"The Nikopol Trilogy" is a science fiction comic series created by Enki Bilal. It follows the adventures of Nikopol, a young man living in a near future where France has become a totalitarian dictatorship. In this oppressive world, Nikopol becomes involved in a plot to overthrow the ruling regime. The series consists of three albums: "The Immortals' Fair," "The Woman Trap," and "Cold Equator." In each of these albums, Nikopol faces challenges and dangers as he uncovers secrets about his past and the origins of the dictatorship. Enki Bilal's style is immediately recognizable due to his dark and detailed drawings, which bring the dystopian world of the Nikopol Trilogy to life. His panels are often filled with references to history and culture, adding an extra dimension to the story. "The Nikopol Trilogy" is a thrilling series that explores themes such as freedom, rebellion, and the fight against oppression. It has been widely acclaimed by critics and has become a classic of science fiction comics.
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.