Sfar, Joann & Emmanuel Guibert. The Professor’s Daughter.

NY: First Second, 2007.

A fellow graphic-novel fan recommended this one to me but I’m afraid I have to question his judgment. It’s the old problem: Good writing with mediocre art, or vice versa.

The setting is 19th-century London (re-imagined, sort of) and the main character is Pharaoh Imhotep IV, now a museum mummy, but somehow abroad in the streets in top hat and tails. He’s escorting Lillian, the young woman of the title, who doesn’t get out much, and they get caught up in an unintended murder, and there’s Imhotep’s relationship with his father (the III), and she gets kidnapped, and the Imhoteps (both of them) have to rescue her, and there’s a trial, and a jail-break, and Queen Victoria gets thrown in the Thames. Yeah.

It’s all more than a little confusing, with the action coming out of nowhere in particular and going nowhere in particular, and the dialogue is rather clunky for the most part. It was first published in France in 1997, so maybe the translator is to blame. Guibert’s artwork isn’t bad, but there’s not really much story to hang it on.

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