Rodolphe (writer) Annie Goetzinger (art)
During the 1930s, Maud, an artist, discovers she has a psychic gift. The first signs manifest themselves in the royal gardens of the Trianon where gradually she understands that a woman from the beyond is attempting to communicate with her.
The revelation is beyond belief: it is the ghost of Marie Antoinette appearing to her to share a terrible secret that has tormented her for centuries. After being guillotined, the Queen is said to have been thrown into a common grave but then exhumed and buried with her husband, Louis XVI, in the Saint-Denis basilica. Yet the ghost tells Maud that her remains are still in the pit, on which a chapel stands today. The queen asks Maud to move her body to the right place so she can finally find peace and no longer haunt people.
Part fantastic ghost story, part biography, this is a delicious beautifully illustrated look into French revolutionary history by the artist of the bestselling 'Girl in Dior.'
Nominated for the YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens Award
See Goetzinger's interview on this book at Comics Beat
Great background article on this on Irenebrenation
-Portland Book Review
"Sumptuous, sensual, and simply stunning, Goetzinger's latest historical opus showcases not only her talent as a set and costume designer but her ability use those skills to choreograph and craft thoroughly entertaining graphic narratives with unparalleled style and grace."
"An utterly beguiling and entrancingly sophisticated, classically constructed ghost story with clever plot twists, genteel suspense and even a vile villain. A superb step back into a lost world of elegant mystery and imagination: one no fantasy lover or mature comics reader should miss."
-Now Read This
"A sprightly tale told with lavish scenes and witty dialogue"
-Richard Pachter, Miami Herald
"Goetzinger is in fine form showcasing the fashions and interiors of eighteenth century Versailles and 1930s Paris, full of characters drawn in her inimitable, elegantly modeled style. Marie Antoinette: Phantom Queen combines history, biography, and fantasy for a rich, quick read."
- Booklist starred review
8 ½ x 11, 68 pages, full color hardcover, $18.99, NOW $4.99