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Isaac the Pirate: Vol. 1 - To Exotic Lands Paperback – October 1, 2003
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But not just any captain, for this one is intent on sailing to South Pole to discover new lands and thus win immortality as a great explorer. Provided with ample supplies and the patronage of the pirate captain, Isaac spends the long voyage sketching shipboard life, in all its gritty detail. Treasure caves, aristocratic ladies, the terror of battle, and brawling crewman are all faithfully recorded. But meanwhile, back in Paris, Isaac's fiancee Alice is hired as charwoman and then clerk to a handsome, wealthy young buck. At first, this seems like a wonderful solution to her increasing poverty, but then she must cope with his over friendly attention. Isaac and Alice's stories alternate as the pirate drives Isaac closer to Antarctica, and Alice's faithfulness is tested. Blain does an excellent job of conveying the fantastical nature of the wonders of the arctic for the seamen, including ice floes, sea lions, and penguins.Read more ›
Isaac is a prideful dreamer, the proverbial starving artist, as passionate about his painting as he is about the love of his life, Alice, whose long-suffering support he pushes to the limit when he secretly purchases an expensive preparatory study by a deceased master painter, from which he plans to paint his own naval series that will bring him fame and fortune. "They'll create a sensation, I'll earn three or four times as much! I want to paint sailors, boats. We'll live in a wealthy port city, full of merchants, I'll become an official painter." Unmoved, Alice insists he copy the study and resell it, which sets off a series of events that finds Isaac in the employ of the egomaniacal pirate Captain, John "the Pillager", headed for the South Pole in search of an undiscovered New World, of which he is charged with documenting its existence. This New World, will of course, bear John's name.
Joe Johnson's translation of Blain's prose is seamless, exhibiting a depth of storytelling that, while the norm for European comics, is still an exhilarating breath of fresh air in Western comics.Read more ›
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I bought this book based on a recommendation in an Amazon list of children's books.
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This book has great drawing and the story is very deep. I liked all the characters. The story is generic, but the storytelling is well done. Read morePublished on May 15, 2004