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Clash of the Courtesans is an original graphic novel set in the notorious and raucous Red-Light District of New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1915. Madam Raina and Madam Zara are sworn enemies and competitors for the best female talent, influencing powerful men and destroying each other’s lives. Be afraid for all those caught in the middle of this personal war.


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Clash of the Courtesans is an original graphic novel set in the notorious and raucous Red-Light District of New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1915. Madam Raina and Madam Zara are sworn enemies and competitors for the best female talent, influencing powerful men and destroying each other’s lives. Be afraid for all those caught in the middle of this personal war.

58 review for Clash of the Courtesans - An Original Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Glen

    I won this book in a goodreads drawing. A young lady from Oklahoma is lured to New Orleans, where she becomes embroiled in a war between two madames. It becomes confusing, as the art is inconsistent, and the exposition doesn't always properly explain what is going on. This is an "adult" comic with nudity and sexual situations and bloody violence, FYI. I won this book in a goodreads drawing. A young lady from Oklahoma is lured to New Orleans, where she becomes embroiled in a war between two madames. It becomes confusing, as the art is inconsistent, and the exposition doesn't always properly explain what is going on. This is an "adult" comic with nudity and sexual situations and bloody violence, FYI.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marcelino Cantero

    I read roughly 5 or 6 graphic novels a month, give or take, and avoid the silly kid stuff, adult graphic novels only. I'm an adult, I want to read adult content. The foreshadowing is in the illustrations and the words in lots of them. The spider's web early on as a "for instance", then the dialogue about you have been in my "web" of influence later on. There are numerous instances like this that can only be found by people who read graphic novels "all the time" because sometimes you have to work I read roughly 5 or 6 graphic novels a month, give or take, and avoid the silly kid stuff, adult graphic novels only. I'm an adult, I want to read adult content. The foreshadowing is in the illustrations and the words in lots of them. The spider's web early on as a "for instance", then the dialogue about you have been in my "web" of influence later on. There are numerous instances like this that can only be found by people who read graphic novels "all the time" because sometimes you have to work to find them and link them up. I gave this a 5 out of 5 because I had to really focus and think this one out, which is what I really look for and enjoy in the graphic novel form. Heck, it took me a while to figure out the symbolism of the colors of the two houses. Red means revenge. Green, money. The one Madam was bleeding the other one dry of her money. It's a very intelligent drama, but to the untrained eye a tough nut to crack, with rough content, but honest with the crapola that happens in this world, in the past especially. People tend to look for uplifting stories but the smart ones out there know rotten people have always populated this earth and life isn't always a happy ass rom-com ending, and this story really shows that. I loved it, and wish there were more brash and ballsy graphic novels out there like this one. 

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    What a waste of time I won this graphic novel in a Goodreads Giveaway in return for an honest review. I question myself for entering this giveaway. I guess when I entered I thought this would have more class. Instead, I think the whole point of this novel was to have scantily clad women fight each other. I also question why the main character was willing to work at a brothel after getting told there was no teacher position available. The women in this novel are too fake and unrealistic with how t What a waste of time I won this graphic novel in a Goodreads Giveaway in return for an honest review. I question myself for entering this giveaway. I guess when I entered I thought this would have more class. Instead, I think the whole point of this novel was to have scantily clad women fight each other. I also question why the main character was willing to work at a brothel after getting told there was no teacher position available. The women in this novel are too fake and unrealistic with how they respond in various scenes. I would never recommend this to anyone. Overall this book is missing a well written plot.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    What to make of this graphic novel. First, the artwork is excellent and contributes greatly to the story and quite frankly to this getting three stars. There is detail in the art that hints at what's to come as well as delineates the sides in the war to come. That is how a good graphic novel is supposed to use art - as more than illustration but as an integral part of storytelling. Unfortunately, it's the story that weighs down the rating here. It was fairly predictable and the surprise twist wa What to make of this graphic novel. First, the artwork is excellent and contributes greatly to the story and quite frankly to this getting three stars. There is detail in the art that hints at what's to come as well as delineates the sides in the war to come. That is how a good graphic novel is supposed to use art - as more than illustration but as an integral part of storytelling. Unfortunately, it's the story that weighs down the rating here. It was fairly predictable and the surprise twist was frankly not all that surprising. It hardly seemed to affect the war because it was deployed so late in the story. I won't say more so as not to spoil it. So, an adult novel failed to carry a sufficiently complex adult story and that's why it gets only three stars. I won this novel in a Goodreads Giveaway in return for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Knapp

