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MAN FROM THE GREAT NORTH

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Highly Recommended. By Hugo Pratt.

Hugo Pratt, hailed as the “inventor of the literary comic strip,” offers a provocative story whose protagonist is a seemingly wanton murderer, but driven by what? Jesuit Joe, a lone traveler of French-Canadian and Mohawk descent, is going to surprise us. In northern Canada, circa 1920, he wanders the icy wastes. He wears the red jacket of the Canadian Mounties that he found in a hut—which gives rise to a series of misunderstandings when he is mistaken for a member of the Mounted Police. First English-language edition. Mature Readers.


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Hugo Pratt, hailed as the “inventor of the literary comic strip,” offers a provocative story whose protagonist is a seemingly wanton murderer, but driven by what? Jesuit Joe, a lone traveler of French-Canadian and Mohawk descent, is going to surprise us. In northern Canada, circa 1920, he wanders the icy wastes. He wears the red jacket of the Canadian Mounties that he found in a hut—which gives rise to a series of misunderstandings when he is mistaken for a member of the Mounted Police. First English-language edition.

His actions in response to complex moral choices highlight his unusual ethical code and his disturbing and complex personality. He kills with terrible ease and shows an unmatched cruelty and ferocity, yet his mood suddenly shifts and he performs unexpected acts of kindness and compassion. This is a surprisingly complex story, totally unlike Pratt's anti-hero Corto Maltese.

We know literally nothing about Joe, but we slowly learn through his actions what kind of a man he is. A brilliant story, which includes storyboards for a proposed film, and extra pages of an unfinished second novel, which at least serves to resolve a very enigmatic ending to the first story, which is all readers have known up until now.

This is the first English language edition of Pratt's 1980 classic, and includes an incomplete second story of Jesuit Joe, plus Pratt's storyboards drawn for the movie version. Includes some very fine color studies as a bonus, and an introduction that lays out the complex history of this unusual graphic novel. I greatly enjoyed it, the unpredictability of it and wondering if Joe is a good guy or a bad guy. Nothing is black and white here.

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Item Code MANGH
Publisher IDW
Publish Date 2017
ISBN 9781684050581
Adult Rating Mature Readers
Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket
Dimensions 8x11
# Pages 104pg
Color Full Color
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