Hugo Pratt’s “The Great Man of the North” set to make English debut thanks to IDW

The Great Man of the North - CoverHugo Pratt’s classic graphic novel The Great Man of the North (also known as Jesuit Joe or L’uomo del Grande Nord) makes its English language debut this month thanks to US publisher IDW.

A graphic masterpiece, this short story was first published in the French magazine Pilote in 1980, then in France as a graphic novel entitled Jésuite Joe, and in Italy as L’uomo del grande nord, published by Dargaud and CEPIM, respectively.

Hugo Pratt (1927-1995), perhaps best known as the creator of Corto Maltese (also published in English by IDW) is considered one of the greatest graphic novelists in the world. His strips, graphic works, and watercolors, have been exhibited in major museums, such as the Grand Palais and Pinacothèque in Paris, the Vittoriano in Rome, Ca ‘Pesaro in Venice, Santa Maria della Scala in Siena.

The Great Man of the North - Art

Set in the snowy wastelands of Canada around 1912, The Great Man of the North is a provocative story that deals with complex moral choices. Jesuit Joe, the protagonist, is of French-Canadian and Mohawk descent and is embarked on an obsessive religious search for the Absolute. His actions reflect a disturbed personality with an unorthodox ethical code. He kills with terrible ease and reveals an unmatched cruelty and ferocity, yet when his mood suddenly shifts, he is capable of unexpected acts of kindness and compassion.

He wears the red serge jacket of the Canadian Mounties that he found in a hut — which gives rise to a series of misunderstandings when he is mistaken for a member of the Canadian Mounted Police — and is tracked by his nemesis, Sergeant Fox, whose mission is to capture Jesuit Joe and bring him to justice.

The story has been adapted into a film directed by Olivier Austen and starring French actress Laurence Treil – and this edition also includes additional scenes Pratt created as storyboards for the live-action adaptation, as well as an unfinished second adventure that picks up where the first tale ends.

The Great Man of the North is now available for purchase in specialty comic stores and everywhere else on November 21st.

• An eight-page preview is available here

The Man From the Great North
8.5” x 11”, 112pp., $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-68405-058-1

• Official Hugo Pratt web site: www.cong-pratt.com/en

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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