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October 18: Mainstream… but not middling!

 
Mainstream... but not middling!
 
Greetings from Paris and Brussels,

We’re back from Frankfurt and wanted to take a minute to thank you for meeting with us. It’s always great to put faces to names and chat about what’s exciting in our catalogues. If you haven’t heard back from us already with information about the titles you’re interested in, you will soon! In the meantime, here is the link to the server where you can download PDFs of our new series and graphic novels coming out in 2019:

PDFs of 2019 Releases

This fall, we have an impressive line-up of action-filled, suspense-inducing, drama series that we’re proud to present below. The female warrior Kriss de Valnor tells her gripping story in the eighth volume of the Kriss de Valnor series from the Thorgal family. The XIII Mystery series continues with a new tale of two women bound by their attraction — and a certain criminal past — in a nail-biting story from the Van Hamme/Grenson duo at the top of their game. And the members of the secret all-female society called SHI are angrier than ever in the third volume of the celebrated series set in Victorian England… Did someone say strong female leads?

We invite you to take a look at these latest releases and more. We’ll be in touch again come November with news about our upcoming Children’s and Family titles.

Until then, happy fall!

The MFR Team

Compilations & special editions

BEST-SELLERS

 
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Kriss de Valnor

Le maître de justice (8)

By Vignaux, Mariolle & Dorison

Mainstream Comics
Publisher: Le Lombard
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Esoteric 

After a final epic battle, Kriss of Valnor is left for dead by the soldiers of the Empire. However, she awakens, miraculously unharmed, in a room that is as enormous as it is strange. She has been gathered in by the Valkyries, the legendary female warriors who conduct the souls of dead soldiers to Valhalla. Before deciding the fate of such an unusual warrior as Kriss, the Valkyries must first judge her. In order to save her mortal life, Kriss must tell her story to the Valkyries. She must reveal everything about her horrifying childhood; her fierce battle for survival; and her very first murders….


 
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XIII Mystery

Judith Warner (13)

By Grenson & Van Hamme

Mainstream Comics
Publisher: Dargaud Benelux
Genres: Suspense & Thrillers, Action & Adventure 

Jean Van Hamme managed to create an entire gallery of characters each as captivating, intriguing, and endearing as the next. The XIII Mystery collection allows us a glimpse of their past, their secrets and the path they took to get to where they are today. These albums will not only get any XIII fan excited, but will be sure to win over readers yet to be initiated to this cult series.


 
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Alpha

Le Syndrome de Maracamba (13)

By Lamquet & Jigounov

Mainstream Comics
Publisher: Le Lombard
Genres: Action & Adventure, Suspense & Thrillers 

The fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the USSR destroyed many ambitions and was the cause of much frustration. The balance of world order was thus upset, new rivalries were formed, and a new type of Cold War was caused. From Paris to Moscow, Berlin to The Hague, Le Havre to New York, the thrilling intelligence battles fought by CIA agent Alpha plunge readers into the world of the secret services and the tenuous relationships between East and West.


 
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SHI

Revenge! (3)

By Zidrou & Homs

Mainstream Comics
Publisher: Dargaud Benelux
Genres: Suspense & Thrillers, Action & Adventure, Drama 

This is the story of a symbol. It’s the symbol of death, and also symbol of a secret association, exclusively female, that extols the benefits of violent punishment for all guilty parties: “mourning for mourning, a child for a child”! Everyone thought that the SHI association had disappeared forever. But it’s just started showing signs of existence again. An assassination will lead us back to the very beginnings of the SHI, halfway through the 19th century, at the heart of London as it prepares for the first World Exhibition. At the beginning, there was anger…


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Double 7

Double 7 (one-shot)

By Yann

Publisher: Dargaud Benelux
Genres: Historical fiction 

After “Mezek,” the duo of Yann and Juillard marks its return to the world of aviation with “Double 7.” The story takes place in Madrid, in the middle of the Spanish Civil War. Dusting off a little‐known and often forgotten chapter of history, the authors take us back to this remarkable and terrible period of war as only they can, with a tale full of scheming intrigues. The world they uncover is one of no‐holds‐barred plotting to obtain victory at whatever the cost…


 
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Atom Agency

Les bijoux de la Bégum (1)

By Schwartz & Yann

Publisher: Dupuis
Genres: Action & Adventure 

Atom Vercorian, private eye and dedicated detective, decides to stand in for his father, the police chief, leading the investigation into the disappearance of Begum Aga Khan’s jewelry. In August 1949, the wealthiest couple in the world were the victims of a robbery as speedy as it was spectacular, the value of the stolen goods amounting to over 200 million francs. Between vintage elegance and graphic modernism, these wonderfully retro self‐contained adventure stories toy with the genre’s codes and flirt with the classics.


