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Friday, 10 July 2015

Cinebook The 9th Art Damocles 2 - An Impossible Ransom

Authors: Callède & Henriet
Age: 12 years and up
Size: 21.7 x 28.7 cm
Number of pages: 48 colour pages
Publication: May 2015

ISBN: 9781849182331
Price: £6.99 inc. VAT

Ellie’s mission of protecting a rich young man is getting increasingly difficult: her young client is too visible, too unruly. She manages to thwart another kidnapping attempt – albeit by taking enormous personal risks – and requests her charge now be kept in seclusion. But even the most secret hideouts aren’t safe when the enemy is so determined. And the political and economic stakes are high – not to mention personal grudges…

I really like this. No "my family were killed by criminals so..." or "After coming back from Nam I found scum everywhere" which led to...nothing like this book! 

I like the way the personal life of Ellie is glimpsed -as in the page below. And another little glimpse of her homelife.   So, no problems with the script or story and, again, an ending that is pretty grim for someone (no, not telling but that person thought it was "for the best"!).

The art is just gorgeous and with "USAGI's" colour work it's literally forcing you to go through the book a few times to soak it all up.  I wonder at times how comickers in the Franco-Belgian comic world decide just what to buy because there is so much goodness out there!

I think this is Cinebook's secret -"Oncle Olivier" goes for books he likes and he tends to have very good taste in these things.  For us English language readers that means we get some of the best.  Damocles follows those other great series such as IR$, Winch Largo and Lady S -excellent plot and dialogue and action scenes not over-used.

A joy really.  And not a re-boot in sight!


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