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The Grande Odalisque Reviews

The Grande Odalisque by Bastien Vives, Florent Ruppert, Jerome Mulot

The Grande Odalisque

Bastien Vives, Florent Ruppert, Jerome Mulot

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1 review

Category: Graphic Novels
Imprint: Fantagraphics
Publisher: Fantagraphics
Publication date: 28 Jan 2021
ISBN: 9781683964025

Ruppert and Mulot, two of the most innovative comic creators in the world, team up with multiple Angouleme prize winner Bastien Vives to bring you this impossibly funny, violent, and sexy action-packed thriller.

4 stars out of 5
Rachel Cooke
1 Feb 2021

"If you like comics, and you’re also in need of some serious, escapist fun... I suggest that you dive straight into The Grande Odalisque"

Naturally, I like the way this book flips things around, the women getting up to all the stuff, and with such relish, that’s ordinarily the province only of men. But such reversals have been done before. Its real originality lies, I think, in the undercurrents that flow between these young women, a complex dynamic that ultimately binds them together. Their backstory, which I won’t spoil here, lends the narrative an unlikely tenderness, one that will keep you reading even when the action is at its most preposterous (think hang-gliders and tranquilliser darts), though I must also admit to experiencing a certain horrible delight whenever our heroines blow the head off some lecherous villain. (Even at my age, there’s excitement in being given licence to enjoy this kind of thrill.) 

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