Little masterpiece of dark humour,
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This review is from: Lectures macabres : Histoires à ne pas vivre la nuit (Paperback)
In the States Eduardo Risso is probably best known for his work with writer Brian Azzarello on 100 Bullets, in Argentina and Europe on the other hand he is mainly praised for his collaborations with Ricardo Barreiro and Carlos Trillo. Carlos Trillo, who died in 2011, was an Argentine comic book writer and is probably best known for his collaboration with with Carlos Meglia on Cybersix in 1992. For those not very much into the grahic novels these names and titles won't say much but they are definitely worth a try.
The Lectures Macabres is a French language version of what is known in the States and the English speaking world as the Eduardo Risso's Tales Terror and covers the following stories (the titles, if used, are from the Heavy Metal issues)
1 Indecision (published in Heavy Metal 03/98)
2 A mother teaches her retarded son to be a killer - Une mère fait de son fils attardé un assassin
3 The Mazes - Les Labyrinthes
4 Beauty & the Beast revisited - La Belle & la Bête revisitées
5 Incompatible (published Heavy Metal 08/98)
6 The Swamp Monster Strikes Again (published Heavy Metal 03/2001)
7 The tragic secret of an assassin named "Terrible Joe" - Le tragique secret d'un assassin nommé "Joe le Terrible"
Each of these short horror stories is written by Carlos Trillo and illustrated in black and white by Risso. The stories are bizarre rather than scary and each brings an unexpected end. Both authors thrived elsewhere but you can tell they were probably having fun crafting those. The crafty black and white art by Rizzo is in perfect symbiosis with the stories, they are vibrant, fluid, funny and thanks to Risso full of psychological twists.
Well recommended although to a limited French speaking public.
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