A humorous Victorian-era set social fable told in pure Dickensian tradition. Follow the titular pair of street orphans on adventures far and wide.
London, 1887. While the British Empire is at its peak, and influences the majority of the world, most of London still lives amid poverty, disease, and crime. Basil and Victoria are two of the thousands of orphaned street urchins who survive by hustling, selling rats, and sleeping on the docks. Helped by Cromwell, their faithful bulldog, the trio travel from the mean streets of Whitechapel to exotic distant lands, meeting famous, and infamous, historical and literary figures along the way, as they lovingly bicker and squabble the entire time!
Book 1 : Sâti
Book 2 : Jack
Book 3 : Zanzibar
Book 4 : Pearl
Book 5 : Ravenstein
“Basil and Victoria” seems to refuse to be one thing, allowing for a multi-layered read.
The art is tremendous and helps Yann make his points quite well.
Yann’s writing is very clever, particularly with regard to the growth of the leading characters, and displaying its their circumstances that shape them. Removed from London they become more likeable people, and there’s an innocence in their dealings with overseas societies. Overall Basil & Victoria is five excellent adventure stories deserving of a wider audience.