The Marquis (comics)

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The Marquis
Publication information
Publisher Oni Press
Dark Horse Comics
Format Limited series
Genre
Publication date May 2000 - February 2001
2002
2003
Creative team
Writer(s) Guy Davis
Artist(s) Guy Davis
Creator(s) Guy Davis
Collected editions
Danse Macabre ISBN 1-929998-15-5
Intermezzo ISBN 1929998740
1 - The Marquis: Inferno ISBN 978-1595823687
2 - The Marquis and the Midwife ISBN 978-1595824998

The Marquis is an independent comic book series written and illustrated by Guy Davis, released by Oni Press and Dark Horse Comics.

Publication history[edit]

The Marquis was originally published by Caliber Comics where the Les Preludes issue appeared in 1997, followed by the rest of the Danse Macabre series from Oni Comics in 2000. This was followed by a one-shot and a two-issue miniseries in 2002-2003. Davis will be finishing the story he started at Dark Horse Comics, where he was working on B.P.R.D. from 2003 to 2011. He said:

"When they expressed interest in The Marquis, I immediately knew Dark Horse was a perfect fit with the types of books they publish. They have a great horror lineup and I couldn't be happier with having the series completed with them."[1][2]

The ultimate plan is to make The Marquis a five-volume series. The first volume, Inferno collects the trade paperbacks Danse Macabre and Intermezzo. Davis plans to release the rest as graphic novels, starting with The Marquis and the Midwife and then two more that finish the Marquis' story, followed by a final prequel volume.[1]

Plot[edit]

The Marquis takes place in Venisalle, a fictional land resembling France during the mid-18th century, complete with stratified society and Church dominance of everyday affairs. The story revolves around Vol de Galle, a former Inquisitor of The Faith who has the ability to see demons, many of which have infiltrated society disguised in human form. De Galle combats these entities with his sabre and a pair of specially built, anachronistic machine guns.

Reception[edit]

While ostensibly a horror-action comic, The Marquis analyses personal and religious issues through the conflicted character of de Galle, and has been received well by critics and comics professionals including Mike Mignola and Stan Sakai for both its content and Davis's detailed and disturbing artwork.[3]

Collected editions[edit]

To date, two trade paperbacks have been released by Oni Press and one volume collecting all prior material published by Dark Horse.

# Title Published Publisher Collects Additional Material Pages ISBN
The Marquis: Danse Macabre 28 September 2001 Oni Press
  • Danse Macabre #0-5
176 978-1929998159
The Marquis: Intermezzo 29 December 2003
  • Hell's Courtesan #1-2
  • A Sin of One
112 978-1929998746
1 The Marquis: Inferno 12 August 2009 Dark Horse
  • Danse Macabre
  • Intermezzo
  • Cover Gallery
  • Sketchbook
336 978-1595823687
2 The Marquis and the Midwife Original material 978-1595824998

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "CCI: Guy Davis Talks "The Marquis"". Comic Book Resources. Comicbookresources.com. July 24, 2008. Retrieved 2012-09-01. 
  2. ^ "Guy Davis - Talking About The Marquis and More". Newsarama. Newsarama.com. August 21, 2008. Retrieved 2012-09-01. 
  3. ^ "A Tale of Unholy Faith". Guydavisartworks.com. Retrieved 2012-09-01. 

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