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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Dark
In a steampunk world of anthropomorphic animals where Napoleon won and where humans are a lower-class species, a tough badger Detective Inspector tackles crime coming from the direction of Paree, and all with a Sherlock Holmes/Arsene Lupin twist. If that doesn't hook you then you are simply wasting your literacy.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Talbot's Best Noir
An artist designing a mural is found murdered under suspicious circumstances. When the commission of the mural is passed on and the second artist is also murdered, foul play is suspected! Archie LeBrock and his faithful sidekick Roderick Ratzi are once more on the trail of crime in the steampunk city of Grandville.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Talbot's Best Noir, 4 Dec 2012
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This review is from: Grandville Bete Noire (Hardcover)
An artist designing a mural is found murdered under suspicious circumstances. When the commission of the mural is passed on and the second artist is also murdered, foul play is suspected! Archie LeBrock and his faithful sidekick Roderick Ratzi are once more on the trail of crime in the steampunk city of Grandville.

This new installment in the Grandville series feels the most strained of the three books; it doesn't fly along on its original, creative energy like the first 2 books, rather it plods along to a fairly pedestrian murder mystery plot that we've seen before in countless crime novels let alone the first 2 Grandville books. There's a strong Bond flavour to this third book maybe because this is a Bond anniversary year (50 years on the big screen). From the Bond-like cover, to the Blofeld-like villain with a toad on his lap instead of a white cat, and a Q-like character who gives LeBrock some gadgets at the start of his mission, Talbot hits all the touchstones. Even down to the villain explaining to the hero his dastardly plan in its entirety, instead of just killing him.

The villain is Baron Krapaud, a toad, whose lair is called Toad Hall. I realise this is a reference to the children's classic "The Wind in the Willows" but I'm getting a bit worn out with writers taking benign children's stories and characters and twisting them so that they're presented anew in the 21st century as evil. Baron Krapaud is another example of this as Talbot hints that Mr Toad was an evil so and so. The conceit is played out at this point and I wish writers would stop purposely trying to ruin favourite characters just because they can't come up with anything original themselves.

Bryan Talbot's art is once again the best thing about the book, his style is as perfect as the first 2 books were, and he's always good for some winks to the audience in the panels (my favourite being the drunk Paddington Bear). The plotting may not be as strong as the other books but there's enough here to make this a fairly decent read that'll please some fans of this original series, though it is the most forgettable book in the series so far.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Dark, 12 Dec 2012
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In a steampunk world of anthropomorphic animals where Napoleon won and where humans are a lower-class species, a tough badger Detective Inspector tackles crime coming from the direction of Paree, and all with a Sherlock Holmes/Arsene Lupin twist. If that doesn't hook you then you are simply wasting your literacy.

The satire and social commentary in Bete Noire isn't just layed on thick, it's written on a brick and thrown in your face. It's not much of a problem, as a graphic novel has to be concise subtlety often goes out the window. The villain this time around is evil toad Baron Krapaud (imagine Greenback from Dangermouse) who has formed a cabal of renegade, fatcat industrialists and plans to overthrow the government who are about to impose higher taxes and labor rights that they don't agree with. Kinda like what about to happen everywhere in real world with a failing economy. If only we had Archie LeBrock to sort them out.

As usual the artwork is lovely and the flow of the panel progression is flawless. The design of a steampunk Paris in a period setting populated by animals makes for the kind of graphic novel that you just don't want to end. Unfortunately, it's over a bit too quick as Inspector LeBrock figures out the mystery at about the halfway mark. Still, the characters are great, the interactions are amusing, and the humor hides way at the back for those sardonic readers. Bryan Talbot plans for this to be a series of about 5 stories. Long may it continue beyond 5!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Doughface delight., 28 Feb 2013
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How can you resist a book in which a drunken Peruvian bear staggering past Old Scotland Yard is a throwaway moment?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 24 Feb 2013
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Third book in the series. Wonderfully bound and looks a million pounds. Story is good but not as good as the last two. Still well worth the money though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully drawn and engaging, 30 Jan 2013
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The third instalment in the Grandville sequence is better than ever. Beautifully drawn as ever, this graphic novel mixes up noir, steampunk, detective-fiction and spy stories in a delightful and engaging blend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good series of comic books, 24 April 2014
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My son (15) really loves these comic books - he just could not put them down. He is now waiting for the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great new edition to the Grandville set, 16 Jan 2014
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Detective Inspector LeBrock is back in Grandville to uncover another dastardly plot to overthrow the status quo. Don't miss out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bryan Talbot does it again, 20 Jan 2013
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The third episode of Talbot's bizarre series of Paris based graphic novels - humans with animal/reptile/mammal heads based on Grandville's original cartoons - it will reward multiple readings. Also go to "The Father of Her Dotter's Eyes" in which Talbot illustrated his wife's memoir of James Joyce's daughter Lucia and her own father's obsession with Joyce.It won the Costa prize for biography - the first graphic noverl ever to do so - and well deserved it. Buy it!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grandville is Grand, 5 Feb 2013
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As with the first two adventures of our favorite Badger detective Inspecter, Bete Noire is gripping, artistically fantastic, humorous and totally impossible to put down. Plus you lean a thing or two about Lebrock that you never knew.

As far as the Grandville series goes the first book set the bar to a pretty high standard, and I am extremely glad to say that each book so far has reached that bar. I would recomend this to anybody who likes Anthropomorphic animals, Mystery, Crime, Romance or action., 'cause The Garandville series has them all.
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2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Grandville Bete Noire, Graphic novel., 11 Dec 2012
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Fast delivery, new book.

I read a review in the Sundays newspaper with some of the illustrations and thought they were good .

The graphics are interesting but the colours are dark and dreary, so much so itdoesn't encourage met oread it.
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