Bryan Talbot payes tribute to Leo Baxendale in final Grandville tale

Grandville Force Majeure - P24 Panel Leo

Artist Bryan Talbot has sent us this panel from his final Grandville story – a homage to the late Leo Baxendale, scripted five years ago, penciled and inked about 15 months ago and coloured in January.

“I’m going to dedicate the book to his memory,” Bryan tells us.

The book will be launched in October at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

Bryan's art for the cover of Grandville: Force Majeure
Bryan’s art for the cover of Grandville: Force Majeure

Grandville: Force Majeure is written and drawn by graphic novel pioneer Bryan Talbot.

A gang war rages as, wanted for murder, truly alone and outside the law, Detective Inspector LeBrock is on the run from both the police and gangster assassins, the victim of a diabolical scheme to annihilate himself and everyone he holds dear, engineered by mastermind crime lord Tiberius Koenig, one of the most despicable villains in the history of detective fiction.

Fan favourite characters, Detective Sergeant Roderick Ratzi and LeBrock’s vivacious fiancée, Parisian prostitute Billie, are joined by a new badger in town! Enter Tasso, an Italian badger who’s bigger, meaner and uglier than LeBrock – but is he a force for good – or evil?

A battle royale ensues as LeBrock fights against truly outrageous odds. How can he possibly survive?

Grandville: Force Majeure - Gangsters
A fiendishly ingenious story of love, tenacity, treachery and tragedy, this fifth, final and longest stand-alone volume of the Eisner and Hugo Award nominated Grandville series.

“It’s  a veritable roller coaster of a detective thriller,” says Bryan, who’s just headed off to the bookstore Cultura in Roubaix, near Lille for a signing with his wife Mary on 29th April, then on to 16th Arras book fair, Coleres du present.

“It features Grandville’s trademark fusion of high-octane excitement and humour, plus deduction on a Holmesian scale as we finally meet LeBrock’s mentor, Stamford Hawksmoor, and discover LeBrock’s untold backstory.”

Prepare to be royally badgered!

• For all the latest on Grandville and Bryan’s other projects and his latest appearances visit www.bryan-talbot.com or follow Bryan official fan Twitter @bryan_talbot

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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