Four comics to put in front of your eyes

Trust in couple relationships, foray into a mysterious village, tumultuous return to memories of a love of youth and the end of the digital world … The duty offers you four comics with various themes to discover.

To stay is to die a little

For his second work of fiction entitled Goodbye sad love, Mirion Malle, comics author of French origin, but Montrealese by adoption, is interested, with tact and sensitivity, in the theme of trust in the couple relationship.

What we are dealing with here is a very simple, almost banal story, in which Malle stages a main character, Cléo, also a French-born comic author who lives in Montreal. She finds herself confronted with a situation from the past, which pollutes her relationship with Charles: this would have been quite heavy with a former classmate while they, she and he, were still studying. However, as is often the case, everyone seems to be aware of what would actually happen except Cleo, who is just trying to figure out why her instincts tell her it could be more serious than the typical case of a rejected lover overdoing texting a little … , the versions don’t stick and it’s annoying.

Then follows an introspection that allows Cléo to leave his baggage behind and, in the process, to discover perhaps who he really is.

A story, therefore, which is based on particularly accurate dialogues, a clean cut and without the desire to revolutionize the genre, all supported by a totally expressive design, bordering on caricature.

Short, clear and all finely with an ending that can be guessed at a few pages before the end.

An agonizing return to earth

After dabbling in video games and illustrations, Jeik Dion was particularly known for his work on the series Turbo Kidinspired by the film of the same name, as well as for his collaboration with the author Patrick Senécal for the particularly successful adaptation, in comics, of his novel Alis in 2020.

For his first solo album, black songDion has decided to stay on course and continues to navigate, to our great pleasure, in the dark waters of the dying supernatural taking us on a disturbing return to earth, in the Quebec terroir in the late 1970s.

The introduction? A couple, made up of Dan, a comic book author, and Jeannine, who is a writer, decide to move into a house she has just inherited in order to each create their own great work. Unfortunately for them the country they land in, with its single inhabitants, is scary.

Particularly inspired by Stephen King’s early works – we think here of his short story series entitled night shiftpublished precisely in 1978 -, Dion manages with sufficient precision to create a distressing universe, never revealing to us what is really happening, constantly letting a mystery hover, weighed down by an approximate drawing (this is a quality here) and nervous, carried by a line dirty at will.

To be read with a flashlight, under the duvet.

fire and water

For the third volume of his excellent trilogy set in Melvile, a fictional village that could be in both Estrie and the northeastern United States, Belgian author Romain Renard, who is also a musician, keeps the pace in this quite fortunate conclusion. , which has nothing to envy to the best TV series of the genre that we can see on streaming platforms.

In The story of Ruth Jacob, Renard depicts a radio host being forced to return to this flood-condemned village, after it was decided to build a dam there. He then has to go liquidate his deceased grandmother’s latest deal and sign some papers. Obviously, it’s not that simple, when he finds himself immersed in a teenage romance that ended badly, and we quickly understand that his summer lover would have died in a fire. But what really happened that summer?

The drawings are beautifully dark and history prevents us from putting the album down, which we have to finish in one go.

Slowly but surely

This is an expression that perfectly characterizes the third volume of the science fiction series Insectstarted by the master of the genre, the French Enki Bilal, the first part of which was published in 2017.

We will remember it Insect depicts some sort of end of the digital world, in 2041, when all computer systems on earth will cease to function. In parallel, there is this central character, Kameron Obb, an astronaut who finds himself infested with a mysterious alien parasite.

For this somewhat transitory episode, Bilal portrays women grappling with an Orwellian international political context as the world tries to reorganize itself, as well as indulging in some satirical points about the woke up, For instance. The whole is covered with this cold, nervous and hard line that is so special to him. Can’t wait to see where it takes us …

goodbye sad love

★★★ 1/2
Mirion Malle, Pow Pow, Montreal, 2022, 212 pages

black song

Jeik Dion, Glénat, Montreal, 2022, 96 pages

Melvile, volume 3 The story of Ruth Jacob

★★★ 1/2
Romain Renard, Le Lombard, Brussels, 2022, 400 pages

Bug, volume 3

Enki Bilal, Casterman, Tournai, 2022, 88 pages

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