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Incidents in the Night, Book One

In Incidents in the Night David B. sets out to explore the uncharted territories of overflowing and dusty shelves of Paris’ legendary book shops. His journey quickly turns into an obsessive vision quest in pursuit of a mysterious nineteenth-century journal: Incidents In the Night. Mountains of books become sites of archeological digs as the author excavates layers of myth,
Melki

Jul 02, 2013

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When David B. goes on a quest to find a copy of “Incidents in the Night,” he finds himself in a bookshop filled with mountains of books. He sleeps in the cavernous room along with other “explorers,” all of whom are searching for special books. Occasionally, they must hide from the bookstore’s owner. Inexplicably, he loves to barrel through the stacks dressed as a yeti and sometimes releases the hounds to prey upon the book lovers. After finding the book, David encounters its mysterious author, E

The artwork in this graphic novel has been lifted straight from a bibliophile’s dream. In addition to the mountains of books, there are characters with books for heads and buildings that look like bookshelves. Characters jump in and out of books, and one even disguises himself as a letter of the alphabet to hide in a book. Throw in some mythology, Ice Age animals and Napoleon, and the first three-quarters of the book resound with pure magic.

The last quarter loses some wonder, however, as things become more rooted in reality. David meets a police commissioner and a comely journalist, and tries to solve a crime.

The ending is a massive cliffhanger, and it may be years before the next volume is released.

But, four-stars for the great, great beginning and the fantastical illustrations of books, books, glorious books.
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Bryan Alexander

This book is a sweet treat, a savory tart offered up, but for a particular audience. Book lovers, bibliophiles, inveterate readers, compulsive browsers, book collectors: we know who were are, yes?Incidents in the Night is also a nice fantasy, but that’s secondary.

Incidents in the Night is a very dreamlike tale about a Parisian book fanatic who stumbled onto a bizarre conspiracy of sorts. While browsing in an endless, jumbled store whose masses of books become walkable terrain, and where its very

Incidents in the Night is a very dreamlike tale about a Parisian book fanatic who stumbled onto a bizarre conspiracy of sorts. While browsing in an endless, jumbled store whose masses of books become walkable terrain, and where its very old owner likes to dress up as a yeti, David (yes, same name as the author) comes across a mysterious newspaper. Its masked editor is playing a desperate game with death, while also trying to resurrect Napoleon to rule the world.

To unfold this plot the graphic novel turns to dreams, visions, and surrealism, as David wanders into books themselves, tries to fight death, investigates weird clues, falls in with a vast police officer, discovers a prehistoric religion, and has a hint of love. It’s like a Tim Powers novel but dreamed into being somewhere on the Left Bank.

Incidents in the Night traverses (a local pun there) this path by depicting and deploying books in all kinds of ways. Characters sleep under blankets of books, shelve books as altars to hideous gods, hide between pages, have body parts composed of books. On page 4 David B. lovingly depicts a seemingly random set of book covers, with careful hints to the subsequent story. Ah, it’s splendid stuff for us, the people of the books.

As a text person I’m not too useful as a drawing critic, but I know what I like. Incidents in the Night is fascinating to look at, between very different characters and the German Expressionist illustrations of spaces.

Strong recommended.
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