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The Marquis Volume 1: Inferno (The Marquis #1-2)

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  220 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
In eighteenth-century Venisalle, faith governs life and death, and the guilty hide their shame behind masks, showing their faces only in the secret rites of the Confessional. It is to this stronghold of the Inquisition that the souls of Hell have escaped to possess the living, spreading sin, murder, and chaos. Amid the carnage, one man is blessed with the clarity to recogn ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Dark Horse Books
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Nov 10, 2009 Angela rated it liked it
Recommended to Angela by: Thomas Forsythe
Shelves: graphic
Interesting graphic novel apparently set in the France of the late Middle Ages. An inquisitor becomes a vigilante punisher of sin as gradually the town descends into a hellish, lawless chaos. Only the general tasked with finding and capturing the inquisitor-turned-marquis and presumed demon seems able to resist the descent into violence against others, as he attempts to approach the problem rationally and with the least faith of anyone. As the general notes towards the end of the book, the marqu ...more
Feb 14, 2012 Ellie rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
The Marquis is set in a town in a fictionalised 18th Century France, where the Church and the Inquisition are in charge and people attend confession masked elaborately. The protagonist, Vol de Galle, wears a mask for a different reason: he is hunting down souls escaped from Hell. Unfortunately they seem to be hiding inside the townsfolk and his justice leaves mutilated bodies behind - leading to a manhunt for what the town's leaders consider to be a dangerous madman and murderer. Or a demon hims ...more
Oct 24, 2011 Acturi rated it really liked it
Not only is this comic tremendously awesome from an art perspective, and fascinating from a setting and story perspective, but this particular book has one of the most interesting sketchbook sections I've ever seen.

I will admit that I've read this three times, and I never really have noticed that this guy has a horse's ass for an arm, and this guy has horse legs comings out of his mouth, and omg horse parts. It's a great example of the stuff that as a reader, I don't consciously think about. But
Chumbert Squurls
The Marquis starts pretty slowly. In the first 150 some pages The characters speak in endless exposition and the plot moves with no propulsion. Here, Guy Davis is still finding his footing, still trying to figure out how to execute his brilliant premise. Towards the end when the exposition begins to subside and the monsters become more grotesquely realized Davis has found the demon he came to slay. Brilliant art(beautifully rendered gothic architecture and costumes) and decent story, this comic ...more
Sep 03, 2009 Thomas rated it really liked it
Beautiful and spooky and a really great read. New stories coming out in a month and I'm quite stoked.
Eric Orchard
Oct 20, 2009 Eric Orchard rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, fantasy, horror
One of the best comics ever. Rich in art and story, compelling and intelligent. A great book.
Aksel Dadswell
Apr 30, 2011 Aksel Dadswell rated it it was amazing
Excellent graphic novel, with some of the most original demons I've ever seen, fantastic artwork and story. Can't wait for volume 2 next month :)
Mar 24, 2010 John rated it liked it
Wonderful artwork, but emotionally flat. Perhaps because the protagonist his hidden behind a huge mask 90% of the time?
Oct 08, 2015 Manuel rated it really liked it
Vol de Galle fue durante muchos años la autoridad del Ministerio de la Inquisición de Venisalle, una ciudad tan pervertida y pecaminosa que muchos de sus habitantes portan mascaras por pura vergüenza. Durante su servicio torturó y juzgó implacablemente a cuanto pecador cayera en manos del ministerio. Ahora viejo, retirado y testigo de los nulos resultados de su lucha, busca respuestas en su devoción por Sainte de Massard, una santa que se dice, rescato al salvador del mismísimo infierno cuando f ...more
Ruth Toner
Feb 09, 2015 Ruth Toner rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
A fabulous and deeply unsettling horror comic. Taking place in (some version of) 18th century France, it focuses on an aging Inquisitor who, wracked by doubt, is suddenly able to see souls possessed by the demons and is able to (quite violently) return them to Hell. The story can be a bit obtuse and confusing for the first issue or so, which while frustrating, is intentional, as the comic creates a tension between whether the Marquis is blessed or insane (and one wonders during these first or se ...more
Koen Claeys
Jul 12, 2013 Koen Claeys rated it really liked it
I loved Guy Davis on B.P.R.D. His deceptively simple artwork has a haunting quality to it, which suited those bizarre adventures perfectly. Before B.P.R.D., there was 'The Marquis', a creator-owned series that drew me in from the first page. We get an intriguing, unique horror adventure story about a man in the 18th century who fights demons only he seems to see... A minor criticism is that there's a little too much talking in this book but the dialogues are very strong. Now that Davis is off B. ...more
Dec 11, 2015 Charlotte rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Guy Davis must have thought to himself at a certain point, "What's popular with comic book readers? Oh, yes: boobs and monsters". So he drew lots of boobs on frightening monsters. And the occasionally penis, because Davis shuns nothing, and realised there's at least half an audience left hungry in the usual comic books. No Marvel inner-thigh dropshadows here. Only dramatic shadows allowed.

