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3.50  ·  Rating details ·  489 ratings  ·  119 reviews
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Charlotte—aka Charlie—a pretty redhead, sets up an expedition to find her brother. The young scientist, who disappeared underground several months ago, claimed, to everyone's astonishment, to be able to prove the existence of Hell by
Kindle Edition, 128 pages
Published November 1st 2017 by NBM Publishing (first published October 26th 2016)
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[Shai] Bibliophage
Satania is a graphic novel of Fabien Vehlmann that was first published in French on 2016. It is about the expedition of Father Monsore, Lavergne, Legoff, Michael, and Charlie underground to search for Charlie's brother Christopher who was missing for more than two months. Christopher had a theory that there is an ancient colonization that went underground, thus he decided to prove it and he still hasn't appeared since he left.
The story sort of reminds me of Verne's Journey To The Center of
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel, horror
I recommend you read this for Halloween, or whenever you are in the mood for something dark and terrifying.

Usually, when I read fantasy books, a part of me wishes for what I read about—witches, werewolves, vampires, fairies, superpowers—to become reality.

But I really, really hope no element featured in SATANIA ever does. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want to end up living among devils.

This is a story that will make you feel very tiny. Humans generally think they can do anything and ev
David Schaafsma
Charlotte, or Charlie, wants to find her brother, who went on an expedition into the center of the Earth to find Hell, which he thinks exists based on his study of Darwin's theory of evolution. This is not elaborated on in the written narrative, which is really not elaborate in any respect, but it does provide what seems to be the real occasion for this book, an opportunity to imagine and enact a fantasy universe, not Hell but Satania. It's an adventure book, a trek with a group of quirky, smart ...more
Jan 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2018
A Journey to the Center of the Earth type story with a bit of existentialism thrown in. Gets really weird in places.

Received a review copy from nbm and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anthony Vacca
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
An uneven journey into the subterranean tropics of "hell," informed by Werner Herzog's philosophy toward nature, and rendered in small, unappealing panels that feature artwork reminiscent of Hergé on psychotropics. This reader counts Aguirre, the Wrath of God as one of his favorite films, but the attempts of other directors and artists to achieve something similar almost always fall on their faces, with the noticeable exceptions of Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West and Blacklung ...more
Nate D
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
The cover image here is perfect: a tiny, innocuous human figure lost in a grotesque yet beautiful underworld alive with horrible creatures. Don't be deterred by the lightness of the character design -- we're informed almost immediately that this is a spelunking expedition in search of hell itself, but the moral expectations that might accompany such a premise become swiftly unpredictable. It's essentially an adventure story, but also a coming-of-age set against a backdrop of natural and unnatura ...more
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

I did not realize this was the same person that did Beautiful Darkness, but now that I know that it definitely makes more sense a way. I mean, I'm still not entirely sure what the point of the entire thing was but in the same way that I wasn't entirely sure what the point was in Beautiful Darkness so I guess at least it's consistent.

The plot was kind of confusing and weird to me, or maybe it just wasn't wha
Steve Cooper
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kerascoët’s art is always above-average, but I prefer it tight like in Beauté. Here, it feels sommaire and, even with nice touches of organic inventiveness, a bit disappointing.

The story is fresh and unpredictable, but the message is nihilistic: we must have hopes and dreams in order to get us through hard times, but don’t kid yourself thinking they’ll come true. And if they do, they’ll be undermined in some horrific or depressing way. Anti-hollywoodienne for sure, but a bit bleak. Maybe it’s a
Rod Brown
An unsuccessful but interesting attempt to mash up evolution and theology, spelunking and a tour of hell, Conrad's Heart of Darkness and Dante's Inferno. I gave this a go because I was fascinated by the creators' previous work, Beautiful Darkness, one of the creepiest fairy tales I've ever read. But this phantasmagorical tour of an underworld that supposedly evolved over thousands of years and then inspired our vision of hell is just too odd, weird, perverse and pointless for me.
Maggie Gordon
Satania is a rehash of Journey to the Center of the Earth, but with more superfluous boobs. I usually adore books from this illustrator/writer combo, but this one felt underdeveloped and sexist. The story lacked substance. It touched on themes of humanity, but then did little with them. There are some great landscapes and imaginative worlds in these caves beneath the Earth, but there's also some really gross sexualisation of the main character. I kept wanting the story to say something profound, ...more
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Haunting, just like I like em!
Alex Sarll
A fabulous, grotesque and lurid vision of subterranean life, recalling A Voyage To Arcturus or Veins Of The Earth in its determined strangeness. Alas, there are people here too, many drawn in a caricature style which would be fine for an editorial cartoon but gets trying at length. Nor are their stories anything new, with the rivalry of science and religion, religion and desire all following well-worn paths (and desire in particular is present in that distinctly French fashion which may give eve ...more
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This review can also be found on my blog:

Macabre. Unsettling. Gruesome.
I loved it.

My introduction when I reviewed Beautiful Darkness, also by Vehlmann and Kerascoët, had the above words and they prove true in this unique graphic novel too. At first glance, the story line seems to be simply a dark fairy tale- yet, it goes deeper than that.

