Is Wadé a super-hero? Wadé is not just another super-hero. He is less Manichean, has more grey areas than your traditional off-the-shelf hero. He is a victim but he is guilty too. He is the victim of something that stole his life from him, but, making his escape, he has become guilty of releasing a terrible danger. His tragic experience has given him alone the power to save humanity.
Wadé, un super-héros ? Wadé n’est pas un super-héros comme les autres. C’est un personnage moins manichéen que les héros traditionnels. Il est à la fois victime et coupable. Il est victime de quelque chose qui lui a volé sa vie. Mais en s’enfuyant, il est coupable d’avoir libéré un terrible danger. Sa malheureuse expérience en fait le seul à pouvoir sauver l’humanité.
1907, in Cameroon, in the middle of the night, a child discovers his mother engaged in a voodoo ritual. Terrified, he runs away. He turns up several years later in Dakar, where, as a young man, he has joined the French colonial forces as a tirailleur. He is sent to mainland France to fight the Germans. 1917, in the Marne valley, he is convinced that his life is coming to an end, but strange forces make him disappear.
Captain Talibart: age 43. Single. He is captain in the French police. Born of a Breton father and an Algerian mother his first name is Ali, but he calls himself Al or just captain. He is a fan of 1970s America, as portrayed in crime thrillers like Scarface, Serpico, The French Connection and Bullit that he enjoyed as a child. Talibart is reputed for his prickly personality, implacable efficiency and one-of-a-kind appearance. He sports a handlebar moustache, Stetson flagship and “Colombo” style gabardine. He is never without his Aviator Ray-Bans. He is the unrecognized son of Rachid Taha and Lino Ventura, and he dreams of living in the Bronx in the 1970s. His favourite dish: chilli couscous. Dreamed up by his mother as a special treat.
Éric Kieper is 38. He is divorced from Defne Uberti Kieper with whom he had a daughter, Victoria. For several years he has been responsible for the Quais d’Ivry shopping centre on the southern edge of Paris. However, before that, he had another life about which he says little. As a former member of the special police force, the GIPN, he is bound to professional secrecy for reasons of national security. He was in charge of close protection of leading personalities and close combat training. At 36 he was suspended and ended up leaving his unit to start a new life. He says nothing about the reasons for this decision.