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Top of the Shops: February/March 2015

I've been using Goodreads to track my comics reading and I've been surprised to see just how much I really get through each month, and the range of genres that I love the most.

I'm still catching up on some series from last year as well, but here are my top picks for February and March - and hopefully these recommendations will be helpful to others too! (I'm still loving Lady Killer and Feathers from January...)

As a trial, I've put my ratings (from Goodreads) next to each comic.

Top of the Shops: February/March 2015

Assassination Classroom, Vol. 2
Yusei Matsui 
VIZ
Paperback

£6.99/$9.99
26 Feb 2015/3 Feb 2015

Assassination Classroom Vol 1 came out just before Christmas and the concept intrigued me immediately - the students in a failing class have a new teacher, an octopus-esque alien with bizarre powers who has stolen most of the moon and plans to do the same to the Earth, with the caveat that his students can attempt to assassinate his near-impervious ass.

There's dark comedy here, violence is mandatory, but it's the little moments where the spherical headed educator actually manages to impart wisdom to the mostly discarded teenagers that mark this book as something rather special.

Matsui's series has been a smash hit in both the US/UK and Japan (now at 12 volumes), as have the various animated adaptations.

I gave Assassination Classroom Vol 1, 4/5.

Copperhead, Vol. 1: A New Sheriff in Town
Jay FaerberScott GodlewskiRon Riley
Image
Paperback
£6/$9.99
24 Mar 2015/11 Mar 2015

I admit it was the cover that turned me on to this one - a steely gazed redhead and a big furry alien? I'm in! This looks like a nicely complicated little crime sci-fi tale, with tangles in character history and tensions between different species galore.

Clara Bronson is the new sherriff in this backwater town, a single mum who is smart but too brash, and dealing with a son who tries to help, a resentful (also big and furry and alien) deputy, and a whole load of crime.

Collects issues #1-5.

(You can read a preview here.)

4/5

Displacement
Lucy Knisley  
Fantagraphics
Paperback
£14.99/$19.99
19 Feb 2015/8 Feb 2015

Knisley's work is often charming and a delight to read, mixing comics with cartoons and diary like entries, but Displacement is perhaps my favourite of all. A touching - and genuinely relatable - account of her going with her elderly grandparents on a cruise, and managing their care singlehandedly.

(Previewed by myself at Publisher's Weekly here.)

4/5

Top of the Shops: February/March 2015

Eye of Newt
Michael Hague
Dark Horse
Hardcover
£13.50/$17.99
12 Feb 2015/10 Feb 2015

This is a really beautiful book, which will come as no surprise to those who have stumbled across any of the huge number of illustrated works from Hague. In fact, Eye of Newt began as an illustrated novel before morphing into a graphic novel, and as is often the case, an illustrated turned comic creator approaches the medium in a very unique and magical way.

Eye of Newt

Eye of Newt Eye of Newt

The young wizard's apprentice Newt, must venture into mysterious and mystical lands in order to find a powerful element to crown his wizards staff. In the second chapter, names are revealed as the story taps into legends old, and dragons swoop across the page. The story is a simple one, focusing more on the gorgeous landscapes, fascinating characters and creatures, and the playful page layouts.

(You can read a preview here.)

5/5

The Fade Out: Act One
Ed BrubakerSean PhillipsBettie Breitweiser
Image
Paperback

£7.50/$9.99
10 Mar 2015/25 Feb 2015

There are a lot of Brubaker/Phillips comics that I haven't read, mostly because I don't know where to start, but I really enjoyed what I read of Fatale, and when it comes to crime comics I do love me some noir. I picked up the first issue on a whim and was immediately hooked - the set up, the characters, the unfolding complications, and those essays at the back... really, this is a no-brainer for noir fans.

A dead movie star, a cover-up, a washed up writer and his blacklisted buddy, movie moguls prepared to do anything to keep their cameras rolling... the first four issues are collected here. Unfortunately the back-up essays aren't, which is a real shame.

(You can read a preview here.)

5/5

Girl in Dior
Annie Goetzinger
NBM
Hardcover
£19.99/$27.99
19 Mar 2015/1 Mar 2015

This one is a treat for the eyes and the inner fashionista, as the history of the House of Dior is examined with a very celebratory angle. The dresses and women are gorgeous, with a hint of the social commentary bite that Goetzinger is known for just beneath the surface.

