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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Archaia (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936393476
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936393473
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Great artwork and story.
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The attention to detail is exemplary!
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Highly recommend for art alone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Spaulding on March 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a very good book, if you are into world war II history. The focus is on pilots, both russian and german. Not for kids, as there is nudity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Pierre on December 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
It is one that should be widely read and enjoyed by anyone who has an interest in World War II history and avionics as well as well written and drawn historical fiction. Highly recommended.
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By Cody Moore on January 4, 2014
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Great novel for the WW2 enthusiast. The attention to detail is exemplary! As a Pilot and Gunsmith I appreciate the amount of time that went into the making of this novel. As a heads up, don't get it for anyone under 18, as there is some nudity.
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Great artwork and story. This edition collects all three volumes in English. However, if you really enjoy it I would recommend picking up the original French editions as well. They are in a larger format and really show off Romain Hugault's artwork nicely.
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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 jsyambo on June 16, 2013
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A great self contain story about two pilots one german one soviet in the eastern front in WWII.The story will not dissapoint you and the artwork is both gorgeous and richly detailed.This graphic novel has my highest recommendation.
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