Darwin’s Diaries: The Eye of the Celts
The concept is off-the-wall great: Charles Darwin, the famous naturalist turned not-so-mild-mannered monster hunter is investigating a series of grisly murders of railroad workers and their horses deep in 1860s Yorkshire woods. So far so good. He has been hired by the British Prime Minister for the case because of his little-known interest in the Sasquatch, Almas, and other clawed cryptids. Even better. But somehow the great idea and occasionally terrific artwork doesn’t quite gel.
Spirou and Fantasio in New York
Spirou and Fantasio is one of the great comic creations from the Franco-Belgian lineup, much loved since the intrepid titular team of newspaper reporters first appeared in 1938. This album, 39th out of 60 or so, is peculiarly the second one translated and published by Cinebook, and far as I can tell, only the third Spirou book published in English.