The Amazing Remarkable Monsieur Leotard
written by Eddie Campbell
illustrated by Dan Best
Eddie Campbell and Dan Best team up for a rollicking story that’s as fun as a day under the big top—a three-ring gallery of humor and adventure. The creators delve into history in a wonderfully inventive way.
Eddie Campbell’s work on From Hell speaks for itself, as does most all of his work in this business the past quarter of a century or so. He reaches those wonderful heights again with The Amazing Remarkable Monsieur Leotard, a harried tale of the acrobat who popularized the leotard while traveling the world a century ago.
Sprawling in scope (Campbell fans would expect no less), The Amazing Remarkable Monsieur Leotardmarks the lives of several circus performers as they take part in several random historical events. As they fly around (or fly through the air with the greatest of ease), we meet some circus performers who seem somewhat familiar to comics readers (Le Quartette Fantastique, for example).
The art is so lush, so gorgeous, that it just may be Campbell’s best work ever. The story is fun, gleefully so, and manages to be tongue in cheek without ever crossing the line to excessive cutesiness. There’s an optimism that runs throughout The Amazing Remarkable Monsieur Leotard that is infectious and palpable, and that alone makes it worthy reading. That it touches on so many important events in history is an added bonus.