Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Water Memory

Caroline has recently separated from her husband. She decides to move with her daughter Marion to the house where she grew up, and which she has now inherited upon the death of her mother. The house stands at the edge of a cliff, near a harbor village.Young Marion, deprived of her own father, seeks to learn more about her grandfather — Caroline’s father — who disappeared at sea 30 years ago. 
Marion is fascinated by the strangely-shaped cliffs that face the sea. Her curiosity leads her to make friends with an elderly man who has lived a hermit-like existence in his lighthouse since he was released from prison. He confessed to the murder of his wife. But, in the absence of evidence, the courts set him free. Marion discovers that her grandfather and this old man knew each other once. Then, the hermit reveals to her that a curse links his family with the fate of the entire village. And Marion’s own grandfather bore witness to this – before his sudden, brutal disappearance… Water Memory Script by Mathieu Reynès - Art by Valérie Vernay.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Battle

The Battle (French: La Bataille) is a historical novel by the French author Patrick Rambaud that was first published in 1997. The English translation by Will Hobson appeared in 2000. The book describes the 1809 Battle of Aspern-Essling between the French Empire under Napoleon and the Austrian Empire. The action in the novel follows closely historical observations and descriptions as seen from the French perspective. La Bataille is the first book of a trilogy by Rambaud about the decline of Napoleon, describing his first personal defeat in a European battle; the other two books cover Napoleon’s defeat in Russia in The Retreat and his banishment at Elba in Napoleon’s Exile. 
The epic tale of the Battle of Essling continues! The opening scene plunges us right into the action as Napoleon’s soldiers engage in a bitter struggle against the Austrians. This is a comic brimming with real historical figures, from Napoleon, to Masséna, to Stendhal, and even Colonel Lejeune, for all of whom Rambaud found his inspiration in the historical archives of the epoch. Script by Frédéric Richaud Patrick Rambaud - Art by Ivan Gil.


Monday, February 20, 2017

Jazz Maynard

Set in present day Barcelona. Jazz Maynard and his friend Theo are captives, tied to their chairs in a seedy room. They have no idea why, nor who is holding them prisoner. But Jazz has just come out of a dangerous adventure. Three days earlier, in New York, his sister – whom he hadn’t seen in ten years – sent him a desperate letter pleading for help… and that’s how it all begins…Script by Raule - Art by Roger.


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Terry Pratchett's Discworld

Discworld is a comic fantasy book series written by the English author Terry Pratchett (1948–2015), set on the fictional Discworld, a flat disc balanced on the backs of four elephants which in turn stand on the back of a giant turtle, Great A'Tuin. The books frequently parody or take inspiration from J. R. R. Tolkien, Robert E. Howard, H. P. Lovecraft, Charles Dickens, and William Shakespeare, as well as mythology, folklore and fairy tales, often using them for satirical parallels with current cultural, political and scientific issues. The series is popular, with more than 80 million books sold in 37 languages.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Corto Maltese

This story finds Corto reuniting with many friends from previous stories, searching for the Mu, the fabled lost city. The Mu story is incredibly convoluted, making this a particularly hard translation. Lots of statements contradicting previous statements. It took me a while to come to the decision that Pratt was doing this on purpose, but the discovery of just what Mu turns out to be is a big part of the ongoing story. This one is one of the longest Corto stories, and there are a lot of trippy dreams and dreamy trips that happen throughout. This is the loosest of Pratt's draftsmanship, and my favorite Corto Maltese art. The story meanders all over the place. The ending is in fact very affecting, especially if one has read some of the previous books (Corto Maltese in Siberia would be the key book there).


Friday, February 17, 2017

Margot

Lured by visions of fame and big city excitement from her small midwest hometown, Margot instead finds her spotlight as a "wrecker" in the seedy and dangerous ghettos of Harlem. Working secretly as an advocate for the homeless, she is enlisted by the famous philanthropist Aubrey Monk, who has plans of his own for New York's down and out...but whose interests does he have in mind? Created by Jerome Charyn and Massimiliano Frezzato.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Sarvane

Sarvane is a Spanish comics series featuring an eponymous character, written by Antonio Segura and drawn by Jordi Bernet. The series was launched in the comics magazine Cimoc in 1982, had a relatively short serial run before the artist and writer moved on to their next collaboration, Kraken.
Sarvane is a woman living in a fantasy-science fiction environment, on a barbarous planet where a blonde astronaut, Heloin, arrives. The volatile Sarvan claims him for herself, and this generates an almost endless series of struggles. In many of these clashes Sarvan dresses in a revealing bikini that frequently slides down.