“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