On the one hand, it's a shame this comic didn't further explore the poverty surrounding the world of models and fashion, but with such a feminine subject often shunned and mocked, it's rather refreshing to see someone revel in the joy of Dior.

(Previewed by myself at Publisher's Weekly here.)

3/5

Top of the Shops: February/March 2015

Gunnerkrigg Court, Vol. 1: Orientation
Thomas Siddell
Archaia
Hardcover & Paperback
£17.99 & £10.99/$26.99 & $16.99
31 Mar 2015

The first volume of the acclaimed webcomic is back in print, huzzah! Antimony Carver is the new kid at the strange titular school, where robots and demons, sci-fi and fantasy collide. You can read the webcomic in its entirety here of course, but the hardcover volumes are absolutely divine and make re-reading that little bit easier.

Volume 1 collects the first 14 chapters, and is now available in paperback for the first time.

4/5

Hit: 1955
Bryce Carlson, Vanesa R Del Rey, Archie Van Buren
BOOM!
Paperback, UK release (out in US already)
£9.73
31 Mar 2015

Why have one noir comic when you can have two? And if you have to pick - though you really should have both - make it this one. Del Ray's artwork oozes sex and darkness across every page and the plot, a group of detectives who clean the streets the dirty way after dark, has some excellent tangles and complications along the road. It may be pure '50s noir but the lead is admirably non-douchey and the blonde bombshell pleasantly self-sufficient.

This is Del Ray's first comic, and an enticing taste of what may be to come in this years Sinatoro.

(You can read a preview here.)

5/5

In Search of Lost Dragons 
Elian Black'Mor, Carine-M
Dynamite 
Hardcover
£25.99/$34.99
3 Feb 2015

I am a sucker for the fictional journal/diary type books (hello Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book), and so while this isn't a comic, it is a gorgeous piece of illustration work and also, DRAGONS. I'll admit right now that I haven't read it all the way through now - the diary entries relate the tracking down of the big beasties across Europe and beyond - but I have lost myself in each and every picture. Not least those full-page painted delights.

In Search of Lost Dragons

In Search of Lost Dragons In Search of Lost Dragons

If you like dragons then this is a joy. If you don't like dragons... what?!

(You can read a preview here.)

4/5

Top of the Shops: February/March 2015

Lenore: Pink Bellies
Roman Dirge
Titan 
Hardcover
£10.99/$17.99
3 Mar 2015

I have a terrible confession - I had never before read Lenore. I know, I know, goth and emo are labels that haunt my every step and yet I'd never picked up Lenore. It is both scandalous and terrible, yet it meant I was also able to judge this book as someone completely new to the character and concept, and I'm happy to report that any first time reader would never suspect how much had come before.

Indeed, the stories here delve a little into Lenore's own background, ably (re)introduce characters without tedious expedition, and most of all it's so much fun. The humour is wicked and fresh, the plots are expertly ridiculous, and the hidden details throughout had me re-reading immediately.

Lenore, you have a new dedicated fan. This collects all four parts of the 'Who Will Die' storyline.

(You can read a preview here.)

4/5

The Sculptor 
Scott McCloud
SelfMadeHero/First Second
Hardcover
£18.99/$29.99
3 Feb 2015

When I picked this up to read I was half-dreading what might come. A new graphic novel from McCloud, so hyped, so very very hyped, it could surely only disappoint? Thankfully I instead found myself wrapped up in the story, poring over each glorious page, marvelling at the use of common tropes only to subvert them, and left, to my great surprise, rather emotionally bereft at the end.

(Reviewed by myself for The Independent on Sunday here.)

4/5

Seraphim: 266613336 Wings
Satoshi Kon, Mamoru Oshii
Dark Horse 
Paperback
£12.99/$19.99
10 Mar 2015/3 Mar 2015

More manga, this time written by acclaimed anime director Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell), and drawn by acclaimed anime director and manga artist Satoshi Kon (Paprika, OPUS). This story, alas, was never finished and sadly with Kon's death it may remain forever in limbo, but the existing 16 chapters are collected here. (Oshii has written an illustrated prologue however.)

A silent, mysterious girl is accompanied by three magi in a future Earth devastated by the "angel plague", a fatal pandemic that wraps the victim in visions before leaving their newly seraphic bodies to crystallise in beautiful death.

