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''Grandville, [[LongTitle A Detective-Inspector [=LeBrock=] of Scotland Yard Scientific-Romance Thriller]]'', is the title of a series created by British comic artist Creator/BryanTalbot. Inspired by [[http://www.artchive.com/web_gallery/J/%28Jean-Ignace-Isidore-Gerard%29-Grandville/%28Jean-Ignace-Isidore-Gerard%29-Grandville-reproductions-1.html Jean Ignace Isidore Gérard's]] work of FunnyAnimal sketches (whose stage name was ''J.J. Grandville'', the [[MeaningfulName basis of the graphic novel's title]]), he made the graphic novel, along with inspiration from works of Creator/ArthurConanDoyle, Creator/QuentinTarantino and ComicStrip/RupertBear.

''Grandville'' is set in a fictional SteamPunk Europe, where France won the NapoleonicWars. The setting is full of [[FunnyAnimal anthropomorphic animals]]... although there have been appearances of [[LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy humans]]. The series stars [[PrivateDetective Detective-Inspector]] Archie [=Lebrock=] of UsefulNotes/ScotlandYard, a huge, muscular badger, solving mysterious cases along with his sidekick Detective Roderick Ratzi, a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin rat]].

The series has three books so far. The first book is simply titled ''Grandville'' released in October 2009, while the second book is titled ''Grandville: Mon Amour'' (''My Love'' in French) that was released in December 2010. The third book, "Grandville: Bęte Noire" ("Black Beast") was published in 2012. The first book focuses on solving a murder of a British diplomat, [[spoiler:which soon revealed to be a conspiracy of the French forces which could lead to a British-French war]]. The second book is Archie tracking down a mad, escaped convict named Edward "[[AxCrazy Mad Dog]]" Mastock. The third book is set in France, beginning when Lebrock's French colleague Rocher asks for help solving a murder case, but [[TheConspiracy it qucikly turns out to be more than it seems.]]. A fourth album is scheduled for Christmas 2013, according to Bryan Talbot's twitter feed.

All three books have been released in America by Creator/DarkHorseComics. See ''ComicBook/{{Blacksad}}'' for another similar series (but with less fantasy).
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!!Tropes:

* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler: Prime Minister Drummond]] in the second volume, who's a rather affable chap even after it's revealed [[spoiler: he conspired with Woolf to kill off all of the other resistance leaders at the Brick Lane Massacre]], claiming IDidWhatIHadToDo
* AlternateHistory: The setting is Britain that had lost the Napoleonic War 200 years ago, and the royal family were executed. It had then been part of the French empire until twenty-three years previous when it was begrudgingly given independence after a prolonged campaign of civil disobedience and anarchist bombings. Now it's called ''The Socialist Republic of Britain'', a small and unimportant country connected to the French Empire by the Channel railway bridge.
* [[spoiler:AncientConspiracy: The ''Knights of Lyon'', the cult responsible for the murder. It is even connected to TheKnightsTemplar.]]
** [[spoiler:They were wrong though, that it was actually the ''Knights of the Lion'', with the lion being Emperor Napoleon [=XII=]. In fact, the ''Knights of the Lion'' equates to TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: weapons dealer and newspaper owner Madame Krupp, The Prime Minister Jean-Marie Lapine, Reinhardt the Minister of War, the Archbishop of Paris, and Hyen the Chief of Police.]]
* AnimalStereotypes and AnimalMotifs: Surprisingly averted. For example, the cops aren't canines at all.
* AristocratsAreEvil: [[spoiler:The ''Knights of [[strike:Lyon]]The Lion'']].
* {{Badass}}: Detective-Inspector [=LeBrock=].
** BadassInANiceSuit: [=LeBrock=] is always sharply dressed, even when he goes off to kill a lot of people.
** BadassLongcoat
*** Ratzi also belongs to that.
* TheBigGuy and by virtue GeniusBruiser: [=LeBrock=].
* BulletproofVest: [=LeBrock=] wears one under his waistcoat, though it looks to be like some sort of super-strong chainmail.
* CarnivoreConfusion: There's a scene involving [=LeBrock=] asking for a full English breakfast, which included meat. This is weird as there are, in fact, non-carnivorous anthropomorphic characters. See also FurryConfusion.
