Over the past couple of years, NBM Publishing has teamed up with the Louvre Museum to produce a series of artistically brilliant graphic novels--see our prior coverage of The Museum Vaults. Each has sought to bring to light some fantastical or strange element of the Louvre, always using some real aspect of the museum as a jumping off point.
The dual inspiration for the latest in the series, Eric Liberge's On the Odd Hours? The Louvre's tours for the deaf, and statistics on the duties of night guards at the museum over more than a century. A tall, large deaf mute man with a mohawk tries to get an internship at the Louvre and winds up being mentored by a strange night guard named Fu Zhi Ha.
Fu Zhi Ha claims to be protecting and caring for the souls of the pieces of art in the museum, and does this in part by releasing portraits from paintings at night, and by creating waves of music from drums and cymbals. As our hero becomes initiated in these strange events, he risks losing his girlfriend, his friends, and even his sanity--for he has become a guard for "the odd hours of the night" at the Louvre.