Everything you need to understand or teach Heroes of the Equinox (Valerian) by Pierre Christin.
Written by Pierre Christin and with illustrations by Jean-Claude Mézières, Valerian and Laureline: Heroes of the Equinox, is one of a series of graphic novels that follow the travels of two Spacio-Temporal agents, Valerian and Laureline. In this episode of the series, Valerian has been chosen to represent Earth in a contest on the planet Simlane. Valerian and Laureline arrive to find a delegation waiting for them. The members of this delegation explain that the contestants will cross a body of water to arrive at Filene, the Island of Children. There, the contestants will climb a mountain before they face their final challenge. The main themes explored in this work include the influence of outside influences and Valerian's role as a hero.