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In 1944, as Swastikas flew over Paris, one of the most notorious and prolific serial killers in history turned the occupied city into his personal hunting ground. Under the guise of opportunity and freedom, a killer preys on those desperate to flee . . . until a gruesome discovery alerts the police. In a city on the brink of war, the hunt for a serial killer begins as a Fre In 1944, as Swastikas flew over Paris, one of the most notorious and prolific serial killers in history turned the occupied city into his personal hunting ground. Under the guise of opportunity and freedom, a killer preys on those desperate to flee . . . until a gruesome discovery alerts the police. In a city on the brink of war, the hunt for a serial killer begins as a French detective races to catch the villain before the Nazis beat him to it. Written by Stephanie Phillips (Descendent, Devil Within) with art by Dean Kotz (Mars Attacks), The Butcher of Paris is a historical, true crime thriller about a killer wanted by both the Nazis and allied forces for the death of nearly two-hundred victims. Collects Butcher of Paris #1-#5.


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In 1944, as Swastikas flew over Paris, one of the most notorious and prolific serial killers in history turned the occupied city into his personal hunting ground. Under the guise of opportunity and freedom, a killer preys on those desperate to flee . . . until a gruesome discovery alerts the police. In a city on the brink of war, the hunt for a serial killer begins as a Fre In 1944, as Swastikas flew over Paris, one of the most notorious and prolific serial killers in history turned the occupied city into his personal hunting ground. Under the guise of opportunity and freedom, a killer preys on those desperate to flee . . . until a gruesome discovery alerts the police. In a city on the brink of war, the hunt for a serial killer begins as a French detective races to catch the villain before the Nazis beat him to it. Written by Stephanie Phillips (Descendent, Devil Within) with art by Dean Kotz (Mars Attacks), The Butcher of Paris is a historical, true crime thriller about a killer wanted by both the Nazis and allied forces for the death of nearly two-hundred victims. Collects Butcher of Paris #1-#5.

30 review for The Butcher of Paris

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    In 1944 Paris, a serial killer was luring Jews to their doom. He posed as a member of the resistance helping Jews flee the Nazis while in reality he was torturing and dismembering them. It's a fascinating true crime case. The story leaves out too many details though. The art is spotty and the coloring awful. I'd love to see Rick Geary turn this into one of his True Crime comics. Received a review copy from Dark Horse and Edelweiss. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforement In 1944 Paris, a serial killer was luring Jews to their doom. He posed as a member of the resistance helping Jews flee the Nazis while in reality he was torturing and dismembering them. It's a fascinating true crime case. The story leaves out too many details though. The art is spotty and the coloring awful. I'd love to see Rick Geary turn this into one of his True Crime comics. Received a review copy from Dark Horse and Edelweiss. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.

  2. 5 out of 5

    James

    3.25 stars. I had read issues 1-4 as they were coming out but then Diamond shut down. So it had been months since I read this stuff as I got issue 5. So I decided to re-read it all at once. It started out really good, intriguing as hell. But toward the end it started to skip stuff and speed to an ending. Like I would have like to have seen how Jodkum had been captured. I would have liked to have seen what happened to Detective Massu after he was falsely accused of helping the SS. Then the ending 3.25 stars. I had read issues 1-4 as they were coming out but then Diamond shut down. So it had been months since I read this stuff as I got issue 5. So I decided to re-read it all at once. It started out really good, intriguing as hell. But toward the end it started to skip stuff and speed to an ending. Like I would have like to have seen how Jodkum had been captured. I would have liked to have seen what happened to Detective Massu after he was falsely accused of helping the SS. Then the ending was a bit of a let down. Good art, good set up just not the best ending. See my single issue reviews for more.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sourojit Das

