A 10-volume French comic series written by Alain Ayroles (also author of the Fractured Fairy Tale comic Garulfo) and illustrated by Jean-Luc Masbou.In Europe of the 17th century, two noblemen united by an indestructible friendship, Don Lope de Villalobos Y Sangrin, a rash and impulsive Spanish wolf, and Armand Raynal de Maupertuis, French Gascon fox poet, dash into an epic adventure in search of the treasure of the Tangerine islands. During their trip, which will lead them to the borders of the world, and even elsewhere, they will meet their companions of adventure: Eusèbe, a naïve but cunning rabbit, Raïs Kader, who hides a generous personality under surly airs, and promises Lope a duel to the death but becomes his friend, Doña Hermine, Don Lope's lover, who hides a similar feeling, Séléné, Cenile's adopted child, who lives an idyll with Armand, and Bombastus, learned German so cultivated as to be annoying. Besides this heterogeneous troupe, they will also meet Andreo, Séléné's brother and his servant, Plaisant, a troop of pirates without scruples, a ruthless capitàn and strange exiles from the moon...
Eusebe's backstory takes place in Paris under Louis XIII, so naturally we encounter lots of them.
Art Evolution: In the first book, Rais Kader looks like an Arabian Mario, he nows looks more the Badass he's supposed to be.
Atlantis: Mentioned (as being a myth). At one point, our heroes are stranded on a tiny patch of rock in the middle of the ocean, which is later shown to be the roof of a Greek-type building with statues, but nothing else is made of it.
It is referenced later as having been in contact with the Selenites at some point.
Cigognac: After all, there is such a thing as a breadfruit tree...
Blood Knight: A very downplayed one: Colin is suffering from bellicism, very rare among the peaceful Selenites, and it makes him attempt to pick fights with everyone he meets.
Brains and Brawn: The two main characters are both excellent swordsmen, but Don Lope is notably more hot-blooded and eager to go into a fight, when Armand is more intellectual and diplomatic.
Lope has also proven to be physically stronger and a better fighter than Armand, he has been able to fight and even win against the Sword Master. It even becomes a plot point near the end of the series.
Brutal Honesty: Don Lope has a moment of this when he begs Armand not to fight the Maitre d'Armes and let him go in his stead, because he's simply the better swordsman. Armand, who's already dealing with Selene possibly preferring the Maitre d'Armes to him, does not take it well.
Book Ends: The series begins and ends with Don Lope and Raïs Kader duelling.
Call Back: In volume 8, the heroes sneak onto the ship in exactly the same way as the first book (down to the mimes making the exact same gestures as their Turkish counterparts).
Commedia dell'Arte: Hermine and the Pirates are forced to perform one of these in Volume 4 for the benefit of their Selenite captors. The performance is rather lackluster until Don Lope and friends burst on the scene to confront their rivals. Fortunately for all involved, the audience thinks it's All Part of the Show.
The entire series is written in this style as well.
Defeat Means Friendship: Averted when Eusebe meets the musketeers. Leading the Cardinal's guards, Eusebe attempts to arrest them, but the new Big Bad de Limon arrests them all. The musketeers declare him a Worthy Opponent in prison and cease all hostilities.
Determinator: All the heroes, to some extent, but the Rais gets a good one at the beginning: when it seems the map has been stolen (and so all hope of obtaining the treasure to raise his fleet), he declares it to have been written, and so will continue to scour the seas until they run red with blood.
Didn't See That Coming: Mendoza would have never imagined that Armand could counter his secret and fatal move.
Foregone Conclusion: Montmorency was mentioned in a single line in the first book as having been killed by Don Lope in a duel, which caused their expulsion from France. Eusebe runs into him and rubs him the wrong way.
Also, due to the Running Gag of referring to every ship as a galley, we get this exchange, as Don Lope and Armand have snuck onto the Rais Kader's ship:
Don Lope:: Ola, amigos! We are Christians, like you! We've come to rescue you from the Barbary scum! Armand: Once again, Don Lope, this is not a galley, but a zebec. A zebec is a sailboat... Don Lope: So these people in the hold are not galley slaves? Armand: No! Don Lope: But Turkish sailors? Sailors: YES!
Genius Bruiser: One of the three recurring pirates comes up with the theory of gravitation. Note that he comes up with it after Bombastus hit him on the head with an apple...
The two guards in the Turkish ship are discussing philosophy when they get knocked unconscious.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: One scene (sadly untranslatable) has our heroes break free from the pirates and attack, the pirates loudly proclaiming what body parts were hit, using words containing those body parts (a possible translation would be: "My arm! I've been disarmed!"). So when it's the guy who got bit in the ass', he just goes "What should I say?" note (To continue with the same gag would have given something like "I've been buggered!")
