La Folle Du Sacré-Cœur (1992-1998) / Madwoman of the Sacred Heart (2012)
Les Humanoïdes Associés/Humanoids
19.7 x 26.7cm, 192 pages
Madwoman of the Sacred Heart follows the life of Alan Mangel, an highly esteemed professor of philosophy at the prestigious La Sorbonne university, who has all the trappings of success: money, a marriage, academic merit. However on Alan’s 60th birthday his world is turned upside down, as something challenges his long held preconceptions and inhibitions.
Although Moebius is indeed credited as the illustrator for Madwoman of the Sacred Heart alongside longterm creative partner Alejandro Jodorowsky on regular writing duties, the traditional look of some of the illustrations feel more in keeping with Jean Giraud’s earlier “Gir” incarnation (better known for Blueberry).
This comic book is mature both in it’s erotic art style and also in it’s storytelling as we explore a protagonist in the latter Autumn season of their life where most of their beliefs have already been well rooted, only for (as the reader shall see) the proverbial rug to be pulled from under their feet.