• Thorgal: A Folk Metal Song in Pictoral Form

    Thorgal: A Folk Metal Song in Pictoral Form0

    Thorgal Jean Van Hamme (writer), Grzegorz Rosiński (illustrator) Cinebook Thorgal is a silly name. It doesn’t inspire confidence. The art is what attracted me to reviewing this classic European series—one that still goes on today, albeit with writers changed out. Grzegorz Rosiński’s art is extraordinarily well-composed, to the point of being cinematic. Scouring the pages was

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  • French Pirates and Feminists! Long John Silver: Lady Vivian Hastings

    French Pirates and Feminists! Long John Silver: Lady Vivian Hastings0

    Long John Silver Vol. 1: Lady Vivian Hastings Xavier Dorison (writer), Mathieu Laufray (illustrator) Dargaud (French version) May 18, 2007 Cinebook (English version) February 16, 2011 “But in these dark hours at last, I find the courage to pass along these terrible memories…” Long John Silver Vol. 1, Lady Vivian Hastings opens with an ominous

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  • Yoko Tsuno is a Heroine On the Edge

    Yoko Tsuno is a Heroine On the Edge2

    Yoko Tsuno: On the Edge of Life Roger Leloup (Writer and Artist) Cinebook August 16, 2007 There is something special about Franco-Belgian comics from the 1970s. The comics of Spirou Magazine, Tintin, and Pilote solidified the dominance of Franco-Belgian comics into the modern era. Large format, long-form narrative storytelling, complex characters, and clean, clear artistic

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  • IR$: A Serious-Minded Economy-Law Action Comic

    IR$: A Serious-Minded Economy-Law Action Comic1

    IR$ Bernard Vrancken and Stephen Desberg Cinebook (English Translation), 2008 IR$ is a Belgian comic book about an American tax inspector, translated to English for the British market by Cinebook. A comic about a tax man. Wild, right?

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  • The Best Thing I Didn’t Know About Valerian & Laureline

    The Best Thing I Didn’t Know About Valerian & Laureline5

    It’s that they love each other. Valérian and Laureline is a french-language comic, originally published over six decades (the late 1960s through the first ten years of the 21st century), and in English currently by Cinebook. They put out single-volume books as well as bonanza compendiums; I’ve only, so far, read three of the former.

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  • The Chimpanzee Complex Reviewed: Intrigue, Love, & Rockets

    The Chimpanzee Complex Reviewed: Intrigue, Love, & Rockets1

    The Chimpanzee Complex, volume 1: Paradox Richard Marazano & Jean-Michel Ponzio Cinebook Here’s a closer look at Helen Friedman, Floridian, NASA’s best astronaut in 2035, and protagonist of The Chimpanzee Complex, a bande-dessinee written by Richard Marazano, illustrated by Jean-Michel Ponzio, and published by Dargaud (French) before Cinebook (English): This is a space comic: a comic about astronauts, and exploration, and mystery,

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