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Grandville by [Talbot, Bryan]
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"A solid conspiracy caper with bursts of Tarantino-like mayhem...a witty romp in a vividly realised topsy-turvy world." (Times Literary Supplement)

"Utterly delightful...It's a playful, allusive book in which there's a witty touch or deliciously knowing in-joke on almost every page...beautifully rendered, throughout, the glossy gorgeousness fills your eyes." (The Times)

"A gorgeously coloured steampunk fantasy." (Metro)

Book Description

The first instalment of Bryan Talbot's anthropomorphic steam-punk thriller

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 51378 KB
  • Print Length: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (24 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AQFCDHM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #484,416 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
"Grandville" is the name of the French city where two detectives go to investigate the murder of a British Ambassador. They dodge street gangs, save a damsel in distress, uncover yet more murders while picking up clues, and avoid being corpses themselves. In short, your usual detective story.

What makes this so much more than average is the stunning artwork Talbot's created. Motorised carriages, robots, airships, antiquated yet futuristic weaponry, panoramic views of Victorian streets populated with colourful animal headed people, highly detailed crowd scenes and polished buildings all presented on glossy, high quality paper.

I won't describe the background to this strange world as it'll take ages but it's fascinating and the detective characters are interesting and though Brock is perhaps an amalgam of popular detectives (Holmes, Marlowe, Hammer) he's compelling enough to be different in his own right. Readability is something few graphic novelists have in them but Talbot's work is so detailed you'll miss certain references that you'll discover upon going back. There's a lot of references to children's books that anyone who's familiar with them will enjoy like Beatrix Potter's characters and Herge's Snowy (presented here as an opium addicted tramp).

Possibly my favourite Bryan Talbot book and good place to start if you're new. Very accessible, very layered, a superb book and one of the highlights of comics in 2009.
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Format: Hardcover
The caption and the other reviewers have already said a lot about Grandville, so I'll just settle for a dissection of what I think is good and bad about it.

What I think is good about it:

DI Archie LeBrock; the hero of the story. Razor sharp wits, charismatic, massively strong, tough as old boots and easy to respect.
Steampunk concept; I love science fiction and classic technology so the blending of both is, for me, creative genius.
Upright, talking animals; I've always loved animal stories and this takes it to a whole new level.
The political intrigue plot; classic whodunnit style with two posh, very British detectives trying to unravel it (one's a badger and one's a rat!) There's mysteries, peril and fights aplenty.
The quality of the graphic novel art; the storyline is clearly told, unconfusing while at the same time and beautifully illustrated.
The hot-blooded aspects; the book features romantic toussles and saucy Parisian showgirls in corsets and suspenders!
The subtleties; e.g., a xenophobic eagle referencing Manet's "Bar at the Folies Bergere", references to Rupert Bear and Tintin, famous paintings with animal instead of human faces. You have to read it more than once to catch anything, even though the story is simple to follow.
Even the less believable things don't ruin the story; e.g. black and white television in a supposedly Victorian setting, the obvious contemporary political references, a hog-nosed bat in a hoop skirt at a peace rally, a fish with hands and feet waiting tables, bird with hands wearing suits.

What I think is bad about it:

Little or nothing.
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Grandville is a lavishly presented and beautifully drawn Steam Punk graphic novel from Bryan Talbot.

The tale is set in an alternative universe of talking animals (where hairless talking chimps are a novelty) where Britain was conquered by Napolean and was part of the French empire for centuries before gaining independence and introduces a tale of conspiracy being investigated by Inspector LeBrock as he searches and battles his way through an alternative Paris in search of a group of murderers.

The book is present in hardback and is very sturdy and well presented. With good writing, fun characters and wonderful artwork this is a real treat. Well worth a look.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a really good read set in a dystopian, imaginary parallel universe where animals rule and humans clean up after them. Throw in some revisionist history - What if Napoleonic France had conquered Britain? Mix in some elements of 9/11 attacks and conspiracy theories. Have the conspiracy investigated by a Sherlock Holmes style badger and you are almost there.

superb artwork, great story, and this is a wonderful hardcover edition. Worth buying and deserving of a place in most graphic novel collections. Time may prove this to be a classic, but for the moment, it's simply a barstorming read.
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Grandville is a anthropomorphic steam-punk graphic novel. This was a risk for me. I have read some anthropomorphic comics before, mostly books by Jason, but steam-punk? My knowledge of that genre falls into two sides: Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen which I loved and the film Wild Wild West with Will Smith which is just nonsense.

Detective-Inspector LeBrock works out of Scotland Yard. This case sees him chase a band of killers through Paris. LeBrock is a badger and an occasionally scary one at that. I wondered if Talbot was making a subconscious statement about badger-culling here (!).

The book was inspired by an French 19thC illustrator, Gerard who worked under the name of J J Grandville, but the book also checks Conan Doyle, Tarantino and other anthropomorphic characters like Rupert the Bear. At one point a character even mutter "Badgers?! We don't need no steenkin' badgers!"

The artwork is absolutely stunning. It is bold, colourful and lavish. The characters, costumes and landscapes are fantastically detailed. Sometimes I lost the plot of the story as I waded in the artwork and for that reason I feel a little disappointed. I think I have to re-read this book again and again for it all to sink in. And that's no bad thing.
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