- 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)
The eagerly awaited new novel in Bryan Talbot's acclaimed steampunk graphic novel series, following the heroic Detective Inspector LeBrock.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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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My son who is 15, loves this series of comic books. He just can not put them down & says they are really exciting.Published on 24 April 2014 by Alison Godfrey
Exceptional storytelling and beautiful drawing/ink work. Would recommend this amazing book for anyone wanting to experience tip top fantasy. Amazing !Published on 27 Oct. 2013 by Joeyboy
I first came across Talbot around thirty odd years ago and his artwork is as good now as it was then. Lots of puns and digs at the French in the nicest possible way. Read morePublished on 3 Mar. 2013 by asch1957
A good buy reasonably priced and I hope a collectors item in the future.I bought it for my son who is a comic buff.Published on 14 Sept. 2012 by 3111941charles
After reading and falling in love with the amazing original book I could not wait to get my sweaty hands on the follow up. I was not in any way disappointed. Read morePublished on 21 Oct. 2011 by J. Anthony
Grandville Mon Amour takes up the story 3 weeks after Grandville's explosive finale. The artwork is superb and the overall presentation in hardback definitely adds to the package. Read morePublished on 17 May 2011 by J. Bloss