Grandville Bête Noire

  • Title: Grandville Bête Noire
  • Author: Bryan Talbot
  • ISBN: 9781595828903
  • Page: 352
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Grandville B te Noire The baffling murder of a famed Parisian artist in his locked and guarded studio takes the tenacious Detective Inspector LeBrock of Scotland Yard and his faithful adjunct Detective Sargent Ratzi into
    The baffling murder of a famed Parisian artist in his locked and guarded studio takes the tenacious Detective Inspector LeBrock of Scotland Yard and his faithful adjunct, Detective Sargent Ratzi, into the cut throat Grandville art scene to track the mysterious assassin As the body count mounts and events spiral out of control, the investigation points to Toad Hall, whereThe baffling murder of a famed Parisian artist in his locked and guarded studio takes the tenacious Detective Inspector LeBrock of Scotland Yard and his faithful adjunct, Detective Sargent Ratzi, into the cut throat Grandville art scene to track the mysterious assassin As the body count mounts and events spiral out of control, the investigation points to Toad Hall, where a cabal of industrialists and fat cats plot the overthrow of the French State by use of steam driven automaton soldiers A Victorian anthropomorphic thriller, Grandville Bete Noire signals the welcome return of master storyteller and graphic novel pioneer Bryan Talbot to his Eisner and Hugo award nominated steampunk detective series.

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    About Bryan Talbot


    1. Talbot began his comics work in the underground comix scene of the late 1960s In 1969 his first work appeared as illustrations in Mallorn, the British Tolkien Society magazine, followed in 1972 by a weekly strip in his college newspaper.He continued in the scene after leaving college, producing Brainstorm Comix, the first three of which formed The Chester P Hackenbush Trilogy a character reworked by Alan Moore as Chester Williams for Swamp Thing.He started The Adventures of Luther Arkwright in 1978 It was originally published in Near Myths and continued on over the years in other publications It was eventually collected together into one volume by Dark Horse Along with When the Wind Blows it is one of the first British graphic novels.In the early to mid eighties he provide art for some of 2000 AD s flagship serials, producing 3 series of Nemesis the Warlock, as well as strips for Judge Dredd and Sl ine.The Tale of One Bad Rat deals with recovery from childhood sexual abuse.Talbot moved to the American market in the 1990s, principally for DC, on titles like Hellblazer, Sandman and Batman He also produced the art for The Nazz by Tom Veitch and worked with Tom s brother Rick Veitch on Teknophage, one of a number of mini series he drew for Tekno Comix.Talbot has illustrated cards for the Magic The Gathering collectible card game.He has also illustrated Bill Willingham s Fables, as well as returning to the Luther Arkwright universe with Heart of Empire He has also worked on The Dead Boy Detectives.In 2006, he announced the graphic novel Metronome, an existential, textless erotically charged visual poem,written under the pseudonym V ronique Tanaka He admitted that he was the author in 2009.In 2007 he released Alice in Sunderland, which documents the connections between Lewis Carroll, Alice Liddell, and the Sunderland and Wearside area He also wrote and drew the layouts for Cherubs , which he describes as an irreverent fast paced supernatural comedy adventure His upcoming work includes a sequel to 2009 s Grandville, which Talbot says is a detective steampunk thriller and Paul Gravett calls it an inspired reimagining of some of the first French anthropomorphic caricatures It is planned as the first in a series of four or five graphic novels.Source


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    1. Grandville Bete NoireDisclaimer – I got a copy via Netgalley. I really hate star systems. I do. I believe many, maybe even most, readers do. Then has to go and foul things up by making a three star review a bad review, when it really isn’t.I’m conflicted about this graphic novel. I really am. I’m waffling between three and four stars. I haven’t read the others in the series, so I think that if I had, I might be more secure about giving this four stars. But I haven’t, however, after [...]

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    2. I'm not usually that big on anthropomorphic characters but the magnificent artwork, dynamic alternate-history steampunk setting and action-packed plot totally sucked me in. If you like subversive plots like V for Vendetta, you should appreciate Grandville. Grandville Bete Noir is the third book (following Grandville and Grandville Mon Amour) in what will soon be a five-volume series of graphic novels. It can best be described as that you would dream after mixing The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes [...]

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    3. Grandville continues to be an amazing graphic novel series. This one was a little bit slower than the last two volumes, but the climax totally paid off. It ended up being a great story with themes of representational vs abstract art and I loved that aspect of this book.

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    4. Reason for Reading: I loved the whole premise of this series: animal fantasy, steampunk, crime mystery, and even though I hadn't read the previous issues, the cover art made me want to read this *now*.What a fantastic comic. Steeped in allusions to James Bond, Wind in the Willows and Sherlock Holmes this pastiche of anthropomorphic animals had me intrigued from the get-go. Set in a steampunk Paris which is alluded to as "Grandville" in this alternate world where animals rule supreme and human be [...]