Also, everything the spooneristic smugglers say is astonishingly vulgar once decoded.
Grows on Trees: There is an island where cheese and eggs grow on trees. It's later revealed they come from the moon, where almost everything, including precious gems and gold, grows on trees. Selenites think of gold as annoying weed. The only currency on the moon is poetry.
Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Zigzagged. Eusebe goes completely naked without attracting comment, while Armand and Don Lope go fully dressed.
Hypocritical Humor: Armand sees Don Lope barrel past on an amputee's cart waving his sword, chasing a sedan chair blinded by Eusebio, asking how one can engage in such farcical behavior. Then he points his sword at Plaisant, on which are skewered several vegetables and a squid.
I Ate WHAT?: Don Lope, learning he very likely just ate a dog.
Interrupted Suicide: Armand is about to jump from a cliff in despair from losing Selene to the Maître d'Armes and being stranded on the Moon without his friends when the Rock arrives to warn him that his friends have been captured by Mendoza.
Insignia Rip-Off Ritual: Done to Eusebe after he gets arrested for participating in a duel (in fact trying to prevent it).
Insistent Terminology: Boney Boone wants to be called Captain, but nobody seems to remember to call him that. Later inverted since he's trying to pass for a civilian, leading to: "Captain Boone!" "That's Mister Boone!"
Interservice Rivalry: A three-way version. While the musketeers and Cardinal's guards is well known, the actual police force harasses both of them, leading to the musketeers making friends with Eusebe.
It Runs on Nonsensoleum: Bombastus' flying machine and moon rockets fly because of the noise generated by explosions... at least, that's how he explains it.
Man Hug: Between Lope and Armand, all the time. Fellow badasses Cap'n Boone and the Rais Kader share one.
Manly Tears: Don Lope breaks down when he think the Rais Kader is dead. Later, Don Lope starts telling Armand about his first marriage and the death of his beloved wife. Armand is welling up by the middle.
Medium Awareness: Sort of. The beginning of the third book has Armand and the Rais on an curtained elevated platform reading documents, then three sharp raps are heard. They look up, clear their throats, and then start talking, as if they were on a stage. (The raps coming from Don Lope hammering on a shell to crack it open).
When Armand gets a little too caught up in his poetry and starts Chewing the Scenery, Don Lope starts imitating him for a laugh.
Mighty Whitey: Inverted. The Noble Savage finds a tribe of primitive white-skinned men and is treated as a god before he convinces them otherwise.
Money for Nothing: On the Moon, gold, jewels and other precious objects grow on trees. They use poems as currency.
Motivation on a Stick: How the Flying Dutchman is moved. It involves a giant octopus and a really big fish.
Nice Hat: Most everybody has one, but Bombastus keeps his the longest.
Noble Savage: Double subverted; the members of the savage tribe are caucasian. The only black-skinned member of their village is very educated.
Noble Wolf: Don Lope is this in two ways. One, he greatly values friendship and he's part of the hero group; two, he's literally a noble wolf by virtue of his nobleman status. He is happy to slip into Savage Wolf mode when required, and says he was one after his first wife died.
Noodle Incident: How Eusèbe was sent to the galleys in the first place. It apparently involves being framed for murder.
It is to be the subject of two upcoming prequel books by the same authors.
Non-Human Sidekick: Eusèbe (himself Non-Human Sidekick of two Non-Human Main Protagonists) has a pet animated rock.
Non-Indicative Name: Colvert and Souchet's respective right-hand-men are named Lesecq and Legros, the first is obese and the other skinny.
Not So Stoic: Don Lope, upon the Rais Kader's disappearance.
Also, the last part of Don Lope's last name, "y Sangrin", refers to the wolf's name in the Roman de Renart, Ysengrin (whose wife is called Hermine by the way). Similarly, the fox's estate in this tale is called Maupertuis.
Silly Reason for War: When our heroes are stranded on a rooftop in the middle of nowhere, Don Lope and Kader are once again arguing, this time insulting their respective country's military ability. When Armand wearily asks what started it this time, Eusebe replies "A periwinkle".
Armand and Don Lope themselves met when they were fighting over a flag.
Thirty Gambit Pileup: Eusebe's story has multiple plots centering around the duc de Limon, a potential successor to Richelieu as Prime Minister. Eusebe manages to get on both de Limon and Montmorency (who's opposed to Limon)'s bad sides.
To expand: Mendoza successfully conquered the Moon, the Weapon Master was overrun after a Last Stand with Eusèbe at his side, and Don Lope has been shot unconscious, possibly dead. And some secondary characters have been killed during the battle.