The lack of an ending is, absolutely, frustrating. But Kon's work is always beautiful to behold, and Oshii is a masterful writer. The three magi are a pleasingly diverse group: Professor Erasmus, an old man and former magi who turned his back on barbaric practises; Yakob, the conflicted UN worker, tortured by the suffering he has seen and his nickname, the country killer; and Caspar, a bassett hound. All are protective of Sera the young girl, but some perhaps know more than others.

Seraphim is a fragment, a story that bursts into life before being left to hang in the air. It's difficult not to think that it too has fallen prey to the seraphic curse.

(You can read a preview here.)

5/5

Top of the Shops: February/March 2015

The Swords of Glass
Sylviane Corgiat, Laura Zuccheri
Humanoids
Hardcover, Oversized/Deluxe
£25.99/$39.95
15 Apr 2015

(NB - this was originally slated for March so I'm including it here, but it's due in April!)

Never before had I come across Zuccheri's work, but on opening these pages I was utterly spellbound, determined that as many people as possible should see this book and marvel at the treasures within. This artist is a star - if not already then soon I hope - and while Swords is not her first work, it is perhaps the one that has brought her most attention, including the Grand Guinigi Award for Best Art at the Lucca Festival.

Corgiat too is no slouch, her Elias Le Maudit (Elias the Cursed) and Lune d’Ombre (Shadow Moon) in particular have won her acclaim but between her world building and Zuccher's realisation of those worlds, Swords is just absolutely flawless.

The Swords of Glass

The Swords of Glass The Swords of Glass

A dying sun, four cosmic swords, and a young girl determined to become a warrior in the name of vengeance. begin the story in an alternate world, where the rich rule over the weak, killing the poor and stealing women. But with the waters rising and the weather becoming more and more extreme, even the privileged find themselves locked in ivory towers to escape the solar wrath.

(Previewed by myself at Publisher's Weekly here.)

5/5

Wayward, Vol. 1: String Theory
Jim Zub, Steve Cummings, John Rauch
Image
Paperback
£7.50/$9.99
7 Apr 2015/25 Mar

Someone described this to me as "Buffy with cats" which was just- I mean, say no more, right?! It is indeed a supernatural action story of misfit teens and strange powers but there's a lot more going on here, a pattern within a pattern. Only fitting perhaps, for a protagonist who can sense exactly those patterns in the chaos around her.

Set in Tokyo, Wayward has so far avoided the various weeaboo pitfalls, helped particularly by the back-up essays by writer, translator, and folklorist Zack Davisson which sadly are NOT included in the tpb, boo. [Trigger warning for self-harm scene.]

(You can read a preview here.)

5/5

Top of the Shops: February/March 2015

The Big Con Job #1
Jimmy Palmiotti, Matt Brady, Dominike "Domo" Stanton, Paul Little
BOOM!
$3.99
4 Mar 2015

Apparently I wasn't paying attention when I picked this up as I thought it was a straight up heist caper only to find myself tickled by the all too familiar convention grumbles and worries as the audience expands in number but not in wallet. Palmiotti's work is always worth a whirl if you like fun storylines, and the characters here are very well done.

A group of old-timers who used to rule the shows as the sci-fi stars of the small screen are scraping a living on the convention circuit and realising that ends are really failing to meet. Up pops a new booking agent with an entirely different proposal... one that will take them all the way to SDCC. [Trigger warning for suicide.]

(You can read a preview here.)

4/5

Cluster #1-2
Ed BrissonDamian CouceiroMichael Garland
BOOM!
$3.99
4 Feb 2015 - 4 Mar 2015

On the surface this is exactly my kind of thing, but I think it may be a little bit of a slow burner. In the distant future, criminals are offered the opportunity to serve their planet rather than go to prison - humans have colonies throughout the galaxy that need defending. Because that has no chance of being open to corruption, right?

When prisoners leave the base their clock is punched - return within 24 hours of the device inside their heart will explode. As one group become stranded far from base - our guilt-ridden protagonist Samara amongst them - the motley crew have to work together to survive.

Prison sci-fi is obviously the new flavour of the month but I like that this one has taken a new spin on the old - not everyone is human, the protagonist doesn't want rescued, and there's a real rich vs poor tension lurking in the background. I'm gonna stick with this and see where it goes.

(You can read a preview here.)