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    5. Steampunk, mystery, adventure, characters are anthropomorphic animals, lovely art, but it lost me at the gratuitous female nudity. This is not a prudish complaint. The scene is very tastefully done and fits the story - but why does a female badger have a sexy human body? She's a badger, he's a badger, in a world where badgers wear clothes I'm sure the readers are intelligent enough to get that he'd be titillated by a female badger with no clothes without having to show us a naked human woman wit [...]

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    6. Book 3 finds Detective Inspector LeBrock and his trusty sidekick Detective Sergeant Roderick Ratzi up against the formidable Baron Aristotle Krapaud, a fabulously wealthy industrialist and criminal mastermind who is intent on overthrowing the current regime in France and taking ultimate power for himself. Heedless of their involvement is a group of scientists who are creating machines that the Baron will use to achieve his aims. All very dastardly.My favorite bits in this lusciously illustrated [...]

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    7. Srsly. I thought about dropping this series, but I'm so glad I didn't. This one plays with ideas ripped from art history - particularly featuring the rise of abstract art as a counter to the political content of some of the figurative art during the cold war (see independent/news/wor for some of the real story). Lebrock tangles with corporate villains, mad scientists and depressed artists in a Bond-style adventure. Workers rights, racism, and class dynamics feature prominently. Meanwhile, Billie [...]

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    8. The first Grandville had a more nebulous alignment with Sherlock Holmes, but the newer two are very distinctly an homage. Still, LeBrock is great, the art is great, and the alternate history Talbot has invented is fascinating (and not TOO steampunk; just enough). There's a ton of new material hiding in there for future Grandville books. And it's always fun to read something from Dark Horse.

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    9. Kolmas osa nutika mägrast detektiivi seiklustest aurupunk-Pariisis, mille elanikud on antropomorfsed loomad. Kummardusi tehakse siia ja sinna, näiteks põhikurjam konn on pärit klassikalisest Kenneth Graham'i "The Wind in the Willows'ist".Ei, väga vinge sari, kiirelt mu personaalse edetabeli tippu tõusnud, kui mitte lausa esikohale

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    10. One reviewer labeled this as Wind in the Willows meets James Bond, only she thought it was a good thing. I couldn't get into this story about steampunk animals, with a prostitute badger (with human feet? what?) and a godfather toad.

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    11. This is the third in the Grandville series (I use "series" because I hope there are many more). I didn't know there was a second. Where the hell have I been? What else have I missed? How are books getting published that I don't know about?AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!

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    12. The sledgehammer politics continue to vex me, but this volume does feature a scene with a toad smoking a pipe, so it can't be all bad.

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    13. I knew I disliked Jackson Pollock, but now I know why! :)

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    14. Sherlockian/James Bondesque steampunk adventure with animal heads on. Fab stuff. Lots of literary/film puns and references, and I suspect I missed more than I spotted. Very enjoyable.Excluding from reading challenge as it was a quick read

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    15. Another cracking read. Probably my favourite of the series (so far anyway) and I literally couldn't put it down. Read in one sitting.

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    16. An artist designing a mural is found murdered under suspicious circumstances. When the commission of the mural is passed on and the second artist is also murdered, foul play is suspected! Archie LeBrock and his faithful sidekick Roderick Ratzi are once more on the trail of crime in the steampunk city of Grandville.This new installment in the Grandville series feels the most strained of the three books; it doesn’t fly along on its original, creative energy like the first 2 books, rather it plod [...]

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    17. Grandeville Bete Noire is the third (and probably final) part of this alternative history, steampunk, anthropomorphic graphic novel by Bryan Talbot. In this story, the one-badger-army Detective Inspector Le Brock of Scotland Yard takes on big business in the form of Baron Krapaud. The Baron is Toad of Toad Hall dressed up as Ernest Blofeld (complete with pet - toad!), and he is quite clearly a villain in this work, as are his cohorts in business. This might make uncomfortable reading for those p [...]

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    18. Okay, to be honest, I'd give the ebook version three stars. I had never tried a graphic novel on my Nook and I won't soon be repeating the experience. Other ebook readers may have better luck but the words were absolutely tiny on the screen and pixelated almost to a point past readability when enlarged. However, the story was an interesting one that pulled me in and almost made me forget my frustrations.It's hard not to compare any graphic novel using animals as the main characters to the classi [...]

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    19. I thoroughly enjoyed this third foray into DI Archibald LeBrock's world of anthropomorphic animals and alt-history steampunk noir. This time, an old friend requests LeBrock's help in solving a murder in Paris that has the Paris force stumped. This leads to a tangled web of millionaire industrialists and sinister plots.Talbot really goes to town on the worst excesses of industrialists and capitalists in this volume, calling on real world examples, which he describes in the afterword, for those of [...]

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    20. One of my Christmas gifts this year was Bryan Talbot’s Grandville: Bete Noir. It’s an amusing steampunk James Bond with a badger as the hero and a Wodehousian sidekick. This is volume three, in which Toad from Toad Hall tries to take over the French empire with automatons, dreadnoughts, and sneering villainy. A couple quick thoughts: - The art is clean and lovely — Talbot’s usual style. He’s particularly good at drawing expressive reaction shots. - I love the notion of the doughfaces [...]

