Légende T01: L’enfant loup by Belgian author Yves Swolfs, an award-winning bande dessinée writer and artist, is the 1st album in the Légende series of medieval heroic fantasy adventure, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Soleil.
The French-language bande dessinée series is an heroic fantasy epic in a medieval setting, following a mysterious knight who is only survivor of a family massacre nineteen years ago. This first album won the 2003 Prix Saint-Michel in the “Prix de la presse” category and is apparently being made free as a promo for the upcoming long-delayed 7th volume (2-5 are also currently discounted for a limited time, probably just through the end of the month).
This first volume sets up the origin story and initial adventures as an ambitious Duke and his councilor search for the vanished child while they rule over the war-torn duchy.
Offered in Canada, UK & EU and other regions worldwide (excluding the US), available at multiple retailers.
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Ekhö Monde Miroir T01: New York by Christophe Arleston & Alessandro Barbucci is the 1st album in the Ekhö monde miroir series of fantasy graphic novels, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Hachette’s Soleil imprint.
The French-language series is a portal fantasy, starring a young woman engaging in adventures and intrigues in a parallel universe named Ekhö where the real world cities are nearly the same, but the creatures living there are different.
This installment sees her airplane flight to New York interrupted by a creature who approaches her to take up the legacy of a long-vanished aunt, as she enters a magical version of Manhattan instead upon dragonback.
Offered in Canada, France, the UK, and selected other regions worldwide (excluding the US), available at multiple retailers.
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As part of the promotion for The Dynamite Women Comics Bundle from Groupees, a tier of free comics is being offered, courtesy of publisher Dynamite.
UPDATE: the bundle has been extended a few more days for the September 4th long weekend, the $20 tier has been boosted with 35 extra comics (automatically added for previous purchasers)
At the $0 minimum price for the free tier, 9 issues are offered:
- Barbarella #1, a revival of the French science fiction comic book series which inspired the cult classic 1960s film
- Red Sonja #0, starring the heroine from pulp fantasy author Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Conan adventures
- Sheena, Queen of the Jungle #0, a Tarzan-inspired pulp adventure series starring a protector of the wilderness
- Vampirella Magazine #1-3, reprinting stories from the Warren era of the cult classic horror drama series
- Vampi #1-3, a revival of the Vampirella series, recasting her as a superhero in the 21st century
In addition to the free tiers, more levels of comics are available from $1.99 to $19.99, with titles including the Charmed and The Bionic Woman TV series tie-ins, urban fantasy author Patricia Briggs’ Alpha and Omega series adaptation, modern adventures of classic characters Betty Boop and Miss Fury, pinup queen Bettie Page and horror hostess Elvira, popular comics creator Garth Ennis’ Ninjette, and more.
Offered DRM-free worldwide until 4:30 AM Eastern Time on August 31st, available at Groupees (requires account signup with billing address, but no payment info).