Serge Lehman, Fabrice Colin, Gess
La Brigade chimérique II
La Brigade chimérique


Episode 2: Cagliostro

Did Marie Curie on her death bed really choosethe Nyctalope as the protector of Paris in 1934? Her biographer, beautifulGeorge Spad, goes to the American hospital in Neuilly to question Jean Severac,a former military doctor who might have been a witness to the scene. Cagliostrothe hypnotist, Palmyre the witch, and a being of monstrous proportions upset theencounter.

Episode 3: The burningchamber

Concerned about George Spad's revelations abouther links with the Mythic Brigade - one of the most mysterious groups of superheroes in the interwar period -, Jean Severac returns to the Radium Instituteto get answers from the Joliot-Curie couple. Following the intrusion of anenemy of "great stature" he is confronted with the impossible truth.

The project

Every one knows how it happened.
In the trenches, in 1918, when they started to use forbidden weapons.Special gases, radium bombshells, so many horrific things...
People were transformed.
I mean "actually".
After the war, they spread terror throughout Europe and others beganto chase after them.
That's how we entered the age of superscience.

 La Brigade chimérique [The mythic brigade] rendershomage to L'Homme chimérique (Louis Querelle editions), aforgotten science fiction saga by George Spad published in France between thetwo wars. It is a serious work bearing witness to the traumatism that wasinflicted upon the European imagination by the Great War. This saga, started in1919, was beginning to take on a fascinating turn when it was inexplicablyinterrupted in 1934. Sixty-three years later, La Brigade takesup and develops this new direction - for enjoyment of course, but also becausebehind it may lie the solution of one of the great enigmas of the history ofthe twentieth century: why are there no longer any super heroes in Europe?


SergeLehman and Fabrice Colin's scenario follows the tradition of serialisationpopular between the two wars. It is enhanced by the work of Gess, amagnificently inspired art director and a creator of a graphic universe in the traditionof the Bauhaus and German expressionism, based on a vast research into costumes,décor, objects, etc.



La Brigade chimérique
September 25, 2009
Grand format
11 €
16 x 25 cm

Rights Sold

World English Rights: Titan Comics

China: Ginkgo

Film Rights: Sacrebleu Production

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