 
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Renaissance

Renaissance (1)

By EMEM, Blanchard & Duval

Publisher: Dargaud
Genres: Sci-Fi 

It’s 2095, and the all the stories predicting the Earth’s grim destiny have become reality. Humanity is dealing with an endless string of pandemics, environmental disasters, riots, and food shortages. The Federation of Mammal Intelligence decides to intervene on this endangered planet that it has been observing for the last 1000 years. Swänn, a well‐intentioned young extraterrestrial, volunteers. He comes from a planet that seems to be a better version of our own world, and he wants to help get Earth back on the right track and prevent its imminent annihilation. But things are not as straightforward as they seem!


 
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Millénium saga

La fille qui ne lâchait jamais prise (3)

By Ortega & Runberg

Publisher: Dupuis
Genres: Suspense & Thrillers 

After being snubbed by Millennium magazine, journalist Mikael Blomkvist is hired to investigate the disappearance of the Vanger heiress 44 years earlier. Blomkvist agrees, in exchange for information on the Swedish cartels. He soon crosses paths with Lisbeth Salander – a world-class computer hacker, expert in close-combat and completely asocial, who dishes out her own brand of justice on men who abuse women. From the very first page, Homs and Runberg take us on a thrilling adventure anchored in Swedish reality, inspired by the writer’s own experiences of the country.


 
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Ira Dei

La Part du Diable (2)

By Brugeas

Publisher: Dargaud Benelux
Genres: Historical fiction 

At the turn of the 11th century, the Mediterranean Sea is boiling at the crossroads of the Muslim, Byzantine, and Norman worlds. This long‐lost world is brought to vivid life for today’s readers thanks to a strong foundation of real historical figures and events. Supported by beautiful illustrations and superbly documented, the authors offer up a gripping tale where everyone is the enemy.


Dargaud
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Les Chroniques de la Lune Noire

Une semaine ordinaire (19)

By Angleraud & Froideval
Fantasy & Esoteric
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Dupuis
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Jeremiah

Et puis merde (36)

By Hermann
Action & Adventure
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Dupuis
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Marc Jaguar

Les camions du diable (2)

By Delvaux, Walthéry, Tillieux & Borgers
Action & Adventure
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Dargaud
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Aviateur (L’)

Les courriers du désert (3)

By Millien & Kraehn
Action & Adventure, Historical fiction
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Nada

Nada (one-shot)

By Manchette

Publisher: Dupuis
Genres: Action & Adventure 

While calling in on an upmarket Parisian brothel, the American ambassador is kidnapped by the leftist group going by the name of “Nada.” However, the kidnapping was caught on camera. Police chief Goemond gathers his evidence and is soon on the trail of the abductors: five men of various ages and backgrounds. Manchette’s iconic novel, adapted to cinema by Claude Chabrol in 1973, feels thrillingly modern to this day.


 
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Réalités obliques

Rencontres obliques (3)

By Clarke

Publisher: Le Lombard
Genres: Fantasy & Esoteric 

A black and white album comprising a collection of stories set in an unsettling universe featuring — to name a few — a woman who only exists every other day, a man who always arrives before his own self, and another who doesn’t have a sense of touch. Somewhere between surrealism and the Twilight Zone, this new work by Clarke is truly unique in its genre.


 
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Le chalet bleu

Le chalet bleu (one-shot)

By Servais

Publisher: Dupuis
Genres: Action & Adventure 

Young Alice wants nothing to do with the religiosity and social ambitions of her immediate family. What’s more, she finds their daily lives unbearably dreary and depressing. Her sole desire: leave them and join the animals in the Valley of the Wolves. For ever since her youth, she has been fascinated by the wolves and the legends associated with them. Alice will abandon her stuffy inner world in favor of the magical creatures of the woods. The drama that unfolds when she meets a boy who’s been wandering ageless in the Valley for a thousand years is the crux of this majestic graphic novel.


