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Wednesday 30 November 2022

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Cinebook the 9th Art: LARGO WINCH 19 - THE EDGE OF NIGHT

Authors: Philippe Francq & Eric Giacometti


Age: 15 years and up

Size: 18.4 x 25.7 cm

Number of pages: 48 colour pages

Publication: September 2022

£7.99 incl. VAT


Largo wakes up confused in a place he doesn’t recognise. The first thing he sees when he opens his eyes is Earth … seen from space! Ten days earlier, the founder of a French aerospace company is murdered by a contract killer. So begins a new adventure for the leader of the W Group, his friends and his employees, in the world of new technologies, the space race, environmentalism … and social networks.

Almost two years (December 2020) since the last book (Scarlet Sails

Some very weird stuff at the outset and I thought we were going to get a The Prisoner scenario!  Things soon settle down, however, we then get into the modern world. You know, where everyone uses social networks and click things that allow themselves to be spied on or search for something on Google or Microsfoft and the think its "weird" how adverts for those same things pop up on their emails networks (before you ask I was looking for a, uh, friend).

With billionaires using space as the new toy of choice (they aint paying, suckers) you can see that this little outing for Largo Winch is quite relatable. The story is good and the final page...O..M..G!! Hopefully I wont have to wait two years for the next book as I am getting somewhat older...just a hint there, Cinebook.

As for the art. Well, it is a treat for the eyes and I do try to find something "off" but this is quality from the scene settings to the technology and the superb colour work just adds to the overall quality. I seem to recall thinking at the outset of this series that a series about some guy who finds out he's rich was not going to be that good.  Hey, it even inspiured me to buy the movie (yes, there was a movie).

Largo Winch is in the top 5 Cinebook titles that I would suggest a new reader gets into and if you cannot guess what the other four are...are you new to CBO.

Recommended now I am holding my breath for part two! 😲😲

Tuesday 29 November 2022

Why Does Blogger Keep Shifting Locations?

Yesterday at 0900 hrs CBO achieved another little peak in views. Since moving to Blogger in 2011 there have been a total of over 10 million views.  And for once Blogger was accurately showing that on the home page stats counter.  

Until 0945 hrs!  The counter went back to just over 4 million again and then I checked and the URL had changed to another location.  No idea why this deletes so many views but if I had not been checking every couple of months I would have thought CBO had stagnated!  

The assumption amongst other bloggers who have had similar problems is that this is all down to tax payment avoidance. No idea if that is true or not as I can't be bothered looking intro that. The other theory is that for some unknown reason Blogger owners do not want to declare the total number of views for all of its blogs combined. I have no idea  about this as it seems odd so I am going with the constant URL changes.

If you are serious about stats ALWAYS maintain a seperate recored based on the dashboard figures.

Cinebook The 9th Art: XIII 25 - RELOADED MEMORY


 Authors: Yves Sente & Youri Jigounov

Age: 15 years and up

Size: 18.4 x 25.7 cm

Number of pages: 48 colour pages


ISBN: 9781800440739

Publication: October 2022

£7.99 incl. VAT

Jason McLane – XIII – has just taken a shot at the pope during an official visit to Washington DC. If he hadn’t, two innocent hostages would have paid the price. Granted, General Wolf’s orders were always to maintain his cover at all costs, but the plans of the Mayflower conspirators – the same people that XIII was supposed to infiltrate but now control him through blackmail – are appallingly more complex and dangerous than just this assassination attempt. American democracy itself is in danger …

Back in January (2022) I reviewed XIII -Irina which was part of the XIII Mystery set so I get confused...I actually thought this series had concluded (again).

The moment Trump entered the Oval office and said "Gail Hydra!" was not enough of a warning? I see factual events all the time that literally mimic 2ridiculous" movies of the 1970s/1980s. I am just waiting for the US TV company to launch its "Running Man"  show...

But life is strange and weird.  

My guess is that the XIII series could go on forever as there is plenty of scope. The story is good if not wholly an original idea (I do not want to reference movies again!) but it is how it is written and paced and that is well done here as you might expect.

The artwork. The is still bloody gorgeous in my opinion and the detail in backgrounds, vehicles buildings is realistic enough and the women are drawn so well that hacks like me want to put down the drawing implemrents for reasons other than rheumatoid arthritis.

You like your spy stories, conspiracy, twists and action then this series is for you. Great read from cover to cover...and the art💓

Monday 28 November 2022

Cinebook the 9th Art: NOTTINGHAM 2 - THE HUNT


Author: Vincent Brugeas, Emmanuel Herzet and Benoît Dellac

Age: 12 years and up


Size: 21.7 x 28.7 cm

Number of pages: 56 colour pages

£8.99 Incl VAT

Publication: October 2022

 ISBN: 9781800440753

Prince John was not at all impressed with the Sheriff of Nottingham’s resistance to his plans, any more than with the support the regent of England gives the same William. When he learns that the regent’s secretary is none other than William’s uncle, John Lackland decided to kill two birds with one stone, and deprive both his political rival and his enemy in Nottingham of a precious ally. Meanwhile, in Sherwood, a mysterious ‘Hood’ has taken to robbing rich merchants …

I swear I thought this series was at volume 4 and had ended but it was back in May that I reviewed the first

As I said with the first book, I am just not getting into this one. Whether it is because of the story or not I cannot make out. The art is okay and the story does seem okay but it is this take on the the Robin Hood story that I am sure the writer thought was a clever twist but it is a twist used by so many others with other legendary British characters. Perhaps try European or just French characters.

I mean, the cover looks promising and I am surev that there are people out there who will love this take on the character as well as the period depicted. Maybe an overview when the series is concluded to see whether that makes a difference as it may just be that the wait between parts does not allow the story to flow well?

