A little bit Dr. Who, a little bit James Bond, and hugely influential on the modern sf scene, Valerian has been a classic in France since the 1960s. Given the impact it has made on everything from comics to movies, it is surprising that it hasn't crossed the pond a long time ago. Valerian and his partner, Laureline, are agents for the vast Galaxity organization. In the past their missions have taken them to all corners of the galaxy and through time as well. But now Galaxity is gone, and Valerian and Laureline are dependent upon their meager remaining resources and their ingenuity. This volume, containing stories from the late 1980s and early 1990s, begins a new story arc in the long-running series. The art is bold and gives a different look to pulp sf than those most American comic readers may be used to. Valerian is great to recommend to comics fans and prose sf fans willing to read graphic novels. Tina Coleman
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"A wonderful balance of intellect and craft . . . a comic page that is structurally whole."