Is that what we're calling his wig, now?
Wow. That was certainly the visual feast (like the comics). Have to say I was a bit disappointed in the Valerian comics I got out of the library. Admittedly they were later ones, and the first ones are the ones highly regarded, but I'll be seeing this on the biggest screen I can, regardless.
Luc Besson answered questions on Reddit.
Hm, interesting. I admit I thought this was some obscure teen-lit adaptation post Hunger Games. INstead it appears it's (based on) one of the ur-space adventures comics. Something that joins Flash Gordon to Star Wars.
Is that concept of the Alpha place from the comics? Looking at the trailer I'm seeing a lot of Mass Effect going on there. I guess it wouldn't be surprising if it too was heavily inspired by the comics.
Maybe Korben died, and his spirit was transferred to that alien via the Force.