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Freaks’ Squeele

Author // DEDENYS Caplice Siobhan
Posted in // general culture, Literature

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Have you ever wanted to know how super-heroes came to be what they are nowadays ? How did they learn their skills and gain their fame ? If yes, then wait no more, and check out this fantastic series !

Freaks’ Squeele

Freaks’ Squeele is a comic book series, written and illustrated by Florent Maudoux. It tells the tale of Xiong Mao (a young normal « human » woman) and her two friends Chance (a demonic girl) and Ombre (a big nice wolf) as they enter the super-hero cursus of the F.E.A.H. academy. But, it is not so easy to become a super-hero… And between the classes and the crazy projects, to which you can add some problems with the management of the university and the bad relationship with students from other schools, life is not so simple for our three wannabes heroes !

The books are mostly in black and white, creating beautiful images based on light work, but there is always one colored chapter, which is also quite nice to see. The style of the author is frankly amazing, with a lot a realism, which is directly inspired from manga and cinema. It creates a very dynamic alliance, with a lot of details and different viewpoints.

 

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There are also a lot, and by a lot I mean truly a lot, of references from different genres. You will stumble upon a look-alike character of Alphonse Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist, and then see the face of Arnold Schwarzenegger in a photo without any warnings, before discovering that the archive’s room in the library seems quite familiar! And oh, where are your old Gaston Lagaffe comic books again so that you can check a thing or two ? And those are only three of a wider number of references, believe me!

Freaks’ Squeele is a seven books series, even if the last one has yet to be released. Next to that main story, you will also find two spin-offs currently in the making (one by another author, Sourya Sihachakr), and two little stories in the first and third Doggybags albums.

In short, if the style is appealing to you and you like stories which can be serious with a great deal of humor, don’t hesitate to run right now to your favorite library/book store : you won’t be disappointed.

 

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DEDENYS Caplice Siobhan

English Teacher in Rubika. Started the blog with students hope they keep it alive !

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