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Valerian: The Complete Collection, Volume 3

(Valérian and Laureline)

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This third book of the collected edition contains volumes 6 to 8: Ambassador of the Shadows - the story that directly inspired Luc Besson's film - On the False Earths and Heroes of the Equinox. Over the course of these titles, among the finest in the series, Laureline takes her rightful place as the brains of the outfit, while Valerian fully embraces his role as anti-hero: ...more
Hardcover, 172 pages
Published July 20th 2017 by Cinebook Ltd
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Andrew
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
and so on to the third of the hardback collected stories of Valerian - it also contains the third and final part of the Luc Besson interview which acted as the link to the film. There are also interviews with the creative team that brought the original comics although their presence is played down (which I think is a bit of a shame considering how more important they are than promoting the film)

However it all leads to a beautiful book which contains the next 3 chapters in the story of Laureline
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Carlex
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 1/2 stars

Tres aventuras de Valerian y Laureline.

"Los malos sueños" Buen argumento de fantasía y magia. Valerian viaja al siglo X.

"La ciudad de las aguas movedizas" La Tierra del 1986 arrasada por tsunamis y cambio climático "avant la lettre". Muy buena.

"El embajador de las Sombras". Excelente! Sense of Wonder a raudales. La historia en la que se basa la próxima película "La ciudad de los mil planetas". Laureline es la verdadera protagonista de la aventura y la que "saves the day" como dicen
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Fredrik Strömberg
Valérian and Laureline is without a doubt THE classic science fiction comic of all times. Christin writes intelligent yet exciting scripts that are full of social commentary, and Mézières has an exquisite ability to create a seemingly endless range of innovative and strange but still believable alien cultures.

Fortunately, we now get the whole classic series in beautiful hardcover collections, with three albums in each volume. With this the third volume, we have come to the serie's real
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Ady Weasley
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Más bien es un 4.5⭐

En este tomo nos encontramos tres historias nuevas.
1. EL EMBAJADOR DE LAS SOMBRAS: Si no estoy mal, está historia es en sí la que se tomo como base para hacer la película, unas cosas concuerdan sin embargo como es obvio tiene modificaciones para poder llevarla a la pantalla grande.
En esta historia la que lleva la trama es Laureline quien está buscando a Valerian el que fue secuestrado por un grupo de alienigenas.
La verdad no entendí bien el motivo por que el embajador de la
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Anetq
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
3 fantastiske bind: Skyggernes ambassadør, I den falske verden og Jævndøgnets helte. Universets uendelige muligheder og folkeslag - og som altid er Linda skarp, antiautoritær og redder Valentins røv, når han får rodet sig ud i at redde verden...
Marlene Bentsen
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Det tredje samlebind med Linda og Valentin indeholder min absolutte favorit historie - nemlig Skyggernes Ambassadør.

Det er helt klart den jeg har læst flest gange og den jeg fandt mest eventyrlig af dem alle.

Der er mange forskellige skabninger med og illustrationerne er så fantasifulde, at man næsten kammer over af begejstring😃

Det er også Linda og Valentins tegner, der bliver fortalt om i forordet.

Jean-Claude Mézières har haft sin sag for med de fantastiske historier, som Christin rystede ud af
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Freya
Review to come :)
Mateen Mahboubi
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really excellent collection of three great Valerian stories. Less reliant on action set pieces, Chistin is able to explore more more political topics and get more sci-fi. Really cool world building, as is expected and strong stories. The best volume so far and a great introduction section with interviews and lots of background.
Mii94
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inhalt
Der Jubiläumsband versammelt zwei Alben von Valerian und Veronique zum günstigen Preis. Der spannende Comic um die Raum-Zeit-Agenten hat längst Kultstatus erreicht. Dies ist die Chance, in die Serie hineinzuschnuppern. Große Funnyklassiker kleiner Preis!

Meine Meinung
Zeichenstil
Der Stil ist etwas älter und für mich auch etwas veraltet. Die Farben sind sehr blass und eher unauffällig. Außerdem ist der Zeichenstil sehr ruhig und authentisch, jedoch ist es manchmal etwas sehr überladen.

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Óscar López
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This volume collects three albums: "On False Earths" is the weakest story of the book, a time-travelish adventure with lots of Valerian clones to keep the action going.

