Les Cités Obscures integrals is a serie of books with the integral publication of all Obscure Cities stories until today. Casterman will publish four big volumes (around 350 pages each) in the style of the Japanese translation (253 mm x 193 mm), but with a different organisation of the stories.
For now only a French publication is planned.
The order of the stories is mostly chronological. Elements of Le Guide des Cités are used in connection with the different albums. For example in the first book the pages about Xhystos are just after Les Murailles de Samaris.
The price of each volume will be around 45 euros.
This new integral edition will show the unity of the books and it will be like a travel through the obscure world, with a lot of connections Benoît Peeters
Les Cités obscures - Livre 1 was published on December 6, 2017. This volume starts with Les Murailles de Samaris and Les Mysterères de Pȃhry. It continues with a story that has not been published before in an album: Dans les faubourgs de Pȃhry.
The cover of the first book was revealed in August 2017. It is made of gray cardboard with the one cut out so you can see the following page. This first book has 328 pages.
A special version of the first book was made for Comic shop Brüsel. This version is limited to 600 copies and 40 copies for the authors. It has an embeded special print, printed on Modigliani 285 gram paper, signed by François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters 1).
Some images of the first books arriving at the comic shop Brüsel. Due to a signing session with Benoît Peeters and François Schuiten, the album was sold on November 23, 2017 before general availability.
Next is La Route d'Armilia, the only album that was not as first published in French, but in Danish. Followed by L'encyclopédie des transports présents et à venir, that has only been published in a a small edition before. The next album is Brüsel and the screenplay of the movie “Le Dossier B”.
The cover of the second book was revealed in February 2018. It is again made of gray cardboard with the one cut out so you can see the following page. This page features an unreleased image. The second book will have 384 pages and will be the same size as the first book (23.8 x 29.6 cm).
Comicshop Brüsel will again release a special edition of this second album, This time they will included an exclusive poster. The poster is limited to 600 copies. The poster is a variant of the screen print that is released by Atlantic 12 for the occasion. The album will also be stamped with a special stamp for this occasion.
Les Cités Obscures - Livre 3 was published on November 21, 2018. It has 408 pages and hold the following stories:
The cover image is a special image by François Schuiten.
Atlantic12 made a small video of François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters signing the 150 albums.
Les Cités Obscures - Livre 4 will be published at March 27, 2019. It will hold the following stories:
Besides a timeline there will also be a chapter about the important people of the Obscures Cities.