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Valerian: The Complete Collection, Volume 2

(Valérian - Intégrales #2)

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The second collection of Valerian and Laureline's adventures in English, with three stories and the second part of the interview with Luc Besson and the authors. In this book you will find volumes 3 to 5: The Land Without Stars, Welcome to Alflolol and Birds of the Master - three stories that introduce the societal criticism aspect of the series. Battle of the sexes, ...more
Hardcover, 172 pages
Published July 20th 2017 by Cinebook Ltd (first published 2008)
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Fredrik Strömberg
This is the second comprehensive, chronological collection of the classic French sci-fi comic Valérian and Laureline. This volume contains three albums from the early 1970s, a period when the series was on the way to reaching it's qualitative peak, combined with a number of texts that relates the series to its historical context.

Valérian and Laureline was (it was officially ended in 2010) on the surface a series of adventures involving two space/time agents who undertake exciting assignments
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Freya
Review to come :)
Caitlin
Laureline does a bit more damsel in distressing than I'd like, and even if she comments on it herself, it doesn't change the pattern. The stories are engaging, however, and enjoyable to read.
Andrew
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
So I finally got round to reading the second collected volume on the Valerian series. This was an intriguing book to read. You have here the second the book in the complete series (I believe there are 7 in total although the publishers have also squeezed out an art book as well) so you have a book series which spans a huge publication run (a run that the publishers stress was brought to the end by the writers themselves and not from outside influences).
However you have a book which is clearly
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Johnathon
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun adventure that finds galactic agents Valerian & Laureline venturing to new worlds & adventures, from a planet in danger of being destroyed by an asteroid to a mining world in which the original habitants have returned...after 3000 years. Pierre Christin's writing is as imaginative and sci-fi as ever, with a nice bit of political commentary (how one alien race is treated is paralleled with how Native Americans were). Plus, Valerian & Laureline are more nicely balanced in ...more
Mateen Mahboubi
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some really great stories in this collection. The art is super imaginative with great worlds built and lots of creativity. I didn't love how Laureline didn't have much agency in some of the stories. She seemed to be just along for the ride, critical of Valérian decisions but seemingly helpless to do anything until she was ultimately proven right. At least she gets to be the voice of reason but I would have liked her to be more than a bystander for most of the big decisions (particularly since ...more
Óscar López
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This volume collects "World Without Stars", "Welcome to Alflolol" and "Birds of the Master". The stories deal with more mature subjects such as feminism, social oppression and environmentalism.

The main characters are well-developed now, with their own distinctive personalities: Valerian is the brawn and Laureline the mind and heart of the team.

It's clear why this comic book has been so influential in other works of science fiction, the political commentaries and imaginative artwork just beg to
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Alex Lawless
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this! The Valerian comics are really delightful and quick reads. I think it's possibly easy to dismiss them at first, until you realize when they were produced and are in fact quite ahead of their time. This new edition includes interviews with the writer, illustrator, and Luc Besson (who has directed the Valerian) movie. It's an interesting thing to look back into Christin and Mézières influences and inspirations, and to see the impact the comics still carry. Is it the most ...more
John
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bookended by a couple heavy-handed social commentaries, the standout of this volume is Welcome to Alflolol. There we read about an aboriginal race returning to its home after wandering "for a few moons" to find Earthmen everywhere, furiously extracting resources from top to bottom. Galaxity has a generous repatriation policy but it runs up against the dogged efficiency the Earthmen expect. This is the best chapter thus far. The artwork is more detailed and the colors more lavish.
Jon Tully
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not necessarily nuanced by today's standards, but a quaint look at the earlier days of science fiction graphic novels. Christin begins to realize (in this second volume) that he can use his characters to address social issues such as colonialism, sexism, and exploitation; however, he does so in a ham-fisted sort of way that bludgeons the reader with his point.
All-in-all, a nice way to spend a few hours, especially if viewed as a developmental stepping stone.
Rolando Marono
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dargaud
The good:
-The stories improved a lot since the first volume. Are a little bit complex and the villains are way more compelling.
-Good sci-fi
-Some of the stories are critics to our society.

The bad:
-Some of the panel arrangements are not good, and the transition between each panel can be confusing at times.
-The stories are confusing sometimes.
-The dialogues felt out of tone at times.
Garrett
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm loving these comics. They are amazingly inventive and the art is just wonderful. The character development is getting good, as well. Every time Laureline tells Valerian off a feminist gets her wings.
Shaun
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great second volume of Valerian. Christin and Mezieres did a great job creating their sci-fi world. I love how independent Laureline is and how duty bound Valerian is. A good read for any fan of the sci-fi genre.
Jacqueline
Extra 1/2 star
Jacob
Jul 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Public library copy.

Excellent production values. would love to own the entire series like this.
Flungoutofspace
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This issue had some of the more overtly political stories which are ++ Also the artwork is gorgeous as always
zoé
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
What I love most about these comics is that despite Valerian being supposedly the main character of the serie, both of the authors said that Laureline is the true hero of these comics.
Andrew
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it
This collection gets much darker, especially in the third story. Although the two arguing philosophers was amusing.
Greg Enslen
Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Not as good as the first volume, these stories still vibrate with inventiveness and wonder.
Steve Mitchell
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it
A bit different from DC or Marvel but worth a look for comic book fans
Shay Atkinson
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very very cool. Great writing, cool plots, and brilliant illustrations. Must read, if given the chance. Has inspired so many other books and film.
Christopher
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gripping Daring do! :D Brilliant Review to come! :D
Nicholas
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
An oldie but goodie
Kristian
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent. It is dated in it's look and feel, but the stories are excellent. The characters are strong. The world's are amazing.
mica
This is still very much a product of its time, but the comics in Volume 2 feel much more as if they've hit their stride, both artistically and narratively (as opposed to Volume 1). (And, I can see the visual Star Wars inspirations much more clearly in this).

It's certainly not very progressive, however (not that I expected it to be, I was expecting something much worse, tbh), and two of the stories in particularl hit on some very '60s/'70s "social issues" commentary that feels pretty damn
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Eva Therese
Like this first volume this consists of three stories and I'm gonna go through them one by one and end up with an average score.

The first is a story about a world where men and women are at war. An interesting subject but oh boy, did they drop the ball here. In the story there are two cities, one where the men rule and the women are downtrodden slaves and one where it's the opposite. And for some reason, the ruling women are all officers and warriors (although the slave-men are used as grunts in
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Mary Drover
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: space, graphic-novels
This was a really fun continuation of the first three comics. It took me nearly all month to read it, but thats because Id read one and then take a week or two off, and then read the next one. Ive been trying to stretch these out so that I dont finish volume 3 when volume 4 hasnt come out yet. The plots were really interesting for all three comics, though I did find that the beginnings of each one kind of just plunged in right away with no chance to get my bearings. I gave this four stars ...more
Finlay
I didn't realize it'd been a year since I read the last book in this series! How time flies! These three are much stronger stories than the ones from the first volume, and it's clear how Valerian came to be used to denounce imperialism and other types of "bad" politics.

I'm now up to the 4th volume, and I have the 5th due to arrive in the post this week. It keeps getting better!
Andre
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
French sci-fi BD from the 1970s - a classic of the genre.
Carlex
Jul 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2 stars
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