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Grandville Hardcover – October 20, 2009
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A heroic badger Inspector LeBrock and his sidekick Roderick investigate the death of a British diplomat who appears to have been murdered by a group of French conspirators. In this alternate-history Napoleon (a lion) successfully invaded Britain but begrudgingly gave it up after anarchist attacks. LeBrock's case leads him deep into a mire of deceit and political power-plays that mirror many modern day events such as the 9/11 terror attacks and the mess of the Iraq war.
Only a muscle-bound badass badger cop can save the day.
Grandville is nothing if not ambitious, and yet it pulls off everything with ease. It seamlessly blends the alternate history, steampunk, detective and furry genres. Bryan Talbot glides from scene to scene with not a single extraneous panel.
The book is printed in a lovely, tall hardback with colourful, glossy pages. It's definitely a keeper and I strongly recommend it to any and all comic-book and graphic novel enthusiasts. I eagerly await the sequel "Grandville Mon Amour".
I really enjoyed "Alice in Sunderland" and I was wondering what Mr. Talbot would do next - this was a fun read with lots of tricky writing and excellent rendering!
The illustrations are inspired by the works of Jean Ignace Isidore Gérard BIZARRERIES AND FANTASIES OF GRANDVILLE: 266 Illustrations From Un Autre Monde and Les Animaux
You see, the book takes its title from the pseudonym of Jean Ignace Isidore Gérard, a French illustrator of the first part of the 19th-century, who was famous for his satirical caricatures of prominent people as animals, as well as for being the illustrator for many popular novels of the time. Talbot populates the tale almost entirely with anthropomorphized animals (humans appear briefly as kind of slave/servants), as Inspector LeBrock and Detective Ratzi (no points for guessing what kind of animal he is), look into the murder of a British diplomat. This quickly sucks them into an elaborate conspiracy that is awfully similar to some of the most outlandish of the 9/11 "Truther" ideas.
The plot is so nutty that it was hard to get too invested in it, and similarly, I just couldn't take the anthromorphized animals seriously.Read more ›
What makes this so much more than average is the stunning artwork Talbot's created. Motorised carriages, robots, airships, antiquated yet futuristic weaponry, panoramic views of Victorian streets populated with colourful animal headed people, highly detailed crowd scenes and polished buildings all presented on glossy, high quality paper.
I won't describe the background to this strange world as it'll take ages but it's fascinating and the detective characters are interesting and though Brock is perhaps an amalgam of popular detectives (Holmes, Marlowe, Hammer) he's compelling enough to be different in his own right. Readability is something few graphic novelists have in them but Talbot's work is so detailed you'll miss certain references that you'll discover upon going back. There's a lot of references to children's books that anyone who's familiar with them will enjoy like Beatrix Potter's characters and Herge's Snowy (presented here as an opium addicted tramp).
Possibly my favourite Bryan Talbot book and good place to start if you're new. Very accessible, very layered, a superb book and one of the highlights of comics in 2009.
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AS a fan of Steampunk, graphic novels, Bryan Talbot and Albert Robida, I thought that this would be a no-brainer for me. It never really connected, though. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Alan Winterrowd
Another exciting and excellent book, story line and art are just perfect. Hoping to find many more Grandville stories. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Rosalie P. Brown
Brian Talbot did a well crafted detective story with pop references and touches of steampunk. The art is very good, especially the great work with the colors. Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by M. T. Aragao
The author and artist, BryanTablot, was inspired by a 19th century illustrator, who drew anthropomorphized characters in contemporary costumes of the period and used the pen name J... Read morePublished on April 12, 2012 by Cornelia Amiri and Maeve Alpin
I stumbled on this book at a convention and bought it on a whim. I'm so glad I did. It's one of the most impressive graphic novels I've seen recently. Read morePublished on December 28, 2010 by Kim
Nice story, and the details (eg some historical references) are very interesting. I borrowed it from the public library and almost finished it on the way home. Read morePublished on November 7, 2010 by King Yin Yan
the story is a decent steampunk mystery set in alternative france, pictures are gorgeous.
the book is very nice. Read more
Bryon Talbot is a writer and artist known for his almost manic attention to detail, both in story and illustration. Read morePublished on January 13, 2010 by STEVEN F. SCHARFF