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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)


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  • Above the Influence: Hector, leading to Mistaken for Gay.
  • Action Girl:
  • Alien Sky: Aldébaran-4 has two moons, Antarès-5 has five of them.
    • Also the quantum time anomalies on GJ 1347-4 can make visible "time cut" on the sky: night and day, sunny and rainy sky, etc.
  • All Thereinthe Manual: Much information about the planets or events from the first space colonization are done out of the narration.
  • Belief Makes You Stupid: according to Sven, this trope can be applying to Jedediah Thornton but also to a large portion of humanity.
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  • Bizarre Alien Biology: One of the main appeals of the series is the various and strange alien fauna.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: The Mantrisse, of course.
  • Cassandra Truth:
    • When asked 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.
  • 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: Monsieur Pad.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Kim's daughter, Lynn.
  • 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.
  • Lovable Rogue: Monsieur Pad
  • 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.
  • Nipple and Dimed: The series has both shown and avoided this trope.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Panda-ing 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 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.
  • The Trickster: Monsieur Pad regularly shows Immortal Immaturity.
  • 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.
  • Wham Episode: Aldebaran Cycle, La Photo ("The Picture"), third album in the series. Specifically, the last page.


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