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Grandville Mon Amour Album – 2 Dec 2010

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  • Album: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape (2 Dec. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224090003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224090001
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 1.5 x 30.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Talbot's storytelling, as well as his draughtsmanship, has grown steadily more assured and subtle... For over a century children have loved getting a Rupert or Beano annual as part of the season's largesse. This year a lot of grown-ups should feel similar delight when Grandville Mon Amour turns up under the tree." (Michael Moorcock Guardian)

"I've never made a secret of my belief that Bryan Talbot is a genius – if you don't know his brilliant graphic history book, Alice in Sunderland, you should buy it immediately – so I was always going to like Grandville Mon Amour. Even so, my passion for it took me by surprise: I can safely say that this is, by several miles, my favourite graphic novel of the last 12 months." (Rachel Cooke Observer)

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The eagerly awaited new novel in Bryan Talbot's acclaimed steampunk graphic novel series, following the heroic Detective Inspector LeBrock.

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A psychotic murderer is condemned to hang for his crimes but he somehow escapes and makes his way from Blighty to Grandville where he begins to wreak a furious vengeance on a series of prostitutes. But what do these women have in common? Inspector LeBrock returns to Grandville hot on the heels of "Mad Dog" Mastock to stop his killing spree and bring him to justice. But what he finds as he begins to investigate the murders takes him back to the past when Britain was fighting for independence against the French, to an event called the Brick Lane Massacre, his own father, and a terrible conspiracy reaching to the highest echelons of power...

Bryan Talbot follows up his hit comic book "Grandville" from last year with "Grandville Mon Amour", the sequel. For those not familiar with the series, the characters are mostly animals in human-ish form, in a steampunk reimagining of the Victorian era with robots and flying machines thrown into the mix.

Talbot's art is nothing short of masterful. Each page contains a stunning array of illustrations, from detailed crowd scenes to richly coloured interiors. Talbot's writing is also of a very high standard with the plot hurtling forwards at all times making for a terrifically exciting read.

"Mon Amour" is a welcome return to the wonderfully realised world of "Grandville". It's a crime thriller but with darker overtones to the first book. Fantastic art, fantastic story, a great comic book from a true artist and storyteller, and a great read.
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I loved Grandville, and was eagerly anticipating this sequel for the further adventures of D.I. LeBroc. Perhaps my expectations were set too high, but I came away with some disappointment from Mon Amour.
The art is as beautiful as ever, darker than the first book. The printing of the book screams quality, though the sticker on the back of my copy fell off when I read the book - not a big deal as I actually wanted to remove it anyway.

The story starts out in Talbot's usual enigmatic way, but from there rather plods along in pretty linear fashion. For me, the 'twist' ending was fairly predictable, and the 'mystery' is no match for the original.

In summary, a quality book, and a good read, but lacking the pace and interest of the first book. If you've read Grandville, temper your expectations slightly and you will enjoy it more.
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If you've not heard of Grandville by now, you HAVE to get into this series (and yes, since we're at No. 2 it is a series now). Mon Amour takes place three weeks after the first, and DI Archie LeBrock (no relation to Kelly, as far as I know) is mourning the loss of his beloved Sarah. A dangerous dog (remember, this is an anthropomorphized world where humans are slaves) escapes the guillotine and escapes to Paris where he murders a bunch of hookers. LeBrock is suspended from Scotland Yard after his outburst at not being given the case, though he follows the trail to Paris and investigates anyway.

Even if you took away the great artwork, the retro-futuristic/steampunk atmosphere, and the Holmes/Watson twist Grandville: Mon Amour would still be winner thanks to the innovative historic/contemporary political issues that contain the plot. Add it all together (including some sly pop-culture jokes) and you have one truly unique graphic novel/experience. A must buy, for anyone and everyone.

I don't want this series to end, and impatiently await the next.
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I'm not big on graphic novels, but I'm bowled over by the Grandville series, written and illustrated by Bryan Talbot. The title is a tribute to the 19th century French caricaturist, J J Grandville, whose depictions of people as hominid animals (and other things) helped inspire surrealism. In Mr Talbot's novels England has only recently gained independence from France, having been conquered by Napoleon two hundred years ago along with the rest of Europe. In this Steampunk world, all the people are animals, French is the universal language, and the name Grandville is sometimes applied to the Imperial City of Paris. The artwork is superb, and the style allows for subtle little jokes, dropping in characters from Tintin and Rupert Bear. The hero of Grandville, Grandville Mon Amour and Grandville Bête Noire is DI Archie LeBrock of Scotland Yard, a badger, whose sidekick is an elegant rat. LeBrock's character combines elements of Sherlock Holmes, Sam Spade and even Mike Hammer, and he needs all his intelligence and his courage to uncover political conspiracies that bring to mind the phrase `madmen wielding sceptres'. The tense England/France political situation parallels that of Ireland/UK not so long ago.
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This is the second in the graphic novel series, set in a steampunk fin de siècle London and Paris (known as Grandville). LeBrock has now left the police, but he is still involved in capturing Mad Dog Mastock who has mysteriously escaped from prison just before his execution and then goes to Grandville to murder a group of prostitutes. LeBrock, with his faithful sidekick Ratzi, makes the link between Mad Dog’s work for the English resistance against France before independence was won, and an enigma that goes to the very top of the English political establishment. It is a good, wonderfully violent comic-book stuff.
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