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In eighteenth-century Venisalle, faith governs life and death, and the guilty hide their shame behind masks, showing their faces only in the secret rites of the Confessional. It is to this stronghold of the Inquisition that the souls of Hell have escaped to possess the living, spreading sin, murder, and chaos. Amid the carnage, one man is blessed with the clarity to recognIn eighteenth-century Venisalle, faith governs life and death, and the guilty hide their shame behind masks, showing their faces only in the secret rites of the Confessional. It is to this stronghold of the Inquisition that the souls of Hell have escaped to possess the living, spreading sin, murder, and chaos. Amid the carnage, one man is blessed with the clarity to recognize the demons that prey on his countrymen--and the means to return them to the fires of Hell. But as the stakes rise, the lines separating good and evil begin to blur, and the Marquis--the dark avenger whom even demons fear to cross--finds himself torn between the blind faith that has defined his life and the bitter truths exposed under his new sight....

Title : The Marquis Volume 1: Inferno
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ISBN : 9781595823687
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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The Marquis Volume 1: Inferno Reviews

  • Angela
    2019-05-02 21:06

    Interesting graphic novel apparently set in the France of the late Middle Ages. An inquisitor becomes a vigilante punisher of sin as gradually the town descends into a hellish, lawless chaos. Only the general tasked with finding and capturing the inquisitor-turned-marquis and presumed demon seems able to resist the descent into violence against others, as he attempts to approach the problem rationally and with the least faith of anyone. As the general notes towards the end of the book, the marquis's sins become just one among many in a community where the religious establishment is torturing witnesses to root out the supposed demons lurking within them.The comic can get more than a bit bizarre (the giant vulva-demon running around town comes to mind), and there's some interesting analysis of the treatment of gender to be made here. It's going to take a little more digestion on my part to fully form an opinion on this one. It's an entertaining story, though, and it has me thinking about Dostoevsky and and Dante and a host of other things.

  • Ellie
    2019-05-13 20:11

    The Marquis is set in a town in a fictionalised 18th Century France, where the Church and the Inquisition are in charge and people attend confession masked elaborately. The protagonist, Vol de Galle, wears a mask for a different reason: he is hunting down souls escaped from Hell. Unfortunately they seem to be hiding inside the townsfolk and his justice leaves mutilated bodies behind - leading to a manhunt for what the town's leaders consider to be a dangerous madman and murderer. Or a demon himself. Vol de Galle isn't a happy demon hunter. He doubts, all the time, and spends most of his time supplicating a saint he thinks has given him the power to see the demons. It always seems to be winter, and the snow coupled with the stylised black and white artwork give a chilly and bleak feel. The costume of the Marquis is instantly eye-arresting (why I bought this in the first place) and Davis' monsters are brilliant. Really enjoyed this.

  • Acturi
    2019-04-19 02:03

    Not only is this comic tremendously awesome from an art perspective, and fascinating from a setting and story perspective, but this particular book has one of the most interesting sketchbook sections I've ever seen.I will admit that I've read this three times, and I never really have noticed that this guy has a horse's ass for an arm, and this guy has horse legs comings out of his mouth, and omg horse parts. It's a great example of the stuff that as a reader, I don't consciously think about. But when you look at it later, you think "oh! That's why this works so well as a whole."Because everything is horses.

  • Chumbert Squurls
    2019-04-23 19:57

    The Marquis starts pretty slowly. In the first 150 some pages The characters speak in endless exposition and the plot moves with no propulsion. Here, Guy Davis is still finding his footing, still trying to figure out how to execute his brilliant premise. Towards the end when the exposition begins to subside and the monsters become more grotesquely realized Davis has found the demon he came to slay. Brilliant art(beautifully rendered gothic architecture and costumes) and decent story, this comic is a bonus for those that can't get enough of his work on BPRD.

  • Thomas
    2019-05-19 03:17

    Beautiful and spooky and a really great read. New stories coming out in a month and I'm quite stoked.

