ComicsAlliance: ‘Snowpiercer Terminus’ Offers First Class Return to the Second Class Struggle [Review]
I don't often write online reviews these days but I couldn't resist the opportunity to pen the first English review of the brand new volume of Snowpiercer (Le Transperceneige). As if breaking the news of the English publication wasn't enough! ;)
Included in my review is a look at the previous volumes. The original is, in my view, one of the greatest SF comics created, and the latest instalment by Olivier Bocquet and Jean-Marc Rochette is a return to that form.
Long before Snowpiercer was a film starring Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton, Le Transperceneige was well known in Europe as a classic of the science-fiction genre. Created by writer Jacques Lob and drawn by Jean-Marc Rochette, the first volume – The Escape – was published in 1982 at the height of the severe global economic recession and the dawn of Thatcherism and Reaganomics on the world stage.
The fact that the English translation didn’t arrive until last year, after the greatest post-war slump of all, is perhaps no coincidence – the tale of a massive train harbouring the last humans on earth, sorted by class from richest to poorest with no room for progression is as timely today as it was in the ‘80s.