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Grandville Bete Noire by Bryan Talbot

Grandville Bete Noire (edition 2012)

by Bryan Talbot, Bryan Talbot (Illustrator)

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Title:Grandville Bete Noire
Authors:Bryan Talbot (Author)
Other authors:Bryan Talbot (Illustrator)
Info:Dark Horse (2012), Hardcover, 104 pages
Collections:Review Copies, Ebook
Tags:arc, netgalley, ebook, graphic novel, animal fantasy, noir, mystery, read2012

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I read this for the Hugo ballot voting but I definitely want to find the previous volumes and read them. An alt universe with anthropomorphic animals and humans where the humans are second class citizens. The Victorian steampunk setting is fully developed and used throughout the book. LeBrock and his assistant go over to Paris to help with a murder investigation of an artist. I think what I liked the best was the afterword where the writer explained how a piece of history set this graphic novel in motion.
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  Glennis.LeBlanc | Jul 8, 2014 |
An excellent pulpy steampunk furry mystery graphic novel. That's a lot of adjectives, but all accurate...the hero is Detective-Inspector Lebrock of Scotland Yard, who happens to be an anthropomorphic badger in a society of anthropomorphic animals (and an underclass of 'doughfaces' who call themselves the odd name of 'human'). Automatons doing work, and attacking on order; several unexplained murders; and excellent artwork illustrating a story with surprising depth (for one that is so strongly genre(s)), particularly around social status. The introduction says Lebrock is supposed to be Bond-like - but I can't think of any Bond who would have spit out his soup with surprise when it was stone-cold (it was gazpacho, which he'd apparently never encountered...). More the old pulp mysteries, especially with the very British Detective-Inspector and his slightly more worldly but just as British sergeant - though the villain is quite like any of Bond's, and the murder methods are interestingly steampunky. Fun, and I'm looking for more Lebrock stories. I got this as an ebook in the 2013 Hugos packet. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Jul 31, 2013 |

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 witty, absurd and also rather bleak story. ( )
  nwhyte | May 24, 2013 |
This is the 3rd in this steampunk crime graphic novel series featuring anthropomorphic animals. Scotland Yard's DI LeBrock and DS Roderick Ratzi again find themselves in a Paris, France run by Emperor Napoleon XII (Britain lost the Napoleonic War and has become part of the French Empire). There's a cabal of rich industrialists (run out of Toad Hall) plotting to overthrow the government using powerful, deadly automatons. There's also a clash between traditional figurative artists (for whom a friend/lover of LeBrock's models) vs. new wave ones.

Talbot's illustrations are luscious and the story is again a good one - rich colours, wonderful details, and plenty of allusions/nods to Sherlock Holmes, Bertie Wooster, Wind in the Willows, and more.

Fun & quirky background details include crowd scenes with other comics characters (some I could identify, but am sure I missed others), visual and written take-offs on artists at the time, and more.

At the end, Talbot provides some interesting historical context as well. Fantastic continuation of a wonderful series. ( )
  ljbwell | Jan 25, 2013 |
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 beings are considered of a lesser evolutionary scale. This is a world in which Britain has just recently won its Independence from a France-ruled Empire that won the Napoleonic Wars. France itself has also just recently become a more politically socialist state and steam driven automata are the norm in this world. A fantastic world that I absolutely enjoyed.

This particular story sees LeBrock facing off against the evil Krapau, a Bond-like villain, and wooing his lady love the nude model/prostitute, Billie. A tantalizing story and I'll be going back to read the first two in the series. The artwork is superb and a delight to the eyes. Done in an overall black and white effect, though the blacks range from dark grey to blue shades. Colour has been used to great advantage, especially with red added to the b/w scenes but some panels even employ full colour. A truly eye-catching piece of artwork. Loved the story and find Inspector LeBrock to be a deep, mysterious yet amusing character.

Of note, this book is not for children. While the violence is not graphic. It is implied and there is plenty of blood and cold-blooded murder. The language is infrequent but doesn't hold any bars including a variety of colourful words up to and including the f-word. Finally, sexual situations are implied and full frontal female nudity is shown, even if they have the heads of badgers. Both the publisher and I agree on an age range of 16+. ( )
1 vote ElizaJane | Dec 25, 2012 |
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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 Ratzi, into the cutthroat 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!… (more)

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