    Read the whole series in one night..so apologies for not writing detailed descriptions of each volume..the series starts of rather well with the Gestapo apprehending a French Jew (and possible member of the resitance?) and using him to try and uncover a resistance cell..what happens next changes the entire plot as we are introduced to Paris' version of Jack the Ripper and a tireless detective seeks to combat interefernce of the Gestapo and the ingenuity of the criminal to solve the case and rede Read the whole series in one night..so apologies for not writing detailed descriptions of each volume..the series starts of rather well with the Gestapo apprehending a French Jew (and possible member of the resitance?) and using him to try and uncover a resistance cell..what happens next changes the entire plot as we are introduced to Paris' version of Jack the Ripper and a tireless detective seeks to combat interefernce of the Gestapo and the ingenuity of the criminal to solve the case and redeem himself..there are social undertones as well..the prevention of the utter destruction of Paris in contradiction to Hitler's orders...the grey area in which 'Patriots' and 'Quislings' were uncovered in the aftermath of the liberation..and the final judgement itself..the ending felt a bit weak condiering the build-up..but a good read nonetheless

  4. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Disappointingly dry for a based-in-truth serial-killer with Nazis story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    evan

    4/5 (Blood and gore rating: 6-7.5/10, depending on the issue) “Based on a True Story” I’M ALWAYS A SLUT FOR FICTION BASED ON A TRUE STORY! I don’t even think I read the blurb on the Preview page before having my comic shop put this on my pull list. The cover and title alone ticked all my favorite boxes so I was sold from the beginning. Not going to spoil the plot, but this would have made an awesome Criminal Minds episode. The art/design fits well with the setting, heavier lines and bolder, blockier 4/5 (Blood and gore rating: 6-7.5/10, depending on the issue) “Based on a True Story” I’M ALWAYS A SLUT FOR FICTION BASED ON A TRUE STORY! I don’t even think I read the blurb on the Preview page before having my comic shop put this on my pull list. The cover and title alone ticked all my favorite boxes so I was sold from the beginning. Not going to spoil the plot, but this would have made an awesome Criminal Minds episode. The art/design fits well with the setting, heavier lines and bolder, blockier images really put you in the mood of WWII. The story itself is great. I didn’t feel lost at any point with my less-than-stellar knowledge of WWII (thanks American public education system! /s), which I was afraid would happen once I got into the story. The ending though. Man, did that feel rushed. I actually flipped back through part of issue five thinking that maybe two pages had stuck together. It wasn’t exactly BAD, more like there should have been a sixth issue. Several plot threads that I really would have liked to see explored more before being wrapped up. (I would pay SO MUCH MONEY to have one issue that’s just the killer recounting his crimes with a disgusting level of detail and glee.) The psychology behind the killer felt like it was just forgotten about by the end; why did he do it? What did he get out of the killings? A lot of questions I still have, but now I want to read more about the actual event. Definitely a good one-sitting read, especially if you like historical events.

  6. 4 out of 5

    The Midnight Witchery

    3.25 stars As a lover of true crime and history I was pleasantly surprised to discover this graphic novel of Marcel Petiot, aka the ‘Butcher of Paris’ who terrorised the streets at the cusp of the end of WW2. I read the complete series in one sitting, and found it intriguing however I thought the shortness of these volumes hindered it being a comprehensive coverage of his victims and Petiot’s motivations.... it just felt rushed ya know? Had this been longer this would have been fantastic tho! Th 3.25 stars As a lover of true crime and history I was pleasantly surprised to discover this graphic novel of Marcel Petiot, aka the ‘Butcher of Paris’ who terrorised the streets at the cusp of the end of WW2. I read the complete series in one sitting, and found it intriguing however I thought the shortness of these volumes hindered it being a comprehensive coverage of his victims and Petiot’s motivations.... it just felt rushed ya know? Had this been longer this would have been fantastic tho! The graphics/ illustrations were cool and edgy, adding the right tone and mood. I would recommend this if you can read it online or borrow it from the library. This has really intrigued me in finding out more about this case and I would personally love to see it covered on a YouTube or Netflix documentary series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    David

