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Isle of 100,000 Graves (edition 2011)

by Fabien Vehlmann Jason

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Title:Isle of 100,000 Graves
Authors:Fabien Vehlmann Jason
Info:FANTAGRAPHICS (2011), Paperback, 56 pages
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Five years ago, Gwenny's father found a bottle on the beach containing a map leading to the treasure of
the Isle of 100,000 Graves. He set off to find the fortune, but he never came home. When a similar bottle washes on shore and Gwenny finds it, she decides to use it to find her father. She bribes a crew of sailors with promise of treasure in order to get a ship, and off they sail to find the island. When they arrive, however, Gwenny and the crew discover the horrible truth: the island is not the location of hidden treasure, but something far, far worse. With the help of a boy named Tobias, Gwenny may be able to escape, but she is still determined to unearth the fate of her missing dad.

This adventure story is delightfully dark, but it retains a strong sense of humor throughout. But man, Gwenny's life sucks. Her mother is apparently quite crazy – on the fourth page of the book, she attempts to murder her sleeping daughter, and the fact that Gwenny is completely prepared for this would suggest that it isn't the first time. But Gwenny is quite clever, and her wit quickly won me over. She avoids death at the hands of her pirate crew by destroying the map and tricking one of the sailors into protecting her from the others. She later reveals that she's known all along that the map was a trick to lure visitors to the Isle of 100,000 Graves, but she wanted to find her father so she played along. Tobias proves to be just as clever, and the two of them having adventures together would be great if Jason ever decides he wishes to create sequels to this story. Not that the story needs a sequel; the ending, the last in a series of plot twists, was both unexpected and satisfying.

Personally, I find the art pretty darn unappealing. The blank, dead eyes set in bone white or night black skin on vaguely animal-like faces just didn't draw me into the story at all. Some of the characters resemble dogs, while others have bird faces – weird, right? But if you just roll with it, the consistency of design and the flatness of each panel does suit the macabre dark humor of the story, and it is Jason's signature style. ( )
  makaiju | Mar 23, 2013 |
Darkly funny and hugely entertaining, this a gripping adventure on the high seas as young Gwenny swears to find her father who went in search lost treasure and instead finds a secret school for torturers that lures pirates for practical sessions. It's a genius idea and while I was unsure if the art at first it works sublimely well with story and its deadpan humour and pitch perfect comedic timing. It’s absurd and lovable and absolutely delicious.

Highly recommend. I am off to seek more works from the both of them. ( )
  clfisha | Mar 22, 2013 |

A young girl finds a bottle with a treasure map within that will allow her to find her father who went missing after finding a bottle with a treasure map within. She hires a ship’s crew of pirates and they make their way to the island where the treasure alledgedly is. There are some surprising plot developments here and many laugh out loud moments.

Overall – This is a delight to read with fairly simple but fitting art. ( )
  psutto | Mar 14, 2013 |
Quirky little graphic novel about a girl who goes off to look for her dad, missing for 5 years since he went in search of the treasure on the Isle of 100,000 Graves. ( )
  bookczuk | Feb 26, 2012 |
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"Five years ago, little Gwenny's father found, inside a bottle, a map with instructions on how to reach the mysterious Isle of 100,000 Graves and its legendary treasures-- and then he vanished. Now Gwenny, having stumbled across another bottle-shipped map, enlists the dubious help of a shipful of pirates, sets out to find the island, and her long-lost dad. Little does she realize that the Isle comes by its ominous name honestly, as the location of a secret school for executioners and torturers, where apple-cheeked youngsters are taught the finer points of extracting information from prisoners-- and then putting an end to their lives in a wide variety of gruesome ways. And they've reached the point in their studies where theory should ideally give way to practice, so an influx of uninvited visitors comes as a blessing to the faculty. And yes, this story is a comedy. Albeit a dark one"--Publisher's web site.… (more)

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