly has no ill-will towards humans, it simply doesn't realise they are any different from other forms of life.
- One of the Bételgeuse ones even has tentacles of sorts.
- Forbidden Zone: the giant swamps strike fear in all Aldébaran inhabitants, and no one dares go there or even fly over them.
- Generic Cuteness: You have to take the characters' word about who is more attractive.
- Green Aesop
- Half-Human Hybrid: Kim's daughter, Lynn.
- Hot Scoop: Gwendoline Lopes. Acknowledged in-story.
- Human Popsicle: colony ships are filled with these.
- Idiot Hero: Marc Sorensen, in the first cycle.
- Inhumanable Alien Rights: the UN has created rules for dealing with intelligent life should it be found, but unfortunately was too Human-centric in defining what would constitute intelligence.
- In the Future, Humans Will Be One Race: weirdly averted on Aldébaran. Even though representatives of all races have been living perfectly mixed for a century on aldébaran, and that extends to tiny villages where the same small gene pool has existed for nearly all that time, there's no evidence of intermixing whatsoever.
- Just Following Orders: inspector Stutz stays away from politics, just wanting to be a good policeman (which he isn't). He's mocked for this.
- Meaningful Background Event: a rather interesting variant is sometimes used where the characters themselves are moved to the background for a single frame, so that some random Nature Documentary type event can be highlighted in the foreground.
- Murder Water: one way the Mantrisse might manifest.
- No Biochemical Barriers: Lynn's father is an alien. See Half-Human Hybrid.
- Numbered Homeworld: Aldebaran-4, Betelgeuse-6 and Antares-5 respectively, though for the sake of convenience, the number is dropped in everyday conversation, when it's clear that one means the planet and not the star.
- Pandaing To The Audience: The iums
- Phlebotinum Breakdown: The FTL communication with Earth breaks down after landing on Aldebaran and is not up again a hundred years later, when its series is set.
- Police State: Aldebaran.
- Scenery Porn: especially on Bételgeuse. Often as a backdrop for faunaporn.
- She Is All Grown Up: Kim when Marc gets out of prison.
- Single-Biome Planet: Aldebaran-4 is mostly ocean with a few scattered islands, Betelgeuse-6 is a desert world with most of the vegetation confined to deep river canyons. Averted with Antares-5 which has a varied biosphere.
- Single Specimen Species: the mantrisse, at least in the first cycle. Later it turns out that it wasn't native to Aldébaran, and there are more on other worlds.
- Sinister Minister: Algeron Loomis. It doesn't help that he's top cop in a police state.
- So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Kim Keller have trouble dealing with it once grown up, mostly because of her chest.
- Some Call Me Tim: Eldermore Paderevsky, aka monsieur Pad.
- The Trickster: Monsieur Pad.
- Time Travel: Quantum FTL jump do that. Each planet is placed in a different "place" on the timeline and FTL jump jump in time according to that position.
- Oh, there is some quantum anomalies on the planet of the Survivors spin-of and it appends sometimes. Notably for four characters of the cast
- Touched by Vorlons: The few human who have encountered the Mantrisse have become fonctionally immortal.
- United Nations: in charge of all colonization efforts.
- Verbal Tic Name: Iums were named this way.
- Wham Episode: Aldebaran Cycle, "La Photo" (The Picture), third album in the series. Specifically, the last page.