7 beautiful books to shiver under the duvet

It’s almost Halloween. Discover our selection of beautiful books, comics and comics to devour to scare yourself.

Three Jokers

Screenplay by Geoff Johns, illustrations by Jason Fabok – 176 pages
Published on October 1, 2021 by Urban Comics editions, € 18

Most iconic villain in comic book history, the joker returns for halloween, with an original and dark proofreading by masters Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok. Inherited from three of the character’s founding stories – his first encounter with Batman, The Killing Joke and Mourning in the Family – the authors develop the difficult reconstruction of Bruce Wayne, Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) and Jason Todd (Red Hood) after their confrontation with the evil clown. Three stories, for a multi-faceted character who ultimately does not add much to the Batman universe as he seems decorrelated from the main arcs, but that fans will be able to appreciate as a friendly alternative oneshot.

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Written by JK Rowling, illustrated by Minalima – 400 pages
Published on November 11, 2021 by Minalima editions, € 35

We no longer present you Harry potter, which for 20 years has established itself as one of the greatest literary sagas of its time, far exceeding the market for simple children’s literature. So when the publisher Minalima imagines a sublime illustrated edition, we don’t ask ourselves too many questions. While the first volume is already available, The Chamber of Secrets will be published on November 11 in French. Not enough to tremble with fear, but just enough to bring you back to childhood.

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Eco – Integral

Written by Guillaume Bianco, illustrations by Jérémie Almanza – 232 pages
Published on October 13, 2021 by Éditions Soleil, € 34.95

Metaphorical, poetic and delicate tales on the passage to adulthood, the trilogy of Guillaume Bianco is offered this year a beautiful complete to read by the fireside. With his dreamlike imagination and his burtonesque illustrations masterfully orchestrated by Jérémie Almanza, Eco reunites for the first time The Shacklebott’s Curse, The Faceless Beast and The Cloud Princess. Three modern and independent adventures, in a universe halfway between the universe of Henry Selick (Coraline, The Nightmare Before Christmas) and that of Hayao Miyazaki. Recommended for fans of fairy tales, young and old, for a changing evening reading of the Brothers Grimm.

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And in the end they die – The dirty truth about fairy tales

Screenplay and drawings by Lou Lubie – 248 pages
Published on November 3, 2021 by Editions Delcourt, € 24.95

Far from the epitaph “They lived happily and had many children”, the tales of our childhood are full of sordid news items, mutilation and violence. Brilliantly illustrated, this investigation by Lou Lubie takes us back to the origins of the stories popularized by Grimm and Perrault, at a time when Cinderella did not hesitate to have her mother-in-law murdered, and where the Prince of The Sleeping Beauty doesn’t just kiss Aurore while she sleeps. A exciting cultural and literary exploration, far from the image of Prince Charming Epinal.

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Fantask # 1 – The Temptation of Evil

Collective articles and illustrations – 248 pages
Published on May 28, 2021 by Fantask editions, € 19.95

Real UFO on the paper magazine sector, Fantask gave us this year a first exciting introduction. Over his 248 pages of articles, comics and interviews, the review plunges us into an exhaustive and incredibly effective reflection on the spectator’s fascination with evil figures, from Ted Bundy to Lucifer and the Joker. On the program: comics, archives, unpublished interviews and many other surprises, for a result as successful as it is promising. If this first opus of Fantask will speak to lovers of horror cinema, the next two issues – respectively dedicated to the sex life of the heroes, and to the link between conspiracy and pop culture – finish to pique our interest.

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Stranger Things and Dungeons & Dragons (T1)

Screenplay by Jody Houser and Jim Zub, illustrations by Msassyk and Diego Galindo –
Published on October 7, 2021 by Mana Books editions, € 15

Ahead of the debut of the hit Netflix series, Stranger Things and Dungeons & Dragons delivers a nostalgic love letter to the fathers of the paper role-playing game Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson. While they are still far from imagining the dangers they will have to face in the Upside Down World, Mike, Lucas and Will will meet Dustin, and forge an epic friendship by discovering the universe of D&D. A promising first volume for this umpteenth paper version of the saga Stranger Things, which multiplies back and forth over time to offer us a new adventure, but also the opportunity to better understand the issues of the Netflix series.

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Written by Seth Grahame-Smith, illustrations by Chris King – 176 pages
Published on October 13, 2021 by Ynnis editions, € 17.95

In a summer camp, an abandoned cabin or a dismal cellar, how do you know you’re in a horror movie? With a lot of second degree and irony, Seth Grahame-Smith gives us his manual (very personal) to learn how to survive in a hollywood horror production. It must be said that if the author does not tell you anything, he is no stranger to film studios. In addition to having signed some horrific nanars, it is also to him that we owe the script of Dark Shadows by Tim Burton, released in 2012. Presented as a real practical guide, the tone is caustic, the humor very dark, but the result stands out as a nice literary parenthesis, to offer to all fans of horror cinema.

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