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Grandville Mon Amour [Hardcover]

Bryan Talbot
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2 Dec 2010

The Badger is back! Set three weeks after the finale of Grandville, Grandville Mon Amour pits Detective Inspector Archie LeBrock of Scotland Yard against an old adversary and ruthless urban guerrilla, Edward 'Mad Dog' Mastock, - a psychotic serial killer whose shocking escape from his execution by guillotine at the Tower of London begins this fast-paced, Hitchcockian steampunk thriller.

LeBrock, still racked by remorse for his failure to prevent the death of 'the Divine Sarah' and working outside the law after resigning his post following a blazing row with his superior officer, embarks on a quest to redeem himself by tracking down Mastock and bringing to an end his horrific murder spree. Aided by his adjunct and old friend, Detective Roderick Ratzi, he follows the trail of carnage to Paris. Otherwise known as Grandville, it's the largest city in a world dominated by France, a city used to violence following the years of terrorist bombings by the extreme fanatic wing of the British resistance during the occupation, the notorious Angry Brigade, of which Mastock was the sadistic leading light. With his customary tenacity, LeBrock stalks his prey through a world populated by anthropomorphic animals, an underclass of humans and automaton robots where advanced steam technology powers everything from hansom cabs to iron flying machines. It's a trail that leads to the demimonde of Parisian prostitution and an atrocity perpetrated twenty-three years ago.

With a range of new and fascinating characters and a mix of Holmesian deduction, knowing humour and edge of the seat action, Grandville Mon Amour continues the vein of high-octane adventure begun in the first volume. Can even LeBrock escape the past or do heroes have feet of clay? Follow the badger!


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  • Hardcover: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape (2 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224090003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224090001
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The series is a great idea and the book is brilliant, sumptuously drawn... and exceedingly pleasing in its pay-offs. --Booktrust

Gorgeousness of colour and draughts-manship are in stunning evidence...This is gripping, intelligent, flawlessly executed entertainment of the highest order. --The Times

`Talbot's storytelling, as well as his draughtsmanship, has grown steadily more assured and subtle.... He brings a rare subtlety, even beauty, to his medium. His drawing is first class and his dialogue superb, adding credibility to his characters while moving the story along at a laconic lick.... Talbot's elaborate brass-and-mahogany steampunk paraphernalia constantly add some visual delights to the table.... For over a century, children have loved getting a Rupert or Beano annual as part of the season's largesse. This year a lot of grown-ups should feel the same when Grandville Mon Amour turns up under the tree.' --Guardian, December 13, 2010

`richly imagined and beautifully drawn "steampunk" fantasia of late 19th-century England' -- Independent, December 13, 2010

`Hats off again to Monsieur Talbot' -- I, December 13, 2010

`I've never made a secret of my belief that Bryan Talbot is a genius -so I was always going to like Grandville mon Amour. Even so, my passion for it took me by surprise: I can safely say that this is, by several miles, my favourite graphic novel of the last 12 months...In Talbot's hands, the whole thing is utter bliss: clever, knowing, funny, imaginative, chilling, and illustrated so gorgeously you could stare at each frame for hours. I love LeBrock, and I want you to love him, too. So, go on. What are you waiting for? Follow the badger!' --The Observer, January 7, 2011

`rip-roaring detective story.' --Daily Mail

`It is good, wonderfully violent comic-book stuff' --Historial Novels Review

Book Description

The eagerly awaited new novel in Bryan Talbot's acclaimed steampunk graphic novel series, following the heroic Detective Inspector LeBrock.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars J'adore Grandville! 15 Dec 2010
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
A psychotic murderer is condemned to hang for his crimes but he somehow escapes and makes his way from Blighty to Grandville where he begins to wreak a furious vengeance on a series of prostitutes. But what do these women have in common? Inspector LeBrock returns to Grandville hot on the heels of "Mad Dog" Mastock to stop his killing spree and bring him to justice. But what he finds as he begins to investigate the murders takes him back to the past when Britain was fighting for independence against the French, to an event called the Brick Lane Massacre, his own father, and a terrible conspiracy reaching to the highest echelons of power...

