By Wilfrid Lupano & GrÃ©gory Panaccione (Lion Forge/The Magnetic Collection)
ISBN: 978-1-942367-45-1 (HB)
Winâ€™s Christmas Gift Recommendation: Because Words Just Arenâ€™t Enoughâ€¦ 10/10
The sheer breadth, variety and creative ambition of comics holds me breathless sometimes. It feels like thereâ€™s no subject or blend thereof; no tone or trope; no limits and absolutely no style or admixture that talented individuals canâ€™t turn into heartrending, hilarious, thrilling, educational, evocative, uplifting and/or infuriating stories.
This completely silent saga from prolific French writer Wilfrid Lupano (Old Geezers; Azimut; Blanc Autour; Le Loup; Valerian spin-off Shingouzlooz Inc. and many more) and illustrator GrÃ©gory Panaccione (Someone to Talk To; Toby Mon Ami; Match; Ã‚me perdue) somehow offers all of those in one delicious hardback or digital package.
Originally seen au continent as Un OcÃ©an dâ€™amour in 2014, this wordless yet universally comprehensible pantomime is an unforgettable saga celebrating the timeless resilience of mature love. Here it is craftily concealed but constantly displayed in a tale of tetchy devotion between an aged diminutive fisherman and his quiet, timid, overly-flappable but formidably indomitable wife.
Every morning before the sun lights their rustic hovel, she makes him a wonderful breakfast before he heads out into the big ocean in his little boat. They have their fractious moments and he can be a trial sometimes, but their relationship is rock solid and never-ending.
This particular morning, however, the old coot finally falls foul of a changing world, when his little vessel is snagged in the nets of a vast trawler factory ship. Saving his idiot apprentice, the old git is soon swallowed up and goneâ€¦
At least, thatâ€™s what the sole survivor believes when he washes up ashore. However, the matronly fresh widow refuses to accept that and – disregarding decades of homey domestic programming – goes looking for him.
Oh, the incredible adventures she has and the people she meetsâ€¦
He, meanwhile, is still very much alive. Stranded on his little tub, with nothing but tinned sardines and memories to sustain him, he is washed uncontrollably across the world. Befriended by a sardine-loving gull, he experiences first hand and close up the way weâ€™ve befouled the seas and meets a wide variety of people heâ€™s casually misjudged all his life, before eventually fighting his way back to his little cottage and the faithful one whoâ€™s waiting for him. At least, he complacently assumed she isâ€¦
Epic, hilarious, terrifying, shocking and sublimely satisfying, this is masterpiece of graphic narrative with so very much to say. Why not give your eyes a treat and have a good listen?
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