by Jan Novák, Jaromír 99
November 2018, 256 pages
Available material: German translation
Rights sold: Germany (Voland & Quist), France (Presque Lune), Great Britain (Centrala), Poland (Centrala), Ukraine (Centrala), Spain (Nordica Libros)
Visually arresting graphic novel in a unique and specific style of noir.
The story of the Mašín brothers and their band waging guerilla war against the Communist regime in the early 1950s could be the most dramatic Czech tale of the 20th century. After their activities in Czechoslovakia, these five young men headed west – facing off against twenty thousand East German Volkspolizei and shooting their way to freedom. In the novel So Far, So Good, Jan Novák wrote the story like a thrilling Czech Western and won the Magnesia Litera prize for Best Book of the Year. Now he and the artist Jaromír 99 have created a dramatic and visually arresting graphic novel in Jaromír 99’s unique and specific style of noir. After the runaway success in Czechia of their previous collaboration, Zátopek, the authors return with an even more explosive comic book.
“I didn’t want this to be just another action comic about heroism in a time of darkness, but instead a thriller about two boys who stood up to evil and were lucky as hell.”
– Jaromír 99 (Jaromír Švejdík)
“The adventures of the Mašín brothers and their team are portrayed with rawness and concision, without moralizing. The book deserves the attention of anyone interested in comics, as well as those who would rather not surf the web or read long books.”
“On the one hand, Novák sketches the Mašíns as impetuous and impulsive boys who act like Wild West gunfighters; on the other, he recognizes the depths of their courage, their allegiance to their cause, and their absolute refusal to yield to totalitarianism – in either theory or practice.”