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The Arctic Marauder (Adventures of Jerome Plumier) Hardcover – April 5, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Adventures of Jerome Plumier
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606994352
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606994351
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.6 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #617,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Starred Review. This... phenomenal one-shot [is] a baroque masterpiece... Precisely calibrated, perfectly laid out, and incredibly graphic, this is as good as adventure comics get.” (Publishers Weekly)

“The “ice-punk” story, which nods to Jules Verne and his 19th-century forward-thinking compatriots, starts out more like Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret — short on text, long on pretty pictures and old-timey atmosphere — but gradually moves toward mental.” (Hillary Brown - Paste)

“It’s recommended for those who like submarines disguised as icebergs, world-domination plots, detailed schematics of bizarre inventions, heroic dowagers, and sudden reversals, as well as for those who’d like to see all of the above rendered in Tardi’s typically detailed linework, which looks amazing even when obscured by ice and snow.” (Noel Murray - The A.V. Club)

“Rendered in clear-line detail and taking place in the North Pole, the bleak graphic novel follows the frosty exploits of a young man in search of his missing inventor uncle. The ice-punk trend starts here.” (Alternative Press)

“Really loving Fantagraphics for putting out the Tardi books in English — Jacques Tardi is amazing and one of my all time favorites!” (Guy Davis (B.P.R.D., The Marquis))

“A wickedly sly take on classic turn-of-the-century pulp adventures that nevertheless manages to both tweak and evoke those stories. It is, in short, a blast to read.... Marauder looks quite unlike any comic you’ve read before.” (Chris Mautner - Robot 6)

“The art is wonderful. Tardi has this rounded style that is unique and easily identifiable, all at once his signature. The level of detail is astounding, in the background and mechanical details as rendered faux woodcuts...: be sure to drink in every inch of this black and white work.” (Scott VanderPloeg - Comic Book Daily)

“In short, The Arctic Marauder is pure fun, silly and dark camp. It’s a beautiful book.. There aren’t many books quite like it; comics readers are better off for having Tardi available here in the States.” (Michael C. Lorah - Newsarama)

“Tardi is obviously trying to create a Tintin-style feature here. The twists are that the protagonists are villains, and that Tardi takes a mildly parodic tack. […] His panels are extraordinary; they flow beautifully as a continuity while remaining compelling to look at as single images.” (Robert Stanley Martin - Pol Culture)

About the Author

With over 30 graphic novels under his belt (a half-dozen of which have been translated into English), Jacques Tardi is considered the leading European cartoonist of the generation that came of age in the 1970s. His books published in America by Fantagraphics include West Coast Blues, You are There, It Was the War of the Trenches, and The Arctic Marauder. He lives in Paris with his wife, the singer Dominique Grange, and their cats.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Clayton Hollifield on June 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Obviously, if you're checking out reviews of this book, you're already interested in Jacques Tardi's work. And his artwork here is great (GREAT!), even more so if you're into steampunk. But as great as the artwork is, the story end doesn't quite hold up. It is a twist on an adventure story, and I did enjoy that. However, the story ends abruptly, and the whole thing feels unfinished. Beyond that, the story is broken up into a series of very short segments that can be dialogue-heavy at times, and doesn't flow as well as it could.

Bottom line: if you're trying to find a Tardi book to start with, go with "West Coast Blues" or "It Was the War of the Trenches," both of which have very good stories and artwork. I'd feel pretty badly if this was a reader's introduction to Jacques Tardi's work, though, because even though it has good qualities, it's not as well-rounded of an album as the other two books I mentioned.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. B. Wilkes on December 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Originally created by Jacques Tardi in 1972, this 2011 re-issue of his satirical, proto-steampunk adventure comic is a fantastic addition to any comics/graphic novel collector's library. The Edwardian-inspired scratchboard artwork and page design are exquisite and inspirational. The translation(from the French) feels a bit spotty at times, and the story is a bit wonky in the way that such period adventure tales tend to be; you sort of need to commit yourself to enjoying the ride even if it doesn't always make sense. Unfortunately for this reader, the book ends abruptly, and I am not aware of a sequel, but it was very fun read and an extraordinary feast for the eyes and imagination.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Sorel VINE VOICE on November 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Let me preface by saying that the illustrations in this graphic novel are by far some of the best pieces of artwork that I have ever seen! When artwork this good is placed next to text, the story pales in comparison. Such is the case with this graphic novel.

A ship is sailing peacefully in the arctic when a crewman spots another ship perched atop an iceberg. The captain from the first ship sends a dinghy out to the stranded ship in hopes of saving the passengers or at least discovering how the ship got there. When they arrive, they find that all of the crewman on the stranded ship have frozen at their posts. The men turn around in time to see their own ship explode before their eyes. Their future seems beyond bleak and the perched ship sends them on a mysterious journey.

In many ways, the story is classic Steampunk. The graphic novel is in an oversized format which perfectly fits the larger than life tale. The drawings are absolutely beautiful and far outshines the writing, which is also lovely. I truly wanted to love this graphic novel and while I adored the drawings, I did not fall in love with the overall package. Therefore, I have to give it three stars as I found the story confusing and secondary to the illustrations.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fred on December 9, 2011
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It's steampunk French comics, and it predates the supposed founding works of the steampunk genre, so that right there makes it extremely interesting, as a historical artifact if nothing else. I'm grateful to Fantagraphics for reissuing this work.

The story features some interesting undersea hardware with a strong Jules Verne vibe, but it eventually goes off its heading and the ending is completely bungled. Unless you are a die-hard fan of the genre or medium, or aspire to become a historian of either, don't bother.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adam Saltsman on June 20, 2011
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Like everything the French do, this book is drop-dead gorgeous. A faux-woodcut style and absurd attention to detail bring this Jules Verne- and Edgar Allen Poe-inspired story to life. The dialog is a little awkward, it reads as unnecessarily anachronistic, even compared to the works to which the author/illustrator pays homage. But the plot twist is a funny 180 on the classic adventure tale, and fans of the genre should appreciate it. Even so, the art overshadows the story and dialog, especially in this large, French-style format. Lovely!
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