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Cities of the Fantastic:
The Great Walls of Samaris (vol. 1)

Credits: Written by Benoit Peeters and Illustrated by Francois Schuiten
Publisher: NBM


Peeters and Schuiten make cities and have been in the business of doing so for decades.

Something of a phenomenon in Europe, The CITIES OF THE FANTASTIC are self-contained journeys into worlds known equally for their art deco design and architecture as their penchant for intrigue and mystery. For thirty years, they've spawned cult followings, art exhibits, and countless works in media beyond comics, and have quietly developed their own appreciation as they've trickled over stateside thanks to NBM.

THE GREAT WALLS OF SAMARIS is the first so-called City of the Fantastic, and follows the journey of a young army officer dispatched to the titular Samaris to learn why no one ever seems to return from its borders. Part Jules Verne, part Twilight Zone, SAMARIS continues to be a deft introduction to Peeters and Schuiten's fantastic worlds.

-- Peter Aaron Rose

Peter Aaron Rose is a writer, producer and technologist who lives and works in San Francisco, CA. Under the pseudonym "Peter Siegel", he recently authored Killing Demons, a graphic novel available from Engine Press and Platinum Studios.


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