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Monday 6 September 2021

Hexagon Comics: Phenix / Sibilla


PHENIX: THE VEGA SANCTION (story: J.-M. Lofficier; art: Edouard Cop; colors: Reed Man)
PHENIX & SIBILLA:: SIDE-BY-SIDE WITH SIBILLA (story: J.-M. Lofficier; art: Frédéric Grivaud; colors by Eduardo Garcia)
SIBILLA: GHOSTS (story: J.-M. Lainé; art: Stephane Roux; colors: Karine Boccanfuso)

7x10 squarebound comic, 
64 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1-64932-071-1 - 

Chicago’s super heroine, the fearless leather clad, bike-riding Phenix, and the mysterious Italian enchantress Sibilla, once fought together alongside Top Cow’s Witchblade against the infamous mass murderer, Gilles de Rais in Blood Oath (2003).

But the story of their first encounter has never been told -- until now!

In these pages you’ll discover how Phenix first crossed paths with Sibilla, with a bonus 12-page story featuring one of Sibilla’s supernatural investigations in New York, drawn by Stephane Roux.

Also included in this comic is a stand-alone Phenix adventure in which our indomitable heroine takes on the merciless Vega Cartel.

A full colour Hexagon book and the colour is amazing. As always the story and characterisation are good (probably why Lofficier is not working for Marvel or DC!). There are a few "rough edges" to the art in the Phenix stories but they are nothing horrific and do not deter from the overall look and feel of the strip -sort of Modesty Blaise + and I am a big MB fan.

But the stand out strip in this book is Stephane Roux's Sibilla and with  the colour work of  Karine Boccanfuso it is a treat for the eyes. Very slick and the type of art you might expect in a French comic album. I've actually read and then re-read the strip just to take in the art which after all is what comics are about.

Andthat cover made me think "Wow" when I saw it. It shows that comics can still wake up these tired old eyes!

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