Alexis Nolent

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Alexis Nolent
BornRouen, France
Notable works
The Killer
AwardsPrix Saint-Michel:
Best Story (2004)
Best French Language Comic (2006)

Alexis Nolent (a.k.a. Matz) is a French writer. He writes scripts for videogames and has also written a novel and, under the Matz pen-name, a number of comics.

Life and career[edit]

Nolent was born in Rouen, France, and grew up in the Caribbean, before moving to Paris.[1]

His graphic novel Du Plomb Dans La Tete, AKA Headshot, was adapted into the 2012 film Bullet to the Head.[2] He has written The Killer (Le Tueur) and Cyclops (Cyclopes) both of which have been optioned for films, also by producer Alexandra Milchan, the former at Paramount with director David Fincher[3] and the latter at Warner Brothers by James Mangold.[4] The Killer is his first to be published in English and is published by Archaia Studios Press,[5] who are dividing each of volumes into two parts and releasing in American comic book format bi-monthly. The first four issues were collected as a hardcover volume, which won IGN's Best Indy Book of 2007 Award,[6] Newsarama's Best of '07 gave it the "Best Comic You Didn't Read This Year" award[7] and Entertainment Weekly named it #2 in a list of Best comics of 2007.[8]

Other work includes Headshot (Du plomb dans la tête) with Colin Wilson, Shandy with Dominique Bertail and an upcoming adaptation of Jim Thompson's novel Savage Night with artist Miles Hyman.[9][10]

The Killer has been optioned for a film.[11]


  • Peines perdues (with Jean-Christophe Chauzy,[12] Casterman, August 1993)[13]
  • The Killer (with Luc Jacamon[14]):
    • French, Casterman:[15]
      • Long feu (October 1998)
      • L'Engrenage (April 2000)
      • La Dette (August 2001)
      • Les Liens du sang (August 2002)
      • La Mort dans l'âme (October 2003)
      • Modus vivendi (September 2007)
    • English, Archaia Studios Press:[5]
      • Volume 1 (collects #1-4: "'Long Fire" and "Vicious Cycle", hardcover, 128 pages, September 2007, ISBN 1-932386-44-0)
  • Shandy (with Dominique Bertail,[16] Delcourt):
  • Du plomb dans la tête (aka Headshot) (with Colin Wilson, Casterman):[17]
    • Les Petits poissons (January 2004)
    • Les Gros poissons (February 2005)
    • Du bordel dans l'aquarium (January 2006)
  • Cyclops (with Luc Jacamon, Casterman):[18]
    • La Recrue (September 2005)
    • Le Héros (September 2006)




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