Page 45 Review by Jonathan
Has a lot of ferrets... and some incest. Between humans, not ferrets. Though be aware: there are some interspecies goings-on going on...
Just trying to set the tone for the level of peculiar in this enormously entertaining Euro-adventure, translated and republished under IDW's autologically titled 'Euro Comics' imprint. They certainly couldn't be done under trade descriptions, could they?!
I'm not being snarky - or whatever the equivalent French / Spanish / Italian / Esperanto snide aside would be - because I have for many years commented that there must be libraries full of quality 'Euro Comics' that never get translated and should. So let's hope that IDW curator for the imprint chooses wisely. With this and TALES FROM THE AGE OF THE COBRA also fresh out, they are off to a solid start. In fairness, they have been doing various Hugo CORTO MALTESE Pratt for a while, but clearly they want to broaden English comic readers' horizons, which is an excellent agenda.
You can read a little bit about their mission here.
Anyway, I certainly wouldn't classify this as highly peculiar and wilfully esoteric as, say, Benoit Peeters & Francois Schuiten's THE LEANING GIRL. Neither it is remotely in the ilk of some of Humanoids more dungeons and dragons-esque fantasy or science fiction output. It is ultimately an adventure story with some fantastically elements set nominally in our real world, though the action all takes place out of the unknowing view of the human race, who are utterly unaware of the existence of talking ferrets, alternate dimensions, weird creation myth magicks and errr... human-ferret hybrids...
Christophe Gibelin crafts a rather gripping story of a world, and species (plural), in danger from encroaching wooden-based entropic spirits, being defended and further imperilled by various ferret factions, including a couple of dashing adventurers, and indeed a few human (-looking) oddballs too. The closest parallel I could probably draw would be to say it has the fun elements of anthropomorphic action adventure MULP but with additional dreamlike, fairy tale qualities too.
Lovely, charismatic ligne claire art from Claire Wendling that will certainly appeal to Europhiles. I also liked the hand-lettering style. I've seen similar in several other Euro works and it adds to the general rustic, artisan feel of the work. I honestly have no idea how much of an audience IDW will manage to find for their 'Eurocomics'. Hopefully sufficient to persuade them to persist with it.