Jérôme K. Jérôme Bloche

Created by Pierre Makyo, Serge Le Tendre & Alain Dodier

You might say that he's a dreamer, but he's not the only one.

A bookish, twenty-something red-head kid from Paris, JÉRÔME K. JÉRÔME BLOCHE works as a translator of detective novels and fantasizes about being a hard-boiled dick, just like in the books he trasnslates, in a long-running series of entertaining, light-hearted French bandes desinées.

To that end, he enrolls in a detective correspondance course taught by Professor Maison, and listens to recordings of police sirens from around the world, brought to him by his loyal girlfriend Babette, who conveniently works as a Air France flight attendant.

Of course, things go decidedly wrong when the young romantic actually gets involved in a real case in his first adventure, L'Ombre qui tue (1985), but that's part of the fun. Jérôme is, as one blurb puts it, "more Will Ferrell than Humphrey Bogart," but there's something appealing about him putt-putting around an intricately rendered Paris on his motorized bicycle, imagining he's Bogey or Robert Mitchum, his battered trenchcoat flapping in the wind, trying to act tough and leaping to one conclusion after another.

Anyway, that's the basic premise, but toss in some sweetly endearing and eccentric regulars, some goofy capers and some snappy storytelling, and you've got a hit.

The first few albums were written by Pierre Makyo and/or Serge Le Tendre, with art by Alain Dodier, but since the fourth album, Passé recomposée (1985), Dodier has flown solo, handling all the writing and art.

It's just surpsing that it took almost forty years for an English translation.

Play it again, Jérôme?


  • Oh, and about Jérôme's double-barrelled monicker? That was apparently inspired by English writer and humourist Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927), best known for the comic travelogue Three Men in a Boat (1889).


    (1985-2014, Dupuis; 2016, General Public)
    Created by Pierre Makyo, Serge Le Tendre & Alain Dodier
    Writers: Pierre Makyo, Serge Le Tendre & Alain Dodier
    Art by Alain Dodier

  • L'Ombre qui tue (July 1985)
  • Les  tres de papier (October 1985)
  • À la vie, à la mort (June 1986)
  • Passé recomposé (October 1986)
  • Le Jeu de trois (November 1987)
  • Zelda (August 1989)
  • Un oiseau pour le chat (May 1991)
  • Le Vagabond des dunes (September 1992)
  • L'Absent (November 1993)
  • Un bébé en cavale (January 1995)
  • Le Coeur à droite (June 1996)
  • Le Gabion (October 1997)
  • Le Pacte (October 1998)
  • Un fauve en cage (May 2000)
  • La Comtesse (May 2001)
  • La Lettre (June 2002)
  • La Marionnette (October 2003)
  • Un petit coin de paradis (April 2005)
  • Un chien dans un jeu de quilles (August 2006)
  • Fin de contrat (October 2007)
  • Déni de fuite (October 2009)
  • Mathias (February 2011)
  • Post Mortem (October 2012)
  • L'ermite (August 2014 2007)
  • Aïna (March 2016)


English translation of L'Ombre qui tue. What took 'em so long? More are promised.


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Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith, with much thanks to Victoria Esposito-Shea for her help with this one.

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