No Pasaran!

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A suspenseful tale set in the Spanish Civil War. Max is begged to come back to the waning theater of confrontation between the leftists and Franco’s fascists to find a volunteer freedom fighter who has disappeared. Many famous people were involved in or eyewitnesses to the doomed struggle against Franco, including Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos. In this cosmopolitan mix looking for the ‘cause du jour’, Friedman tries vainly to stay neutral in his search but is quickly thrown into a maelstrom of ...

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Overview

A suspenseful tale set in the Spanish Civil War. Max is begged to come back to the waning theater of confrontation between the leftists and Franco’s fascists to find a volunteer freedom fighter who has disappeared. Many famous people were involved in or eyewitnesses to the doomed struggle against Franco, including Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos. In this cosmopolitan mix looking for the ‘cause du jour’, Friedman tries vainly to stay neutral in his search but is quickly thrown into a maelstrom of intrigue.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Giardino's (A Jew in Communist Prague) newest Max Friedman spy adventure takes this reluctant spy, former soldier and successful businessman away from his comfortable home on the outskirts of Geneva into the thick of the Spanish Civil War in 1938. Friedman's old friend Maj. Guido Treves has disappeared while fighting with the anti-Franco Loyalists, and his wife implores Friedman to go to Spain and find him. Narrowly escaping an aerial bombing of his Barcelona-bound train, Friedman next faces a gunman's attempt on his life. As the International Brigades depart Spain, allowing Franco and his Nazi-Fascist allies to advance, Friedman is intent upon making the perilous journey to the front, where Treves was last seen. His inquiries about his missing friend arouse the suspicions of the local police, the Communist Party and Franco's spies. Giardino's characters tend toward rugged, brave men and beautiful, dark-haired women. Drawn in a stiff but realistic style originally made popular in Europe by the Belgian cartoonist Herge, his renderings of dark, war-ruined streets, art nouveau interiors and austere military offices, faithfully recreate wartime Barcelona. The next volume of No Pasar n! takes Friedman to the front, where the danger, intrigue and action can only increase. (Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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No Pasaran! returns the comic illustrator's Max Friedman series of spy graphic novels to new audiences with a tale set during the Spanish Civil War. The complexity of plot and presentation will appeal to adults who like a dose of history and intrigue with their graphic novel.
Kirkus Reviews
After the stunning achievement of his Jew in Communist Prague (1997—98), Giardino returns to familiar territory—his ongoing character, Max Friedman, a reluctant spy whose adventures intersect with 20th-century politics across a number of continents. In this first half of a two-part narrative, Friedman is drawn into the Spanish Civil War, which Giardino treats with the historical subtlety of someone who's clearly read his Orwell, Dos Passos, and Koestler. He's also studied the photos of Robert Capa, which provide much of the visual texture to this modern intrigue. Max, a Swiss businessman and former Lincoln Brigade member, is drawn back to Spain after the wife of his comrade, Guido Treves, an Italian volunteer, begs him to find her missing husband. A flashback establishes that Max values loyalty over military discipline, and Giardino harbors no illusions about the Communist Party's role in stifling dissent within the ranks. Back in Spain, Friedman enlists the aid of a beautiful young journalist, her reckless photographer friend, and a brave brigadista from Ireland. Giardino's visual effects, while not as dense as his re-creation of Prague, still lead to some stunning scenes, especially a wordless sequence in which Franco's planes bombard a train headed to the front. And that's where this initial installment leaves Max, back at the front, in search of his missing friend. Giradino's mystery resonates with the internecine left-wing struggles of the time, though he clearly honors the heroism of the Republican cause. Stylistically similar to Giardino's previous work, this compelling narrative artfully plays with a question: Who's spying for whom? And the cliff-hanging endingofthis first half sustains our interest in the answer. Kuper, Peter MIND'S EYE NBM(555 8th Ave. Ste. 1202, New York, NY 10018) (128 pp.) Sep. 2000
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561633135
  • Publisher: N B M Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Max Friedman Series
  • Edition description: Graphic Novel
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Posted February 26, 2010

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    Great adventure story

    A well told and well drawn story of the Spanish Civil War. The archetypes and tropes here are pretty familiar to anyone who's read fiction or seen movies about the conflict - this is particularly reminiscent of the wonderful Land and Power - so I wouldn't exactly call this a work of great originality, but it's got good dialogue, a good sense of the history, and like the more successful of such stories is more focused on character development than on blatantly making political points.

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