On sale date: December 6, 2010
Classic comedy-thriller by one of France's greatest, released to coincide with the film version!
Both a rip-roaring adventure series set in pre-World War I Paris and a parody of same, Adele Blanc-Sec has been enchanting, thrilling, and puzzling readers worldwide through four decades.
With various American attempts to publish Adele having dribbled into nothing decades ago, Fantagraphics Books, fresh from its triumphs with Tardi's West Coast Blues and You Are There, launches a spectacular, newly re-translated, hardcover series that intends to collect every one of its nine (soon ten) volumes. In this premiere installment, Adele becomes involved in an interlocking series of mysteries that involve a revived pterodactyl, a frightful on-stage murder, a looming execution by guillotine, and a demon from the depths of hell — plus of course moronic gendarmes, loyal (or perhaps traitorous?) henchmen, and a climax atop the Eiffel Tower.
The Adele Blanc-Sec series is currently being adapted into a series of films by the renowned action director Luc Besson (The Professional, The Fifth Element), bringing this quirky, very French series to a new worldwide audience.
"Plot twists aplenty, including a murder or two, as well as a parade of mysterious characters and double-crosses... In crisp drawings with just the right combination of caricature and architectural precision, Tardi wonderfully captures turn-of-the-century Paris." — Publishers Weekly
"This Fantagraphics edition… [is] beautifully presented. First released in 1976, Jacques Tardi's story has a timeless quality... Tardi's art recreates the scenery beautifully, with stunning backdrops bringing the architecture and beauty of Paris to life. ...[A] compelling and enjoyable mystery story with an alternative Victorian feel." — Grovel
"...I've recently read Fantagraphics' gorgeous new printing of The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec, which absolutely blew me away. I'm always impressed by people like Jacques Tardi, who can build these deep, rich worlds out of really loose, simple linework." — Aaron Alexovich - Robot 6
- 8.9" × 11.8"