The story begins with a cave exploration gone wrong. Spelunker Christopher has gone missing, and experienced guide and
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm not sure I fully understood the plot of this particular graphic novel, but it was definitely interesting. A small party of adventurers works their way below the earth in an attempt to find a long-lost brother. Many strange inhabitants of the underworld - Satania - cause problems for our intrepid explorers. The ending provides an interesting twist, which I enjoyed, but I came away overall befuddled at the purpose of this story.
Christoper wrote a book about evolution, how Homo neanderthalensis disappeared, hid underground, got evolved and created an advanced civilisation which visually resembles devils and hell. So he went to prove his thesis, believed this cave system Merlac Abyss called Hell's hole is the passage to "Hell". Two months later, Charlie joins the expedition to a vast cave system in searching for her lost brother. The unexpected flooding pushes them further underground, to an adventure full of surprising ...more
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
has much the same feel of beautiful darkness, somehow, and is, of course, gorgeous.
Derek Royal
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another intriguing journey with Vehlmann and Kerascoët. Their previous collaboration, Beautiful Darkness, was a wild and even a disturbing narrative. This one is even more so. It’s more dreamlike and psychological, with its underground journey metaphor. I’d even say the story is like a fervor dream in places, the turns are just that fantastical. It’s interesting how Vehlmann’s storytelling style with Kerascoët is so markedly different from his collaborations with other artists.
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Like with Beautiful Darkness, Vehlmann and Kerascoët have created a beautiful and intriguing dark world, but Vehlmann fails to piece it all together in a good, satisfactory way. The drawings are awesome, but the story is lacking and too conceptual. And by now, Vehlmann's way of abruptly killing off characters has become same old same old. Satania entices the reader but fails to deliver. Too bad.
I am not a prude. Really I am not. I love the female body in all forms. But, what is it with European male cartoonist that they feel it is perfectly normal for women to shed their clothes and run around for half or more of the story almost completely naked? It throws me out of the story, as I wonder how they could be walking or running around barefoot, and bare chested.

Having gotten that off my chest (no pun intended), the story is ok. Charlie is trying to find her brother who has gone into the
Holly Lyon
Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I bumped this up from 'okay' to 'liked it' because I enjoyed the plot, as well as the musings on evolution and the Satanians. However, I did find myself confused about the characters and their relationships with one another several times, and don't get me started on the fallacies (okay, okay, it's a graphic novel...but still.). It is definitely a page turner, and I certainly could not predict what would happen, but I'm not sure I would describe it as fun. It is unique and it passed the time in a ...more
Emma Banbury
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it
A stilted, flimsy story that flopped HARD towards the end. There was no real drive to it, and little tension. The dialogue was clumsy and there was minimal exposition. At times it felt as though I'd accidentally skipped chunks even though I hadn't. Other times, the story DID skip chunks on purpose. I didn't care about a single one of the characters. They were all so two dimensional it hurt.
That being said, the art was gorgeous. I loved the creatures and the concept of the world was quite interes
Diane Hernandez
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Young Charlotte is looking for her older brother, Christopher, who was lost in underground tunnels. Christopher was looking to prove his theory that demons are really just another evolutionary chain from monkeys rather than hellish monsters. Charlotte and her team of five are lost in the caves during a storm. A few weeks later, a priest finds the group. Father Monsore was the guide for the trip where Christopher was lost. He was the only survivor. Before the Father can guide them from the cave, ...more
May 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Happily for my friend Georgie, who is still having "terrible flashbacks" to Beautiful Darkness after my insistence that she read it after I did (and of course would have to read this as well if it had been anywhere near as grotesque and haunting and beautiful), this ain't got nothing on Beautiful Darkness. The artwork is tremendous, but other than the tense beginning that may have thrilled me only because I've read The White Road by Sarah Lotz and I find being trapped in a cave to be the height ...more
Another charmingly drawn and creepy comic from my favorite French comic illustrator duo, Kerascoët . The premise of this one involves a doomed expedition to the bowels of the Earth, where Charlotte hopes to find her older brother who has set off to prove the existence of Hell (using Darwin's theories, of course). Not nearly as disturbing as Beautiful Darkness, although it does have its moments.
Victoria Peipert
Jan 13, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, this was lackluster. I couldn't tell you a clear summary of the book or what the plot/themes were. Also, the illustrations weren't even great so I didn't feel like I even had beautiful visuals to distract me.
Nightmarish and fun, a good Halloween read.
Pretty Literate Opossum
Review will come eventually, but I'm gonna need to unpack what exactly happened in this book.

One thing I will say is the Satanians are right up my alley in monster aesthetics.
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beautiful weird and never what you expect. Stunning art. Equal parts thought-provoking, gross, enlightening, and baffling.
Cas Ball
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, horror
Beautiful, fascinating, and dark.
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Vehlmann and Kerascoët are the most imaginative graphic novel team working today. There I said it. I don't care how ill-qualified to make that statement, I'm making it anyway. Satania is dark and grotesque, but it also manages to be fun and whimsical at the same time. It's the story of a girl named Charlie journeying deep into the Earth to follow her brother, who left on a similar expedition months earlier in order to prove the existence of hell. On the way we discover hidden cities, living cont ...more
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Usually uses the pseudonym Vehlmann

Fabien Vehlmann est comme son héros : pétillant, engagé et plein d'humour.

Après avoir patiemment suivi les cours d'une école de commerce nantaise, Fabien Vehlmann réalise que sa voie est ailleurs. Bien décidé à se lancer dans la bande dessinée, il se consacre à l'écriture de manière intensive durant une année entière. Il empile les projets et inonde scrupuleuseme
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