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Sunday, 1 July 2012

Cinebook The 9th Art: XIII v.13 -TOP SECRET

XIII 13: Top Secret

Authors: Vance & Van Hamme
Full colour
Size: 18.4 x 25.7 cm
Number of pages: 48 colour pages
Age: 15 years and up
Publication: May 2012
ISBN: 9781849181211
Price: £5.99 inc. VAT

The Mongoose is dead. So is Number I. But, since he was the President of the United States, XIII’s friends are all on the run again. McLane, though, has been arrested, and he’s being judged in secret by the heads of the American intelligence community. Sentenced to life in a secret prison, he has no illusions that he’ll ever reach it. The ruthlessness of the NSA Director proves him right—but he’s not the only one who wants XIII dead.

Can I just point out that the cover features a woman looking hotter than the Black Widow (“hot” as “hot” can be when you are talking about a comic book character!). And there are some very well drawn, but quite deadly, women in the story obviously –I just can’t think of things to write to praise Vance’s art anymore. I just soak it up.

And XIII reaches volume 13 which, as you may have guessed from the story blurb, is possibly not a very lucky number for him! The double-dealing, action and twists are all here and if you have not gotten into XIII yet…I’m saddened by your loss of pure comics enjoyment.

One of the best from Van Hamme –and Vance!

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