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 »

Nov 102015
 

The big news of this update is the announcement of the publication dates for the next two one-shots. Also, no news is good(ish) news from Fournier, Yoann & Vehlmann forever and ever, Finland and Spain get new releases of old material, and a couple of recent publications hold up… Updated: And news on one more one-shot! Updated 2: … and a new edition of Spirou sous le manteau! Continue reading »

Dec 052013
 

Spirou 5: The Marsupilami Thieves

Spirou #5 'The Marsupilami Thieves' by Cinebook (ill. Franquin; (c) Cinebook and the artist)3/5 Stars

 

Cinebook (English), 64 pp.

Having captured a Marsupilami in the jungles of Palombia, Spirou and Fantasio feel bad about putting the fabulous creature behind bars, and make plans to free it from the zoo. Before they get a chance, however, the animal is stolen, believed dead. Spirou and Fantasio have to chase the Marsupilami Thieves through Europe,  finally coming to a showdown at the Circus Zabaglione.

For its fifth Spirou release, Cinebook jumps back to André Franquin’s classic run on the series, starting with one of his early albums: The Marsupilami Thieves (Les voleurs du Marsupilami), from 1952. Franquin, of course, is one of the great comic creators of the era, easily on par with Hergé (Tintin) or Carl Barks (Uncle Scrooge). However, I have to admit that I don’t consider this to be among his better works. (This review contains minor spoilers.) Continue reading »

May 102013
 

Spirou 53: Dans les griffes de la Vipère /
I Hugormens Kløer

4/5 Stars

 

Dupuis (French), Cobolt (Danish), 46 pages

 “The Year of Spirou,” the 75th anniversary of the comic, has so far been packed full of unique events, major announcements and interesting publications. But few are as exciting as seeing the series itself in excellent health, with the release of a great new album.

And the new adventure, Dans les griffes de la Vipère (“In the Clutches of the Viper”), recently published in Danish as I Hugormens Kløer, is pretty great. Not flawless or about to rank with the highest classics, but easily the strongest of Yoann & Vehlmann’s contributions so far (including their out-of-continuity one-shot, Les géants pétrifiés; or “The Petrified Giants”), and arguably the best “real” Spirou adventure we’ve had for twenty years or more.

(This review contains SPOILERS for this and previous albums, though I’ve tried to keep them to a minimum.) Continue reading »