Synopses & Reviews
In a Europe where the Catholic Church dominates and sorcery determines political power, Master Physician Julien Saunière must infiltrate a mysterious cult with a thousand-year-old secret that calls into question the root of all power in Europe, as well as the origins of Christianity itself!
In this issue, the Duke of Lorraine's plans have come to fruition-he's pushed Europe into war, and the French monarchy is in tatters. Lorraine will try to seize the crown by force, but will he survive the coup? Meanwhile, Julien, locked in the dungeon of the Holy Inquisition, faces death and torture.
"An unusually rich thriller, this series continues its epic story of an alternate history Europe in which the Reformation never occurred and the Catholic Church is the most powerful institution in the world. Dr. Julien Sauniere, the hero of the series, is deep into a mystery that involves the 'true' nature of the Holy Grail and the lineage of Jesus Christ. At the crux of this alternate history thriller is an almost excruciatingly detailed religious theory involving French royalty, Mary Magdalene and the creation of modern Christianity. Its depth is rare for what is ostensibly a murder mystery comic book, and writer Nelson has clearly done his research. Fans of The Da Vinci Code's twists will find much to enjoy, and arguably this tale goes even deeper into the realm of the fantastic. The only hitch is that Nelson's characters are not as rich as his material. Embedded in this web of conspiracies are fairly average villains, femme fatales and a conflicted hero, Sauniere. The mediocre, often inexpressive artwork doesn't help matters, as it flattens out whatever emotions were written for the characters. Still, Rex Mundi's scope is admirable, and the series makes a fun afternoon diversion. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"What started as a simple murder mystery quickly grew into perhaps the smartest and most thought-provoking political thriller comics readers currently have available to them." BrokenFrontier.com
"Rex Mundi doesn't play it safe, rewarding the reader with a genuine mystery to be solved that has equally high stakes for anyone daring to venture too close." iComics.com
Doctor Julien Saunihre continues his investigation into the theft of a mysterious medieval scroll, only dimly aware of the forces tugging him to the doorstep of the powerful Duke of Lorraine. Lorraine wants to provoke a massive, globe-spanning war that will soak the world in blood but why? The answer to that question, a deadly confrontation in the ancient catacombs beneath Paris, and a blasphemous revelation about Judas, Christ's betrayer, all await Julien in this volume of the critically acclaimed series Rex Mundi!
About the Author
Arvid Nelson is lecturer and assistant professor adjunct, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and trustee of the Smith Richardson Foundation, Inc., a leading foundation in global security and foreign policy studies.