    Adult Graphic Novel When creating a graphic novel, there are two components that work together, the text and the illustrations. If either are a little weak, the other can compensate. However, if both have weaknesses, the finished product has issues. This is a good example of the two not complementing each other. The author tells you that the first few pages are forshadowing, but the text is so choppy that it fails in its purpose. There needs to be context. Other than constantly calling "The Distri Adult Graphic Novel When creating a graphic novel, there are two components that work together, the text and the illustrations. If either are a little weak, the other can compensate. However, if both have weaknesses, the finished product has issues. This is a good example of the two not complementing each other. The author tells you that the first few pages are forshadowing, but the text is so choppy that it fails in its purpose. There needs to be context. Other than constantly calling "The District," Storyville, we have no context to New Orleans or the Red Light district. A courtesan was originally part is the King's court and slowly developed into meaning a prostitute, with rich clients. In addition, the author failed to use time appropriate wordage, giving no clue to the era of the storyline. The story, by its text, sounds contemporary. A graphic novel relies heavily upon illustrations to carry the plot, and fix textual holes. However, these illustrations did little to complement the text; it was actually confusing. The police look like British bobbies rather than the uniforms of early 20th century American police officers, who wore caps similar to the civil war uniform cap. In addition, the first scene with "Julia" applying as a school teacher would have ended in an arrest, as women still wore dresses to their ankles. This carries forward to the courtesans, who would never have worn their sexual clothes out of doors or to a "war" because the entire purpose, of "The District," was to contain and highly regulate their presence in polite public society. That being said, the concept of two "houses" doing battle is interesting and workable, as the struggle to survive as WWI is erupting was real and Storyville future was coming to its end.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gladys Thomas

    These catty ladies remind me of some girlfriends I 'used to know'. The story was true to life in how people can be truly hurtful towards one another. This is an adult drama not for children (teeny nudity) or young adults not sharp enough to comprehend a complex storyline. These catty ladies remind me of some girlfriends I 'used to know'. The story was true to life in how people can be truly hurtful towards one another. This is an adult drama not for children (teeny nudity) or young adults not sharp enough to comprehend a complex storyline.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dina Myers

    Enjoyed it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    DOUGLAS J BERRY

    Difficult to read The artwork is ok. Seems to need some technical support. Panels do not display? Perhaps this was meant as a sample?

  9. 5 out of 5

    River

    Nice artwork. The artwork was lovely. However, I did not enjoy the story at all. It seemed very predictable and the story line was only okay.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Melinda Weprin

  11. 4 out of 5

    David Lamb

  12. 5 out of 5

    Siddharth VinothKumar

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dominick Piccone

  14. 5 out of 5

    Arlette

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anna

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

  17. 5 out of 5

    C.V. Nguyen

  18. 4 out of 5

    Madelyn

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stella Bowman

  20. 5 out of 5

    Roger Banks

  21. 5 out of 5

    Daphne

  22. 4 out of 5

    Алёшка_прочитошка

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gabrielle

  24. 4 out of 5

    Emily Brown

  25. 5 out of 5

    Q.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Howard

  27. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Cheresnick

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bea R

  29. 4 out of 5

    Josef Mausser

  30. 4 out of 5

    Zach Yancey

  31. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Heare Watts

  32. 4 out of 5

    Micielle

  33. 4 out of 5

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  34. 4 out of 5

    Douglass Abramson

  35. 5 out of 5

    Konnie Stewart

  36. 4 out of 5

    Kim Ellis

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    Pam Furmon

  38. 4 out of 5

    lou brown

  39. 5 out of 5

    Ann Ellis

  40. 4 out of 5

    Robert Lee

  41. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Fry

  42. 4 out of 5

    Amy

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    Carley

  44. 4 out of 5

    Kirk Weber

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    Nancy Kinney

  46. 5 out of 5

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    Michael Rozes

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    Melissa

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  50. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Raley

  51. 4 out of 5

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  52. 4 out of 5

    Debee Sue

  53. 4 out of 5

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  54. 4 out of 5

    Bruce Wilson

  55. 5 out of 5

    OjoAusana

  56. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

  57. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Montejano

  58. 4 out of 5

    Sahar

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