Sunday, February 15, 2015
Snowpiercer: The Escape
Angoulême International Comics Festival Religious Award in 1985. It was written by Jacques Lob, a prolific comics creator whose best known work is probably the superhero parody Superdupont. It was drawn by Jean-Marc Rochette, who later went on to create two sequels to this book, an assortment of humorous works, and a number of paintings. His style is sturdy, and where I think he excels is in his clear depictions of action and expression, which you can clearly see with the page below, presented without any words:
movie adaptation featuring an all star cast that includes Chris Evans,Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, and Ed Harris. I enjoyed the movie pretty well, but I have to say that it mostly uses the central conceit of this book and does not faithfully follow its plot. Personally, both are enjoyable enough, and there are novel portions of the movie I really liked (such as its schoolroom scene), but I prefer the ending of the graphic novel, bleak as it is.
Reviews I have read about this re-issue have been mostly positive. Rebecca Pahle wrote that this book presented an "engrossing, rich world I want to know more about." Bill Sherman praised the book and remarked that it was "dark and more than a little despairing." Rob Brisken called it a "marvelous entry into the genre, and one of Europe's finest comics works." In a more tempered review, Tom Spurgeon wrote, "While I imagine the reviews for the re-release will be mostly positive, the book had a hard time holding my attention."
This edition of Snowpiercer was published by Titan Comics. As you may see in the preview images, there are profanity, adult themes, some nudity, and violence throughout the book, so it is suggested for readers mature enough to handle those things.