I've been checking out Comixology's range of ''bandes dessinées'' and it is quite an impressive collection.
For those who would like to read French and Belgian comics translated into English, check out the following:
Comics published by Soleil
may appeal mainly to fans of fantasy and science-fiction. My own favourite is Ekho
which takes place in a world of magic, dragons and other strange creatures but would appeal to those who love to have their comics filled with references to cultural, historical and political events (like Tintin). "Paris Empire", for instance, includes a Princess Diana-like tragedy and "Hollywood Boulevard" has the heroes staying at the Bates Motel and references to the life of Marilyn Monroe (referred to by her real name of Norma Jean).Europe Comics
has a fine selection, including "Blacksad", "Dad", "The Eagles of Rome" and "Golden Dogs". I'd also recommend "Leonardo"
, one of the best humour series, though so far they have only published the first book (and in the original French they are on to their 45th book(!), so hurry up, you translators
!:) "The Man who Shot Lucky Luke" is also worth reading. It's not by Morris, the original artist, but it does have a charm of its own and a great Doc Holliday-like supporting character.Cinebook
are now part of the digital scene, most of their offerings being the classics, including "Blake & Mortimer", "Clifton", "Lucky Luke", "Iznogoud", "Valerian" and "XIII". I'd also suggest "The Bluecoats" and "Cedric", written by Raoul Cauvin, the leading writer of humourus Belgian comics. There's also "Lady S" (about a reluctant secret agent) and "Largo Winch", both by Jean Van Hamme. I'd also recommend "Alone", a urban "Lord of the Flies" about children surviving in a deserted city.
Cinebook has most of the "Valerian" series but later episodes are available from Europe Comics
There's also Papercutz which includes comics by Peyo. There's his "Benny Breakiron" and "Pussycat"
series and of course the "Smurfs"
. I was pleasantly surprised to see "The Sisters" which is about two siblings who are often at each other's throats, but in a loving way; they were based on the artist's own daughters. Those who have endured the sibling rivalry phase may enjoy it.
Humanoids offers classics such as Jean-Claude Forest's "Barbarella"
, though I can't tell if this is based on the original comic or the censored version. There's also the Tintin-like (if only in appearance) Freddy Lombard