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By Brian Jacks


This December, Guy Davis and Oni Press are warming up the chilly winter weather with the hot fires of damnation. That’s right, folks, Guy Davis’ period demon hunter is back in a new book collecting the last two years worth of MARQUIS stories. THE MARQUIS: INTERMEZZO busts at the seams with the same intricate artwork and intriguing bonus materials that made the first MARQUIS collection, DANSE MACABRE, such a hit.

“After the truly epic tale of DANSE MACABRE it was understandable that Guy would want to spend some time on some smaller adventures of the Marquis,” editor James Lucas Jones explained. “The world that he’s created, part 18th century France and part Davis grey matter, holds so many possibilities, so many stories. Not all of them will be as grand or as involved as DANSE MACABRE, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth telling.”

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In a world where demons run rampant through the streets and a corrupt marriage of church and state keep all but the most powerful under its thumb, Vol de Galle plays the role of protector of the innocent and punisher of the guilty. But have the demons that plague the Marquis’ head blinded him to the true evil afflicting his city of Venisalle?

“HELL’S COURTESAN and SIN OF ONE pit our protagonist against specific demons with unique powers for evil,” added Davis. “How Vol de Galle (the Marquis) deals with this conflicts gives insight both into his character and into the larger drama playing out across THE MARQUIS saga.”

Rounding out the collection is a bonus section featuring Davis’ design sketches, notes, and development material. Davis has maintained a prolific pace the last few years with work on the HELLBOY spin-off B.P.R.D., the BATMAN Elseworlds miniseries NEVERMORE, the FANTASTIC FOUR tale UNSTABLE MOLECULES, and the pulp adventure of NEVERMEN, but his work on THE MARQUIS has always been the most personal and the new material in this volume gives Davis’ ever-growing fanbase a valuable look into his unique process and vision.

“THE MARQUIS: DANSE MACABRE set a high standard for this graphic novel series,” Jones concluded. “INTERMEZZO continues that tradition and should be a treat for any fan of Guy’s work.”

THE MARQUIS: INTERMEZZO ships December 17, 2003. It features 120 pages of story and art and a full-color cover by Guy Davis, retailing for $11.95.

An excerpt from THE MARQUIS may be read at http://www.onipress.com/titles/titles.php?id=MRQ


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