May 122016
 

The last installment of Benoît Feroumont’s one-shot is in the Journal de Spirou #4075, available to subscribers this week. And Dupuis has released a more extensive preview of the first 17 pages of the upcoming album. So here are some thoughts on the most recent Spirou adventure. (Unlike previous reviews, this is based on my impressions from a single read-through of the magazine serialization, not a more careful evaluation or the actual album edition. I’ve tried to avoid significant spoilers, but there are some details from the beginning, and overall discussion of the story.)

Le Spirou de Feroumont : Fantasio se marie

'Fantasio se marie' cover ("Fantasio Gets Married"; ill. Feroumont; Copyright (c) 2016 Dupuis and the artist; image from twitter.com)3/5 Stars

 

Dupuis (French), 68 pp.

The headline of the title is that Fantasio is getting married (to Clothilde Gallantine, daughter of a rich and famous fashion publisher), but that’s actually not a big part of the story, which focuses on Spirou’s adventures without his usual partner.

However, we begin with a flashback to World War II Brussels, where a resistance member and her daughter flee their apartment just ahead of the Gestapo. Actually, this shouldn’t be too much of a problem, because they have the ultimate disguise: a magic necklace (in three parts) that can make them younger! However, German soldiers catch the mother before she has a chance to use it, arrest her and take the necklace.

In the present day, one part of the necklace is owned by Madame Gallantine, mother of Fantasio’s girlfriend. But just as Spirou and Fantasio are visiting her office, it is stolen by a female cat burglar. They try to stop the theft, but fail because Fantasio is too preoccupied with his sweetheart. Continue reading »