>>100327831>I mean I don't even understand what the book is supposed to be now. Comedy? Lord of the rings? What?
It's most certainly aiming to become Harry Potter, more or less. That'd be coherent with the serie's previous major retool, which was the second out of three.
Only people who were reading Spirou Magazine in 1995 as Melusine started will remember the first retool, but originally the castle and a small surrounding magical region were situated in the modern world, near a transylvanian metropolis. After a few strips they decided focusing on the fantasy side would be simpler and one page was altered and another dropped outright (although the gag was redrawn a few books later in a medieval setting), and smaller details like a vacuum cleaner or Patrick Bruel poster were merely ignored.
The second retool was in book 11, in 2003, where they shifted focus away from the castle and to the school in an obvious attempt to exploit the Harry Potter craze (down to the book having a title similar to the french version of HP1).
The third retool is the one we have now, from book 21 onwards. It's interesting because it's a super longform retool (thus why you can't really see what it's trying to be yet, as far as we know it's not until the end of book 27 that we'll really understand) and because some elements have been carefully planted (Clarke's been clear on the fact Cancrelune basically was removed so Melusine and Melisande could grow closer so book 26-27 would have some stakes, the first hint that the two are twins was in book 21, etc) while others are haphazardly amateurish (Midas being retconned into a scooby doo villain is the obvious one).