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Saturday, 31 March 2018

Cinebook The 9th Art: Trent 2 - The Kid

Authors: Leo & Rodolphe
Age: 12 years and up
Size: 21.7 x 28.7 cm
Number of pages: 48 colour pages
Publication: February 2018
ISBN: 9781849183741
Price: £6.99 inc. VAT

After a botched robbery that claimed the life of his lover, an American outlaw crosses the border into Canada. As he’s already left nearly a dozen dead bodies behind, Sergeant Trent is sent to intercept him. But instead of the expected bloodthirsty murderer, it’s a sensitive young man that the Mountie finds, a free spirit with a deep love of French poetry. How is Trent going to reconcile doing his duty with his nascent liking for the kid?
Rodolphe and,particularly, Leo are better known for their science fiction series and I always wondered whether that was a genre they had limited themselves to. How would they fair with a non sci fi series?  Yeah, I wrote "Sci Fi" -live with it. After reading the first book in the Trent series I liked it!
Trent is quite fallible. He's a Mountie  and he doesn't lurk around but walks straight into a situation.  In this story there are four strangers in his camp talking to a prisoner when he returns from hunting -he doesn't keep back and watch what's going on: he walks straight in and asks who they are. Guess who gets taken prisoner?
The art, as you might expect, is great and I love how it works so well with the colouring by Marie-Paule Alluard. Okay, the story is not that original: Mountie arrests American outlaw and has to bring him in. On the way they kind of bond.  However, as I keep stating, there are only so many story ideas and it is how you use them as a writer. In this case there is good characterisation and twists so the story was very enjoyable.
NO Spoilers.
Trent is yet another series to be added to Cinebook's collection of great Franco-Belgian comic albums library.  I'd recommend it.

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