The Wrath of Fantômas

. 9781785868863. Souvestre, Pierre & others (text) & Julie Rocheleau (illus.). The Wrath of Fantômas. Statix: Titan Comics. Feb. 2019. 168p. tr. from French by Edward Gauvin. ISBN 9781785868863. $29.99. Rated: Mature. HORROR
OrangeReviewStar[DEBUT]In 1911 Paris, Inspector Juve brings to trial his ghastly nemesis Fantômas, who spectacularly kills a witness in court with an exhibited piece of dinnerware before being hauled off to meet the guillotine. Juve attempts to rest easy for the first time in 16 years but discovers far too late that the ghoulish master of disguise has escaped justice again, having drugged an actor to take his starring role at the execution. Free to act, the ever-masked Fantômas vows revenge while scheming to plunder all the gold in France. As his enemies' bodies pile up through explosions and wild devices, can Juve track down the elusive criminal phantom who is able to conceal himself as anyone and will dare anything in the furtherance of his pursuits?
VERDICT Adapting one of French pulp literature's most lurid diabolical masterminds, debut comics creators Olivier Bocquet and Rocheleau render a Fantômas who spectacularly breaks the shackles of the printed word developed by Souvestre and writing partner Marcel Allain to invade the graphic medium. A midnight-hewn thrill ride whose sophisticated art perfectly captures the electrifying colors and terrifying aftermath of deeds most foul.

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