    A historical fiction detective story set during the nazi occupation of France. The forward discussing the inspiration of the story ( a real life serial killer during this time period) was more interesting to read. The characters feel like flat caricatures and the story is strangely paced. If there was more space to explore the setting and the players in the story, I feel like I would have enjoyed this more. Instead, I was treated to a rushed, though well illustrated, period piece without any sou A historical fiction detective story set during the nazi occupation of France. The forward discussing the inspiration of the story ( a real life serial killer during this time period) was more interesting to read. The characters feel like flat caricatures and the story is strangely paced. If there was more space to explore the setting and the players in the story, I feel like I would have enjoyed this more. Instead, I was treated to a rushed, though well illustrated, period piece without any soul.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Micky Neilson

    A fascinating true-crime tale. It's difficult to think of someone so sadistic as to take advantage of desperate people attempting to flee Nazi-occupied Paris, not just by taking their money and belongings, but by murdering them in horrific fashion on top of that. There have been various books written about this true story; I recommend Death in the City of Light. This graphic novel did a solid job of representing the material, though the pacing felt off at times. Overall though, very well done. A fascinating true-crime tale. It's difficult to think of someone so sadistic as to take advantage of desperate people attempting to flee Nazi-occupied Paris, not just by taking their money and belongings, but by murdering them in horrific fashion on top of that. There have been various books written about this true story; I recommend Death in the City of Light. This graphic novel did a solid job of representing the material, though the pacing felt off at times. Overall though, very well done.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bill Coffin

    The premise of this story - the hunt for a serial killer stalking Nazi-occupied France - is deeply intriguing, especially when we learn that it is a true story. Alas, the details we get in the introduction tell us all we ever really get from this, and the much deeper dramas of wartime collusion, Nazi occupation, preying on the already-victimized...it all gets glossed over. So much got missed here.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    It’s a well told story, good pacing, but it felt rushed towards the ending. I would have loved some more details. The end itself is a bit disappointing. Good read nonetheless. The art is a bit disappointing. The shadows are hard and all over the place. Sometimes they don’t even make sense, like a child just scribbled on the it with a black marker. Would still recommend.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jose Perez

    Hate giving 2 (or 1) star to any book, since any published writer is sooooo much better then me, so why be judgey? But such a great basic plot line (serial killer in Nazi-occupied France, is the killer part of the resistance? Who’s more inhuman, the murderer or the Nazis????), but it just didn’t gel for me.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 Total review score: 2.2 Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 Total review score: 2.2

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rolando José Rodríguez De León

    This is a story that I had no idea. the tale is great, the actions not at all, is a "creepy" Schindler list, showing us how low can humans go. It is a must, but don't expect the war hero tale, this goes the other way around. I made a Spanish review of it here: https://pananime.com/LeAn/index.html This is a story that I had no idea. the tale is great, the actions not at all, is a "creepy" Schindler list, showing us how low can humans go. It is a must, but don't expect the war hero tale, this goes the other way around. I made a Spanish review of it here: https://pananime.com/LeAn/index.html

  14. 4 out of 5

    MADAFAKA

    Naive.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lucas Hubert

    Ce comic me donne l'impression d'avoir lu une page Wikipédia illustrée. Les quelques mots en français (nous sommes à Paris) sont truffés de fautes. Ce comic me donne l'impression d'avoir lu une page Wikipédia illustrée. Les quelques mots en français (nous sommes à Paris) sont truffés de fautes.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Caralen

  17. 4 out of 5

    RG

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Arif

  19. 4 out of 5

    Irus

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dennis Ferguson

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alec

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rory

  24. 4 out of 5

    Iain Farquharson

  25. 4 out of 5

    dOmi

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alice

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jon Schafle

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nathaniel

  29. 4 out of 5

    Costas Tsamis

  30. 5 out of 5

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