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Grandville Bête Noire

(Grandville #3)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  623 ratings  ·  87 reviews
The baffling murder of a famed Parisian artist in his locked and guarded studio takes the tenacious Detective Inspector LeBrock of Scotland Yard and his faithful adjunct, Detective Sargent Ratzi, into the cut-throat Grandville art scene to track the mysterious assassin. As the body count mounts and events spiral out of control, the investigation points to Toad Hall, where ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published December 11th 2012 by Dark Horse Books (first published December 6th 2012)
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Bill Lynas
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant entertainment. Writer & artist Bryan Talbot does it yet again with the third (& best) in his Grandville graphic novel series.
There's the usual fun plot, great artwork, & nods to numerous influences including Sherlock Holmes, James Bond & even the film Casablanca.
One of the most enjoyable graphic novels you're ever likely to read.
Grandville Bete Noire
Disclaimer – I got a copy via Netgalley.

I really hate star systems. I do. I believe many, maybe even most, readers do. Then Amazon has to go and foul things up by making a three star review a bad review, when it really isn’t.

I’m conflicted about this graphic novel. I really am. I’m waffling between three and four stars. I haven’t read the others in the series, so I think that if I had, I might be more secure about giving this four stars. But I haven’t, however, after readin
Tom Mathews
I'm not usually that big on anthropomorphic characters but the magnificent artwork, dynamic alternate-history steampunk setting and action-packed plot totally sucked me in. If you like subversive plots like V for Vendetta, you should appreciate Grandville.

Grandville Bete Noir is the third book (following Grandville and Grandville Mon Amour) in what will soon be a five-volume series of graphic novels. It can best be described as that you would dream after mixing The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Grandville continues to be an amazing graphic novel series. This one was a little bit slower than the last two volumes, but the climax totally paid off. It ended up being a great story with themes of representational vs abstract art and I loved that aspect of this book.
Nicola Mansfield
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Reason for Reading: I loved the whole premise of this series: animal fantasy, steampunk, crime mystery, and even though I hadn't read the previous issues, the cover art made me want to read this *now*.

What a fantastic comic. Steeped in allusions to James Bond, Wind in the Willows and Sherlock Holmes this pastiche of anthropomorphic animals had me intrigued from the get-go. Set in a steampunk Paris which is alluded to as "Grandville" in this alternate world where animals rule supreme and human be
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Steampunk, mystery, adventure, characters are anthropomorphic animals, lovely art, but it lost me at the gratuitous female nudity. This is not a prudish complaint. The scene is very tastefully done and fits the story - but why does a female badger have a sexy human body? She's a badger, he's a badger, in a world where badgers wear clothes I'm sure the readers are intelligent enough to get that he'd be titillated by a female badger with no clothes without having to show us a naked human woman wit ...more
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another winner in the Grandville series. I don’t have much to say about this particular installment except that the art is striking and the mystery was decent. I continue to enjoy Ratzi’s lines the most. The author’s commentary at the end about what inspired the plot was interesting.
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Book 3 finds Detective Inspector LeBrock and his trusty sidekick Detective Sergeant Roderick Ratzi up against the formidable Baron Aristotle Krapaud, a fabulously wealthy industrialist and criminal mastermind who is intent on overthrowing the current regime in France and taking ultimate power for himself. Heedless of their involvement is a group of scientists who are creating machines that the Baron will use to achieve his aims. All very dastardly.

My favorite bits in this lusciously illustrated
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing

I thought about dropping this series, but I'm so glad I didn't.

This one plays with ideas ripped from art history - particularly featuring the rise of abstract art as a counter to the political content of some of the figurative art during the cold war (see for some of the real story). Lebrock tangles with corporate villains, mad scientists and depressed artists in a Bond-style adventure. Workers rights, racism, and class dynamics feature prominentl
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
The first Grandville had a more nebulous alignment with Sherlock Holmes, but the newer two are very distinctly an homage. Still, LeBrock is great, the art is great, and the alternate history Talbot has invented is fascinating (and not TOO steampunk; just enough). There's a ton of new material hiding in there for future Grandville books. And it's always fun to read something from Dark Horse. ...more
Seizure Romero
This is the third in the Grandville series (I use "series" because I hope there are many more). I didn't know there was a second. Where the hell have I been? What else have I missed? How are books getting published that I don't know about?
Jenny (Reading Envy)
One reviewer labeled this as Wind in the Willows meets James Bond, only she thought it was a good thing. I couldn't get into this story about steampunk animals, with a prostitute badger (with human feet? what?) and a godfather toad. ...more
Oct 02, 2012 rated it liked it
I knew I disliked Jackson Pollock, but now I know why! :)
Alex Sarll
The sledgehammer politics continue to vex me, but this volume does feature a scene with a toad smoking a pipe, so it can't be all bad. ...more
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: recommended
Another good story in Talbot's series is marred by a bit of a slow beginning. There is a formal dinner scene about half way through that is played for laughs that really didn't do much for me.