"Heroes of the Equinox" pays homage to American-style superheroes, with an epic narrative split in four simultaneous timelines and an unexpected, hilarious ending. The political overtones on this one are quite evident, as the authors pit communism, fascism and ecofascism against each other.

"Ambassador of the Shadows" is the true
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mica
So, the comics are interesting, if a little, well, predictably dated, but I thought the interviews were mostly pretty frustrating (oh, to have the confidence and self-importance of white men). The art's great, the story lines, well, they're definitely from their time (there's a straw feminist in one of them! ooooooooohoooo).

If you've seen the movie, Valerian, (Personally, I thought it was bad, but not entertaining bad, boring bad) the comic that it was (loosely) based on is the first of the
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Shaun
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
What I love most about Valerian is the strength of the characters and its ability to relate to current events. Laureline has become one of my favorite protagonists. I like that she was the lead in Ambassador of the Shadows. All three stories were great. Valerians seemingly simple nature made him the hero in Heroes of the Equinox. I like that he was obviously not a classic super hero, but he was chosen as the victor. Overall a good read! ...more
Greg Enslen
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great collection of Valerian comics, including the inspiration for the lackluster film. I can see why they tried to make a film from it - the story is great and the visuals astounding. Too bad they chose such forgettable and humorless leads. Anyway, these comics are great and the attention to detail is amazing. Loved it, although the third and final story was a little too trippy for my taste...
Rolando Marono
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dargaud
The good:
-The complexity of the stories improved a lot.
-The plots! The second and the third story were really good sci fi stories.
-I like a lot to see Laureline as protagonist of the first story, it was good as a change of pace.

The bad:
-I guess the translation of some of the dialogues made sometimes confusing to know the motivations of some characters.
Alex Lawless
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
A nice, solid ending to a three-volume collection. This contains the story the movie was based on. I still really enjoy the juxtaposition of whimsical art with serious, beyond-the-time commentaries. An overall fun and lighthearted collection.
Christoph Segers
Was vooral het middelste verhaal een meevaller, de twee andere konden me minder overtuigen. Elk nieuw avontuur is zo anders van toon dat het elke keer een verrassing is en dat kan enorm meevallen of ietwat tegenvallen.
Liz H {Redd's Reads}
This volume holds the story that was used as the basis for the recent movie, Valerian. It was interesting to see what was kept, what was changed, and what was left out. This isn't my style of art, but it was great to check out the source material.
Shay Atkinson
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Super cool story. Brilliant finish. Overall I really enjoyed this series of collected stories.
Andrew
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
More amazing art and strong stories. However the topics are much more mature due to the sociopolitical commentary about war and society.
Doug Dalglish
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great writing (in English), great art... This collection contains some of the best examples of graphic novel writing/drawing that Ive ever read. ...more
Christopher
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant stuff! :D Review to come! :D
Kristian
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
These three episodes focus a lot on Laurline. Definitely show her as a strong character. The interviews are great.
Jacqueline
Extra 1/3 star for (view spoiler). :D
Jacob
Jul 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Public library copy.

Nice production values. It's interesting to see how the movie nit-picked different things from the many different stories in each volume.
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Good volume.
Garrett
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this series. I can't get enough of Valerian and Laureline. This collection in particular is fantastic. So imaginative and fun. The characters are only getting better, too.
Eva Therese
Jan 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Mass Effect universe.
First story takes places in the centre of the galaxy, in the seat of government. BTW, I'm pretty sure Mass Effect lifted more than a few ideas and concepts from this album.
It's mostly a action thriller, with Valentin and the Earth ambassador getting themselves kidnapped and Linda setting out to find them. Story is really just ok, but the world building is superb. 4/5 stars.

Second story is a rather confusing mess about a evil mastermind, who tampers with time and there's an army of short-lived
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Finlay
Ambassador of the Shadows, first book in this collection, is where the Valerian series really starts to come into its own, I think. As did Luc Besson, as it forms the lion's share of the film adaptation of the series. It introduces some key characters and concepts into the series, and doesn't just feature Valerian and Laureline running off on space-themed adventures, as most of the other stories up until this one featured. Those are good too, but this overarching story is where the series really ...more
Botros
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tre av de sju bästa berättelserna samlade i en volym. En högtidsstund att sitta med denna bok.
Herman
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