From realistic drawing to magical worlds, via photography… Here is our selection of comic strips to slip under the Christmas tree for the end of year celebrations. Something to delight your close comic book lovers.
Screenwriter Xavier Dorison (animal castle) and designer Thimothée Montaigne (The Castle of Stars) lead us unceremoniously aboard the Jakartain the XVIIe, en route to Indonesia. The cargo of gold and diamonds will arouse much desire… Inspired by a true story, this maritime adventure carries extreme characters, just like the horror that awaits them. Gorgeous. (Glénat, volume I/II. 136 pages, €35.)
Worn out by city life, Nathan accepts Annie’s proposal to follow her to her native land, Alaska, with her younger sister and younger brother. The shock will be violent. Everyone will have to reinvent themselves. Just as much as the engaging story, it is Jérémie Moreau’s graphic talent that impresses. Simple but unbridled imaginary line to the point of finding itself, sometimes, upside down… in dream landscapes with colors that are sometimes soft, sometimes dazzling. (Delcourt, 198 pages, €30.)
A young Indian raised by a pastor who takes him away from his culture, Georges finds himself taken in by a strange trio, made up of two Amerindians and an Irishman, pursued by a bounty hunter. He will find his dignity there. between western and road movie, violence and initiatory journey, red rebellion and white arrogance, in splendid landscapes, a formidable human adventure perfectly mastered by the Nantais Neyef. (Label 619, 224 pages, €23.)
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The Mist Watcher
Multi-award winning animated short, the dam keeper (The Dam Keeper) becomes, in comics, The Mist Watcher, which ties us to the footsteps of children – a pig, a fox and a rhinoceros – discovering the power of friendship. To save their village threatened by deadly mists, allegories of climate change, they lead an initiatory odyssey dotted with incredible characters and explosive situations. Magical and poetic. (Teen gang, 512 pages, €37.)
A short story
By digging through declassified FBI files, police reports, press archives… Run and Florent Maudoux wanted to understand who was the young woman found dead who inspired the “Black Dahlia Affair”. To be as close as possible, this graphic novel alternates texts, documents and a realistic and aesthetic drawing that best captures America in the 1940s. A treat for investigation. (Label 619, 112 pages, €20.)
To celebrate the almost 70th anniversary of the reporter Lefranc, one of the oldest series still in operation, here are his first thirteen investigations, including The Great Threat, the fire hurricane and The Borg Mystery, mythical. Jacques Martin was then alone at the controls, before being supported by Bob de Moor, then Gilles Chaillet. The opportunity to (re)discover the thrilling adventures of a reporter, then rooted in the 1950s. (Casterman, 13 volumes, €75).
Trumpets of Death
Antoine arrives at his grandparents’, in the heart of the forest. Between a loving grandmother and a hostile grandfather, he must learn to grow up. Tinted with fantasy, this album with bright colors and enchanting design is an initiatory tale that directly addresses our upset relationship with nature. For his first comic strip, Simon Bournel-Bosson offers a totally captivating fresco. (L’Agrume, 240 pages, €29.)
1954: Capa goes to Indochina as Diên Biên Phu falls. He will be amazed… What was his life like? A life of desires, opportunities, travels, risks. A lifetime of photos from all theaters of war, to testify. A life of passion, like those of his three fellow photo-reporters (Chim, Cartier-Bresson, Rodger) with whom he created the Magnum agency. It reads like an adventure book, where the drawings alternate with magnificent photos in a perfect balance. (Caurette, 248 pages, including a portfolio, €30.)