Snowpiercer: The Escape

The French sci-fi graphic novel, whose film adaption will soon release in the US, finally gets its English translation 30 years later

The 1982 French sci-fi comic “Le Transperceneige” would have remained in obscurity had film director Bong Joon-Ho not walked into a comic book shop in Seoul and devoured all three volumes in the store. Nobody could blame him. Within the black-and-white illustrations, a post-apocalyptic world, frozen over by ice and snow, is revealed. The only human survivors are aboard a train—the Snowpiercer—that perpetually circles the …