* CoDragons: [[spoiler:The Knights of the Lion.]]
** DragonAscendant: [[spoiler:Reinhardt became one after Lapine was killed, since he is the Minister of War. He dies soon enough though.]]
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Aristotle Krapaud in "Bęte Noire" is this, with a hint of WickedCultured Bond villain.
* ConspiracyThriller
* CulturedBadass: Detective Ratzi. He may look like a pampered gentleman, what with the monocle and bow-tie, but he can kick ass.
* DirtyCommunists: Averted as a whole. "The Socialist Republic of Britain" shows nearly nothing that we associate with Communism or Socialism other than a brief, sarcastic mention of being a "classless society". It almost comes off as [[InformedAttribute Informed Socialism]].
** The French Revolutionary Council is closer to actual socialism. According to the industrialists meeting at Toad Hall in "Bęte Noire" the Council's policies include wide ranging nationalizations and universal healthcare and education.
** We are told that the enemy in French Indo-China are the "Communards," however
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Ground Zero. Just Ground Zero.
** For those who haven't read the first book, much of the story is a metaphor for TheWarOnTerror.
** There are even protesters that are against the French war in Indo-China rallying in the streets of Paris!
*** This applies pretty much to the entirety of the whole book really.
* FantasticRacism: The [[PettingZooPeople anthro characters]] aren't too fond of the humans, calling them with racist terms (see FantasticSlurs below) and giving them menial tasks. According to [=LeBrock=], they've not made it to Britain because they weren't allowed passports, as they were not granted citizens' rights.
** The Archbishop in the first book expresses disgust at interspecies mating. It is uncertain if that is because he believes in the separation of races (akin to prejudice against mixed relationships) or simply because he sees it as a sign of general deviancy. No other signs of segregation among animals was shown.
** In the second book, a badger prostitute attempts to proposition two ducks, who turn her down because she "isn't even waterfowl."
* FantasticSlurs: French animal people call the humans as "doughfaces".
* FrenchJerk: Something shown a lot in the first book. There's even a chef who would rather slit his own wrists than to serve an English meal.
** Admittedly, in this world France and England have an EXTREMELY hostile relationship, so this may be justified.
* FullyDressedCartoonAnimal: All the animal characters.
* FurryComic
* FurryConfusion: In Coco's room, we see a bear rug.
** And at least two minor characters (one of which is a waiter) are fish. Fish that breath air.
** Other characters have been seen walking dogs or owning other non-anthro pets.
* GunsAkimbo: [=LeBrock=] wields guns in the comic like this. This is also apparent in the ''Grandville'' cover.
* HellBentForLeather: André Pegasus.
* TheHero and the {{Sidekick}}: Archie [=LeBrock=] and Roderick Ratzi.
* HeroicBSOD: [=LeBrock=] undergoes one at the beginning of ''Grandville Mon Amour'', following [[spoiler:the death of Sarah.]]
* HumanoidFemaleAnimal: Surprisingly averted, as the male and female animal people have the same level of anthropomorphism.
** Though most of the female animals have human-style head hair, which all but two males animals lack...and those are a lion (his mane) and a hyena (who may have just slicked down his fur, from the looks of things).
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: [[spoiler: Prime Minister Drummond]] claims this in the second volume
* IdiotBall: [[spoiler: Drummond]] shooting two police officers in wide view of public. [[JustifiedTrope He himself admits]] that it was stupid and that he panicked.
* [[LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy Lions And Tigers And Humans And Robots Oh My]]
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:None of the Knights of the Lion are the main villains, as they were doing it for Napoleon.]]
* MatureAnimalStory
* PermanentElectedOfficial: The founder of the Socialist Republic of Britain and it's first Prime Minister is due to become this during the second book. Despite his respect for the Prime Minister, [=LeBrock=] disapproves the move, believing that it is the first step to becoming a PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny. [[spoiler: In the end, he doesn't make it, having been revealed to have collaborated with Britain's former French military governor to massacre all of the other resistance leaders, and subsequently thrown off a building by LeBrock]].
* PettingZooPeople: Moreso even than usual, as the "animals" turn out to have animal heads on 100% human, furless, tail-less bodies. They occasionally do their bestial reactions, but generally they belong to this category.