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    21. Grandville, Bete Noire, Bryan Talbot’s third steam-punk themed graphic novel, has the same lavish detail and striking use of color as the first two. English Badger D.I. Archie LeBrock is back, as rough-and-tumble as ever, and in this book we spend a bit more time with Quayle or “Q,” a brilliant inventor adept at stealth weapons, like a smoking pipe that is really a bomb. It’s a nice wink in the direction of Ian Fleming.The plot is slimmer and more predictable than the first two, and a la [...]

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    22. Bryan Talbotin "Grandville Bete Noire" (Jonathan Cape, 2012) on kolmas osa rikoskomisario LeBrockin seikkailuista kertovassa tarinalinjassa; tällä kertaa LeBrock tovereineen tutkii taidemaalarin murhaa, ja joutuu taasen keskelle veristä ja sotkuista vyyhteä, joka johtaa suuria suunnittelevan teollisuuspampun portaille.Steampunkahtavaan vaihtoehtotodellisuuteen sijoittuva sarjakuva on tottuun tapaan upeasti kuvitettu, eikä vauhdikkaassa ja toiminnallisessa tarinassakaan ole mitään vikaa, v [...]

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    23. A very well designed graphic thriller, captivating and original.The reader follow the adventures of a sort of Sherlock Holmes with the head of a raccoon equipped with gadgets worthy of James Bond in a race against evil. Crimes galore on a background of the the French History of the Napoleonic era with touches of contemporary politics very well placed and very subtle.A mixed retro and modern also with animals/characters dressed in period costume alongside robots and tanks in the streets of Paris. [...]

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    24. This is the best entry so far in this awesome graphic-novel detective series. It incorporates so many of my favorite literary things: anthropomorphic talking animals, Sherlock Holmes & Watson, steampunk, alternate history, The Wind in the Willows, mystery & crime fiction, fantasy, and adventure.The artwork is excellent, as is the storyline, and I loved the characters, especially Detective Inspector LeBrock of Scotland Yard and his loyal assistant, Detective Roderick Ratzi. The egotistica [...]

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    25. Mi sono innamorata.Il DI Archibald LeBrock è un John Luther procione e più rustico in una meravigliosa Parigi steampunk.Cosa desiderare di più, se sia le meravigliose pagine che la trama avventurosa e intelligente (splendida l'esposizione sull'innocuità dell'arte astratta, sostenuta e diffusa dalle classi dirigenti per la sua impossibilità di generare significato politico - storia vera, a quanto pare) portano la firma di quel maestro che risponde al nome di Brian Talbot?Che maestro si confe [...]

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    26. An impossible closed room murder in a bohemian artist community. Loving the concept; it fits perfectly with the peculiar victorian world of the Grandville series."Bête Noire" is an entertaining read, not quite as politically resonant as its predecessors, but clever in other ways. Talbot can take ridiculous concepts and execute them with such a perfect mix of unapologetic camp and pure style, he can communicate a commendable amount of substantial story without the reader getting distracted by al [...]

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    27. Lots of nice little jokes in the text and pictures, from Paddington Bear at the beginning to Jackson Pollo the cockerel abstract painter. In fact, there were lots of little painting jokes. And a wonderfully embarrassing dinner party for LeBrock.Also, there's a good explanation for why LeBrock is quite so broken up about the death of the Divine Sarah in the previous book when he'd only known her for such a short time.I do hope Bryan Talbot will return to the Grandville universe (hopefully with so [...]

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    28. Bryan Talbot's Grandville series continues to improve with each installment. Bête Noire is easily the strongest of the first three episodes. The story is pure pulp, but inspired by a strong pedigree of British thriller authors such as Doyle, Fleming, and Christie. Talbot also fills the story and artwork with clever nods to comic art history and anthropomorphic-animal classics (such as The Wind in the Willows, to note this installment's most obvious reference). There is something special about s [...]

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    29. nwhytevejournal/2115188ml[return][return]another in Talbot's alternate history of Grandville, where most people are anthropomorphised animals and England is only now recovering from two hundred years of French rule after defeat at Waterloo. As well as taking us to the dark heart of political conspiracy, with overtones of Tintin (and also, frankly, Dangermouse), Talbot reflects art history too in his distorted gaze; he refers in an afterword to the CIA's funding of Abstract Expressionism. It's a [...]

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    30. Talbot throws a bit of James Bond into his genre mishmash, as the story begins with Toad mwahahaha-ing in full Bond villain mode about his evil plan to take over the government with automata. Meanwhile, this book's case finds LeBrock investigating the mysterious murder of an artist. The romance in these books continues to be very cliché, but I thought this book had the strongest and most original story when it came to the villain's plan, which, as the Afterword points out, was inspired by real- [...]

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