Later this month, IDW will publish the first English language edition of Italian cartoonist Hugo Pratt’s The Man From The Great North, billed as the first english language edition of the book. When we first saw the press release, we assumed it was some kind of Wolverine prequel, but it turns out that’s not what it’s about at all.
From the press release:
Set in the snowy wastelands of Canada around 1912, this provocative story deals with complex moral choices. Jesuit Joe, the protagonist, is of French-Canadian and Mohawk descent and is embarked on an obsessive religious search for the Absolute. His actions reflect a disturbed personality with an unorthodox ethical code. He kills with terrible ease and reveals an unmatched cruelty and ferocity, yet when his mood suddenly shifts, he is capable of unexpected acts of kindness and compassion.
He wears the red serge jacket of the Canadian Mounties that he found in a hut—which gives rise to a series of misunderstandings when he is mistaken for a member of the Canadian Mounted Police—and is tracked by his nemesis, Sergeant Fox, whose mission is to capture Jesuit Joe and bring him to justice.
A winner of the Grand Prix de la ville d’Angoulême, a French comics honor which translates roughly as “stinkiest cheese award,” and a member of the Eisner Hall of Fame, the Italian comics creator is also known for Corto Maltese series of comics.
The book is in stores on November 21, and you can read a ten page preview below.
The Man From the Great North
8.5” x 11”, 112pp., $24.99
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