Five comics for the start of the school year that you will hear about!

Historical figure

Intriguing proposition that this René Lévesque. Something like a big man, about which we still know little about a publisher who takes more and more place in the world of comics. Moelle Graphik has the gift of offering works that are out of the ordinary and whose treatment is always done with delicacy and sensitivity. We are particularly thinking of You destroyed the beauty of the world by Christian Quesnel who, by the way, will collaborate on this biographical project around René Lévesque about whom we still know little. Signed by Marc Tessier, who surrounds himself here with several collaborators for the drawing (not a bad idea, in order to break our reflex to seek resemblance at all costs), the work gives hope for a multiple vision of this character greater than nature, as much by its defects as by its qualities. In other words, we want it to be better than the TV series that were produced on René Lévesque, who deserves better. (Date undetermined)

Mixture of genres

In He will sleep, her album released last March which focused on her years as an instructor in a camp for autistic people, Zviane had fun interspersing the little stories told by a strange soap opera entitled Football-Fantasy. And as Zviane has continuation in the ideas, here she arrives to us, a few months later, with what is presented to us as an experimental comic mixed with a love story and a science fiction story, Football-Fantasy (Pow Pow). Nothing less. Because why keep it simple when you can afford the trafficking? And the premise of all this? The small island town of Football-Fantaisie, located north of the Gaspé Peninsula and where the spoken language is not understood, welcomes two young girls fleeing a killer robot launched after them by a mad scientist. Ambitious, you say? In any case, it piques our curiosity. (October 26)

Youth cure

Lots of mystery aroundBlack ocean (Casterman), new album from Corto Maltese, which we will talk to you about in the next few weeks, we promise! New author and new designer, while Martin Quenehen and Bastien Vivès pick up where the Spaniards Rubén Pellejero and Juan Díaz Canales left our marine explorer who, this time, takes us with him on the waters of the China Sea and in the streets from Tokyo. We renovate the character by passing him in 2001 (hence the ambitious side of the project), in a world upset by the attacks of September 11, while, traditionally, the adventures of Corto Maltese took place at the beginning of the XXe century. A rejuvenation which, if well done, could lead to a contemporary reinterpretation of the adventures of the most seductive of the mysterious captains. We just hope that we don’t use this reboot to give us the same narratives packaged differently. (September 23)

Singular voice

Catherine Ocelot is quietly demonstrating that she is easily part of the list of the best comic writers here, each album showing a remarkably sensitive intelligence and a sense of detail, in the drawing, all in delicacy. She is able to approach complex subjects with skill and a touch of joyful cynicism, as she demonstrated in her excellent album. Talk-show, which told the story of a polar bear in search of ratings. For Symptoms, his fourth album, but his first on Pow Pow, Ocelot offers us a reflection on our relationship to words and the management of our inner voice. It will also be a question of human relationships and their effects on our body and mind, and also of what transforms us. Very promising. (November 9)

Female body

For The women’s choir (Le Lombard), her third album, the French cartoonist Aude Mermilliod tackles the adaptation of a novel published in 2009 which remains up to date, The women’s choir, by Montrealer of Algerian origin Martin Winckler. It tells the story of Jean Atwood, a young intern in gynecology who finds herself in Unit 77, headed by the controversial Franz Karma. If the novel had pleased when it was released, particularly for the strength of the story told by Winckler, we also remember reading some reviews about his somewhat wobbly literary style. So we can’t wait to see how Mermilliod will succeed in his adaptation, a logical continuation of his previous album, I had to tell you, published in 2009 and in which she speaks precisely of her relationship to abortion and puts in boxes her meeting with the famous Martin Winckler. In short, she already has all the tools to make this adaptation a success. It remains to be seen if the transplant will take! (Date undetermined)

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