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MATA HARI The Untold Story of the Original Femme Fatale

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MATA HARI The Untold Story of the Original Femme Fatale

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"...visually lush, emotionally rich..." -Kelly Sue DeConnick By Emma Beeby. Art by Ariela Kristantina, Pat Masioni et al. Dancer. Courtesan. Spy. Executed by a French firing squad in 1917. Questions are still raised about her conviction. Now, the lesser-known, often tragic story of the woman who claimed she was born a princess, and died a figure of public hatred, told by break-out talent writer Emma Beeby (Judge Dredd) and artist Ariela Kristantina (Insexts), drawing on biographies and released MI5 files. We meet Mata Hari in prison as she writes her memoir—part romantic tale of a Javanese princess who performed “sacred” nude dances for Europe’s elite (she was in reality Dutch), and part real-life saga of a disgraced wife and mother, who has everything she loves taken from her.

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Dancer. Courtesan. Spy. Executed by a French firing squad in 1917. Questions are still raised about her conviction. Now, the lesser-known, often tragic story of the woman who claimed she was born a princess, and died a figure of public hatred, told by break-out talent writer Emma Beeby (Judge Dredd) and artist Ariela Kristantina (Insexts), drawing on biographies and released MI5 files. We meet Mata Hari in prison as she writes her memoir—part romantic tale of a Javanese princess who performed “sacred” nude dances for Europe’s elite (she was in reality Dutch), and part real-life saga of a disgraced wife and mother, who has everything she loves taken from her.

But, as she sits trial for treason and espionage, we hear another tale, of a flamboyant, hedonistic independent woman who did what she needed to do to maintain her flamboyant, high society life style. And became became “the most dangerous spy France has ever captured”—a double agent who traded sex for secrets and lived a life of scandal, and loved only money...at least in the eyes of her critics.

Leading us to ask…who was the real Mata Hari?

"To anyone who is interested in history, particularly women's history, this comic is a must...as beautiful and seductive as its titular character. I give it my highest recommendation." -Geekery Magazine

"Lyrically written and exquisitely drawn, Mata Hari is a rich, lush exploration of the life of a woman ensnared by her identities--little princess, grieving mother, dancer, courtesan, prisoner, and spy--and all the destruction that follows. The story of a complex woman condemned as much for who she was as what she did." -Marguerite Bennett (Insexts, Animosity)

"...explores the illusion of identity, the cult of personality, and trial by innuendo, in a tale that simultaneously weaves and tangles the complex life of an independent woman from long ago." Ann Nocenti (The Seeds, Daredevil, Catwoman)

Includes two pages of impressive real photos of the woman, which are quite impressive..she WAS a beauty. She began her career in the circus, then on the cirque stage in Paris, always her favorite home despite her world travels. Minor nudity and adult situations.

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Item Code MATAHA
Publisher Berger Books
Publish Date 2019
ISBN 9781506705613
Binding Soft Cover
Dimensions 7x10
# Pages 128pg
Color Full Color
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