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Thursday 26 August 2021




by Romain d'Huissier

Afterword by Jean-Marc Lofficier.

cover by Alfredo Macall.
7x10 squarebound trade paperback, 
256 pp. 
ISBN-13: 978-1-64932-085-8 - 

From the first appearance of Zembla in 1963, to the recent successes of Strangers and Guardian of the Republic, the 70 year-old Hexagon Comics Universe demonstrates a true French passion for comics. But with so many characters, many of whom were created decades ago, where should a new reader start? How are they to disentangle the best from the anecdotal, the masterpiece from the ordinary?

To give someone just coming to the Hexagon Universe a leg up, popular French author and game designer Romain d’Huissier has selected his 100 favorite characters, then takes us on a journey of discovery (or rediscovery) through a very special universe; one not limited to superheroes, but which also offers thrillers, fantasy, science fiction, westerns and swashbuckling sagas.

Newcomers will learn the origins and history of the major heroes. Connoisseurs will find new details about obscure and never translated characters in these treasures of French popular comics.

This is a nice thick book and when I picked it up I wondered just what the point was? Don't you have to be a Hexagon Comics reader to be interested in this? Well, yes and no. Yes you do get info on a lot of the Hexagon characters but there is a lot more that you get.

This is also an art book.

full splash page art pieces fully drawn or sketched and that is something a lot of people interested in comics liketo see -how an artist pencils.  There are also a few full page comic strips (not full just sample pages). Whether the old characters Hexagon are revitalising or its more modern era characters this book gives you a pretty comprehensive guide to who is who and my guess is that one day this book is going to see its price increase.

Science fiction, fantasy, wild west, super heroes, action characters -they are all here.  This is a nice book to look through and you may get inspired to try the odd Hexagon Comic.

My camera, sadly, is not up to much but here you go:

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