Bryan Talbot follows up his hit comic book "Grandville" from last year with "Grandville Mon Amour", the sequel. For those not familiar with the series, the characters are mostly animals in human-ish form, in a steampunk reimagining of the Victorian era with robots and flying machines thrown into the mix.

Talbot's art is nothing short of masterful. Each page contains a stunning array of illustrations, from detailed crowd scenes to richly coloured interiors. Talbot's writing is also of a very high standard with the plot hurtling forwards at all times making for a terrifically exciting read.

"Mon Amour" is a welcome return to the wonderfully realised world of "Grandville". It's a crime thriller but with darker overtones to the first book. Fantastic art, fantastic story, a great comic book from a true artist and storyteller, and a great read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A strong sequel, but a slight let-down 1 Jan 2011
Format:Hardcover
I loved Grandville, and was eagerly anticipating this sequel for the further adventures of D.I. LeBroc. Perhaps my expectations were set too high, but I came away with some disappointment from Mon Amour.
The art is as beautiful as ever, darker than the first book. The printing of the book screams quality, though the sticker on the back of my copy fell off when I read the book - not a big deal as I actually wanted to remove it anyway.

The story starts out in Talbot's usual enigmatic way, but from there rather plods along in pretty linear fashion. For me, the 'twist' ending was fairly predictable, and the 'mystery' is no match for the original.

In summary, a quality book, and a good read, but lacking the pace and interest of the first book. If you've read Grandville, temper your expectations slightly and you will enjoy it more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The badger is back! 13 May 2011
By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
If you've not heard of Grandville by now, you HAVE to get into this series (and yes, since we're at No. 2 it is a series now). Mon Amour takes place three weeks after the first, and DI Archie LeBrock (no relation to Kelly, as far as I know) is mourning the loss of his beloved Sarah. A dangerous dog (remember, this is an anthropomorphized world where humans are slaves) escapes the guillotine and escapes to Paris where he murders a bunch of hookers. LeBrock is suspended from Scotland Yard after his outburst at not being given the case, though he follows the trail to Paris and investigates anyway.

Even if you took away the great artwork, the retro-futuristic/steampunk atmosphere, and the Holmes/Watson twist Grandville: Mon Amour would still be winner thanks to the innovative historic/contemporary political issues that contain the plot. Add it all together (including some sly pop-culture jokes) and you have one truly unique graphic novel/experience. A must buy, for anyone and everyone.

I don't want this series to end, and impatiently await the next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Series of comic books 24 April 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My son who is 15, loves this series of comic books. He just can not put them down & says they are really exciting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant storytelling 27 Oct 2013
By Joeyboy
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Exceptional storytelling and beautiful drawing/ink work. Would recommend this amazing book for anyone wanting to experience tip top fantasy. Amazing !
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm bowled over by the Grandville series 29 Aug 2013
Format:Hardcover
I'm not big on graphic novels, but I'm bowled over by the Grandville series, written and illustrated by Bryan Talbot. The title is a tribute to the 19th century French caricaturist, J J Grandville, whose depictions of people as hominid animals (and other things) helped inspire surrealism. In Mr Talbot's novels England has only recently gained independence from France, having been conquered by Napoleon two hundred years ago along with the rest of Europe. In this Steampunk world, all the people are animals, French is the universal language, and the name Grandville is sometimes applied to the Imperial City of Paris. The artwork is superb, and the style allows for subtle little jokes, dropping in characters from Tintin and Rupert Bear. The hero of Grandville, Grandville Mon Amour and Grandville BÍte Noire is DI Archie LeBrock of Scotland Yard, a badger, whose sidekick is an elegant rat. LeBrock's character combines elements of Sherlock Holmes, Sam Spade and even Mike Hammer, and he needs all his intelligence and his courage to uncover political conspiracies that bring to mind the phrase `madmen wielding sceptres'. The tense England/France political situation parallels that of Ireland/UK not so long ago.
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