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The Marquis: Danse Macabre [Paperback]

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It was during the 18th century that the Ministry of Inquisition ruled over the lands of Venisalle. In the world of The Marquis, faith and religion are the strict laws of life and death. It is into this world that the souls of hell have escaped to sin, murder, and be free by taking possession of the living. During this time, a man of the Inquisition finds himself blessed with the ability to see into the very souls of the damned and fight the demons withing. But as The Marquis begins his holy crusade to send back the escapees of hell, the battle between good and evil starts to blur into a struggle between faith and sanity.

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Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.2" Width: 6.66" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.76 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 28, 2001
Publisher   Oni Press
ISBN  1929998155  
ISBN13  9781929998159  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Guy Davis (The Marquis, Aliens, Predator) is best known for his pulp stylings that appear in Sandman Mystery Theatre. This is his first work for Marvel Comics.

Guy Davis was born in 1952.

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A hot mess with good art  Aug 28, 2008
Guy Davis is one of those artists who needs a great deal of focus to accomplish his goals effectively. Certain projects simply aren't suited to his sketchy, grainy, creepy style that I unabashedly love. Ironically, his finest work (in my opinion) came out of the Vampire: the Masquerade roleplaying books - he was allowed to let his imagination run wild, with no concern for plotting or dialog, and that showed through quite clearly in his masterful work. BPRD and Nevermen, by contrast, didn't work so well for me; in the case of the former, his style runs counter to the setting. For the latter, the writing was an embarrassment.
This is a very pretty book, but the thick-headed dialog and embarrassingly simplistic plot (worthy of a one-off comic I'd buy at Hot Topic) made me give it to Salvation Army soon after buying it, rather than let it (despite the prettiness) take up space on my shelf.
The plot is heavy-handed, drawing on a loose, monster-heavy grasp of a Bizarro Inquisition. Honestly, I couldn't even finish it - the nebulous "decadence" the main character talks about is supremely absent, except for explicit, over-the-top devil worship, and as a result, I simply didn't care about the protagonist's goals in any way.
The dialog made me almost physically ill with the goofiness of it. It didn't fit the richness or complexity of the apparent period (France, 18th century?) at all. These characters are muddle-heads with one-track minds, either set to "Devil worship" or "Inquisition", with little in between.
Don't buy this book. Look at it at Borders for the pictures, and leave it there.
Best horror comic in ages  Jun 3, 2008
You really just won't find a better written or illustrated graphic novel. The story is amazing and the art is even better! The story wraps around a fictional, yet familiar time period that could have but never existed. Its a place that feels so real that you might think its a period peace but in fact its a vehicle for a horror story that really shakes up the genre. Ghosts, visions, sinners, rich upper class fiends, a church and a hero who gets shaken right down to his roots all shape up this incredible book. If you find a more terrifying setting and a more terrifying group of monsters than the disgusting demons in this book then let me know! Guy's imagination and talents are on full display. Set aside everything you know about Guy and horror comics and check this book out. Its probably the most underrated graphic novel out there. It is a flat out classic of the highest order. It might be the best graphic novel and is surely the best horror graphic novel in a long time, if ever! Its that good!
good  Mar 12, 2007
I enjoy Guy Davis's artwork. It's loose, creepy, and open for my imagination to fill in. I read the 2nd book before the 1st and I like both. The only problem I had with the 1st volume, Danse Macabre, is the Marquis's convictions were written a little too long and were repeated more times over the course of the story.
The macabre in The Marquis  Oct 26, 2005
Guy Davis' The Marquis shows a side of the comic book world I wasn't expecting. Sure I knew that Guy was a talented artist (Sandman Mystery Theatre & BPRD) but this comic broke down my vision of what a comic should be. With an interesting mystery mixed with demons and a crisis of faith, Danse Macabre has it all. If you like Mignola's Hellboy or any supernatural Vertigo title then you'll love The Marquis. The best part is that it shows that not only can Guy draw a great tale, he can tell one as well. All in all a great graphic novel.
Impressively Exelent  Mar 22, 2003
Guy Davis achieves in The Marquis what a team of talented writers and artists seldom manage to acomplish: AN EXTREEMLY WELL WRITTEN TALE THAT IS ENTERTAINING START TO FINISH. The story is amazing, the art is amazing, and most of all, Guy Davis is amazing for having done it all himself!

The Marquis is a must have for any fan of graphic novels.


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