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Carthago Hardcover – September 27, 2016
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"I was so damn entertained I couldn’t stop reading. The writing is bananas and the art is just plain awesome. This is like Jaws meets Heavy Metal comics. I hope they make more."
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"Put simply this is the kind of comic to become utterly lost within and would be worthy of the term “unputdownable” if such a word existed."
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"Moreover, the underwater scenes are superb and stunning. Always spectacular and cinematic."
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- Chronicles De L’imaginaire
"Bec deftly constructs his story, creating a well-researched puzzle whose pieces come together at different times to form a disturbing picture of our future. He continually manages to intrigue us while making impossible events credible."
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About the Author
Christophe Bec is a writer and artist. Born in France, he spent the first few months of his life in Morocco due to his parent’s work. Attracted to comics from an early age, he began his career by producing fanzines, one of which earned a Best Fanzine nomination at Angoulême Comics Festival. He joined the Comics School of Angoulême the next year. Known for the art behind “Absolute Zero”, “Sanctum” and “Prometheus”, he is also the author of “Pandemonium”, “Shadows of Salamanca” and “Carthago”. “Sanctum” earned him nominations for Best Comic Album at both the Cognac Detective Film Festival and the Jules Vernes Film Festival. He also won the Uderzo Prize for his series “Lent”.
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I have a huge soft spot for cryptozoology (Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot etc). But the world of fiction in all mediums has rarely taken it seriously. It's generally low budget horror, aimed at children or when it has been taken seriously its been D-Grade poor quality. There are some standouts such as the film Exists by Eduardo Sánchez.
But in the world of comics even the only one that comes to mind is Proof by Alex Grecian which is a fun premise and a great series, but a Bigfoot wearing a suit solving mysteries isn't exactly taking it seriously.
Yes it might seem silly to actually believe in these creatures but they are so ripe for storytelling. It has always amazes me that there aren't any genuinely clever, well written, directed stories regarding this subject.
Now I only bought this because it was about a giant shark. My favourite film is Jaws. But I had no clue it would tackle things I've wanted to read my whole life.
Humanoids and pretty much any French graphic novel are at worst good. So this was a given. Then I read it. This is the most well paced out, suspenseful, mysterious, incredible BOOKS I've ever read, let alone comics. The way it handles fact, mythology and fiction and weaves it together to the point that many, MANY times while reading it I hopped online to see if the people/places/stories mentioned were true (or true to the extent that the claims were actually made but never proven) and most of the stories in this book are. So it is not only entertaining but thoroughly researched.
I wont say any more without giving away spoilers.
I can't even compare this book to a movie or comic that exists, it is that original. There's hints of Jaws, The Abyss, Alien. But it is all worth the price. I will buy anything by this creative team from here on out. And I cannot wait until Carthago Adventures comes out next year.