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Recommended. By Jean-Christophe Derrien. Art by Xavier Fourquemin. Miss Endicott’s life as a Conciliator is off to a bad start: a strange plot is being hatched in the tunnels beneath London, her headquarters have been torched, the child whose nanny she is by day has disappeared… and to top it all, her mother, whom everyone believed dead, has reappeared! A blessing, or a curse? Can two Conciliators together defeat the mysterious master — assuming two Conciliators could ever work together? A fun Victorian-era adventure/fantasy, newly translated from the French. Cinebook, 2021.

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Miss Endicott’s life as a Conciliator is off to a bad start: a strange plot is being hatched in the tunnels beneath London, her headquarters have been torched, the child whose nanny she is by day has disappeared… and to top it all, her mother, whom everyone believed dead, has reappeared! A blessing, or a curse? Can two Conciliators together defeat the mysterious master — assuming two Conciliators could ever work together? A fun Victorian-era adventure/fantasy, newly translated from the French.

A book that surprised, entertained and almost charmed, yet certainly managed to raise an eyebrow. A new arrival in town — here to inherit from her mother whose funeral she’s only just got to in time — is a sparky young redhead, who is immediately becoming nanny to a young whipper-snapper nobody can control, and a sort of private eye for the neighborhood.” -Theediscerning

“As Prudence and her new acquaintances dash through the dangerous environs of Victorian London, it would be simple to paint their adventures as something akin to steampunk and be done with it, but one of the strengths of Miss Endicott is its complete disinterest in ingratiating itself to fans of the genre. Sure it has some of the affectations, but they don’t appear to be embraced out of fetish but more because these are aspects of Victorian England and they are bound to appear in fantastical fiction that takes place during that time.

If anything, Miss Endicott comes off as a modern take on Mary Poppins, with the mysterious and alluring nanny that has some secrets and deals with a far stranger world than the one her day job is part of. Prudence herself is not a magical person, but she is a barnstorming one that pushes forward into the unknown without seeming like an anachronism, which is also a refreshing aspect of the story. The conventions of the era aren’t casually displaced in a bid for modernity and Jean-Christophe Derrien seems properly acquainted with the world in which Prudence walks and capable of taking to the tightrope of representing that in character terms that appeal to modern readers.” -The Beat, Comics Culture

For more reviews and description, see Volume 1. The story is a two-parter with the conclusion to Volume 1.

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