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Sibyl-Anne vs. Ratticus (Sybil-Anne)by R Macherot
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Sibyl-Anne and her fiancé Boomer live in blissful peace in the French countryside until the evil rat Ratticus, evicted from his previous residence, sets his eye on the quiet acre that the couple share with their friends (a porcupine, a crow, and a rabbit). After a hilariously unsuccessful attempt to infiltrate the quiet little community in drag (which leaves a member of the cast smitten, -style), the devious Ratticus engineers the takeover of a neighboring rat colony and builds it into an army that sweeps Sibyl-Anne and her friends off their homestead and onto an island. Battles by land, by sea, and even by air ensue, until finally the wicked are defeated and peace is restored. Macherot's charming mouse's-eye views of bucolic idyll and his fast-paced, witty storytelling turn this book into something like a Pixar version of . Part of Fantagraphics' program of bringing American readers the best of post-Tintin Franco-Belgian all-ages comics, Macherot's "Sibylline" series (as it is called in French) is widely regarded as one of the great classics of the field, and is slated for re-release in French in 2011 as part of a "Complete Sibylline" project. This is the very first instance of Macherot's work being translated into English.
"A charming but slight entry from the field of post-Tintin Franco-Belgian all-ages comics. Field mouse Sibyl-Anne (Sibylline in the original bandes desinÃ©es, published in Spirou magazine in 1966 and 1967) lives a quiet life in the French countryside, alongside her friends Sergeant Verboten (a porcupine), Floozemaker (a crow), and fellow mouse Boomer. When the greedy, power-hungry rat Ratticus shows up, his destructive ways turn the animal community upside down. Ratticus's nefarious plots, at first harmless, evolve into full-fledged war, with an army of city rats storming the village and setting fire to Floozemaker's shop. Sibyl-Anne and her friends, of course, organize la resistance. (Imagine how this played in a France just 20 years removed from Vichy.) Macherot's plotting is lively and unexpected; his drawing style is an acquired taste, overly busy at times and lacking the elegance of line that you might expect. (That is to say, his rambunctious panels owe more to Albert Uderzo's AstÃ©rix than to HergÃ©'s Tintin.) Thompson's translation is colloquial and funny and, one can assume, smooths out some of the original's mid-century social attitudes." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A bucolic paradise becomes the site of a fierce struggle when an army of rats invades.
About the Author
During a career that stretched from the 1950s to the 1980s, working for both Tintin and Spirou magazines, Raymond Macherot (1924-2008) created the series Chlorophylle, Clifton, Chaminou, and Sibylline (Sibyl-Anne).
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