The fifth collection of the classic French science fiction comic Valerian, with comics from the late 1980s and early 1990s. The stories in this volume follows the two space-time agents during a period where the future Earth from which they came has ceased to exist, and they are struggling to survive without many of the technological advantages they have been used to.
Archive for March, 2016
The third collection with Ellen Ekman’s comic strip Little Berlin (Little Berlin), and it is evident that Ekman has developed the strip, making it more diverse and allowing for more development of the various characters. It is still biting satire of our times and the world of a younger, urban Swedish generation. At the same time, it is a bit repetitive and sometimes too chatty in the dialogue. While reading, it becomes clear that these comics were designed to be read one by one in a newspaper, and overall it gets a bit too much and I needed to pause and read on later, as I got a little tired of the concept.
The first part of an album series in the historical adventure genre, set in the early 1500s, during the Spanish conquest of South America. The main character is part of a group of mercenaries who are assigned the task of stealing the fabled treasure of the Aztecs.
This is a low-key story of two young siblings who spend a Saturday together, trying to busy themselves, despite the rain falling outside. Nothing much happens and the pace is quiet and laid-back, which is really nice for a change from many action laden comics for adults.
Benjamin Bear is a strange little comic, a bit like a childrens’ version of the absurd Cowboy Henk , if anyone can imagine that… The protagonist is an anthropomorphic bear living in an undefined world seemingly without any humans. The comics spans one page each and always end with a joke, even though the path there often contains some kind of lesson about how the physical world works. At the same time, it is absurd on an almost metaphysical level, as everything seems to be possible in Benjamin Bear’s strange world. The images are simple and clear, and the comics are clearly geared towards the youngest readers. As such, I think Benjamin Bear is excellent in that it combines didactic intentions with a great sense of humor and some pure nonsense.
An extremely strong reading experience about a young Moroccan who is forced away from his little family to try to earn money in Europe. The Finn Tietäväinen takes his time to let us get to know the main character and his reality so that the reader really cares about what will happen to him, and he has also spent a lot of time doing research on the Moroccans’ situation, both domestically and in Spain, where many of them get stuck, more or less as slaves in various shady industries.
As per tradition, I have chosen and presented what I think were the best Swedish graphic novels from last year, for the international summing up of the year at Paul Gravett’s webpage. This year, I chose three very different books, which just goes to show how varied the Swedish comics culture has become.
The fourth volume of Daniel Ahlgren’s Swedish pastiche of the decidedly American superhero genre. The story picks up where the last volume ended, with a cosmic threat in the form of giant “passion leeches” which the heroes have to stop, on all parallel worlds.