Flight of the Raven, by writer/artist Jean-Pierre Gibrat, won the Best Artist Award at the Angoulême Festival, and now it's coming to the U.S. thanks to IDW's EuroComics imprint, with an English edition translated by Diana Schutz and Brandon Kander.

Gibrat's graphic novel is set in occupied Paris during World War II, and focuses on Jeanne, a French resistance fighter who teams up with a cat burglar named François to rescue her sister and the rest of their resistance cell from the Gestapo.

In short, it's about as French as it could possibly be. Gibrat's artwork is extremely detailed, and balances realism with a cartoonist's flair for facial expressions. Flight of the Raven comes out in paperback on February 28.

 

Jean-Pierre Gibrat (EuroComics)
Jean-Pierre Gibrat (EuroComics)
Jean-Pierre Gibrat (EuroComics)
Jean-Pierre Gibrat (EuroComics)
Jean-Pierre Gibrat (EuroComics)

 

Here's the official word from EuroComics:

Jean-Pierre Gibrat’s lushly colored graphic novel is one of the most stunningly beautiful comics of the 21st Century. The story takes place in Paris during the German occupation and stars a memorable heroine in the French Resistance fighter named Jeanne. With the help of an apolitical cat burglar named François, she tries to save her comrades, including her missing sister Cécile, from the Gestapo. They walk in the places between shadows, as Gibrat uses the evocative Paris rooftops and river barges on the Seine almost as separate characters. The book also includes a portfolio of pin-ups featuring its heroine.

TPB • FC • $29.99 • 144 pages • 8.5” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-798-7