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Les Mondes d'Aldébaran (The Worlds of Aldebaran) is 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.
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Quite "hard" science-fiction, with attention given to the technology of the colonists and the native life of each planet, with 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 feel.

    The series so far consists of: 
  • Aldébaran cycle:
    • La Catastrophe (The Catastrophe – 1994)
    • La Blonde (The Blonde – 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)
    • Episode 6 (2015)
  • Survivants – Anomalies quantique (Survivors – Quantum Anomalies) spin-off cycle:
    • Episode 1 (2011)
    • Episode 2 (2012)
    • Episode 3 (2014)
    • Episode 4 (2016)
    • Episode 5 (2017)
  • Retour sur Aldébaran (Return to Aldebaran) 5th (and currently last) cycle:
    • Episode 1 (2018)
    • Episode 2 (2019)
    • Episode 3 (2020)


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  • Cool Airship: The double zeppelin in La Créature probably qualifies. The album before also has a very cool-looking military zeppelin.
  • Corrupt Church:
    • Aldebaran itself (the first colonized 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 polluted and overpopulated, and out of three other planets colonized, two have produced oppressive regimes within years of colonisation and within days of landing the third is moving in the same direction.
  • Creator Provincialism: A lot of the colonists on Aldebaran (including the highest government authorities), appear to be of Brazilian origin, at least judging by their names and appearance.
  • 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 hang themselves after their daughter is taken away to serve as breeding stock.
    • Some trapped crew members of the Konstantin Tsiolkovsky kill themselves with pills.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • No Biochemical Barriers: Lynn's father is an alien. See Half-Human Hybrid. However, several characters speculate that it was made possible by the changes the mantrisse brought about in Kim's body.
    • In the third and last episode of Retour sur Aldébaran it's revealed that A precursor species modified proto-humanoids to help them evolve and then seeded them on different planets all over the galaxy. It is unknown if the species was from Earth or from a different planet, so we're not actually sure where "human-like intelligent life" originated yet.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sarcastic Confession: When asked about her mysterious past, Manon tell she maybe was an ex-terrorist or an ex-bank robber. This is revealed true in the next volume.
  • Scenery Porn: Especially on Bételgeuse. Often as a backdrop for fauna porn.
  • 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, a.k.a. 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 humans who have encountered the Mantrisse have become functionally immortal.
  • Verbal Tic Name: Iums were named this way.


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