By Bryan Talbot, Dark Horse Books, $19.99, 102 pages

10Eisner and Eagle award winner, Bryan Talbot has done it again with Grandville Mon Amour. British speaking animals make up this prose with Sherlock Wolf at the helm. Detective-Inspector LeBrock of Scotland Yard is once again after his nemesis, Edward Mastock. As the story ensues, he captures his enemy but he gets away until the suspense is unbearable and it climaxes to the ultimately cliché ending. Graphic novel doesn’t describe this work, complete with drugs, harsh language, love scene and gratuitous gore. The storyline dialogue prattles on when there was more given to the story in the bubble-free boxes than those with actual conversation. All that being said, this book is a better than one would expect.

Page-turning suspense and nail-biting adrenaline keeps you savagely entertained. True to Sherlock Holmes, LeBrock cleverly catches and deduces clues that escape the common, everyday, run-of-the-mill police officer or Dr. Watson, who in Grandville Mon Amour is a well-dressed rat named Detective Ratzi. This book, like most comic book stories, will be enjoyed time and again, not just a once-through reading satisfaction.

Reviewed by M. Chris Johnson,