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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Cinebook The 9th Art: Thorgal 19 -The Barbarian

Authors: Rosinski & Van Hamme
Age: 15 years and up
Size: 18.4 x 25.7 cm
Number of pages: 48 colour pages
Publication: March 2018
Thorgal - The Barbarian
ISBN: 9781849183994
Price: £6.99 inc. VAT

Thorgal, his family, and his new friends Tiago and Ileniya have been captured by slavers while attempting to cross the desert. The two adult men are sold to the local governor as fodder for a cruel blood game, where young nobles in chariots practice their archery skills on fleeing slaves. Turning the tables on them, Thorgal earns his and Tiago’s freedom, but not the women’s – and he has made a mortal enemy in the governor’s son...

This is another book appearing after a long delay. I really cannot remember what happened last time but luckily the story is more-or-less self contained and I had read some Thorgal in German years before Cinebook arrived and actually also revealed the origins of the character!

Held captive, freed and then having to compete against the governor’s son it looks like Thorgal might win but after Tiago’s fate someone has a plan for vengeance and the bodies start mounting up…including Thorgal’s as he is left dead on a cliff top.

From the first volume on this has been an incredibly entertaining series with bloody action and history as you may not have been taught at school –from Central America to just about most of the rest of the then known/unknown world.  Rosinski and Van Hamme have created a classic series that you would be a fool to miss out on buying.

HIGHLY recommended.

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