PopCultHQ Spotlight: Delcourt-Soleil – ‘Josephine’



Written by: Pénélope Bagieu
Translated By: Christina Cox-De Ravel
Art by: Pénélope Bagieu
While the cover to the first issue is a bit misleading since Josephine is not a superhero comic book at all. Josephine is just a normal young lady in her “thirties”, as she says discreetly. She is not married, does not have any children, but she does have a cat. She is still hoping to meet the ideal man, and is working on it actively… At bars, at the gym, at wine clubs, via the Meetic online dating site… In the meantime, she buys herself designer bags at outrageous prices, has absolutely nothing to wear, and will start working out tomorrow, she promises.
Josephine is plagued by misfortunes, but she is often her own worst enemy; she manages her professional relations and work poorly, struggles to be understood, is prone to blunders, and her love life is a succession of faux pas…Fortunately, Josephine is divine… And divinely funny! Of course, any similarity to any real young women, in real life, is entirely coincidental…
Review – What it remind me of: There is nothing quite like Josephine on the stands here in the U.S. at this moment. This is one of those books that women, young woman and young teen readers will love! Each page is just a normal comic strip you would find in a newspaper, only now in comic book form which gives Penelope Bagieu all the freedom in the world to express her style. Even as a middle-aged male from this side of the pond, I couldn’t help but really enjoy and laugh at Josephine’s antics. This was such a surprise for me that I am calling Josephine my personal MUST READ pick of the Delcourt line!
PopcultHQ rating:  5 out of 5 Baguettes MUST READ!!
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