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The Collected Fantasies, Vol. 8: Mississippi River

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When artist Jean "Moebius" Giraud and author Jean Michel Charlier were unable to continue their popular Western series Blueberry due to a legal problem, they began a new story with a new character. Reminiscent of Gone with the Wind, Mississippi River introduces us to rascally soldier Cutlass, embroiled in a series of unfortunate adventures similar to Blueberry's, but less When artist Jean "Moebius" Giraud and author Jean Michel Charlier were unable to continue their popular Western series Blueberry due to a legal problem, they began a new story with a new character. Reminiscent of Gone with the Wind, Mississippi River introduces us to rascally soldier Cutlass, embroiled in a series of unfortunate adventures similar to Blueberry's, but less heroic. The story was serialized in the French magazine Metal Hurlant in 1979, and translated and released by Marvel's Epic imprint in 1990.


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When artist Jean "Moebius" Giraud and author Jean Michel Charlier were unable to continue their popular Western series Blueberry due to a legal problem, they began a new story with a new character. Reminiscent of Gone with the Wind, Mississippi River introduces us to rascally soldier Cutlass, embroiled in a series of unfortunate adventures similar to Blueberry's, but less When artist Jean "Moebius" Giraud and author Jean Michel Charlier were unable to continue their popular Western series Blueberry due to a legal problem, they began a new story with a new character. Reminiscent of Gone with the Wind, Mississippi River introduces us to rascally soldier Cutlass, embroiled in a series of unfortunate adventures similar to Blueberry's, but less heroic. The story was serialized in the French magazine Metal Hurlant in 1979, and translated and released by Marvel's Epic imprint in 1990.

30 review for The Collected Fantasies, Vol. 8: Mississippi River

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    I'm not particularly fond of western stories, but "mississippi river" or Jim Cutlass #1 has a different tone that kept me seeing it to the end. I could do with smaller speech bubbles but the story was solid with it's plot twists and turns, an atypical civil war drama with balanced action and a small portion of romance. Moebius is more "blueberry" than anything else, it's nice to see him change his drawing conventions for a more loose style that fits better to the tone of Charlier's script.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Lisovsky

    Вестерн, который по-хорошему должен был быть очередной серией Blueberry, но из-за разногласий с издателем авторы выпустили его отдельно, с совершенно новыми персонажами. Как замечает американский редактор во вступительном слове, Mississippi River - история, близкая по духу (но не по формату) к "Унесённым ветром", изюминкой же является тот факт, что все персонажи (включая титульного) здесь являются в той или мной мере анти-героями. По современным меркам исполнение данной идеи далеко от идеала, но Вестерн, который по-хорошему должен был быть очередной серией Blueberry, но из-за разногласий с издателем авторы выпустили его отдельно, с совершенно новыми персонажами. Как замечает американский редактор во вступительном слове, Mississippi River - история, близкая по духу (но не по формату) к "Унесённым ветром", изюминкой же является тот факт, что все персонажи (включая титульного) здесь являются в той или мной мере анти-героями. По современным меркам исполнение данной идеи далеко от идеала, но в 1979-м году подобный подход сам по себе был большим новаторством (в формате комикса; в кино популярность антигероев началась где-то с "Грязного Гарри" (1971)). Сюжет мне показался умеренно интригующим, его повороты частично надуманными и далеко не всегда оправданными. Рисунок тоже достаточно вялый - вспоминались слова Мёбиуса из прошлых комментариев, где он признавался, что маскирует недостатки чрезмерным обилием деталей. В целом мне скорее не понравилось, но тут стоит учесть, что вестерны я обычно терпеть не могу.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dewaram

    OK We all know Giraud ( note I didn't call him Moebius) for his western work on the Blueberry Series with JM Charlier, here this is like an off beat western which doesn't have anything similar to Blueberry, art work is good, about the story is build upon characters around the American Civil war, everybody likes to seize the opportunity to turn upon themselves, Jim Cutlass himself is a person who does everything by the way it comes. Its just a Volume 1 of the series and the good thing is the OK We all know Giraud ( note I didn't call him Moebius) for his western work on the Blueberry Series with JM Charlier, here this is like an off beat western which doesn't have anything similar to Blueberry, art work is good, about the story is build upon characters around the American Civil war, everybody likes to seize the opportunity to turn upon themselves, Jim Cutlass himself is a person who does everything by the way it comes. Its just a Volume 1 of the series and the good thing is the story arc ends with 1 volume at a time which we may not find in the blueberry series. I found this copy inside the collected Graphitti designs Blueberry 9 book along with the Lost Dutchmen's Mine/Ghost with golden bullets and that is just a classic..

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    Sharp art and really great storytelling. Cutlass manages to get himself out of trouble every time, but never quite enough to stay on top! Too bad this is the only volume starring this character that these two did together. I haven't read any Lieutenant Blueberry yet, though, so maybe those stories will give me a similar fix.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Evan

    A great translation and fun whirling-down-the-drain type story.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michele Pittalis

    skippato

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    Alexander

  8. 4 out of 5

    Joshua

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  10. 4 out of 5

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  11. 4 out of 5

    Sean

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Wapner

  13. 5 out of 5

    Phil Bouwman

  14. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Watters

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tucker Stone

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rhys

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dromio

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sean

  19. 4 out of 5

    John Desmarais

  20. 5 out of 5

    Joseba

  21. 4 out of 5

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  22. 4 out of 5

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  23. 5 out of 5

    Eugene booker

  24. 5 out of 5

    Barry

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    Johnny Duncan

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jimmy Krimmer

  30. 5 out of 5

    Giorgos Trou

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