So, let’s dive right in and list the remaining 10 in no particular order of preference.
11. “Habibi” by Craig Thompson (Pantheon Books)
A most unusual and captivating love story – and it’s that extraordinary that I won’t even give out any details in order not to spoil the reading pleasure.
12. “La Belle Mort” by Mathieu Bablet (Ed. Ankama Éditions)
A post-apocalyptic survival story that I’m not able to read, but that is exquisitely drawn, from the first page till the last.
13. “La Colére de Fantomas” 1-2 by Bocquet, Rocheleau and Ravon (Ed. Dargaud)
More French comics that I cannot read, but that simply look gorgeous. This one is an adaptation of the series of “Fantomas” by Souvestre and Allain. The style is very dynamic and an absolute pleasure to look at.
14. “Muchacho” part 1, by Emmanuel Lepage (Ed. Dupuis)
Not the only work of Emmanuel Lepage on this list. This story is about a young seminarian Gabriel, a boy from a good family, in Nicaragua in 1970’s, gradually getting to know the life and struggles of the common people.
15. “Rendez-vouz a Paris” (from the series “Monstre”) by Enki Bilal (Ed. Casterman)
Part 3 from the series “Monstre” by Enki Bilal, who is one of my favourite comics artists of all time. I have this one in Greek, but bought at the time I still couldn’t read it on the necessary level.
16. “La Peau de l’Ours” by Zidrou and Oriol (Ed. Dargaud)
A gorgeously colored story of an old man with quite an interesting life behind him…
17. “Nuit de Fureur” by Matz & Miles Hyman (Ed. Casterman)
Thuggish noir, that’s a pure visual treat.
18. “Un regard par-dessus l’epaule” by Paquet & Sandoval (Ed. Paquet)
A story of a little boy who gets imprisoned into the wall of the living room and has to find the exit to get back home.
19. “Un Printemps a Tchernobyl” by Emmanuel Lepage (Ed. Futuropolis)
22 years after the catastrophe in Chernobyl, Emmanuel Lepage takes a journey through Ukraine to report about the current state of the place…
20. “Voyage aux îles de la Désolation” by Emmanuel Lepage (Ed. Futuropolis)
One more stunning travelogue by Emmanuel Lepage about his journey to the Reunion island.
And the last one for bonus is the comic book I grew up with and was allowed to read as a treat on Sundays and holidays as a small kid! As you can see, the book on the picture is just as frayed as mine is.