Compilations & special editions

COMPILATIONS AND SPECIAL EDITIONS

 
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Samedi et Dimanche – Intégrale

Samedi et Dimanche (compilation)

By de Bonneval (Gwen) & Vehlmann

Children's & Family
Publisher: Dargaud
Genres: Humor 

Two lizards on an island – Saturday and Sunday – make believe they are Robinson Crusoe. Taking it easy, they roast in the sun until the day when “the” existential question rears its terrible head: who are we and where do we come from? This complete version brings together the four volumes of the series in a small-format edition totaling 196 pages. It’s a comedic jewel for all ages!


 
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Blueberry – Intégrales

Blueberry (compilation 8)

By Giraud & Charlier

Mainstream Comics
Publisher: Dargaud
Genres: Western 

Created in 1963 by two of Europe’s most prestigious authors, Mike Steve Donovan, alias Blueberry, is the central character in a series that has taken on epic dimensions. The series is conceived in true “Western” style, with whisky, gunpowder, and sweat galore. At the outset, Blueberry appears in Confederate uniform, strong-headed and quarrelsome, but quickly becomes a deserter and an outlaw, wanted for treason. He is pardoned, but it’s too late — a chain of innumerable adventures is already well on its way!


 
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Largo Winch – Diptyques

Largo Winch – Diptyques (6)

By Francq & Van Hamme

Mainstream Comics
Publisher: Dupuis
Genres: Action & Adventure 

At the age of twenty-six, Largo Winch inherits a financial cartel worth ten billion dollars. Rebel, womanizer, hoodlum, and anti-conformist, he is called “the blue-jeaned billionaire.” But can you keep your hands clean at the head of such an emporium? From women with deadly charms to conspiring bank managers, from financial transactions to illegitimate trafficking, Largo Winch gives blow for blow. And not always within the bounds of the law…


 
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Gitans des mers – Intégrale

Gitans des mers (compilation)

By Duval & Bonifay

Mainstream Comics
Publisher: Dupuis
Genres: Action & Adventure 

The good-looking and hotheaded Nadau, carpenter by trade, is also one of the finest blades of the country: it is said he is the son of the legendary d’Artagnan. With a bright mind and a lack of prejudices, he is not one to bother with morality: he is in love with two sisters and loved in return. And he marries both of them! Thrown on the road, then on the high seas in search of the haven where they might settle at last, Nadau, Angelina, and Leane face plenty of bias, threats, and danger on their way.


 
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Les Démons de l’existence

Les Démons de l’existence (compilation)

By Cestac

Graphic novel
Publisher: Dargaud
Genres: Humor 

With her usual mix of acerbic wit and tenderness, Florence Cestac delivers a masterpiece of everyday comedic drama. The protagonist of this graphic novel, Noémie, is dumped by her partner on the eve of her 40th birthday… and the demons of middle life begin to creep up on her. As time marches on, the demons take on different forms, and Noémie will need to confront them with heroism and energy.


 
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Déesse blanche déesse noire – Intégrale

Déesse blanche déesse noire (compilation)

By Servais

Graphic novel
Publisher: Dupuis
Genres: Fantasy & Esoteric 

On the same day, in the same hospital, Maud and Vanessa are born prematurely. The same night, a goblin leans over the one incubator, and a troll over the other. In that moment, the destiny of the two baby girls is sealed: for better or for worse.


 
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Petits travers

Petits travers (one-shot)

By Bretécher

Illustrated books
Publisher: Dargaud
Genres: Humor 

From 1973 to 1980 in the pages of the “Nouvel Obs,” Claire Bretécher published a weekly portrait that earned her the recognition of “the best sociologist of the year” by Roland Barthes in 1976. She created sketches of French snobs, intellectuals, and left-wingers with astuteness and gentle mockery. Nearly 40 years on, these hilarious sketches are the cheery testimony of all our little quirks that somehow forever remain the same… This new compilation is a series of drawings, mostly published in the French press over the years.


 
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Fond de l’air est FRED (Le)

Le Fond de l’air est FRED (one-shot)

By Fred

Graphic novel
Publisher: Dargaud
Genres: Humor 

This work is a selection of illustrations and comics strips originally published by Fred in the “Hara-Kiri” and “Pilote” magazines, and re-published later on in various comics albums. Here they are again in a single volume, including several never-seen works that reveal altogether new facets of the celebrated author of the “Philémon” series.