Research Blog Antarctica #162 – Terre Mécanique: Antarctica

Comic book: Jean Baptiste Andréae & Patrick Fitou: Terre Mécanique: Antarctica (Casterman, 2004)

Antarctica is the second volume in the three-part series Terre Mécanique. The first volume is set on a ship where a permanent post-apocalyptic party goes on as it sails across endless ocean. The rhinoceros Fileon and a few others seek to escape the ship. In part two, they make it to Antarctica and encounter local natives as well as the mystery of the robots who kidnap people.

Although the comic is nominally set in Antarctica, the location is incidental. The only real Antarctic reference is the use of the classic “lost land” idea, where the ice hides a tropical paradise kept warm thanks to hot springs.