The Chimerical Brigade, I, II, III
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The authors know indisputably how to get us hooked, in the style of the best serial writers, and conclude each episode with a classic cliffhanger. Full marks to them.
A cross between The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and B.P.R.D, La Brigade Chimérique is a visually stunning and captivating series of graphic novels in which European history gets a new twist. Throughout three volumes, two episodes in each, the action involving these superheroes of Europe at the start of World War II never lets up.
It is 1938, and a new generation of superheroes, good and evil, has taken control of the largest capital cities of Europe, fighting injustice and spreading terror. Drawing on legends from the trenches, Lehman and Colin create a host of characters with superpowers, among them Nyctalope, Doctor Mabuse, The Accelerator, Golem, Gog, and Marie Curie. They set out with prohibited weapons and newly evolving technology—special gases, radium bombshells, and X-rays—to change the course of history. The story begins when Doctor Mabuse, a master of hypnosis, summons dozens of superheroes to his secret city of Metropolis. What Doctor Mabuse is about to reveal could rock the balance of power in Europe. Then an uninvited guest makes his presence known. . . .
Not only are Chimérique’s story lines and visual impact exciting but they also present a view of history as it might have been that causes the reader to page back and read—and think again.
Celine Bessonneau : Céline Bessonneau is an illustrator and worked with Fabrice Colin and Boris Beuzeulin on Nowhere Island (L’Atalante, 2008).
Fabrice Colin : Fabrice Colin is a scriptwriter and author of novels, short stories, plays for radio, and screenplays for graphic novels. His graphic novel for children won Le Grand Prix de L’imaginaire.
Fabrice Gess : Gess is a cartoonist who draws for a variety of science fiction and detective novels, including Carmen McCallum (Delcorte, 2007–2009).
Serge Lehman : Serge Lehman is a scriptwriter and author of novels and short stories. His short story “Dans l’abîme” won le Grand prix de l’Imaginaire as well as the Prix Rosny Aîné. He is a writer for Le Magazine Littéraire, Les Inrockuptibles, Le Monde Diplomatique, and L’humanité.