Get swept up in this historical graphic novel trilogy rich in great events and human tragedies from the First World War, through the Russian Revolution, the Popular Front, and the Spanish Civil War.
By the creator of the award-winning Flight of the Raven, Jean-Pierre Gibrat creates a beautifully drawn and deeply emotional graphic novel following the singular destiny of a man caught up in the fervent passions of a tumultuous period that begins with the Great War of 1914. In a small town at the foot of the Pyrenees on the French Mediterranean, lifelong friends are called to arms, except for Mattéo, who, as the son of Spanish refugees, is exempt from service. Yet when his fellow villagers–including Juliet, the woman he loves–express disdain for his pacifism, he embarks on an epic adventure that will have a resounding impact on all their lives.
“For many other American comic book readers, writer-artist Jean-Pierre Gibrat wasn’t on the radar until [IDW’s] EuroComics team published Flight of the Raven and its prequel, The Reprieve. Now he’s turned into one of those ‘must have’ creators, which he demonstrates in full force with Mattéo – Book One: 1914-1915.
This full-color, 64-page hardcover original graphic novel in the European album format is glorious. It begins with the earliest days of World War I, as the world around Mattéo, a pacifist son of Spanish refugees sees his friends called up for the conflict, and even his girlfriend now looks at him differently.
Like Flight and Reprieve, this is another beautifully drawn work by Gibrat, who captures emotional complexity and ambiguity very well with his story. It’s a highly compelling graphic novel, one that leaves the reader immediately ready for Book Two.” – J.C. Vaughn, Scoop