Grandville is the story of an alternate timeline where Britain lost the Napoleonic War. 200 years have passed and Britain has finally won its independence, but is now a small nation of limited importance stuck in an Indo-China war and fighting internal anarchist terrorists. Oh, and everyone in this world is walking talking animals. Inspector-Detective LeBrock (a badger) of Scotland yard is on the case of a rash of mysterious suicides that lead to a conspiracy of international importance that go to the highest levels of power. He must solve the case and uncover a secret society of assassins before thousands are murdered in this animal steampunk, mystery-adventure!
This is one delightfully oddball graphic novel. It is a rousing mystery adventure with great action sequences made truly surreal by the fact that everyone is a giant animal person. It's like watching a cute and fuzzy Disney movie mixed with a hard-boiled detective novel. The art is really excellent. Talbot does great line work and his coloring is excellent. I got such a kick of seeming animal headed creatures stab and shoot each other! Beyond that somewhat silly reason the plot is fantastic. It takes a look at how nations respond to terrorism, racism, and class warfare...with fuzzy animals. If you like steampunk or Sherlock Holmes or fuzzy animals acting badly give Grandville a try.