3/5

Curb Stomp #1-2
Ryan FerrierDevaki NeogiNeil Lalonde
BOOM!
£10.99/$17.99
25 Feb 2015 - 25 Mar 2015

Now here is a comic that is absolutely pulsing with energy. "Three gangs. Five girls. No way out." says the blurb, as the member of the Fever gang try to protect their home turf. With two neighbouring gangs angling to take them out, the five women find themselves with all hell raining down on their asses.

Machete Betty, Violet Volt, Daisy Chain, Bloody Mary and Derby Girl. There are roller skates. There is amazing hair. There is a whole lot of violence.

Aww yiss.

And if you like this, get D4VE #1 - same writer!

(You can read a preview here.)

5/5

Top of the Shops: February/March 2015

D4VE #1-2
Ryan Ferrier, Valentin Ramon
IDW
$3.99
25 Feb 2015 - 25 Mar 2015

Originally published digitally by MonkeyBrain Comics, the midlife crisis of D4VE's robot self is now being paperized by IDW. Everyone knows one day robots will take over the world, but what about after that? Y'know, once humans are eradicated and there's nothing left to actually do? This is D4VE's problem, stuck in a desk job, dreaming of his alien-murdering past, and struggling to cope with fatherhood - totes relatable stuff to be honest.

This is a quick-witted little sci-fi tale, and at only five issues long I'd recommend giving it a shot.

And if you like this, get Curb Stomp #1 - same writer!

(You can read a preview here.)

4/5

Ei8ht #1-2
Rafael Albuquerque, Mike Johnson
Dark Horse
Single Issue
$3.50
18 Feb 2015 - 18 Mar 2015

The most important and near-impossible job a first issue has is to make sure the reader wants to come back for more. And with so many first issues coming out every month, it has to showcase something truly special to grab the attention of readers, something unique. And that something is what Eight #1 completely nails.

Before we even get to the who, what and where of the story, a page-sized infographic informs us that "The past is green; the present is purple; the future is blue; the meld is something else entirely", the latter with a mild orange flavour.

Ei8ht

Ei8ht Ei8ht

What does this mean? Instead of caption boxes letting you know when flashbacks are occurring, or when action is jumping to another moment, the entire colour palette of the pages change to reflect their position in the time stream

And in a story centring around time travel, that's one hell of a technique to have.

A man wakes in a strange landscape, in a strange ship, with no memories and the number eight scrawled on his arm. The palette is mild orange, before we flashback - not to the green of the past, but the blue of the future.

Time travel, as disclosed by colour. First issue, you have performed beyond the call of duty.

(You can read a preview here.)

5/5

The Empty #1-2
Jimmie Robinson
Image
$3.50
11 Feb 2015 - 25 Mar 2015

You may have noticed by now that I'm somewhat of a sci-fi fan. So obviously I was going to pick this one up - the cover screamed Star Wars and Dune and (original) Stargate at me and I was helpless, truly. Thankfully this turned out to be one of the good sci-fi impulse gets, opening on strange and elegant alien beings, cute alien beasts, and one absolutely fearsome warrior woman.

Except the alien beings are murderous, the cute alien beast meets a bad end, and the fearsome warrior woman is not exactly human-looking either.

One world, two very different lands, and two women who fight to help each other out. Also there is a fox with antlers. A foxalope.

The Empty

A FOXALOPE.

(You can read a preview here.)

 5/5

Top of the Shops: February/March 2015

Giant Days #1
John Allison, Lissa Treiman
BOOM!
$3.99
18 Mar 2015

I love Allison's Bad Machinery, and I love Treiman's art, so this is a no-brainer.

Here's the blurb: 'Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends because their dorm rooms were next to each other. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of handwringing boys, "personal experimentation," influenza, mysterymold, nuchauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of "academia," they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive.'

Giant Days of course existed before as a webcomic that was collected, but this new series requires no prior knowledge of that, so dig in!

(You can read a preview here.)

HaloGen #1
Josh Tierney, Afu ChanShelly Chen
BOOM!
$3.99
4 Mar 2015

I'm not terribly familiar with the work of Tierney or Chan beyond Spera, but I am always up for a comic about a giant and dead space god found floating in space. Rell, our protagonist, has the ability to project hyperrealistic holograms - including a halo above her head - and works for the titular corporation as an agent due to the promise that working hard for them will result in them working hard for her. Hmm. Intriguing.

