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"The Monster Tetralogy" is a science fiction graphic novel series by Enki Bilal, which brings together four albums released between 1998 and 2007. The series follows the adventures of John DiFool, a private detective living in a dystopian future, who is involved in a quest to find an artifact called "The Monster". The first album in the series, "The Sleep of the Monster," introduces John DiFool and sets the stage for the quest for the Monster. "32 December" follows DiFool as he travels through time and space searching for clues to the location of the Monster. "Rendezvous in Paris" takes place primarily in Paris and features DiFool and his allies being chased by relentless enemies. "Four," the final album in the series, finally brings the plot to a close and reveals the truth about the Monster and DiFool's motivations. Enki Bilal's style is known for its dark and detailed drawings, which bring the dystopian world of The Monster Tetralogy to life. His panels are often filled with references to history and culture, adding an extra dimension to the story. The Monster Tetralogy is a thrilling series that explores many themes such as the search for truth, the importance of memory, and the fight against oppression. It has been widely acclaimed by critics and has become a classic of science fiction graphic novels.
Enki, born Enes BILAL was born in Belgrade, in the former Yugoslavia. But it was in Paris, where he joined his entire family in 1960, that his passion for drawing was born. At the age of 20, he took his first steps to Pilote, a comic book magazine that allowed the emergence of a whole generation of cartoonists. There he met Pierre Christin<, writer of Valérian de Mézières, with whom he created his first large comics, notably Les Phalanges de l'Ordre noir (1979) and La Partie de Chasse (1983). Although he still collaborated with others, Bilal assumed, from the 1980s, both the drawing and the writing of his works, as for example for the Nikopol Trilogy. At the same time, he ventured into the cinema for the first time and directed Bunker Palace Hotel. The 90’s of Bilal are full of romanticism, coupled, technically, with a generous use of gouache. His style is strongly impacted. The Monster’s Tetralogy occupies the 2000s, as does his film Immortal Ad Vitam, which represents, on the cinema side, a kind of culmination of his work (both narrative and visual). Impacted by the decay of the planet, he begins, through Animal'z, an ecological cycle in his talk and very refined in his form. He is the first comic book artist whose works are auctioned off at a high price, thus making him the link between comic books and modern art.