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Friday, 8 April 2016

Cinebook the 9th Art the Blue Coats 9 - El Padre

Authors: Lambil & Cauvin
Age: 8 years and up
Size: 21.7 x 28.7 cm
Number of pages: 48 colour pages
Publication: January 2016
ISBN: 9781849182867
Price: £6.99 inc. VAT

Sent to scout the enemy, Blutch and Chesterfield are chased by a Confederate patrol and forced to cross the Rio Grande to safety. But that safety is relative: stuck between Apache bandits and Mexican outlaws, our two Bluecoats have no choice but to disguise themselves as civilians – Blutch as a peasant, Chesterfield as a monk.

But the nearby village is eagerly awaiting its new ‘padre’, and the villagers aren’t fooled by the deception...

If it wasn't for the art style this series could be quite grim. There's almost that mix of menace and action but with a twist of humour you used to see in some of the Spaghetti Westerns. It would be interesting to see one of these Blue Coats books drawn by an artist with a "serious" artstyle!

I can see why German comic fans always asked about this series.

So, who wins? Blutch and Chesterfield? The Confederates? The Apaches? Or the villagers?

You guess....or buy the book and find out!

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