Grandville

Grandville

Book - 2009
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"Two hundred years ago, Britain lost the Napoleonic War and fell under the thumb of French domination. Gaining independence after decades of civil disobedience and anarchist bombings, the Socialist Republic of Britain is now a small, unimportant backwater connected by a railway bridge, steam-powered dirigible, and mutual suspicion to France. When a British diplomat's murder is made to look like suicide, ferocious Detective-Inspector LeBrock of Scotland Yard stalks a ruthless murder squad through the heart of a Belle Epoque Paris, the center of the greatest empire in a world of steam-driven hansom cabs, automatons, and flying machines. LeBrock's relentless quest can lead only to death, truth . . . or war" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: Milwaukie, Or. : Dark Horse ; c2009.
ISBN: 9781595823977
1595823972
Characteristics: 97 p. :,chiefly col. ill. ;,28 cm.

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bibliobishi
Jan 10, 2015

Great graphics, great storyline, great characters and humourous too. The steampunk setting gives the books an edge and lifts them. Can't rate them enough.

Treesong Oct 19, 2013

I don't know what moved him to do an anthropomorphic graphic novel series, but he did a bang-up job of it. The art is gorgeous: the exciting carriage chase that opens the book, the Grandville architecture, the redoubtable Inspector LeBrock...every page is a delight. My only gripe is that the villains are shown as ineffective, given their past successes. Highly recommended.

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callig
Mar 02, 2012

Great stuff! He really has the knack of making animal faces look human. I've not seen this done as well since the Blacksad series.

Well worth a gander, even for none comic book people, like me!

theorbys Nov 15, 2011

Author/artist Bryan Talbot has lavished a great deal of care in realizing the amazing characters and locales of his anthropomorphic steampunk graphic novel. This is the kind of graphic literature that can provoke a quasi-total immersion experience if you meet it half way.
It's a genuine labor of love and shows it, nay flaunts it.

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GuyN
Dec 04, 2010

I'm not one for graphich novels or steampunk, but this coherent story is so well illustrated and written that I truly enjoyed it. There is blood splattering violence and mild nudity, neither of which I need, but somehow the animal faced characters work well and Victorean steampunk Paris never looked better. The full color inside is almost as dramatic as the less detailed cover.

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