Sinbad by Christophe Arleston, Audrey Alwett (authors) and Pierre Alary (illustrations) is set in the "universe" of Arabian Nights and uses familiar characters like Aladin and Sinbad, but tells a different story. Sinbad is searching for his parents - all he knows is that he had been found as a baby floating in the water in a basket. A merchant took him in and raised him, but now, as a young man, he wants to find out where he came from. And he intends to find out with the help of magic.
Sinbad is no hero, he's a trickster, thief and liar and so much more entertaining because of it. The story takes you into exotic places filled with strange sights and secrets and captures the feeling of Arabian Nights well. The great strength of Sinbad are the illustrations, though, and the characters in particular. With expressive faces and body language, Alary creates unique personalities and a great amount of storytelling is done just by his art.
This is one of the best comics I have read lately and I'm definitely going to buy and read the whole series. The art is amazing and the story is exciting, imaginative and hilarious (but not without its dark moments). If you like swashbuckling fantasy, then I highly recommend it. The only problem is that there is no English translation so far...so you'll need to brush up on your French.
5. book for the Graphic Novel Challenge
7. book for the Library Challenge 2013