Title: The Annotated Northwest Passage
Publisher: Oni Press, Portland, Oregon
Publication Date: 2007
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition
267 pp. plus one page of publisher's advertisements, b/w illustrations by the author, colour illustrated boards. No dust jacket, as issued. Signed (no inscription) on the title page. The first three installments of Chantler's historical epic graphic novel. "Reads like a Saturday morning action cartoon as written by Peter C. Newman" said the Globe and Mail. Tail of spine slightly bumped, otherwise fine. Size: 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 001436
Synopsis: After Fort Newcastle is brutally captured by invading French mercenaries, Charles Lord and a band of his surviving soldiers, trackers, and explorers embark on one last great adventure to unite the people of Rupert's Land to reclaim their home. This rollicking historical adventure fights its way on land and sea, all in search of and control of the mythic Northwest Passage.
From the Publisher: Publisher's Weekly:
"While being hyped as the greatest Canadian western comic book ever may sound like faint praise indeed, in the case of Chantler's thrilling historical adventure, it definitely is not. Categorized as young adult historical fiction, the book is a James Fenimore Cooper-styled thriller set in remote Rupert's Land, circa 1755. Fort Newcastle, an English-run trading post commanded by the stout-hearted hero Charles Lord, is overrun in a vicious sneak attack by French mercenaries looking to get rich off the fur trade. Lord and the survivors of the massacre wander the wilderness, looking for allies and plotting their revenge, while inside the captured fort, the villainous Guerin Montglave plots evil deeds. Chantler's sharp black and white artwork (replete with dramatic closeups and muscular action choreography) has a welcome precision to it, while the writing has a pulp immediacy which brings history to life. This collected edition of the three-issue original comes with copious and welcome annotations at the back, where Chantler discusses various plot points and historical references as well as the different styles used from one frame to the next."
The Fourth Rail:
"Northwest Passage is far and away the best work that [Chantler hass] done"
"There are fascinating tales of adventure to be found in history, if they can be placed in the right hands for exploration. Scott Chantler clearly has the skills and the viewpoint to be able to bring the later adventures of Charles Lord to life."
Warren Peace Sings the Blues:
"Full of action and violence, while still telling an emotional tale with well-developed characters"
Comics Worth Reading:
"If you've been looking for a gripping, meaty read with larger-than-life heroes, this is the series for you."
"Chantler packs the book with action, and he layers it with plenty of interpersonal conflicts. Everyone in the large cast of characters gets a moment to shine as the tension builds. Twists and turns pile up without ever derailing the story. And Chantler's art is as snappy and stylish as ever. All of the elements come together to make a tremendously entertaining comic."
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