  • Eric Orchard
    2019-05-10 01:05

    One of the best comics ever. Rich in art and story, compelling and intelligent. A great book.

  • Aksel Dadswell
    2019-05-05 01:16

    Excellent graphic novel, with some of the most original demons I've ever seen, fantastic artwork and story. Can't wait for volume 2 next month :)

  • John
    2019-04-21 20:05

    Wonderful artwork, but emotionally flat. Perhaps because the protagonist his hidden behind a huge mask 90% of the time?

  • Ariel
    2019-05-03 20:56

    Stunning artwork, but the story didn't interest me. Not my kind of thing I guess.

  • Sarah Baker
    2019-04-22 00:58

    Deliciously dark and twisted; left me unsure if the Marquis was truly having visions or was having delusions. I need more!

  • Manuel
    2019-05-18 22:01

    Vol de Galle fue durante muchos años la autoridad del Ministerio de la Inquisición de Venisalle, una ciudad tan pervertida y pecaminosa que muchos de sus habitantes portan mascaras por pura vergüenza. Durante su servicio torturó y juzgó implacablemente a cuanto pecador cayera en manos del ministerio. Ahora viejo, retirado y testigo de los nulos resultados de su lucha, busca respuestas en su devoción por Sainte de Massard, una santa que se dice, rescato al salvador del mismísimo infierno cuando fue secuestrado por diablos.Una noche, sus plegarias parecen ser escuchadas, cuando una oscura figura se aparece en su habitación mientras rezaba. La extraña presencia le encomienda devolver al infierno a todo diablo que encuentre en la ciudad, para lo cual le proporciona armas de fuego, una espada y el poder de ver a los diablos ocultos en los cuerpos de personas comunes a través de una mascara. Sin mas, Vol de Galle emprende la sanguinaria cruzada a espaldas del misterio, asesinando brutalmente a horripilantes diablos que solo el puede ver y que a vista del las autoridades son solo personas inocentes masacradas por una asesino demoníaco. Pero la fe renovada de Vol de Galle le ha segado de cualquier duda, incluso de cuestionarse si quien le encomendó esta misión haya sido realmente Sainte de Massard.

  • Ruth Toner
    2019-05-04 23:49

    A fabulous and deeply unsettling horror comic. Taking place in (some version of) 18th century France, it focuses on an aging Inquisitor who, wracked by doubt, is suddenly able to see souls possessed by the demons and is able to (quite violently) return them to Hell. The story can be a bit obtuse and confusing for the first issue or so, which while frustrating, is intentional, as the comic creates a tension between whether the Marquis is blessed or insane (and one wonders during these first or second issues why he is called "the Marquis" anyway). But the nature of the plot soon becomes much clearer. The art perfectly matches the story and is beautiful and horrific, reminiscent of Francis Bacon and French BD art, among other works. It is, in the end, the incredibly confident work of a single author, however.

  • Koen Claeys
    2019-05-03 23:59

    I loved Guy Davis on B.P.R.D. His deceptively simple artwork has a haunting quality to it, which suited those bizarre adventures perfectly. Before B.P.R.D., there was 'The Marquis', a creator-owned series that drew me in from the first page. We get an intriguing, unique horror adventure story about a man in the 18th century who fights demons only he seems to see... A minor criticism is that there's a little too much talking in this book but the dialogues are very strong. Now that Davis is off B.P.R.D. Dark Horse will be publishing the remaining storylines as original graphic novels beginning with “The Marquis and The Midwife”, to be followed by the last two books that tell the complete story of the Marquis Vol de Galle. I can't wait to get my hands on these books.

