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About the Author

Yann was born in Marseille in 1954. He began his career in advertising and architectural design before sinking into the world of comics with material for the student newspaper Balak Spirou in 1974. After a brief stint at Curiosity Magazine, he partnered with Conrad to create Innommables, published by Dargaud, and then Bob Marone published by Glénat. The prolific author eventually abandoned illustration (except for the occasional sketch or thumbnail) to concentrate purely on writing, and he has penned innumerable works illustrated by some of the greatest French and European artists, including Yslaire (the first episode of Sambre), Yves Barge (Freddy Lombard), Morris (Lucky Luke), René Hausman (Aire Libre) and Wozniak (Star Chasers)
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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Boom Entertainment (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936393476
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936393473
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.7 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #767,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Corz on September 14, 2013
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I read way too many comics and really get tired of them sometimes. But occasionally I buy one like Grand Duke that's so good I have to keep looking for more.

Like other reviewers mentioned, the artist specializes in historic planes. He does an amazing job on not just those but on people and landscapes too. The splash pages are perfectly drawn and placed. The icing on the cake is the story and dialogue are awesomely realistic. I was engaged. It even has little hints of mysticism, fantasy, fate, etc. I had to reread a few sections to fully appreciate all the details and imagery. This book exceeds all expectations.

(The only minor flaw is the nudity is a little fan servicey, a little pinup girly vs. the rest of the book's realism. Uhh, again, that's a MINOR complaint for male readership.)
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For those who were wondering, this volume contains all three volumes (which are also available, but untranslated) of The Grand Duke translated into English.

The Grand Duke follows the experiences of a Luftwaffe and Soviet air aces -- and their convoluted interactions with each other and their respective comrades and superiors, as well as their respective fortunes.

The artwork is outstanding, especially the depiction of the type planes each flew or rode in, and with the full color artwork, this is a volume that one can simply enjoy for the pictures as well as the story it chooses to tell. Especially concerning the air-war on the Eastern Front.
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By Sam Combs on January 30, 2013
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I can't say enough good things about this book. I stumbled upon it while looking for anything in English by Romain Hugault after being blown away by the aviation art on his portfolio, and this was exactly what I was looking for. More than I was expecting actually - it's a good story from both the Soviet and German sides of the conflict, as well as breathtaking art. Every frame looks like a painting. The aircraft are wonderfully rendered. I just stopped and gaped at some of the spreads. Breathtaking stuff. Beautifully printed too. I really hope more of his work makes it into English!
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By Crjdriver on June 7, 2013
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I am not a big graphic novel reader. But, as a pilot and airplane nerd I love aviation themed material. As a hobby artist, I could not get over the amount of artistic perfection in Hugault's work. Just about each panel could be a stand-alone, framed piece of artwork I would hang on my wall! The story is good although fairly predictable, but the artwork really is what does it in this novel! I really wish more of Hugault's graphic novels were translated.

The novel is a beautifully-illustrated and masterpiece of aviation-themed graphic novel. Amazing!
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By Steven M. Lemons on February 12, 2015
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This is one of the most beautiful books that I have ever seen. Let this guy illustrate the next Marvel or DC event and let the mainstream comics fans see artwork every bit as good as Alex Ross best work. A very compelling, human story set amidst the horrors of WW2. "Night Witches" — the 588th Night Bomber Regiment. The all female unit of the former U.S.S.R. against the deadly Luftwaffe. Keep an eye out for the artist Romain Hugault.
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As a long time WW-2 aircraft fan I was blown away by the art in this graphic novel. The artist gets the details correct. The planes were ones that existed, in the right colors and schemes.

Highly recommend for art alone.

Then you get to the story, two people that have been churned through by their totalitarian governments find each other. Maybe far fetched, but I liked it.
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Wow!!!! I have a collection of great graphic novels but the Grand Duke left me Amazed! Wonderful scenes and layouts with great and super accurate historical details. The story is great as well. Simply a work of art! A must buy for anyone that loves history, a well told story and awesome artwork!
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By Wei on May 11, 2013
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Since the moment I began to read this book, it's captured all my imagination, the cruel Eastern Front has forged so many "super men" and "super women", they fought eachother as fighter pilots, but they also held utmost respect for eachother, for the sky is their only cemetery.
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