A popular French comic book series is now available from the Indiana Digital Download Center: Valérian and Laureline.
Valérian and Laureline are space/time traveling agents who work for Galaxity, the Capital of Earth and the center of the Terran Galactic Empire in the 28th century. Valérian is everything you would expect from a typical hero: he’s handsome, strong-jawed, and is always in action. Laureline is the independent, intelligent, and sensual partner from 11th century France who accidentally discovers Valérian time traveling. Together throughout the series, they encounter beings from all different planets and time periods, face challenges, and explore.
The first installment of the series was published in France in 1967 by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières. Valérian and Laureline was groundbreaking because, unlike Western comics at the time, the series was more about celebrating diversity and portraying social issues as a universal truth, rather than vanquishing bad guys and fighting crime.
The series has also been greatly influential on several sci-fi movies, like Independence Day and the Star Wars franchise. A new movie, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, was just released on July 21, 2017. The movie was written by Christin and Mézières and is directly based on the comic book series. You can check out a novelization of the movie here.
The Indiana Digital Download Center has acquired thirteen of the twenty-one volumes in the series, starting with The City of Shifting Waters. You can check out or place a hold on the series today with your library card and pin numbers.