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Highly Recommended. By Jean-Pierre Gibrat. A stand-alone prequel to the award-winning French album, Flight of the Raven. In 1943 occupied France,Young Frenchman Julien escapes from a prisoner-of-war train headed for Germany when it’s bombed. Among the victims a body is identified as his. Dead to the world, he takes advantage of the situation and hides in the small village, living in his secret observation post on the village square. Loves, hatreds, jealousies, cowardice, acts of heroism play out before him–especially the beautiful waitress Cécile. Until the moment comes when, spectator no more, he must become an actor himself and meet his destiny. This hidden life he had hoped to live was just a reprieve. Some adult themes and tasteful nudity. Eurocomics, 2018.

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A stand-alone prequel to the award-winning French album, Flight of the Raven. In 1943 occupied France,Young Frenchman Julien escapes from a prisoner-of-war train headed for Germany when it’s bombed. Among the victims a body is identified as his. Dead to the world, he takes advantage of the situation and hides in the small village, living in his secret observation post on the village square. Loves, hatreds, jealousies, cowardice, acts of heroism play out before him–especially the beautiful waitress Cécile. Until the moment comes when, spectator no more, he must become an actor himself and meet his destiny. This hidden life he had hoped to live was just a reprieve. Some adult themes and tasteful nudity.

The book also includes a portfolio of pin-ups and sketches featuring its heroine, Cécile, who is the sister of the protagonist Jeanne in Flight of the Raven.

“Utterly gorgeous interior art. I’m very glad that…Flight of the Raven has finally received an English language edition, giving [English] readers a chance to enjoy this wartime tale of daring-do and to lusuriate in this beautiful slice of comics art.” -Forbidden Planet

“An intriguing suspense story that draws you a picture of life in occupied France…but while Gibrat writes a captivating tale it is his art that makes [this] one of the most memorable graphic novels of the past decade.” -The Christian Science Monitor

“IDW’s EuroComics imprint is all hits and no misses, and the much needed addition of Gibrat just reinforces its impeccable catalogue.” -Eurocomics USA Invasion

“Gibrat uses The Reprieve and Flight of the Raven to explore ideas concerning commitment, responsibility, and collaboration, and each of the characters his stories illustrates facets of engagé./em> The art in both works is lush and beautiful…” -Comics Alternative

Here’s a teaser for the follow-up story to this, Flight of the Raven, which might be in stock by the time you read this:

Jean-Pierre Gibrat’s lushly colored graphic novel is one of the most stunningly beautiful comics of the 21st Century. The story takes place in Paris during the German occupation and stars a memorable heroine in the French Resistance fighter named Jeanne. With the help of an apolitical cat burglar named François, she tries to save her comrades, including her missing sister Cécile, from the Gestapo. They walk in the places between shadows, as Gibrat uses the evocative Paris rooftops and river barges on the Seine almost as separate characters.

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  1. Christophe

    Gorgeous — both tale and graphism.

    Beautiful story with a emotionally gut punching ending which makes the story all the more memorable. The graphism and coloring is gorgeous (as it often is with Gibrat), and the visual style matches the the period and geographical setting very well.

    I expect this to become a minor classic.

    I read the French edition, and hence cannot comment on the translation.

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