In October, literary releases accelerated, with several cult series or in the making, but also a good number of graphic novels to peck.
Like every month, the editorial staff presents a non-exhaustive selection of comics, comics and manga releases. In October, the pace picks up, with several great new features, and the reissue of a cult manga from Glénat editions. A slew of literary nuggets, to offer or to reserve for Christmas.
Mermaid Saga (T1)
Screenplay and drawing by Rumiko Takahashi – 400 pages
Published on October 20, 2021 by Glénat editions, € 14.95
If you liked the intergenerational adventures of Ranma ½, you will no doubt have recognized the characteristic trait of the brilliant Rumiko Takahashi, who is making a comeback this year at Glénat. Republished in a original version in two large format volumes, Mermaid Saga returns to the epic of young Yuta, condemned to immortality for having eaten the flesh of a mermaid. Determined to reverse the fate, the hero crisscrosses Japan in search of a woman-fish capable of forgiving him. But the creatures described by Rumiko Takahashi are decidedly not the fairy-tale heroines of Andersen’s tales.
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Screenplay and drawing by Zanzim – 96 pages
Published on October 6, 2021 by Glénat editions, € 20
Céleste Bompard is what we call a ladies’ man. Pilot of the lavish air during the Great War, he chained the conquests, without worrying about the consequences. However, during a mission, the Don Juan of aerobatics crashes on an unknown island, led by a people of Amazons, determined to make him their new official breeder. Under its garden of Eden air, the place is however less idyllic than expected. Without surpassing the brilliant Human skin, released last year, this new feminist tale signed Zansim imposes itself as a very beautiful literary parenthesis, with humor as acerbic as it is poetic.
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Joker vs The Mask
Scenario and collective drawing
Published on October 1, 2021 by Urban Comics editions, € 20
As they set off to rob the Gotham Museum, the Joker and Harley Quinn find themselves in possession of a mysterious mask that is thousands of years old. The perfect opportunity to make life difficult for a completely overwhelmed Dark Knight. Direct legacy of the awesome animated series Batman from 1992, this new crazy one shot offers us an improbable encounter between two mythical characters from pop culture. Cartoony and wacky at will, the plot pays homage to the DC Comics universe as well as the comic book series created by Mike Richardson, Randy Stradley, Mike Badger, John Arcudi and Doug Mahnke. A feast for the eyes.
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Screenplay and drawing by Tom Scioli, after Alex Ross
Published on September 24, 2021 by Huginn & Muninn editions, € 21.95
Recognized as one of the greatest creators in the world of comics, Jack Kirby participates in the golden age of glossy superheroes. For several decades, he draws or creates many characters, from Captain America to the Hulk, passing the Eternals, and a few others at DC Comics. A big name to which Huginn & Muninn makes a vibrant man this month, taking an interest in his singular career and his many personal adventures. A exhaustive biography, rooted in the pure tradition of American comics.
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Scenario and drawing by Naoko Mazda – 224 pages
Published on October 6, 2021 by Glénat editions, € 7.60
After the excellent series Bakuman, which immersed us in the daily life of two mangakas in the making, Reprint is interested in another less known facet of the literary market, that of publishing houses. Former sportswoman forced to retrain after an injury, the sparkling Kokoro must learn a profession that fascinates her, but of which she knows nothing. In a register a lot more mature and seinen as the series of Tsugumi Ōba and Takeshi Obata, Reprint imposes itself as a successful and full of freshness immersion in the world of manga, and at the same time as Kokoro makes us discover the different actors of the entire production chain.
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Safrane Chu (T1)
Screenplay by John Layman, illustrations by Dan Boultwood – 128 pages
Published on October 20, 2021 by Delcourt editions, € 15.50
After the incredible adventures of Tony Chu, the famous cibopathic detective, Delcourt puts his intrepid sister Safrane in the spotlight in a new unprecedented spin-off series. It must be said that the young woman has nothing to envy her brother: she too has food-related powers, since she is able to read the minds of everyone with whom she shares a meal. On the other hand side sense of justice we will come back. While Tony integrated the police within the RAS (Repression of Narcotic Foods), Safrane Chu is one of the most wanted criminals on the planet. With a humor still so crazy, this first opus of the adventures of the young cibopar is a real success, and is part of the worthy heritage of the original saga.
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Screenplay by Pat Perna, illustrations by Fabien Bedouel – 160 pages
Published on October 20, 2021 by Delcourt editions, € 27.95
What if Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin weren’t the first to set foot on the moon? Far from the official story of the American space conquest, Kosmos delivers us a chilling tale, or the first man to have set foot on lunar soil is actually a Russian woman named after Tatiana Tereshmariova. As the United States and the Soviet Union wage a Cold War space race, this masterfully orchestrated mock documentary by Pat Perna and Fabien Bedouel wonders about the existence of phantom cosmonauts and shadow areas of the famous Apollo 11 mission. All in monochrome, Kosmos imposes itself on the eye and catches the guts, in a hard-hitting fiction coupled with a reflection on fake news and conspiracy. Without doubt one of our biggest favorites of the month of October.
Dune, the graphic novel (T1)
Screenplay by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, illustrations by Raul Allen and Patricia Martin – 176 pages
Published on January 15, 2021 by Huginn & Muninn editions, € 27.95
After a trip to the cinema that transported us to the far reaches of the universe, Dune, Franck Herbert’s epic masterpiece is available in a high-flying graphic adaptation. If this first volume was released at the beginning of the year by Huginn & Muninn, we could not miss the science fiction phenomenon popularized this year by Denis Villeneuve. A promising adaptation, with illustrations a little too classic, but whose strength of the story manages to remain intact.
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