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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 213

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at Fabien Nury and John Cassaday’s series, I Am Legion…

Enjoy!

I Am Legion is a supernatural thriller set against World War II.

It is written by French screenwriter Fabian Nury and it is drawn by artist John Cassaday. It originally was published in three volumes by Humanoids in Europe a few years back, but Devil’s Due recently released the whole thing in the United States in English (DC released one of three volumes in 2004, but never did the next two volumes – Devil’s Due split the three volumes into six issues).

The book involves “vampires,” of sorts, in that blood and the supernatural are involved, but in a different way – it involves taking possession of people, either their bodies or their minds.

The concept is introduced in a brilliantly spooky opening…

That, obviously, is one of the bad guys.

The two main “heroes” of the book are a Romanian freedom fighter who is dedicated to stopping the Nazis from using these supernatural beings to help the Nazi war effort and a British investigator who discovers the villain’s ability to take over other people’s bodies.

As we meet the Romanian, we discover just how hardcore of a fighter he is…

After killing his own friend, we see that he does not treat himself any kinder (read on to meet the investigator)…

The investigator is dealing with the recent death of his wife. The blonde woman and he have an interesting relationship. She’s obviously into him, but he seems to think it is too soon. I might have been missing SOMEthing, because she was pretty harsh to him at times, like programming a code for him that is the day of his wife’s death. Huh? Lady, you LIKE this guy and you’re making him use his wife’s date of death to open a lock?! That was weird. But if you can get past that, the rest of their interaction is actually quite sweet.

So while one “vampire” takes control of people’s bodies by pretty much wearing their skin, the Nazis are in control of a little girl “vampire,” who takes control of people’s minds, and watch her take control of a group of Concentration camp internees…

That’s some spooky stuff, huh?

John Cassaday is clearly the star of the comic, as his art is phenomenal (he was always a very good artist, but he has since become an amazing artist) but the story is intriguing, as well. The mix between the realism of the war and the over-the-top nature of the “vampires” is well-handled. You never get taken TOO far out of the realism of the series. Nury does a strong job with that, as well. I wonder if anything in the dialogue is lost in translation, though. Anyone read this in French?

It was a strong series – it has been collected into trade. Worth a read, especially if you’re a Cassaday fan, for this book could be recommended JUST on the art alone.

3 Comments

Tom Fitzpatrick

August 2, 2010 at 8:43 am

Just about anything drawn by John Cassaday is usually worth a read.

But I am Legion definitely looks spooky in a supernatural way. ;-)

I didn’t enjoy this book at all. Also it is obviously designed for a larger sized book with taller pages and a wider shape and the TPB shrinks them down to fit in a normal american comic shape and size with big white gaps at the top and bottom of each page.

Geez, I only saw this now. I DID read it in french – and translated it for the brazilian ed!

The dialogue on those pages seems fine, but of course the more interesting pieces are in pages you haven’t shown.

Best,
Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

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