Who knows (not me, obviously). Anyone else read this?

Cinebook the 9th Art: THE FORTUNE OF THE WINCZLAVS 2: TOM AND LIZA, 1910


Author: Jean Van Hamme & Philippe Berthet

Age: 12 years and up

Size: 21.7 x 28.7 cm

Number of pages: 56 colour pages


Publication: October 2022

ISBN: 9781800440722

£8.99 incl. VAT


1910, Oklahoma. Thomas Winczlav, Milan’s son, sees his life turned upside down when he learns he is the heir to the O’Casey distilleries – a colossal fortune he’ll have to share with his twin sister Lisa, who lives in France. As the First World War begins, a sometimes naïve, often flighty Tom will do his best to run his new business; meanwhile, the aviation-obsessed Lisa will carve herself a place in the skies of Europe, dominated by a certain Red Baron …

I reviewed volume 1 in memory is going.

With this volume we see the family enter the First World War and Van Hamme does a great job of building up the story behind the family and its history. I see this as a mix of the movie How The West Was One and Dallas/Dynasty TV shows.  Tom is a rich boy in Europe and enjoying the fun including the women in between the action.

I think we would call Tom the "real bastard" of this book. But gets topped by Liza.

Liza shows herself to be "the hard bitch with a plan" and is willing to do almost anything to get into the family and its fortune. Joan Collins or Stephanie Beacham would have been good actresses to play Liza.

The art is good and I think Berthet does a great job but I do think that Dominique David and Meephe Versaevel deserve equal mention. David made the pencil sketches of the backgrounds in the book (and there are a lot) while Versaevel is the colourist who makes this all gel together.

Nothing to complain about and a good read if you want to get away from the current bland output of companies such as Marvel and DC.

The 9th Art rules

Sunday 27 November 2022

"BECKONING": CGI Trailer for the Forthcoming Action Film by: Sava Zivkovic

Not impressed at all. Do either live action (which would have made this look a lot better) or just do a CGI movie. 

Tuesday 22 November 2022

Upcoming Reviews

 Just received 19 new books from Cinebook The 9th Art so over the next couple of weeks I will be posting reviews. Some interesting books.  

I have decided that I will not be reviewing Marvel Comics any more. Apart from the Avengers being a rarity in their own title nothing, including the Miracleman Silver Age, has been impressive. 

The new volume Fantastic Four I got fooled by the hype. What we got for issue number 1 was...a Thing and Alicia story. Not a very original story and honestly it was a mess story-wise and a couple pages looked miss-printed at the top and bottomn with panels having a third missing.  Just wtf the lard asses editing books thought.,..I really don't think that THEY do think...a mild and mediocre story that was launbchinga whole new era of...I do hope not blandness.

I have followed Marvel since the mid 1960s and what I see now, which started in the 1990s and was probably a result of some moron firing Jim Shooter, is just very very sad.

On the brighter side now that Kang has been in a TV series and going to be in a movies...he is going to be used in 2023 to YAWN reboot the Marvel universe.

DC I lost all hope for after a yearly reboot and Justice League and its characters changing so much I could not care a jot how many more times they killed them off.

So keep an eye out for upcoming reviews.

Wednesday 16 November 2022

CBO Should Be Free of Charge....It IS

I got a (pardon for the language) rather shitty message from someone who said that I was not uploading as much as I used to and that he and his friends used to spend some time on CBO reading the posts and features.

The upshot was that I explained politely that I could not afford to work full time on CBO as I used to and that there was never any feedback from readers ("have you commented?" I asked) and there was no support shown in keeping it going -I have to pay bills and eat so as I have said before, thousands around the world read CBO and plenty of publishers want FREE publicity (I do not do that any longer) but I am one person.  

There is a support box to the right that has not been used since set up nearly ten years ago. I have PLENTY I can post to CBO but why go to all of the effort for not even a thank you?

I post as and when I can and things of interest and the stats visit counter went high enough so that when blogger changed its location url again...12000 were deleted. Actual count of visits to CBO to date is over 10 million -which shows why the silence over content is like a kick in the head. As for the complaining fella his only response was that CBO content should be free ( is) and more new posts each day. Basically he and his friends wanted a free daily read without even the obligation of a "thanks" or "interesting post" -only spammers do that!

Wednesday 9 November 2022


Marvel Sercret Invasion 2022....have you wet your pants yet?

Wednesday 2 November 2022

G I Joe The Movie 1987 1080p BluRay


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7x10 squarebound trade paperback, 

88 p. b&w

ISBN-13: 978-1-64932-162-6. 


Stories by Jean-Marc Lofficier; art & cover by Alfredo Macall. Additional art by Gabriel Mayorga, Manuel Martin Peniche, Juan Roncagliolo Berger.

Will the Towers prove true to their word and release Starlock? 

Will Homicron return in time to help her fellow Strangers? 

Will Atlantis fall as it was preordained? 

All our heroes are on stopping the evil Twilight Lord Kruge from using the all-powerful weapon Kera to rewrite the course of history.

Starlock, Starcyb, Homicron, Tanka, Count Saint-Germain, Dick Demon, Kit Kappa, the Zorr-ko, the Time Brigade and more are fighting a hopeless battle to thwart Kruge’s mad plan. But what if the weapon had its own plans?

Suddenly, it is no longer only the history of Earth which hangs in the balance, but that of the entire universe!

Jean-Marc Lofficier & Alfredo Macall team up again to craft this cataclysmic conclusion to the third “season” of Strangers. Plus two bonus stories: the origins of Starcyb by Manuel Martin Peniche and two agents of CLASH on the planet New Camelot by Juan Roncagliolo Berger.