Graphic Novel Review: The Professor’s Daughter

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Graphic Novel Review: The Professor’s DaughterThe Professor's Daughter by Emmanuel Guibert, Joann Sfar
Published by First Second on April 17, 2007
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Humor, Romance
Pages: 80
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
two-stars

THREE THOUSAND YEARS MAY SEPARATE THEM, still... they love each other.

19th-century London. She is the lovely daughter of renowned Egyptologist Porfessor Bowell, he the dashing mummy Imhotep IV, owned by the professor and awake for the first time in thirty centuries. They stroll through London arm-in-arm and find their way into an abiding love, but everything seems to be getting in the way of it.

Murder, adventure, mystery kidnapping, Queen Victoria tossed into the Thames--what more could you ask for?

And yes, love conquers all in this rare gem from two of the most inspired graphic creators of our time.

walked the streets of London. Imhotep IV and Lillian bond over their marginalization and powerlessness in society. Both are loved by the professor, but more as possessions than as real people. They also both suffer from daddy issues.

After the opening though, I thought the story went downhill. The plot is a bit far-fetched, even for a fantasy story. The actions that the characters take at pretty much any point do not seem particularly likely. The perfect example of this is the kidnapping of Queen Victoria, which, while funny, serves absolutely no point. It is merely to be entertaining. The plot, such as it was, failed to wrap up in a way I found satisfying, as the big issue with the romance was entirely ignored.

I was also a bit bothered by the fact that the mummies were capable of just sloughing off their bandages and looking like real men again. If so, why wouldn’t they just do that? Why live the life of a mummy, destined to be stuck under glass for a museum display, when you can just walk around like a normal man?

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