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Friday, 27 May 2016

Cinebook The 9th Art: The Marquis of Anaon 3 - The Providence

Authors: Vehlmann & Bonhomme
Age: 12 years and up
Size: 21.7 x 28.7 cm
Number of pages: 52 colour pages
Publication: March 2016
ISBN: 9781849182775
Price: £7.99 inc. VAT
Jean-Baptiste Poulain is back in Paris when the Countess of Almedia invites him to join her salon in Andalusia. Her offer is too good to refuse, and they’re soon on their way to San Fernando by sea. During a storm, they narrowly avoid a collision with a drifting ship, the Providence. When they go aboard the derelict, all they find are corpses – and yet Jean-Baptiste is convinced he’d seen a survivor...

Well, our hero gets into another scrape. I'm quite enjoying this series but, boy, does it get bloody grim. The stories are good and the art works with lots of detail -it seems simple line-work until you look at it properly. I hope you all appreciate the art?  The colours by DELF also add great atmosphere (I've no idea whether "DELF" is a person or a digital colouring program!). I wasn't 100 % sure of the series when it started but Vehlmann and Bonhomme have won me over.

I do find it odd that, in 2016, male nipples are allowed but female nipples are covered or nipple removal takes place.  I understand why -Cinebook experts to countries where they are still backward on these things for, mainly, religious reasons. Printing two versions -Original and Sanitised is far too costly and even then if the unsanitised copy gets through by mistake... People seem not to understand this and keep shouting "censorship!" at me.  I have no idea why since I'm just the reviewer!

Sadly, Cinebook no longer have interior page views on their website and I really do not want to go through the whole scanning process and risk damaging the book.  Anyway, it spoils the treat and you are going to buy a copy-aren't you?

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