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Six Brilliant Tales of Murder Most Foul,
This review is from: Green Manor Vol.1: Assassins and Gentlemen: Assassins and Gentlemen v. 1 (Paperback)
This slim (56 page) import features six seven-page stories, all of which begin in the cozy, smoke-filled rooms of London's Green Manor Club. Set between 1870-1900, these are tales of murder most foul, but with twists that beg comparison to their obvious influences (Conan Doyle and Edgar Allen Poe being the most obvious). The plotting by French comics superstar Fabien Vehlmann is stunning clever, managing to create stories both horrific and hilarious in only a few short scenes. I'd never come across his work before, and I can only hope that more of it makes its way into English translation tout de suite! Each story stands alone as a wonderful short story, and one can easily imagine them as the basis for a fun television series. "Delicious Shivers" sets the tone by posing the question of whether or not there can be a murder without either murderer or victim. One of my favorites is "Post-Scriptum," in which a man proposes to kill a lady at a certain hour and place, and bets a famous detective that he can't prevent the murder. A more amusing one is "21 Halberds," in which two gentlemen decide to pull off the perfect murder, only to fall victim to bad taste! And the artwork is perfectly pitched to the material, suffused in dark browns and greys, as befits the gaslight era. There's lovely detail in almost every panel, and the characters are expressive without getting too cartoony. Great stuff, highly recommended for anyone who loves the gaslight crime genre, or just good storytelling. A second collection of "Green Manor" stories is also available, and I'll be doing my best to track it down!