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Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Cinebook The 9th Art Wisher 4 - Bowler Hat and Faery-Cane

Authors: Sébastien Latour & Giulio De Vita
Age: 12 years and up
Size: 21.7 x 28.7 cm
Number of pages: 48 colour pages
Publication: June 2015

ISBN: 9781849182317
Price: £6.99 inc. VAT

Merlin is dying, cut down by Glee the Goblin’s bullets. And Nigel’s control over his powers is still insufficient to save him with a wish. One solution left: a vial of dragon blood, the only artefact that can revive the enchanter. The problem is that the vial is at MI-10 headquarters, part of its commander George Cross’s private collection. It’s time for the last of the Genies to go on the offensive.

This series has been quite fun since it started.  If you liked the recent BBC TV series Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrel in which faery magic and "that Other Land" clashed with Europe at the time of the Napoleonic Wars then you might get into this series.

We saw in the previous part how Merlin fell and now he is dying.  In this final part things come to a head and I suspect the "quiet" that follows is just before the storm.  The script and art have been excellent throughout but there is one fault that I am guessing will slip past a lot of people.  However, I notice these things like a flare going "bang" 3 feet away.  The Inspector decides to take his gun with him and removes it from his desk drawer.  No.  Guns have to be issued and signed out and that has always been the case with officers using fire arms being trained. Just keeping an automatic in your desk drawer -YAAGH!

Ahem.  Sorry.  But that was the one flaw and I do so hate not having something to moan about.  Added to the art which, as I wrote, is excellent, we again have the superior colour work which has really distinguished this series -but you have to buy the book to see the credits. Nope, not with CBO.  The colour work is by Federico Pietrobon and I think colourists get ignored too much.

This is a great series and I think if cos-players discovered it there might be quite a few bowler hate and faery cane types walking about!


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