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Frontière Invisible (La)

La Frontière Invisible [The Invisible Border] is the twelfth and thirteenth volume of the chronicles. Its working title was L'Etat du Monde. The first part was published on April 22, 2002 and the second part on April 23, 2004. An integrated volume was published on October 24, 2006. All these albums were published by Casterman.

See also the port-folio released together with the publication of the first part. The archives have also a Japanese version of volume 1 and a preview of volume 2.

La Frontière Invisible t1 La Frontière Invisible t2 La Frontière Invisible integral


Roland de Cremer is assigned to the Center for Cartography. He works at the department of Paul Ciceri until marshal Radisic is visiting the Center. The Obscure world has changed a lot: Urbicande is swept from the maps, Brüsel is partly drowned, Calvani is destroyed by storms and even Pȃhry is struggling after the fiasco of the last Inter-City Exhibit and so is Mylos after the death of Klaus von Rathen and the resignation of his daughter Mary. According to marshal Radisic it is time for Sodrovno-Voldachia to take the lead. To show the world the greatness of Sodrovno-Voldachia some changes are necessary in the Center. After his holiday Roland de Cremer is promoted to head of the department. The Center has a hard time to keep up with all the changes. The borders are moving so fast that they became invisible. Roland can't forget the image he has seen on the back of Shkodrã and as he thinks she is in danger he wants to save her. Truth or illusions?

Original artwork for the frontpage of the combined edition:

Some interior pages of La Frontière Invisible:


All wallpapers are 1600×1200 pixels. Click on the following images to load the original.

Editions / translations

YearTitleLanguagePublisherPagesHard cover / Soft coverISBNRemarks
2002De Onzichtbare Grens. Deel 1DutchCasterman63HC9030385421
2002La Frontière Invisible. Tome 1FrenchCasterman63HC9782203343177
2002La Frontière Invisible. Tome 1FrenchCasterman63HC2203343176Special edition of comicshop Brüsel. 1000 copies with stamp of Schuiten. Including a screenprint.
2002La Frontiera Invisible. Volumen ISpanishNorma Editorial63HC8484315649
2002A Fronteira Invisível Vol.1PortugueseWitloof Edições63HC9728711069
2002The Invisible Frontier vol. 1EnglishNMB64HC156163333x
2002Jenseits der Grenze Bd. 1GermanSchreiber & Leser64SC393318780X
2004La Frontiera Invisibel. Volumen IISpanishNorma Editorial72HC8484319849
2004消逝邊境- 1ChineseDala Publishing72HC9572844970dala comic 007
2004The Invisible Frontier. Volume 2EnglishNBM72HC156163400X
2004La Frontière Invisible. Tome 2FrenchCasterman72HC2203343184First edition includes map of the Obscure Cities.
2004La Frontière Invisible. Tome 2FrenchCasterman72HC2203343184Special edition by comicshop Brüsel.
2004De Onzichtbare Grens. Deel 2DutchCasterman72HC9030385413
2004Jenseits der Grenze Bd. 2GermanSchreiber & Leser72SC3937102043
2004La Frontière InvisibleFrenchCasterman144HC2203343214Deluxe version, signed and numbered (1-800, EA 1-100). Including extra artwork and the story “La Jeunesse d'un cartographe”)
2005消逝邊境 - 2ChineseDala Publishing80HC9572976664dala comic 012
2006La Frontière InvisibleFrenchCasterman136HC2203343249
2006Den usynlige grænseDanishFaraos Cigarer144HC8799031493
2010보이지 않는 국경선Korean세미콜론131HC9788983715722Including the map of Sodrovno-Voldachia
2012La Frontière InvisibleFrenchCastermann/an/an/a
2013Jenseits der GrenzeGermanSchreiber & Leser136SC9783941239999
2013闇の国々JapaneseShoPro Booksn/aHC4796871462Part of bundle 3
2015Nevidljiva granicaCroatianFibra140HC9789533211671
2018La Frontera Invisible - edición integralSpanishNorma Editorial136HC9788467931686
2019La Frontiera InvisibileItalianAlessandro Editore136SC9788882854072
2022The Invisible FrontierEnglishIDW Publishing144SC9781684058785
2022Niewidzialna granicaPolishScream Comics144SC9788367161220

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