Richard Drake is an adventurer, dark, bold, even if a bit of a brute. During an high society ball, he meets the charming but strong-willed Catherine L...moreRichard Drake is an adventurer, dark, bold, even if a bit of a brute. During an high society ball, he meets the charming but strong-willed Catherine Lecombe. The young woman is not at all attracted by the arrogant man who is always seeking her attentions. In the other hand, the mysterious Lord Faureston seems to have quite a powerful effect on her... Driven by jealousy, Drake is determined to know more about the man and how he claimed fortune and title after some tragic deaths. Especially when he senses that Catherine might be in danger...
This is the first volume of a story for all paranormal fans who always enjoy a new vampire tale. Catherine Lecombe is the typical romantic young woman who is looking for the perfect passionate man. Her distaste for Richard Drake is visible for the instant they meet. She cannot stand the man or even hear about his incredible stories set in exotic lands. For her, he is just another rich man who explores the weaker and who never misses an occasion to brag.
Of course, we also feel there's more about her excessive feelings than scorn. And Drake seems to have the same opinion since he uses all his charm to convince her that he is much more interesting than she seems to think. But then, the blond and elegant Lord Faureston enters the game for Miss Lecombe attentions.
There's no secret about Faureston's nature. Quite quickly we know what he is, but his past or even his true relationship with another attractive woman remains more or less clouded. He is undoubtedly an intriguing character, even if he is cruel and ruthless.
I really enjoyed the drawings and the color palette used in this volume. They have many interesting details and the authors manage to create a very misty and sometimes creepy scenes, especially those with Lord Faureston. Nonetheless, I have some difficulties with the leading man, Robert Drake (character inspired by the 19th century explorer Richard Francis Burton). He immediately made me think of Gengis Khan with those eyebrows and heavy mustache. A big no-no for me.
D - Lord Faureston was a nice read but not as exciting as I wished it would be. (less)
Until more or less 10 years ago, I wasn't a comics fan. One day at my local library I decided to pick up some less known titles during one of those “I...moreUntil more or less 10 years ago, I wasn't a comics fan. One day at my local library I decided to pick up some less known titles during one of those “I have to try new things” kind of phase. The book was called Sasmira, a mysterious time travel who caught me right away under its spell.
The story starts in modern Paris. While walking in the street, Stan, a known musician, hears someone calling his name. He sees then a very old woman who gives him an strange ancient ring and asks him to return to her. Moments later she dies in his arms. Trying to know her identity, he finds in her pocket an old photograph dating from the beginning of the 20th century. To his astonishment, he feels powerfully attracted to one of the women portrayed. His curiosity awaken, he tries to find out more about the house he sees in the picture and asks for the help of his girlfriend, Bertille. With her help, Stan finally finds the location of the house and sneaks out trying to get there alone. Furious with him, Bertille immediately follows. Arriving to the house, they find a secret cave and suddenly they feel irresistibly drawn to each other and have sex. When they awake, they are suddenly in another era...
This is, until today, one of my favorite historical comics. Not only the drawings are beautiful, but the story is compelling mixing mystery, adventure, history and even romance very well. The characters are endearing, especially the young woman, Bertille. She is sharp, intelligent and very outspoken. In the other hand we have the quiet and secretive Stanislas. We feel they have a recent relationship and when Stan disappears for weeks without any explanation, disturbed by his encounter with the old woman, Bertille immediately imagined he was having an affair. She is exasperated by his behavior but her attraction for him is too strong. Even if she helps Stan in any way she can, she never forgets to tell him what she thinks of him, now and then, in a very humorous way.
I have to talk about the beautiful drawings, the precision and detail of the costumes and surroundings, especially at the mansion. It's really a wonderful work! I confess that it was one of the reasons why I was attracted to the book in the first place and I was happy to see the story matched the drawings perfectly. The underwear, the jewels are perfectly captured. The among of research done is obvious in each single page.
This first volume called: “The Calling”, shows us the beginning of an unpredictable story that I really cannot wait to read. Until today only the first book was publish but the second is announced to be release very soon. I've been waiting for the sequel for more than 10 years, so I can only say that I'm really excited!(less)
1875, England. Valeria Brinton, a young and beautiful woman, just married the charming Eustace Woodville. It was love at first sight. The spouses are...more1875, England. Valeria Brinton, a young and beautiful woman, just married the charming Eustace Woodville. It was love at first sight. The spouses are very attached to each other and everything seems perfect about this newlywed couple. Suddenly, the young woman discovers some deep hidden secrets who become a constant reminder how little she knows her husband.
Their marriage was not approved by her husband’s family who refused to attend to their wedding and even Valeria’s uncles were not happy about this situation.
During the first days of their honeymoon, she accidentally meets her mother-in-law and finds out her husband uses a false name. Why is he hiding his true identity?! Troubled by so many mysteries, the young woman decides to take the matters on her own hands and find out the truth. But everything is much more complex than she ever imagined…
This is the 1st volume of the French historical comic series, Mysteries: Seule contre la loi (The Law and The Lady) freely adapted from Wilkie Collins‘ book with the same name. The author even shows up during the story as an old friend of the heroine.
When I picked it up at the library, I just wanted a comic who would be quick to read and interesting enough to hold my attention. I previously read The Woman in White and Moonstone by Collins and really enjoyed both. This was another opportunity to get to know the author a little better and I’ll definately read The Law and The Lady in a near future.
If completely in love for Eustace, Valeria knows she cannot rest until she finds out the reasons of so many mysteries. She’s brave and independent and doesn’t scare off easily. Her husband, in the other hand, never really tries to explain the reasons of his lies. He just abandons his wife to her fate thinking he is doing a huge sacrifice leaving her alone. I do understand Eustace has reasons to think no one will believe him but he gives up easily, especially with someone he loves so much (or he says so).
The drawing style can be sometimes a bit too schematic concerning the characters’ faces but Wagner manages very well to show all the emotions with every stroke. A special note about the Victorian clothes, hairdos or even the architecture details which were a real pleasure to admire.
I noticed my library had the 2nd volume so I’ll bring it home as soon as possible. Can’t wait to see what happens next! (less)