Author Victor LaValle was inspired to re-work the story of Frankenstein’s monster to explore the fallout of modern police violence – the result is his six-issue comic series Destroyer, in which the last living member of the Frankenstein line in the modern day happens to be a woman named Josephine Baker, a brilliant African-American scientist overwrought with grief after her 12-year-old son is killed by a police officer.
Valérian et Laureline follows the adventures of its 28th-century
namesake hero and heroine, agents of the Spatio-Temporal Service who
travel through space and time to safeguard the Terran Galactic Empire.
Written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mézières, the
comic debuted in Pilote magazine in 1967 and appeared in print
until 2010. Bound collections have sold millions upon millions of copies
and have been translated into more than 20 languages.
Although it’s largely unknown to many American sci-fi fans, Valerian hugely influenced the
narrative tropes and visual palette for a generation of science fiction
that followed — yes, Star Wars included. Read more