Review of Noirs
Manouach is following here an “idea in comics”. If we can read Peyo’s famous characters and stories and practices as standing for a “normalized” social-economic practice of (Franco-Belgium) comics, that is to say, a normative power (which we can also call hegemony or molar), then Manouach seems to create a molecular inflection on Peyo’s molar configuration, an act of resistance. By rewriting, he is not underwriting it. But once again, like in Bene in relation to Shakespeare, this gesture can be seen as both a desecrating and a loving act. A destroying, fiery hand holding its objects in order to love it better. True blue.
Pedro Moura wrote a very interesting review of the rip-off Noirs at the du9 website.