Authors: Francis Bergèse
Age: 10 years and up
Size: 21.7 x 28.7 cm
Publication: August 2014
Price: £6.99 inc. VAT
It's very odd but ask most people into comics who live outside the UK "Who is Buck Danny?" and they should know. As I've previously noted, Dan Cooper and Buck Danny are lead pilots in two long running Franco-Belgian series. In the UK we had Johnny Red, which was, possibly, the longest (?) running air-war comic strip in the UK. There was Black Max and a couple other strips but none very memorable (believe me, after I've written this I'll probably come up with several others!). Ask comic folk in the UK who Johnny Red is!!
But back to Buck Danny. The usual exquisite detail of aircraft that drives me mad with jealousy is here but so is much more. This book is far from being just about someone flying aircraft...but that cover is neat. There is the international intrigue, drugging of our hero and his companions and so much more. This is one of those books that makes you want to start drawing aircraft. That said, even the characters in this book look good!
The story by Burgese is nicely detailed and plotted and since he also illustrates the book he can take credit for the art. Again, a wonderful colourist adds a lot to the look -Frederic Bergese...hmm -a relations? ;-)
It's nice to see non-Cold War story-lines in these books and why not give it to the drug cartels?! A great read.