Book: Herve Bourhis and Rudy Spiessert, Alas, 2010

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What would our world look like if humans were not at the top of the food pyramid?

Herve Bourhis and Rudy Spiessert, Alas, review


An amazing satire on human exceptionalism, colonization, obsession with civilization and the post-enlightenment in faux sciences such as eugenics. An alternative history, where 18th century Paris is populated by bipedal animals, while humans are a species near extinction that are hunted by poachers and can only be found in the remote regions. A simple enough premise, but the execution is so smart, insightful and funny, my only complaint is that it isn’t a series of comics, or an animated TV show. Because it totally deserves to be. I was especially fascinated with the fact that the animals in the graphic novel could be both omnivorous and herbivorous, and that caused a lot of problems in the coexistence of the species: a brilliant parallel to the duality of human ethics.

Alas by Herve Bourhis (Script) and Rudy Spiessert (Art)
Published by Europe Comics in 2018

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