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The Black Order Brigade

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  316 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
A group of men commit the cold-blooded massacre of all the residents from a village deep in the Spanish countryside. This atrocious act is signed by The Black Order Brigade; a terrorist group made up of remnants of Franco's former soldiers. An English journalist recognizes them as the enemies he fought during the Spanish Civil War, and decides to hook up with his old pals ...more
Hardcover, 88 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Humanoids Publishing (first published October 1979)
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Pramod Nair
May 29, 2015 Pramod Nair rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
The Black Order Brigade’, translated from the original French work ‘Les Phalanges de l'Ordre Noir’ is a chilling graphic novel with a political-thriller angle written by Pierre Christin. The highlight of the book is the brilliant illustrations by Enki Bilal, which sets the tone perfectly for a macabre political tale soaked in bloodshed and violence.

The first thing I noticed while reading ‘The Black Order Brigade’ was the hazy dream-like feel of the sketches that is amazing and haunting at the
Philippe Malzieu
Sep 13, 2015 Philippe Malzieu rated it really liked it
At this time Bilal n was not a fashionable star who wind his drawings 100000 euros. Christin and Bilal. A political comic strip. A brigade of the Spanish civil war reunite after many years. They are old, sometimes sick. The danger : a fascist organisation, the black order brigade. But it is not so simple, settling of scores between Stalinist and Trotskyist of the POUP.
Everybody will go at the end of his history with his failures and his disappointments.. A melancholic graphic novel.
Jul 19, 2016 fonz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Una especie de reescritura en clave socialdemócrata, o mejor dicho, de extremo centro reformista, de la ya de por sí reaccionaria "El hombre que fue jueves", de Chesterton. Una parábola con forma de thriller político para contarnos que los extremeños ideológicos se tocan, que los rojos y los pardos son la misma cara de una caduca moneda fuera de circulación. Un tebeo, en definitiva, que leído ahora refleja perfectamente los esfuerzos de la izquierda ilustrada europea de finales de los setenta pa ...more
Dario Malic
Ostarjeli ljudi iz raznih dijelova svijeta, danas bankari, profesori, ministri, pisci i još štošta, nekad su bili uvjereni ljevičari i borili se protiv Franca u Španjolskom građanskom ratu. Ponovnim stupanjem na scenu, također međunarodne, skupine terorista s druge strane spektra sačinjene od njihovih starih neprijatelja, oni napuštaju svoje zemlje i pozicije te kreću u lov na pripadnike Crnog reda, u svoju posljednju avanturu.

Ni Christin ni Bilal ovdje ne oduševljavaju. Priča je dovoljno zaniml
Jun 14, 2015 Erik rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics-war
"One last mission" type of story with a bunch of old soldiers hunting down other old soldiers they fought 40 years ago. Unlike most stories of this type, it focuses more on the growing old part (and not just in a comedic way). Characters are mostly flat. Art is pretty solid.
Lewis Manalo
Jan 02, 2011 Lewis Manalo rated it really liked it
A bunch of old people hunt down a bunch of other old people who pissed them off during the Spanish Civil War. Reading in French is much easier when there are pictures.
May 02, 2014 Antonella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good historical fiction, great attention to details. I like also the fact old people are the main characters.

Pity for the massacre of the Italian language during the speech of the Italian member of Parliament. On top of all the other mistakes, a communist manages to address the people with the word the fascists use (''camerati''). This deserves to be quoted in the list of the Top 5 embarrassing misprints as number 6 ;-).

Apr 03, 2015 René rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
No acierto a recordar
Ondra Král
Jun 09, 2015 Ondra Král rated it liked it
Oct 01, 2010 D.M. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: students of European political history
Another historical fiction from Christin & Bilal, this time reuniting an old band of militants to combat a reunited old band of terrorists. As happens to me with Christin's writing, the politics of it all are a mystery. It is, however, a decent story even though the characters are (perhaps necessarily considering the cast and the length of the book) a bit one-dimensional. Bilal's art is, as ever, superb, though with this book he reins in the stony look he often utilises in his science-fictio ...more
christopher green
Sep 14, 2012 christopher green rated it really liked it
The typical 'get the ol' gang together for one more go of it' plot slapped my expectations out of their chair once i became aware of it. By ten pages in, however, i was enjoying it enough to not care - though i wouldn't say my expectations ever reclaimed an upright position.
Scott Kroll
Aug 08, 2012 Scott Kroll rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only read this book because I wanted to see something drawn by Bilal and my library happen to have this book. I'm really glad I picked it up, though.

It's not exactly a spy/thriller, but that's the closest I can describe it. Cool story and Bilal's art is fantastic.
Oct 17, 2013 Timo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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