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Grandville Noel Hardcover – 27 Nov 2014
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"There's an argument to be made for saying that Bryan Talbot is the most important comic creator in Great Britain." (Teddy Jamieson Herald)
"The latest well-crafted and slightly strange instalment in Bryan Talbot’s Grandville series of graphic novels." (Big Issue)
"Fabulous artistic puns, stunning page lay-outs, action sequences on a sky-gondola, puffins in dinner jackets – the perfect diversion for a chilly evening." (Crack)
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Archie LeBrock is here to bring you good tidings.
When the niece of his housekeeper Mrs. Doyle goes missing, LeBrock goes full Liam Neeson and investigates the mad religious cult who have TAKEN her. The trail leads back to Grandville, where LeBrock teams up with former love interest Billie and a "doughface" American avenging the death of his daughter in similar circumstances. Nazi subtext and the mockery of religion are enough to spoil the Yuletide cheer but Bryan Talbot weaves in enough satire, (alternate) historical research, surprising plot twists, wit, and imagination to stop it from getting too dark. I mean what other graphic novel could possibly feature cameos from Asterix, Obilex, Winnie the Pooh, AND the Last Supper? Plus it all builds to a cliffhanger leaving you wanting immediate satisfaction. Do I really have to wait until next year?
Any Grandville fan is already going to buy this, but for newcomers I highly recommend purchasing all four and just locking yourself indoors all day to read them.
Read on as Inspector Archie LeBrock tries to draw his housekeeper's niece away from a brainwashing cult in Paris. It's lead by a beautiful unicorn Jesus figure named Apollo and a pseudo-Nazi gryphon, but are they the real villains? Is his squeeze Billie ever going to be more than his good-time girl? And can he stop the wife of Paris's chief of police making him her paramour?
We get a new insight into the anthropomorphic world of LeBrock and Grandville this time. How did these intelligent animals come to be and what part do the humans (known flippantly as doughfaces) play in it? What can they learn from the humans of America, such as the gunslinging Pinkerton agent Chance Lucas? And exactly who is Paris crime lord Tiberius Koenig?
I recommend to people who like; anthropomorphics, steampunk, the works of Dan Brown, the doggy art of Arthur Sarnoff, Downton Abbey, Sherlock Holmes and visual references (The Last Supper and Pre-Raphaelite The Awakening of Conscience among them). Look forward to the next one, as it's quite clear there will be!
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