* LaResistance: The English Resistance came in [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified both]] [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized varieties]]. There was the more mainstream anarchist/socialist forces (of which both LeBrock and his father were members), and then there were the Angry Brigade, who were vicious anti-French terrorists. Both sides have a notable distaste for each other
* ShirtlessScene: [=LeBrock=] hides in a steam bath, going nude with only a towel covering him. Also with Coco.
* ShoutOut
** Snowy/Milou, of ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' fame -- [[TearJerker as a delusional opium addict.]] In addition, the dreams Snowy mutters about in the scene where Brock is questioning him are all references to various ''Tintin'' adventures.
** Then there's [[ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio the human bellhop at LeBrock's hotel]].
** Doughfaces being from Angouleme is probably a reference to the Angouleme International Comics Festival, the biggest comics convention in Europe.
** [[Film/TheTreasureOfTheSierraMadre We don't need no stinkin' badgers!]]
** Some background characters in a jail in the second book evoke of Disney Characters.
** [=LeBrock=]'s reminiscing of his times in LaResistance seems evocative of ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'' ("Frenchies Go Home"). Especially how [[NoodleIncident he refuses to elaborate any further]].
** An anthropomorphic Franchise/{{Marsupilami}} can be seen in the background in book two.
** French Prime Minister Jean-Marie Lapin is a reference to real-life French politician Jean-Marie Le Pen, former leader of the far-right Front National party.
** ComicBook/OmahaTheCatDancer appears on a poster.
** The second volume gives us [[Franchise/TheMuppets Miss Piggy]] as a French prostitute, as well as WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck as a pervert who wrongly confessed to the murder of the prostitutes, and French comic book character ComicBook/GastonLagaffe as a street tough who tries to mug Ratzi.
** Prime Minister Drummond, who is a bulldog, is probably a reference to the "Bulldog" Drummond series of detective stories.
** The town of Nutwood is a reference to ''ComicStrip/RupertBear''. (And WordOfGod is that Billie is named after Rupert's friend Bill the Badger.)
** Baron Krapaud's home of Toad Hall shares its name with the residence of [[Literature/TheWindInTheWillows another aristocratic toad who infuriated a no-nonsense badger]].
* TheSixthRanger: Billie and Rocher.
* TheSmartGuy: Ratzi.
* SocialistRealism: The mural commisioned by the French Revolutionary Council in "Bęte Noire" is this.
* SociopathicHero: [=LeBrock=] is capable of horrific brutality, even if all his targets are {{Asshole Victim}}s. [[spoiler:Just ask the Archbishop.]]
* SpeciesSurname: Very common, though some are subtler than others. French Prime Minister Lapine has the bonus of having a name that relates to rabbits (which he is) and the French nationalist politician Jean-Marie Le Pen (which Lapine also is).
* StarvingArtist: The Artists at "The Agile Rabbit" in "Bęte Noire" lament about being this. It's soon revealed that they are merely without comissions at the moment, hinting that they're not as badly off as they like to portray themselves being.
* SteamPunk
* StiffUpperLip: Both Ratzi and LeBrock have this in spades. In the second book, Ratzi is mugged by two human street toughs and is only mildly annoyed, even when they try to stab him in the back!
* SwordCane: Both. [=LeBrock=] uses the standard sword-in-cane while Ratzi uses the cane-that-shoots-bullets version.
* [[spoiler:TemporaryLoveInterest: Sarah from the first book.]]
* TortureAlwaysWorks: Or at least usually works. Archie tortures everyone he captures in Book 1, and gets results based on how much they know. If they know a lot he gets complete, accurate information in minutes.
* TranslationConvention: As France had ruled England for a few hundred years in the history of this world, every character is actually speaking French (which leads to some French idioms being directly translated to English). Early on the first book Ratzi asks what the weird language some country folk are speaking in, only to be told they're speaking English.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: It receives a passing mention but otherwise, there is very little in the second book to indicate that mere three weeks ago [[spoiler: France suffered a revolution after the French Emperor and his Government were practically wiped out in a bloody attack]].
** These events are followed up on in "Bęte Noire", just as [[spoiler: [[BigBadFriend Lebrock killing his superior is discussed]]]]
* YouDirtyRat: Inverted with Detective Ratzi.
* ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld: [[CaptainObvious Goes without saying really]].
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