Or Guy Davis didn't mean to pander to any imaginary audience, and just drew what he saw in his mind. Which i
May 25, 2011 Brittany rated it liked it
This book drew me in with the cover and hooked me with the intricate drawings. The illustration, while confusing at times because so many things are happening in some frames, is of the highest quality.

The story itself is what I can only describe as a mix of V for Vendetta with a religious spin and Constantine. Without giving away too much of the story, Vol de Galle begins seeing demons from hell when he puts on a special mask and takes it as a sign from the "saints" (which seem to be gods in thi
Oct 27, 2011 Mark rated it liked it
This is an incredible book hampered only in that it is the first book in a series. There is a lot of world building and exposition, which was necessary in its original format (a miniseries and a few short stories, sometimes as much as a year apart) but doesn't translate well into the final trade format.

It is a must read for horror fans. Since future volumes will be written for the graphic novel format, I expect tighter storytelling. Not to mention Guy Davis has had a decade to hone his craft. "T
Matt Ryan
Visually striking, especially the demons and the city-scapes, the narrative was repetitive, and a rather simple situation - the marquis is empowered by the devil to return escaped demons to Hell - is purposefully kept obfuscated for too long. The protagonist's moral turmoil is ultimately banal; we know he is going to accept Satan's help to keep the bloodshed flowing in future issues.

The black and white style suits Davis' artwork, much better than the color treatments in the BPRD publications.
Jun 07, 2016 Sindu rated it really liked it
Just blitzed through this one. The storyline was at times a bit wanting but it was buoyed by the beautiful imagery of Guy Davis. The black and white style complemented the story quite well. The visual details jumped off the page. His demons are drawn with so much specificity it makes your skin crawl. These came out of his brain!? Recommended for fans of the macabre and beautiful illustrations.
Dec 15, 2013 Peter rated it it was amazing
A character study about good and evil. The art is black and white. There are some amazing little visual references across the story, as well as poignant panels when action breaks the edges of the panels.

A great story and a very good example of integrating visuals and words in story telling in a very subtle way.
Sep 09, 2011 M. rated it liked it
Interesting! really what only comes to mind. I am enjoying the book, its very unique although I think I was expecting something else, so I am somewhat disappointed. Great read though (: I love Guy Davis's illustrations.
Tarn Richardson
Dec 13, 2016 Tarn Richardson rated it really liked it
Huge in scope, this is a dramatic, emotional and sweeping piece of work, looking at heaven, hell, damnation, salvation, retribution, madness and the wickedness which infects mens' and womens' hearts. And monsters. Loads of monsters!

Deeply immersive. Enjoyed it.
Jan 16, 2011 Gary rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, horror, religion
Guy Davis graphic depictions of devils and demons are mesmerizing and fantastic, while the underlying story is somewhat underwhelming and a bit laborious. Still, can't get enough of those hellacious Davis monsters!
Brendan Howard
May 04, 2013 Brendan Howard rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
Long-winded in its monologues, but satisfying in its tale of hell, the devil's escaped, and the man who lives to return them to damnation.
Lupe Dominguez
Dec 19, 2014 Lupe Dominguez rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Very well done graphic novel. Definitely put the "graphic" to use too. Very well done artwork with a great story line. Hope there is more to come soon! I would like to finish the story out!
Matthew Bellamy
Mar 01, 2010 Matthew Bellamy rated it really liked it
Graphic novel or horror fans don't want to miss this one. Great character design and line-work, engrossing story after the first chapter or so of setting-building.
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Guy Davis is a comic book artist primarily known for his work on Sandman Mystery Theatre and the Hellboy spin-off B.P.R.D. He is also the creator of The Nevermen and The Marquis.

Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.

See Guy Davis for the author of Children's books.
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Other Books in the Series

The Marquis (3 books)
  • The Marquis Volume 1: Danse Macabre
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