But there is still some good stuff in here. One part features a locked door mystery that has a solution that could have only occurred in this bizarre steampunk world. The main antagonist is modeled after Mr Toad from Wind in the Willows. There is violent murder from an evil hairless cat. And, strangest of
Tammie Painter
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another great trip to Grandville. This one follows the mystery of why artists are being murdered in Grandville and does seem to ramble a bit more than and have a little less humor than the others I've read so far in the series (which have had really tight story lines with plenty of tongue-in-cheek quips). Still, an action-packed story with wonderful art! ...more
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Sherlockian/James Bondesque steampunk adventure with animal heads on. Fab stuff. Lots of literary/film puns and references, and I suspect I missed more than I spotted. Very enjoyable.

Excluding from reading challenge as it was a quick read
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm a big fan of Talbot's steampunk, talking animal mysteries and the way the characters develop and the situations build on each other. I'm an even bigger fan when he's clearly drawing inspiration from James Bond as he is in this volume. Can't get enough of this series. ...more
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another cracking read. Probably my favourite of the series (so far anyway) and I literally couldn't put it down. Read in one sitting. ...more
Melissa Bryan
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this series and Bryan Talbot. He is one of the best storytellers of all time. You can't go wrong with any of his books. ...more
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cute. I loved all the artists and history lessons on them!
Dan Blackley
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Someone murdered an artist in Paris, Inspector Lebrock is on the case. This third adventure is fun! It involves Toad hall and a tip to Goldfinger as well! My favorite in the series!
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Yet another great Grandville graphic novel. Gotta love these.
Sam Quixote
Dec 04, 2012 rated it liked it
An artist designing a mural is found murdered under suspicious circumstances. When the commission of the mural is passed on and the second artist is also murdered, foul play is suspected! Archie LeBrock and his faithful sidekick Roderick Ratzi are once more on the trail of crime in the steampunk city of Grandville.

This new installment in the Grandville series feels the most strained of the three books; it doesn’t fly along on its original, creative energy like the first 2 books, rather it plods
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
Grandeville Bete Noire is the third (and probably final) part of this alternative history, steampunk, anthropomorphic graphic novel by Bryan Talbot.

In this story, the one-badger-army Detective Inspector Le Brock of Scotland Yard takes on big business in the form of Baron Krapaud. The Baron is Toad of Toad Hall dressed up as Ernest Blofeld (complete with pet - toad!), and he is quite clearly a villain in this work, as are his cohorts in business. This might make uncomfortable reading for those p
Okay, to be honest, I'd give the ebook version three stars. I had never tried a graphic novel on my Nook and I won't soon be repeating the experience. Other ebook readers may have better luck but the words were absolutely tiny on the screen and pixelated almost to a point past readability when enlarged. However, the story was an interesting one that pulled me in and almost made me forget my frustrations.
It's hard not to compare any graphic novel using animals as the main characters to the classi
I thoroughly enjoyed this third foray into DI Archibald LeBrock's world of anthropomorphic animals and alt-history steampunk noir. This time, an old friend requests LeBrock's help in solving a murder in Paris that has the Paris force stumped. This leads to a tangled web of millionaire industrialists and sinister plots.

Talbot really goes to town on the worst excesses of industrialists and capitalists in this volume, calling on real world examples, which he describes in the afterword, for those of
One of my Christmas gifts this year was Bryan Talbot’s Grandville: Bete Noir. It’s an amusing steampunk James Bond with a badger as the hero and a Wodehousian sidekick. This is volume three, in which Toad from Toad Hall tries to take over the French empire with automatons, dreadnoughts, and sneering villainy. A couple quick thoughts:

- The art is clean and lovely — Talbot’s usual style. He’s particularly good at drawing expressive reaction shots.
- I love the notion of the doughfaces–people–prot
Lucie Paris
Nov 11, 2012 rated it liked it
A very well designed graphic thriller, captivating and original.

The reader follow the adventures of a sort of Sherlock Holmes with the head of a raccoon equipped with gadgets worthy of James Bond in a race against evil.

Crimes galore on a background of the the French History of the Napoleonic era with touches of contemporary politics very well placed and very subtle.

A mixed retro and modern also with animals/characters dressed in period costume alongside robots and tanks in the streets of Paris.
Fantasy Literature
Grandville, Bete Noire, Bryan Talbot’s third steam-punk themed graphic novel, has the same lavish detail and striking use of color as the first two. English Badger D.I. Archie LeBrock is back, as rough-and-tumble as ever, and in this book we spend a bit more time with Quayle or “Q,” a brilliant inventor adept at stealth weapons, like a smoking pipe that is really a bomb. It’s a nice wink in the direction of Ian Fleming.

The plot is slimmer and more predictable than the first two, and a large part
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Talbot began his comics work in the underground comix scene of the late 1960s. In 1969 his first work appeared as illustrations in Mallorn, the British Tolkien Society magazine, followed in 1972 by a weekly strip in his college newspaper.

He continued in the scene after leaving college, producing Brainstorm Comix, the first three of which formed The Chester P. Hackenbush Trilogy (a character rework

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