Review: The Adventures of Blake & Mortimer: Mystery of the Great Pyramid
One of the most overused tropes in procedural stories is the “avenge my death” device, which makes you either hate or love the protagonist. Within the reader, there is a part of them that wishes for them to catch the killer. The other side, and the one which is more pragmatic or pessimistic depending on your outlook, knows there is no way to catch the killer. Both sides are extremes, and ones that do neither any good.
The one eventual outcome that usually occurs is that the death of the murderer doesn’t ever satisfy the need for avenging. As the loss remains and when they do catch the guilty party, it is never what they expect it to be. This revenge drives the character and sometimes it doesn’t pay off. In the second book of the Blake and Mortimer series, we find a mournful Mortimer, who has lost his best friend and is hot on the trail of Olrik, the man who killed his partner.
We find Mortimer and Nasir on their way to Cairo, as they arrive they son find that they are being followed, as trouble is close by. As he visits a friend who is an Egyptologist, Professor Ahmed, as they soon uncover hidden in the texts of some artifacts, rumblings about a secret treasure. As Mortimer gets closer to finding the clues to where the treasure is kept, his archenemy, Olrik, catches up t him and looks to take the sacred texts revealing the necessary clues. Soon, Olrik and Mortimer get in a skirmish, leaving Mortimer unconscious and the local police looking for both. Eventually Mortimer escapes and what follows is a cat and mouse game between the two, which leaves some casualties in its wake. By book’ end, some dreadful news reaches our heroes and they are forever changed by it.
Overall, an excellent comic which sets this book apart from other globe trotting adventures series of it’s time. The story by Edgar P. Jacobs is fun and action packed. The art by Jacobs is gorgeous. Altogether a great installment which is reminds of the serials that the book is inspired by.
Story: Edgar P. Jacobs Art: Edgar P. Jacobs
Story: 9.6 Art: 9.4 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy