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The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec Vol. 1: Pterror Over Paris / The Eiffel Tower Demon [Hardcover]

Jacques Tardi

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Nov. 16 2010 Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-SEC (Book 1)
Both a rip-roaring adventure series set in pre-World War I Paris and a parody of the same, Adele has been enchanting, thrilling, and puzzling readers worldwide through four decades. With various American attempts to publish Adele having dribbled into nothing decades ago, Fantagraphics Books, fresh from its triumphs with Tardi's West Coast Blues and You Are There, launches a spectacular, newly retranslated, hardcover series ¬- The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec - that intends to collect every one of its nine (soon ten) volumes. In this premiere installment which features two tales, "Pterror Over Paris" and "The Eiffel Tower Demon," Adele becomes involved in a series of mysteries that involve a revived pterodactyl, a frightful on-stage murder, a looming execution by guillotine, and a demon from the depths of hell - plus of course moronic gendarmes, loyal (or perhaps traitorous?) henchmen, and a climax atop the Eiffel Tower.

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books; Reprint edition (Nov. 16 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606993828
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606993828
  • Product Dimensions: 30 x 22.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #238,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally I know (sort of) what's going on! Nov. 18 2010
By Norm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I was given the french original many years ago, and fell in love with the art. I have gradually made up a story to explain what is going on - with the help of my high school french, and the occasional french visitor. Well, nothing comes close to finally reading the real thing in English. The story does not disappoint, and Adele is a complex, interesting character. I can't wait for the next volume to learn more about her. The hardback is well produced, and the price at Amazon is excellent. (Also, the trailers for the Besson film look great!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars More fun than I expected. Feb. 19 2011
By Richard A. Tucker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Recalling Tardi's great work from the American edition of Heavy Metal magazine back in it's early years in the late seventies, I had to assume that the storyteller had lost some of his edge over the years. The truth is he's a pleasant surprise with that same sharp wit and cunning storytelling skill, and still a master of the form. He's lost none of the edge that made him a popular import all those years ago. What is striking about this collection of two tales that intertwine with rich complexity and humane brevity is that by the end of the tale Adele remains an enigma full of questions unanswered and a lot hinted at, remaining unresolved. The cynical wit and razor's edge escapes as well as the delightfully off kilter twists and turns makes this a fun, engaging read with promises of a lot more to come.
I hope there will be at least several more episodes of this series to read over the coming years.
I can't wait to see the film, subtitles and all.
4.0 out of 5 stars It's weird, but it's good weird. Nov. 18 2013
By J. Messinger - Published on Amazon.com
My friend gave this to me with this preface: "The woman at the bookstore who sold it to me was going gaga over this book, but after I read it I have to admit I don't really get it. Here, maybe you'll like it." And thus Adele Blanc-Sec made its way into my collection.

The plot is hard to follow and I read it in a half-bemused, half-interested state, but I did finish it and I enjoyed it. I loved the art style and the way the period was set and illustrated, and that alone was really enough to carry me though it. But the strangest part was after I read it I kept thinking about it, day dreaming in Jacques Tardi-esque panels. I also picked up volume 2.

I would definitely recommend this if you want to read something different and have a little cash to drop. Don't have high expectations, just let it wash over you and enjoy the art on every page. As for the story, well, it's an excuse for the art. Even so, the unusual style and muddled storytelling definitely charmed me.
4.0 out of 5 stars Dizzying Oct. 29 2013
By Angela Boyle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Lovely print job. And Jaques Tardi is himself. :) Thoroughly complex and confusing stories deserving multiple readings. Silly plots that are pretty entertaining. And wonderfully stocky artwork.
1.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinarily boring Aug. 10 2011
By Noel - Published on Amazon.com
One night a pterodactyl hatches in a museum in Paris and flies off to create chaos. Meanwhile a mysterious woman is en route to Paris with some strange luggage and a different quest in mind - extortion. Throw in some ancient demons and more double crossing than you can shake a stick at and you've got "The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec".

This 1976 reprint really disappointed me. Fantagraphics put this book out and as usual did a stand up job publishing it - the book is beautiful and would look amazing on your bookshelf. But the contents? Let's see - horrible writing with no hint of characterisation and too many panels overloaded with dialogue, clichés, and needless exposition make this a startlingly dull read.

That doesn't compare to the artwork though. Jacques Tardi has maybe 3 different character faces which mean the reader can't keep up with the labyrinthine plot of backstabbing because all of the characters look the same. The men all look the same - Caucasian, thin, dark hair and spindly moustaches and beards, some with glasses, some without. Adele Blanc-Sec and the woman she is blackmailing look almost identical and they are seemingly the only women in Paris.

The general artwork is quite good but the colours are very dull which, added to the dull dialogue and very plain set pieces, really puts the reader to sleep. The plots become overly convoluted and the real reasons you're reading this remain a mystery throughout - who is Adele Blanc-Sec and why does she do what she does? It's never explained but halfway through the second story I couldn't care less. You see for all of it's attempts at being "extraordinary", the stories are very ordinary. The inclusion of fantastical elements like dinosaurs and monsters only serve to accentuate this, that even these things can't elevate the unremitting boredom of the book one iota.

There was some nonsense about treasure, some interchangeable men who backstab each other and chase after said treasure, Adele meanwhile is somehow ... you know what? Even trying to explain the overly plotted tedium of this book is too much for me. I'll end now by saying if I can't even finish a 90 page comic book, boy is it not worth picking up. I think I'm going to watch a fan circulate instead.

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