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.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?
“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!
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