Le Chasseur Déprime – Major Fatal: Part 3

Le Chasseur Déprime (2008)
Stardom/Moebius Production

24 x 32cm, 58 pages

Le Chasseur Déprime (The Hunter’s Depression) is a continuation of Moebius’ L’Homme du Ciguri (The Man from the Ciguri), itself a followup to it’s progenitor Le Garage Hermétique (The Airtight Garage).

In Le Chasseur Déprime, we find Major Grubert walking aimlessly through the busy market stalls of Armjourth and notice that something is not quite right with the Major. It soon becomes clear from his morose disposition that the Major is suffering internally from some unseen personal crisis (his own “black dog”) and even grows tired of his creation: the Garage. Urged by a mysterious encounter, the Major finds himself traveling by gondola to the outskirts of Armjourth to find the Astroport where he meets inside Madame Van Peebles, someone he hopes to seek therapy from for his depression.

This is a more introspective and mature work than the previous Major Fatal books in the series and the style is more reminiscent to Moebius’ wordless, dreamlike masterpiece 40 Days Dans Le Désert B (40 Days In The Desert B) released in 1999. Le Chasseur Déprime, is also one of Moebius’ latter works that unfortunately is not available in English (at the time of writing but perhaps in the future…).

Le Chasseur Déprime

L’Homme du Ciguri – Major Fatal: Part 2

L’Homme du Ciguri (1995) / The Man from the Ciguri (1996)
Les Humanoïdes Associés
24 x 30.5cm, 50 pages

L’Homme du Ciguri (The Man from the Ciguri) is a direct followup to Moebius’ hugely popular Le Garage Hermétique (The Airtight Garage), released 20 years after the original, we are taken onboard the Ciguri to join the ship’s crew as they embark on locating the Major who has not been seen since the cataclysmic battle with the Bakalite.

The improvisational nature of Le Garage Hermétique is used once again to tell the story in L’Homme du Ciguri and the art direction has a looser feel to it then the original story yet loses none of the charm. Unlike the first instalment, Moebius has taken the decision from the start to accentuate his drawings with vivid colour.

As with Le Garage Hermétique if the reader looks closely at each page and panel they are sure to find references to other work by Moebius both past & present, this is especially true in L’Homme du Ciguri when we meet the character T.Archer (who bears a striking resemblance to a certain author…)

L’Homme du Ciguri & The Man from the Ciguri