An empathetic look at a historic figure generally seen as symbolic of callous aristocracy, Rodolphe along with Annie Goetzinger’s Marie Antoinette, Phantom Queen (NBM) is a period ghost story completed with stylish panache. As the artist in charge of a GN grasp of Christian Dior (), Annie Goetzinger has demonstrated an affinity for blending historic detail with much more fanciful modern stories. At Marie Antoinette, we are taken to the 1930’s where Maud, a female and also moneyed widow whose stepson has been directing to take over her fortune, makes a connection in the gardens of Trianon using the restless ghost of Marie Antoinette.
Maud begins to dream that she’s being directed to the guillotine, while a séance attracts the queen’s apparition up for of the participants to watch after this psychic connection has been made. While her stepson works to receive her committed shortly our heroine is communicating with the phantom of this queen.
In case the contrast between also our artist and the slandered queen doesn’t entirely function, it will provide scripter artist and Rodolphe Goetzinger area to examine the privileged milieu of every woman. (We even receive a brief sympathetic glance of Louis the Sixteenth.) Even more powerful are the scenes constituting death and Marie’s imprisonment.
Though the lately deceased Goetzinger (she passed out in December) had a long and successful career in French comics, in America she is comparatively vague. (At this point, the only other work of hers in English is Dior, though a GN dedicated to the writer Colette is set for summer release through NBM.) That’s unfortunate, because the girl was a remarkable and stylish artist. After poring over the richly left panels of Marie Antoinette, I can only hope the Colette biography is the start of a flood.
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