Actually very intriguing. This one took a few pages to grab me but I found myself pondering it days afterwards still turning over various plot points and characterisation clues in my head. As a four part miniseries, this is well worth checking out.

(You can read a preview here.)

4/5

Nameless #1-2
Grant Morrison, Chris BurnhamNathan Fairbairn
Image
Single Issue
$2.99
4 Feb 2015 - 4 Mar 2015

It's Morrison, it's mystical, it's in fucking space. Of course I'm there. The first issue is a wee bit of a slow burn, you get thrown in at the deep end with the occasional Glaswegian sweary word to cheer you up, but the second issue flicks from promising to glorious from the first page. Hidden moon bases, enochian transmissions, and an asteroid on a collision course with Earth.

Do you know of the missing fifth planet? You will soon.

(You can read a preview of #1 here, and #2 here.)

5/5

Top of the Shops: February/March 2015

Neverboy #1
Shaun SimonTyler JenkinsKelly Fitzpatrick
Dark Horse
$3.99
4 Mar 2015

I picked this one up on the strength of the cover alone which I first saw ages ago - this is not an approach I generally recommend but it paid off this time! Drugs and imagination interact here in a whole new direction, as a former imaginary friend tries to escape into reality and escape those who patrol the borders of the abstract. As the drugs wear off, so does Neverboy's grip on his ideal reality... it's an intriguing concept, neatly realised in this first issue that definitely left me wanting to read more.

(You can read a preview here.)

4/5

Plunder #1-2
Swifty LangSkuds McKinley, Jason Wordie
BOOM!
$3.99
18 Feb 2015 - 18 Mar 2015

I adore horror, and horror on the high seas is an absolute favourite alongside horror in space, horror in the air, or horror in any kind of restricted and therefore terrifying confines. I was almost put off in the first few pages of this one admittedly, I found it really hard to follow, but having the cast as modern day pirates rather than romanticised Long Johns of the past, along with the 14 year old translator-turned-reluctant-pirate as protagonist kept me going. That and the promise of horror of course.

Daniele Serra Variant

Daniele Serra Variant

Plunder #1 Plunder #1

Which did not disappoint, nicely ramping up the mystique and gore, and expanding a little on some of the characters. Overall I'm intrigued and willing to discount the initial confusion in favour of what might still come.

(You can read a preview here.)

3/5

Rat God #1-2
Richard Corben, Beth Corben Reed
Dark Horse
Single Issue
$3.99
4 Feb 2015 - 4 Mar 2015

A lot of folk were very excited by the announcement of this new series from underground and Heavy Metal star Corben, and the promise of Lovecraftian horror melded with Native American legends made this an essential try. And thank goodness I did because this is perhaps one of the most promising new comics so far this year - an arrogant and almost completely unlikeable city asshole is on a quest to uncover the background of a young woman he once knew, as the past and current events unfold side by side.

The opening to the first issue is terrific, the ending equally so. Taken as two separate sequences, you'd be forgiven for thinking they came from two completely different comics, but the middle filling sews them together seamlessly, while raising a whole host of burning questions.

The Lovecraftian themes start to surface in the second issue, and it ends with a deliciously sinister return.

(You can read a preview of #1 here, and #2 here.)

5/5

Top of the Shops: February/March 2015

Spider-Gwen #1-2
Jason LatourRobbi RodriguezRico Renzi
Marvel
Single Issue

£3.99
25 Feb 2015 - 11 Mar 2015

Despite not having read Spider-Man since he ceased to be superior, I followed Edge of Spider-Verse because I love parallel world takes on characters, and overall I was not disappointed, least of all by issue #2 which featured Spider-Gwen. That comic was a smash hit, pairing the Scott Pilgrim type fun of the all-female punk The Mary Janes band, and it being Gwen beneath the (MUCH COOLER) costume.

The massive fan reaction resulted in this new series which I was really looking forward too. Perhaps it was too hyped up in my mind, but this has lost some of that fun - and different energy - that Edge showcased. It's a solid enough beginning though, so I'm hoping those are just first issue wrinkles.

(You can read a preview of #1 here, and #2 here.)

4/5

The Surface #1
Ales KotLangdon FossJordie Bellaire
Image
Single Issue
$3.50
11 Mar 2015

It's by Ales Kot.

What you need more?

