Grandville: Noel Hardcover – 20 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) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What is there not to like? Two lots of evil baddies. A gorgeous girlfriend. A poor deluded wee girl hamster in terrible danger. And Christmas is coming. Send for the Badger!Published 14 months ago by Squire Haggard
A treat ... must get the others in the series. Ranks with the best of the graphic novels.Published 16 months ago by A. BIRD
My friend loves this series and i get him these everytime they come out, really good for someone who likes an unusual graphic novel.Published 18 months ago by Charon
Waited so long for Grandville to return. An absolute joy to read as always.Published 18 months ago by M. Scarola