Author: Christophe Bec, Eric Henninot, Milan Jovanovic
Publisher: Humanoids, Inc.
Release date: August 6, 2019
Page count: 288
My rating: ★★★★☆
Carthago contains the first five issues of the popular French comic book series all in one convenient paperback edition.
I requested this title through my library’s Inter-Library Loan service and it came from the Las Vegas – Clark County Library District!
My mother was a travel nurse for many years and when she was working in Las Vegas, we had a card for the system. When we visited a couple of years later, we made sure to stop by the library just because we could, lol.
I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I added this to my to-read list, but I knew I liked sharks and oceans are a great source of mystery… so I was pretty sure I’d enjoy at least a little of this comic.
Having just completed Carthago, I can say that it’s well worth the read. From the moment I opened the front cover to turning the last page, I could not put it down!
The novel starts as it means to go on… bloody. An older whale, trailing behind it’s pod is attacked by a shark, bitten in half, and it’s body left to sink into the forgotten waters of the deep. And this is just the first victim of these larger than life sharks!
And then we begin to meet our human characters, of whom I was particularly drawn to Donovan, a man serving out a life debt to the insanely rich (and old) Mr. Feiersinger, and Lou, let’s just call her a child of the sea, shall we. 😉
The story jumps around, visiting different locations and different moments in the character’s many varied histories, but it never once was confusing or difficult to follow.
It was like peeling back the skin of an onion to discover one new piece of information at a time. And I really liked the effect!
The other thing I really enjoyed in this series (and I can’t wait to get my hands on volumes 6-10) was the sheer scale of it all. When the humans are in the water or the when the sharks (and other creatures) are drawn in close to boats, you can practically feel the size differences.
These sharks are immense.
There is no other way to describe the Megalodon. It could bite a whale in half and swallow a human whole without batting an eye and Carthago brings this fact into striking reality time and time again.
The mysteries of an ancient, underwater civilization, the tempting intrigue of the human-like being that saved a diver, and a little girl who is of two worlds is just the very tip of the iceberg for Carthago.