A purple, gray, blue, and brown illustration of a sort of psychadelic space. A young man in a white shirt, blue shorts, and socks and shoes with bloodstains on them falls through the space, a gun falling next to him. The title and author's names are superimposed.
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Florent Ruppert, Jerome Mulot, Translator: M B Valente

The Extraordinary Part: Book One: Orsay's Hands

On sale date: February 7, 2023

Renowned for their great conceptual and graphic originality, acclaimed French cartoonists Florent Ruppert and Jérôme Mulot have masterfully contributed an instant comics classic to the annals of science fiction.

This first book in a two-volume graphic novel series is set in a near-dystopian present, where mysterious creatures called “whols” coexist with humans since their sudden appearance a few years earlier. At first, they aroused curiosity and wonder, then their seemingly harmless presence became commonplace. Nineteen-year-old Orsay leads an uneventful life in the French countryside, until the day he gains extraordinary powers in his hands after an atypically aggressive encounter with a whol. On a trip to Paris in search of a cure, he meets and falls for Basma, a passionate activist for whols’ rights. But Orsay isn’t convinced that whols should be granted the same status as humans. Especially once Melek, another human with similar powers, embarks on a murderous rampage to avenge those she sees as her kin.


"A great success. With fantasy in a very realistic story, in a world where strange extraterrestrial creatures are part of our daily lives, this first book of The Extraordinary Part is one of the most original and joyful things of this literary season." — Konbini

"A fast-paced, unpredictable, and utterly original story rendered in delicate linework and vibrant color." — Library Journal

"The French cartooning duo have created a compellingly layered examination of youth in cultural revolt." — AIPT Comics

"Ruppert and Mulot continue two decades of comics collaboration with this visually fabulous exploration of identity and activism." — Publishers Weekly

"Ruppert and Mulot dazzle readers with Moebius-like flights of fancy as they envision otherworldly designs for each entirely unique [alien] and later take us inside a surreal dreamscape." — Cinema Sentries


8.8" × 12.9"