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Monday, 2 April 2018

Cinebook the 9th Art: Wayne Shelton 5 -Vengeance

Authors: Denayer & Cailleteau
Age: 15 years and up
Size: 18.4 x 25.7 cm
Number of pages: 56 colour pages
Publication: November 2017
ISBN: 9781849183680
Price: £7.99 inc. VAT

Thirty years after Hooker’s betrayal and the massacre at Cao-Dinh, Shelton discovered he had the next best thing to a son ... and lost him immediately. Filled with hatred and rage, the adventurer methodically tracks down Mrs Yoon, Hooker’s right arm and murderer of Tran. It’s a long and obstacle-strewn quest, but Wayne is a professional. Which does leave the hardest question of all: what will he do once he’s found his old nemesis?

Never saw volume 3 so no idea…and no review. I had another problem with this book in that I knew it was one I liked but I had no idea what was going on. Volume 4 had appeared in December, 2016 which might explain why my brain was a blank.

Publisher Olivier Cadic told me that he only chose a series that had been completed so there was no chance of readers being told a cliff-hanger ending was it for whatever reason. I have no idea what goes on behind the scenes but I do know what readers of the books think. The delays have a negative effect on attitudes and that means some readers just stop buying which obviously affects the company financially. I know a Wayne Shelton fan, or he was: apparently he gave his books away because nothing new appeared and there was that English Euro comic reader fear of having jumped on to a series only to have editions stop abruptly.

As it stands, reading this latest volume was not a big problem as it was all self explanatory though references to events in previous volumes were helpful in filling in the story it was annoying because I did not want to go to the bookshelf and pull out volumes 1, 2 and 4 and re-read through them. The artwork as always is superb and if the artist is not basing Shelton on Clarke Gable then I would be amazed because there is a very strong resemblance!

Of course, there is action, twists, betrayal, action and…action.  I really enjoyed this series and I hope “coming soon” for volume 6 means before 2019!

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