Jean-Pierre Dionnet, one of the founders of "Metal Hurlant," started a new genre in comics when he collaborated with artist Jean-Claude Gal ("Diosamante") in the late 1970s: Heroic Fantasy. It shortly thereafter gained the favor of the public and has since grown immensely. This is the occasion for all lovers of the genre to return to its roots. Witness, with the help of Gal's intricate style, the devastating effects of war as you follow an army's forward progress, and then join Arn's bloody quest for revenge.
Jean-Pierre Dionnet began his career as a comics writer in 1971 writing short stories for artists like Philippe Druillet and Jean-Claude Gal. Continuing to write, he also moved into editorial work. In 1975, he co-founded Métal Hurlant magazine, along with Bernard Farkas, Philippe Druillet and Moebius. He became and remained editor-in-chief for ten years. Leaving what had become Les Humanoids Associes (Humaniods) in 1986, Dionnet has gone on to a successful careers as journalist, film producer, TV presenter and a blogger.
Jean-Claude Gal was a French comic artist mostly known for his work in Metal Hurlant. He began his career as an art teacher near Paris before his short stories were published. Appearing in the very first issue of Metal Hurlant, Gal continued a partnership with editor/author/ co-founder of Humanoids, Jean-Pierre Dionnet, that included 13 years on the series “Armies”. He began working on “Diosamante”, written by Alexandro Jodorowsky until his death in 1994.
"Indeed, these are stories that convey a masterful level of craftsmanship, as well as an immersive, and often surprising, comic book reading experience." - theouthousers.com "ARMIES makes for an enjoyable and impressive collection that's sure to leave both modern comic fans and fans of the classic Métal Hurlant impressed" - figures.com "Armies appears just as fresh today as it did when it debuted in the premiere issue of Metal Hurlant." - StumpTownTradeReview.com "This world feels like it’s been lived in – like it left its scars on the people just as they have left scars on it." - Sequart.org "Gal has built a whole world, and he’s thought about every intricate detail, down to every helmet, every weapon, every stone in each crumbling ruin." - beguilingbooksandart.com