Okay, here's the blurb: 'What would happen if Moebius and District 9 had a baby? Maybe The Surface! Welcome to Africa. Ebola is no longer a problem. The West and the East are moving in—and three hacker lovers are searching Tanzania for the place that can change everything: The Surface! The first issue of a mind-bending action SF epic drawn by the esteemed Langdon Foss (Get Jiro!, Winter Soldier) and colored by the Eisner-winning Jordie Bellaire (everything)! The Surface!'

(You can read a preview here.)

Top of the Shops: February/March 2015

Help Us! Great Warrior #1
Madéleine FloresTrillian Gunn
BOOM!
$3.99
11 Feb 2015 - 11 Mar 2015

So I kinda love Flores' tumblr, and her Help Us! Great Warrior webcomic, so obviously I was going to grab this! It's an eight issue mini, with the cutest warrior around now in glorious colour courtesy of Gunn. It is great fun and super cute and also, suitable for ALL AGES.

All ages doesn't mean just for kids folks!

(You can read a preview here.)

4/5

Oddly Normal
Otis FramptonThomas A. Boatwright, Daniel Mead
Image
Paperback
£7.50/$9.99
24 Mar 2015

This is a comic that came out once before, in a previous life, a more compressed format, and without perhaps the same quality of art. Oddly Normal 2.0 was certainly worth waiting for though, and this collects issues #1-5.

It's just a really charming wee series about a ten year old girl who feels like she doesn't belong, literally. Her green hair and pointed ears are not quite as isolating as the fact she is half-witch, and her parents just do not understand how lonely she feels. On her birthday she makes an impulsive and terrible wish, only to find out that the grass isn't greener on the other side of the magical fence.

Totally suitable for all ages.

(You can read a preview here.)

5/5

The Pirates of Pangaea: Book 1
Daniel Hartwell, Neill Cameron
David Fickling Books
Paperback
£8.99
5 Feb 2015

I really suck at keeping up with anthology comics and alas The Phoenix, as terrific as it is, is no exception. So I was very pleased to see that David Fickling Books are continuing to publish these terrific little collections of the most prolific strips (Kate Brown collection soon please?).

(You can see preview artwork here.)

Top of the Shops: February/March 2015

Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula
Andi Watson
First Second
Hardcover

£10.99/$19.99
1 Feb 2015/24 Feb 2015

From the cover, which I'd admittedly only given a cursory glance, I was not expecting the style I found within, rather something more like Watson's Princess at Midnight webcomic (also recommended).

This is the one comic in this list where I opened up and just spent a full minute staring at the first page, my mouth gaping in wonder. Behold the first image below:

Princess Decomposia

Princess Decomposia Princess Decomposia

That is just bloody stunning. And really highlights my point that all ages comics are not just for kids! Imagine how many people are missing out on this comic thinking that, my goodness.

Princess Decomposia is running the underworld while her father lies on his proclaimed sick bed. Overworked and overstressed, the Princess is buried beneath paperwork with no time to feed herself, while the King demandingly follows every food fad leading to the cook quitting. Enter Count Spatula, a vampire chef with an extreme sweet tooth who befriends the Princess and listens to her woes.

It's the kind of story where you'd expect the Count to have sinister motivations and the Princess to fall under his spell before belatedly coming to her senses like the good girl she really is. Well this comic says to hell with that, and instead paints a lovely story of friendship and that manipulative relationships are not okay. Huzzah!

It's a little heavier on text than the other comics here in the all ages section so I'd imagine it's best for 10 years and up, =/- a couple of years depending on reading age.

(You can read a preview here.)

4/5

Pussycat 
Peyo
Papercutz
Hardcover
£14.99/$15.99
1 Feb 2015/9 May 2015

At last the complete Poussy series by Smurfs creator Peyo is translated into English! I have these in French so I am super excited because I can only read French with the help of google translate, ahem. Pussycat is a mischievous tuxedo cat who is often in pursuit of a saucer of milk, and who has entirely non-violent interactions with the local mice.

I couldn't see any previews anywhere, so here are some images from the French editions:

Pussycat

Pussycat Pussycat

Poussy was originally published in 1949 (for Le Soir) before being recoloured in the '60s (for Spirou), with the first two albums in 1976, and the third and final in 1977. Dupuis published a complete French collection last year - I haven't purchased the Papercutz edition yet so if anyone can confirm it is in portrait rather than landscape (like the Dupuis one) that would be fab!

5/5

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