A look back at some new features for this 2022 literary season. On the program: The Futures of Liu Cixin: The Perfection of the Circle, Dog Man: The Tale of Two Cats, Lord Gravestone: The Last Wolf of Alba and manifesto of anarchy.
The Futures of Liu Cixin: The Perfection of the Circle. The collection The Futures of Liu Cixin from Éditions Delcourt is enriched with a fifth title, “La Perfection du Cercle” (remember that fifteen stories are programmed in all). This adaptation by Xavier Besse takes us to China, in 227 BC. J.-C., at the time of the Warring States. Ying Zheng, the King of the Qin dynasty, narrowly escapes an attack fomented by a rival empire, thanks to the help of a wise man, Jing Ke, who intends to offer him the (mathematical) means of deciphering the messages from heaven. Therefore, a double movement will be set in motion: the army contingents will be used for calculation purposes, according to a logic and diagrams which are strongly reminiscent of computers (it is enough to look into the jargon used or on these forms of microprocessor instituted in the desert by the position or the movement of the troops), while the megalomania of the King will not stop growing. The latter, convinced of being the chosen one of heaven, will see his desire for justice and peace turn into fanaticism and barbarism, going so far as to sacrifice children for the good of the mission with which he thinks he is invested. Scriptwriter and draftsman, Xavier Besse thus x-rays the psychology of an obstinate man blinded by faith, affected by the daily absorption of mercury, and whose paranoia and psychic disorders, perhaps inherent in his initial project, appear exacerbated. by the products to which he submits, on the advice of his sages. Embroiled in a family tragedy, graced with sophisticated designs, endowed with several inspired metaphors (“Nature treats humans as it pleases, distributing joys and sorrows like a sower in a field”), “The Perfection of the Circle” recounts the madness of grandeur and the decline of a man, his joint submission to science, oracles and divinities, and proves once again that humanity never grows out of the sins of ‘pride.
The Futures of Liu Cixin: The Perfection of the CircleXavier Besse
Delcourt, August 2022, 74 pages
Dog Man: The Tale of Two Cats. The Dupuis editions offer us in this month of September a third volume of the adventures of Dog Man, duly baptized The Tale of the Two Cats. If the famous dog-cop is somewhat eclipsed by new protagonists, including an infantilized and surprisingly wise clone of Monpetit, it is not to displease us, since it gives a new breath to this series more than ever brought up to par. ‘child. Bubble, the telekinetic fish is now endowed with bionic power after being inadvertently called back from the dead. He then gives life to buildings immediately made evil and ready to sow chaos in the city. Dog Man will then have to join forces with Petit Monpetit to overcome this threat, to say the least crazy. From this Tale of the two catswe will especially remember this dysfunctional clone, incapable of doing harm, tirelessly repeating the same question (” Why ” ?) and seeking above all to have fun, much to the chagrin of Monpetit, who hoped to uncover his evil abilities. It is this confusing, apparently contagious naivety that will lead Bubulle on the path to redemption. For the rest, we keep the same tenets as in the previous volumes: sketchy drawings but in perfect harmony with the spirit of the albums, an ethereal and invigorating humor, incredible and willingly absurd situations, a hero both pathetic and terribly endearing, all to be savored from 7 to 77 years old (and even more!).
Dog Man: The Tale of Two CatsDavid Pilkey
Dupuis, September 2022, 256 pages
Lord Gravestone: The Last Wolf of Alba. In a sepulchral and Victorian universe, Théophile and Tibbett watch over what increasingly appears to be their surrogate son. It must be said that John Gravestone, an orphan, is not far from turning into a bloodthirsty creature. Camilla, in love with revenge, began her work and it would be enough for her to sink her fangs into the neck of the Lord to make him, definitively, a vampire. But things are less simple than it seems, since in contact with him, she will awaken to feelings that she thought were buried forever and finally free herself from the influence of Basileus, who appears as the big bad acting behind the scenes. For his part, John finds at the family castle, where Camilla took him, archives allowing him to better understand his father’s past. If the first act reported on his traumas linked to the disappearance of his mother, “The Last Wolf of Alba” repeats the operation but this time for the father, whose past acts underlie the whole story. Seeking to take stock of the family history, John will at the same time be confronted with a sentimental dilemma: while his betrothed Mary believes him to be dead and buried, he gets closer and closer to Camilla, who takes care of him. and shows himself to be the most agreeable. If the Shakespearean dimension of these intrigues will probably not escape anyone, we must also underline the excellent graphic work, all in coherence, of Nicolas Siner. The sets, the characters, the creatures, the general tone: everything contributes to the success of a series whose narrative arcs are based on transgenerational motivations.
Lord Gravestone: The Last Wolf of AlbaNicolas Siner and Jérôme Le Gris
Glénat, September 2022, 64 pages
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manifesto of anarchy. Federalist anarchist, author and publisher, Anselme Bellegarrigue elevates the individual above the community, placing himself somewhere between the libertarianism of Ayn Rand and the philosophy of Bernard Mandeville. On reading this manifesto of anarchy, we indeed discover a thinker reducing government to antagonisms and civil war and on the contrary referring anarchy to social order and freedom. Doesn’t he advance, like The Fable of the Bees, that private vices lead to public virtues, that is to say that not taxing the rich would be the best way to protect the poor? This lively and impassioned pamphlet also questions socialism and abstention, puts religions and state doctrines on the same level, qualifies those who vote as nothing less than a “Civil Warmaker”. Anselme Bellegarrigue definitely does not go with the back of the spoon: the collective interest necessarily stems from the aggregation of private interests, any social contract proves futile and incubator of submissions, the revolutionaries of yesterday form the conservative rulers of today and the political game like journalism come down to sterile postures and interchangeable voluntary servitudes. In his eyes, to discuss is already to compromise, and there is nothing good to be gained from a power that calls for power and that leads to the alienation of the people and the workers, even to a form of dispossession. (self-determination, financial means, etc.). And the author asks himself: why does the Assembly become a government when it should only be a notary? The text “By the way, by the way! “, which usefully completes the work, brings this important precision: the author grants any legitimacy to only two ministries, that of Foreign Affairs and Justice, all the others appearing to him to be incompatible with public freedoms (including those of taking charge of oneself, and selfishly if one wishes). Everyone will of course draw the conclusions they want.
manifesto of anarchyAnselme Bellegarrigue
Lux, August 2022, 128 pages