Grandville Mon Amour Hardback
by Bryan Talbot
The Badger is back! Set three weeks after the finale of Grandville, Grandville Mon Amour pits Detective Inspector Archie LeBrock of Scotland Yard against an old adversary and ruthless urban guerrilla, Edward 'Mad Dog' Mastock, - a psychotic serial killer whose shocking escape from his execution by guillotine at the Tower of London begins this fast-paced, Hitchcockian steampunk thriller.
LeBrock, still racked by remorse for his failure to prevent the death of 'the Divine Sarah' and working outside the law after resigning his post following a blazing row with his superior officer, embarks on a quest to redeem himself by tracking down Mastock and bringing to an end his horrific murder spree.
Aided by his adjunct and old friend, Detective Roderick Ratzi, he follows the trail of carnage to Paris.
Otherwise known as Grandville, it's the largest city in a world dominated by France, a city used to violence following the years of terrorist bombings by the extreme fanatic wing of the British resistance during the occupation, the notorious Angry Brigade, of which Mastock was the sadistic leading light. With his customary tenacity, LeBrock stalks his prey through a world populated by anthropomorphic animals, an underclass of humans and automaton robots where advanced steam technology powers everything from hansom cabs to iron flying machines.
It's a trail that leads to the demimonde of Parisian prostitution and an atrocity perpetrated twenty-three years ago.
With a range of new and fascinating characters and a mix of Holmesian deduction, knowing humour and edge of the seat action, Grandville Mon Amour continues the vein of high-octane adventure begun in the first volume.
Can even LeBrock escape the past or do heroes have feet of clay?
Follow the badger!
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 104 pages, chiefly Illustrations
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 02/12/2010
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9780224090001
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Review by ljbwell
This is the 2nd of Bryan Talbot's Inspector LeBrock graphic novels, set in an alternative steampunk post-Napoleonic Britain & Paris (aka Grandville) where Britain has battled for its independence from a tyrannical France and the population is made up of anthropomorphised animals. Mad Dog Mastock, a former anarchist guerilla leader and vicious killer of prostitutes, has escaped prison and the guillotine and head to Grandville. His spree continues, but it seems his pattern has changed. So what's really going on?I preferred this one, and the story felt more coherent. Once again, the illustrations are lavish and gorgeous. Talbot brings to life the richness and sumptuousness of the period together a fantastic sense of lighting and wonderful steampunk visuals.