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Product Details

  • Series: Grandville
  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (October 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595823972
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595823977
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 7.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #751,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Talbot follows up the admirable but abstruse Alice in Sunderland with an engrossing blend of steampunk, Victorian-flavored detective stories, anthropomorphized animals and 9/11 allegory. The storytelling skills that he brought to The Tale of One Bad Rat are firing on all cylinders as he spins the tale of Scotland Yard's bodybuilding badger, Insp.-Det. Archie LeBrock searching for a murder squad, a trail of violent intrigue leading to France. In this alternate historical setting, Britain fell under French rule during the Napoleonic Wars and became the Socialist Republic of Britain, a situation rife with civil disobedience, explosive terrorism and mutual suspicion between the two countries, all simmering elements that could lead to war. The murder LeBrock and his adjunct, Detective Ratzi, are investigating may somehow be tied to a mysterious grand plan, leading to a tightly woven tapestry of sex, violence and political intrigue containing strong commentary on 9/11 and the political machinations that fueled it. The animal-headed characters—alluding to The Wind and the Willows—just add to an entertaining and multileveled whodunit by a master storyteller. (Oct.)
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*Starred Review* Already famous for creating one of graphic fiction’s most memorable characters, universe-hopping Luther Arkwright, Talbot tries his hand here at creating another, albeit of a very different stripe. And the stripe in this case is literally on the head of Scotland Yard Inspector LeBrock, a muscular, talking badger with a penchant for fisticuffs. The opening installment in a projected five-part series, this beautifully illustrated murder mystery is one part Sherlock Holmes, another part Wind in the Willows, wrapped in a steampunk veneer. Not only badgers, but also rats, dogs, and every other kind of talking animal populate Talbot’s alternate nineteenth-century Britain and France. An increasingly suspenseful plot finds LeBrock and his stalwart assistant, Detective Ratzi (a rat, of course), investigating the murder of a British diplomat. The trail leads across the channel bridge into a second-empire-controlled Paris still reeling from the terroristic destruction of a famous tower. The hirsute pair’s clue-collecting takes them through Parisian back alleys into nightclubs and brothels in which they tangle with assorted gun-wielding canines and uncover a French government plot to launch an even more deadly terrorist attack on its own citizens. Talbot’s masterful attention to detail, down to his character’s muzzles and whiskers, makes every panel a work of art. One of Talbot’s best graphic novels to date. --Carl Hays

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Mr. Bryan Talbot has done magic.
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It's definitely a keeper and I strongly recommend it to any and all comic-book and graphic novel enthusiasts.
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Grandville is smart, interesting, well plotted and the art is incredible.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Inspector Gadget on February 10, 2010
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I came across Grandville by chance in a book store while browsing the graphic novel section and instantly fascinated by its wonderful artwork, brilliant anthropomorphic characters and steampunk Victorian setting. I love a good mystery and detective stories are certainly my thing. I had to have it!

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".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. M. Cooper on December 7, 2009
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This Grandville is a steampunk'd, anthropomorphic animal'd eurofeast of a funnybook. Mr. Talbot has really created a romp of a story, even managing to weave a shadowy 911 parallel up in there. There are quite a few nods to European comic characters as well. Doppelganger's of Herge's Snowy (Tintin) and Velter's Spirou are the two that stand out the most to me. I'm certain I missed several more, but I DID witness his wink to Spiegelman's Maus in the early village scene. The book also features a wide zoological range, most of them firing weapons of mess destruction and/or horn stabbings. Hopefully, Mr. T will turn this into an ongoing (semi?)annual treat for the comic masses. Loudly Recommendated!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Studebaker Hawk on October 14, 2009
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Just finished reading Grandville - what a great melding of police detective/action/spy/steampunk/conspiracy theory/alternate history/cute (and not so cute) furry animal comics!
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
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"Grandville" is the name of the French city where two detectives go to investigate the murder of a British Ambassador. They dodge street gangs, save a damsel in distress, uncover yet more murders while picking up clues, and avoid being corpses themselves. In short, your usual detective story.

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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Bryon Talbot is a writer and artist known for his almost manic attention to detail, both in story and illustration. With "Grandville", he gives us a new storyline and presents it with a flourish. This anthropomorphic steampunk science fiction romance drama adventure conspiracy thriller (yes, it really is) weaves all sorts of references to pop culture with a briskly moving storyline and artwork so detailed, you risk falling into the pages. There are a few nods to other works, such as "Snowy Milou" recalling his dreams that hint strongly to his doppleganger's adventures in "Tintin", Rupert the Bear's father trimming the hedges, a poster for Omaha the Cat Dancer in the background of a theater, even some 9/11 style conspiracy theories and a reference to CNN thrown in for good measure.

Mr. Talbot says he's working on a sequel, and may even make a series out of this. Please do so, Mr. Talbot! Your works are so lavish and detailed, I can become lost in them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sergio Carravetta on November 17, 2009
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I have hardly read a graphic novel of this quality before, both in drawings and script. Mr. Bryan Talbot has done magic.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chongo on November 10, 2009
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Bryan Talbot's "Grandville" is an exceptional graphic novel & a great alternative comic to a lot of the other mainstream stuff out there. It's a well thought out murder mystery w/ action, plus the art is some of Talbot's best work to date. I guess it's sort of like Sherlock Holmes meets an alternate history meets anthropomorphic animals. This is great reading for fans of Usagi Yojimbo, BPRD, or DC's Vertigo. A+
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