Fresh from the success of the full colour spectacular that was "Get A Life" by Philippe Dupuy and Charles Berberian, and the non-fiction book "Maybe Later", Dupuy here goes solo with a book of sketches and shorts far from his "Monsieur Jean" character and that world.
"Haunted" is framed by Dupuy taking up running. Dupuy goes running then encounters something, an old woman, a dog, a random thought, which turns into a story. Among the many stories included are: the story of a dog whose leg is caught in a bear trap and has to gnaw it off, Dupuy meeting a talking dog and falling down a well, a surreal journey through time and space with a homeless woman, a dream like sequence where he talks to his dead mother while running alongside her, a story where Dupuy imagines rats gnawing at his insides, meeting a talking worldly duck who dispenses wisdom from his luxurious duck house (probably bought by a Tory MP).
There are also stories without Dupuy in them. A starving Parisien artiste seeks to create true art, a strange "Forest Friends" strip where talking animals console their friend who has recently lost an arm, and a Mexican wrestler who can't fight a girl who enters his ring.
All of the strips are draw in sketch style with never any lining or colours or shades, and it's all in black and white. The style suits the stories which seem to be drawn from memory or a dream that's nearly faded.
It's a book that lingers in your mind long after you've put it down and it's easy to see why it's garnered so many awards. Drawn and Quarterly have as always done the book justice by binding it in a hardback with quality paper.
It's a fascinating book, an excellent comic, and a great read from one of France's best living comics artists.