Product Code: 49309


Product Code: 49309
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A wild, surreal cross-country car chase across a landscape that varies from urban to arid plains akin to Moebius' Desert B! Another great album by artist Benjamin Flao. His artwork in this long graphic novel is incredible with too many beautiful panels to count.

From the publisher:

Essence is the magical and crazy meeting of two exceptional authors who shared their worlds. It is an extraordinary story where anything can happen, it is also a book in particular format, more square, for cinemascope images! Essence is also one of the most beautiful car chases in the history of comics!

Achille, a jerry can in his hand, wanders through a maze of corridors in a huge building, strange... Finally, he finds an opening. Dazzled by the sun, he heads for a white Ford Mustang. Next door, a beautiful brunette woman is waiting for him. They will be able to leave again. The woman asks him to resume the course of his memories while they ride in a desert landscape. Does he remember what happened to him before being here with her? Achilles has a nipple and sees a pond frozen in the mist, a yellow Porsche 911 in the middle, half submerged. A man seems to be inside... But that can not be him, he has never had a Porsche... And what is he doing there, in this car, with her, while he has never seen her and does not even know her name? So, she reveals the truth to him: he is in "paradise" (rather purgatory, or purging) pilots, and she is his guardian angel. To get out, it will be necessary to understand how he died to find peace...

There are tandems that sound as obvious: when Benjamin Flao proposed to Fred Bernard to enter his dreamlike universe of "paradise" for pilots, Fred Bernard wrote him a story of guardian angel and redemption. In the end an exceptional story that goes to 100 per hour!

Achille, un jerrican à la main, déambule dans un dédale de couloirs dans un bâtiment immense, étrange... Enfin, il trouve une ouverture. Ébloui par le soleil, il se dirige vers une Ford Mustang blanche. À côté, une belle femme brune l'attend. Ils vont pouvoir repartir. La femme lui demande de reprendre le cours de ses souvenirs alors qu'ils roulent dans un paysage désertique. Se souvient-il de ce qu'il lui est arrivé avant de se retrouver ici, avec elle ? Achille a mal à la nuque et voit un étang gelé dans la brume, une Porsche 911 jaune en plein milieu, à moitié immergée. Un homme semble être à l'intérieur... Mais ça ne peut être lui, il n'a jamais eu de Porsche... Et puis qu'est-ce qu'il fait là, dans cette voiture, avec elle, alors qu'il ne l'a jamais vue et ne connaît même pas son nom ? Alors, elle lui révèle la vérité : il est au « paradis » (plutôt le purgatoire, ou la purge) des pilotes, et elle est son ange gardien. Pour en sortir, il va falloir comprendre comment il est mort pour trouver la paix.

Essence, c'est la rencontre magique et déjantée de deux auteurs d'exception qui ont partagé leurs univers. C'est un récit hors norme où tout peut arriver, c'est aussi un livre au format particulier, plus carré, pour les images en cinémascope ! Essence, c'est aussi l'une des plus belle cour se poursuite de voitures de l'histoire de la bande dessinée!

Flao, Benjamin
Bernard, Fred

Condition & Attributes

Fine, issued without dustjacket

Publishing Information


Physical Description

10 inches
10 inches
184 pages
pictorial boards

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