  • Charlotte
    2019-04-19 03:01

    Guy Davis must have thought to himself at a certain point, "What's popular with comic book readers? Oh, yes: boobs and monsters". So he drew lots of boobs on frightening monsters. And the occasionally penis, because Davis shuns nothing, and realised there's at least half an audience left hungry in the usual comic books. No Marvel inner-thigh dropshadows here. Only dramatic shadows allowed.Or Guy Davis didn't mean to pander to any imaginary audience, and just drew what he saw in his mind. Which is the more frightening answer, since this means Davis's mind leads straight into Hell. This book basically proves it, though.Masterful art, amazing monsters. The dialogue sometimes drags a bit, but who cares? More pages of Davis art to gawk at.

  • Brittany
    2019-05-04 22:53

    This book drew me in with the cover and hooked me with the intricate drawings. The illustration, while confusing at times because so many things are happening in some frames, is of the highest quality.The story itself is what I can only describe as a mix of V for Vendetta with a religious spin and Constantine. Without giving away too much of the story, Vol de Galle begins seeing demons from hell when he puts on a special mask and takes it as a sign from the "saints" (which seem to be gods in this universe) that he is to rid his medieval French city of demons. The story is a little rambling and confusing, but this is definitely worth a read.

  • Mark
    2019-04-25 23:06

    This is an incredible book hampered only in that it is the first book in a series. There is a lot of world building and exposition, which was necessary in its original format (a miniseries and a few short stories, sometimes as much as a year apart) but doesn't translate well into the final trade format.It is a must read for horror fans. Since future volumes will be written for the graphic novel format, I expect tighter storytelling. Not to mention Guy Davis has had a decade to hone his craft. "The Marquis and the Midwife" should be due for release late 2012. Look out for it.

  • Matt Ryan
    2019-05-08 20:14

    Visually striking, especially the demons and the city-scapes, the narrative was repetitive, and a rather simple situation - the marquis is empowered by the devil to return escaped demons to Hell - is purposefully kept obfuscated for too long. The protagonist's moral turmoil is ultimately banal; we know he is going to accept Satan's help to keep the bloodshed flowing in future issues.The black and white style suits Davis' artwork, much better than the color treatments in the BPRD publications.

  • Sindu
    2019-05-01 03:06

    Just blitzed through this one. The storyline was at times a bit wanting but it was buoyed by the beautiful imagery of Guy Davis. The black and white style complemented the story quite well. The visual details jumped off the page. His demons are drawn with so much specificity it makes your skin crawl. These came out of his brain!? Recommended for fans of the macabre and beautiful illustrations.

  • Peter
    2019-04-23 23:11

    A character study about good and evil. The art is black and white. There are some amazing little visual references across the story, as well as poignant panels when action breaks the edges of the panels.A great story and a very good example of integrating visuals and words in story telling in a very subtle way.

  • M.
    2019-05-12 00:57

    Interesting! really what only comes to mind. I am enjoying the book, its very unique although I think I was expecting something else, so I am somewhat disappointed. Great read though (: I love Guy Davis's illustrations.

  • Tarn Richardson
    2019-04-24 22:01

    Huge in scope, this is a dramatic, emotional and sweeping piece of work, looking at heaven, hell, damnation, salvation, retribution, madness and the wickedness which infects mens' and womens' hearts. And monsters. Loads of monsters!Deeply immersive. Enjoyed it.

  • Gary
    2019-04-29 01:49

    Guy Davis graphic depictions of devils and demons are mesmerizing and fantastic, while the underlying story is somewhat underwhelming and a bit laborious. Still, can't get enough of those hellacious Davis monsters!

  • Brendan Howard
    2019-04-22 21:18

    Long-winded in its monologues, but satisfying in its tale of hell, the devil's escaped, and the man who lives to return them to damnation.

  • Lupe Dominguez
    2019-05-18 21:00

    Very well done graphic novel. Definitely put the "graphic" to use too. Very well done artwork with a great story line. Hope there is more to come soon! I would like to finish the story out!

  • Matthew Bellamy
    2019-04-23 03:05

    Graphic novel or horror fans don't want to miss this one. Great character design and line-work, engrossing story after the first chapter or so of setting-building.