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Grandville: Noel Hardcover – 20 Nov 2014

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  • Hardcover: 104 pages
  • Publisher: DARK HORSE; 01 edition (20 Nov. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616555726
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616555726
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 1.3 x 28.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,401,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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The Badger is back! --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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"A Detective-Inspector LeBrock of Scotland Yard Scientific-Romance Thriller" the tagline would have you believe. It's accurate!

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.
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Pre-ordered this, given how much I liked all the other books in the series, and it didn't disappoint.

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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Another wonderful episode, Christmas-based this time, of this marvellous series in which Inspector Lebrock teams up with a doughface (human) to rescue a teenage girl from a cult which threatens a genocidal campaign against doughfaces. Lots of homages which another reviewer has noted, though he missed one based on a painting by the pre-Raphaelite Holman Hunt. Plus the usual copious amounts of action and bloody violence. Not mention the hunt for a mysterious religious text which could shake society to its foundations.

Great stuff.
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These books just keep getting better and better! All with different themes, this is about religion (or is it) and conspiracy and of course the amazing art work. Just as it says in the back, a mixture of Rupert the Bear, Sherlock Holmes and Pulp Fiction, all the best bits. Can't wait til the next book.
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Bryan Talbot writes and illustrates superb graphic novels, rightly praised by the likes of Philip Pullman and Michael Moorcock. His tales of Detective-Inspector LeBrock are set in a steampunk world in which animals have developed higher intelligence and humanity was sidelined long ago. LeBrock, a badger, owes something to Sherlock Holmes, and his fantastic adventures involve him in genuinely serious issues, whose importance isn’t muffled by the wit and sly humour of the telling. LeBrock’s search for his housekeeper’s niece in "Grandville Noël" leads him to Paris and the messianic cult of Apollo, a charismatic unicorn. The question of religion in such a world is treated thoughtfully and imaginatively.
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If you are looking at this, then you have probably read the previous three.
If you liked them, you will love this. If you didn’t, you won’t like this one either.

This is not for children, there are adult themes involved, just from the six page prologue, available from Bryan’s website.
Echoes of Jim Jones and Jonestown.
A very “racist” griffon called Nicholas, with a wonky eye.
A messiah unicorn called Apollo.
And a very, very big con.

Archie leBrock is looking forward to spending Christmas with his children at Det Sergeant Ratzi’s house.
Before he can set off, his landlady asks for help in finding her niece, which also explains how he can afford such expensive lodgings.

The trail leads back to Granville (like that was unexpected).
Any more details and we are into spoilers.

Featuring Bryan usual assortment of cameo’s, some subtle (try and spot the Justin Beaver poster), some not so.
Covering subjects such as domestic violence, religious dogma, politics and the cult of personality.

At least Archie gets a suprise christmas present.

My one complaint, the cliff hanger.
Now at least a year to wait until the next one.
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Good but possibly not quite as fresh or exciting as it's three brilliant predecessors. Still a cracking read though.
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