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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books (5 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606994352
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606994351
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 1.5 x 30 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 246,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In its ongoing quest to showcase the wide range of Jacques Tardi s bibliography, Fantagraphics reaches all the way back to one of his earliest, and most distinctive graphic novels: A satirical, Jules Vernes-esque retro-sci-fi yarn executed on scratch

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Yossarian on 28 Mar. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Another fine example why Jacques Tardi is a master of the comics medium, his style is so distinctive it is impossible to get him confused with any other artist. This book is well translated and lavishly produced by Fantagraphics and printed in a larger format to show off the exemplary artwork.

Created in 1972 this adventure tale is as fresh and entertaining as when first published, it reminds me of Adèle Blanc-Sec in style and the b/w artwork really lends itself to the frozen landscapes and icy seas contained in the story.

Mad scientists, monsters of the deep, futuristic submarines and flying machines. Seriously - whats not to like? Buy with confidence.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ian Thumwood on 7 Sept. 2013
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The world of comics or graphic novels strange. I would have to admit that I can't stand the Marvel style characters who seem to take themselves too seriously as well as having a strong aversion to their Right Wing perspective of things. To me they glorify everything that is wrong with America. On the otherhand, I find the French BD totally compelling whether they might be books about the history of aviation or infamous French Queens. One of the champions of French BD has been Jacques Tardi who is probably best known for his character Adele Blanc Sec as well the shockingly honest depictions of the First World War. Tardi's "Artic Marauder" pre-dates ABS but is very much in the same vein with it's depiction of unlikely heroes, fantastic Victorian contraptions and science fiction.

I suppose the biggest surprise was approaching Tardi in an English translation as opposed to the French which can be a bit difficult. The reason for this is that the text if full of character and includes a large amount of slang - he is the Charles Dickens of graphic novels. I find the style of writing to be very amusing and also tongue in cheek. The idosyncratic writing really adds colour to the narrative and it is clear that Tardi has expertly re-cast the old Victorian penny-dreadfuls in to graphic novel form. If I'm honest, the ABS volumes have the edge over this earlier effort but the best stories regarding his heroine certainly build upon this book.

In it's favour the illustrations are absolutely beautiful and the black and white images serve to add to the story. You could imagine that if the Victorian's had graphic novels, they would look like this.
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Really great art-manages to be stylised and realistic. Ships, trains, buildings and fantastical machinery done so well. Human faces tend to be cartoony.

Plot is short and simple, very Jules Verne with the odd surprise.

Wont take you long to read-63 pages, some of which have only 2 or 3 panels.

Wish it was longer and wordier, nevertheless entertaining and fun.
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By angela mckeon on 12 Feb. 2014
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Excellent product, it is very good and deserves the five star rating. This product is exactly what I expecting and I would recommend this to anyone who is considering buying it.
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Great art, not-so-great story 25 Jun. 2011
By Clayton Hollifield - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Obviously, if you're checking out reviews of this book, you're already interested in Jacques Tardi's work. And his artwork here is great (GREAT!), even more so if you're into steampunk. But as great as the artwork is, the story end doesn't quite hold up. It is a twist on an adventure story, and I did enjoy that. However, the story ends abruptly, and the whole thing feels unfinished. Beyond that, the story is broken up into a series of very short segments that can be dialogue-heavy at times, and doesn't flow as well as it could.

Bottom line: if you're trying to find a Tardi book to start with, go with "West Coast Blues" or "It Was the War of the Trenches," both of which have very good stories and artwork. I'd feel pretty badly if this was a reader's introduction to Jacques Tardi's work, though, because even though it has good qualities, it's not as well-rounded of an album as the other two books I mentioned.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Icepunk adventure 23 Dec. 2011
By M. B. Wilkes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Originally created by Jacques Tardi in 1972, this 2011 re-issue of his satirical, proto-steampunk adventure comic is a fantastic addition to any comics/graphic novel collector's library. The Edwardian-inspired scratchboard artwork and page design are exquisite and inspirational. The translation(from the French) feels a bit spotty at times, and the story is a bit wonky in the way that such period adventure tales tend to be; you sort of need to commit yourself to enjoying the ride even if it doesn't always make sense. Unfortunately for this reader, the book ends abruptly, and I am not aware of a sequel, but it was very fun read and an extraordinary feast for the eyes and imagination.
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Great Illustrations, okay story 20 Nov. 2011
By D. Sorel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Let me preface by saying that the illustrations in this graphic novel are by far some of the best pieces of artwork that I have ever seen! When artwork this good is placed next to text, the story pales in comparison. Such is the case with this graphic novel.

A ship is sailing peacefully in the arctic when a crewman spots another ship perched atop an iceberg. The captain from the first ship sends a dinghy out to the stranded ship in hopes of saving the passengers or at least discovering how the ship got there. When they arrive, they find that all of the crewman on the stranded ship have frozen at their posts. The men turn around in time to see their own ship explode before their eyes. Their future seems beyond bleak and the perched ship sends them on a mysterious journey.

In many ways, the story is classic Steampunk. The graphic novel is in an oversized format which perfectly fits the larger than life tale. The drawings are absolutely beautiful and far outshines the writing, which is also lovely. I truly wanted to love this graphic novel and while I adored the drawings, I did not fall in love with the overall package. Therefore, I have to give it three stars as I found the story confusing and secondary to the illustrations.
How Not to End a Terrific Book 8 Feb. 2013
By M. L. Asselin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This English translation of "Le Démon des glaces," an early steampunk graphic novel by Jacques Tardi, features stunning artwork. The book is worth acquiring for the very fine black ink drawings (the magic is in the white spaces). The story is intriguing, too, grabbing the reader from the opening scenes--which makes the abrupt and frustrating ending all the more tragic. How could such a beautiful work of art go so very wrong?

The story, set in 1889, is largely set in a murky, iceberg-prone corner of the Atlantic, where ships are mysteriously sinking. As the tale opens, the steamship L'Anjou plows through a thick snowstorm when the first mate spies a tall, narrow iceberg upon which an apparently marooned clipper is precariously perched. The captain of L'Anjou sends a landing party, including a medical student, Jérôme Plumier, to see if there are any survivors. What they find is a ghostly, ice-covered ship, The Iceland Loafer, with its crew frozen in place. Among them is the captain, sitting at his table, pointing to a spot on a map. As the landing party puzzles over this bizarre scene, L'Anjou suddenly explodes and sinks.

The story, which revolves around the survivor, Plumier, marvelously unfolds in unexpected if sometimes cheesy directions. Near the end, the pace picks up as the novel turns from science fiction to action-adventure. And then, as if running out of paper, Tardi just stops the story, appending a lame, moralistic and facile footnote to what was heretofore a captivating tale. This reader was simply stunned. Why did Tardi do that? As noted above, the artwork enthralls: Tardi is a master at drawing the ships, ports and cityscapes of late nineteenth France. It's too bad that, at the last moment, his storytelling skills failed him.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
GORGEOUS art, nice plot twist 20 Jun. 2011
By Adam Saltsman - Published on Amazon.com
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Like everything the French do, this book is drop-dead gorgeous. A faux-woodcut style and absurd attention to detail bring this Jules Verne- and Edgar Allen Poe-inspired story to life. The dialog is a little awkward, it reads as unnecessarily anachronistic, even compared to the works to which the author/illustrator pays homage. But the plot twist is a funny 180 on the classic adventure tale, and fans of the genre should appreciate it. Even so, the art overshadows the story and dialog, especially in this large, French-style format. Lovely!
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