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Review: Blake & Mortimer Vol. 7 The Affair of the Necklace

Blake & Mortimer Vol. 7 The Affair of the Necklace

There is no historical figure in France more celebrated and vilified than Marie Antoinette. The words that have made her so infamous to so many has become known only in recent years that she never uttered them. It was during her tenure that the French Revolution took root and crushed the monarchy finally.

Over time, monarchies like hers fell eventually but what people of that time did not count on was the romanticizing of those figures throughout history. The film by Sofia Coppola both dispelled myth and gave viewers even ore insight into this legend while doing one thing most historical pictures haven’t done, make her hip. The world got another chance to fall in love with her again. In the seventh volume of Blake & Mortimer our intrepid heroes became entangled with her legend while facing an old foe.

Our dynamic duo show up in Paris, the city is buzzing with news of the impending nuptials of two royals, and quite a crown jewel being offered. They show up to a pre-wedding party for the monarchy, a few mysterious occurrences take place, leading to the theft of Marie Antoinette’s necklace, by their old nemesis, Olrik. He makes it difficult for the two to find, even using local gangsters to stop them in their tracks. Their search leads to Paris’s underground where Olrik’s man, Sharkey apprehended by the police, leads them and where they find out that their old enemy is hiding more than that necklace.

Overall, the seventh volume is an entertaining adventure which has the guys mixed in with gangsters, history, and royalty. The story by Edgar P. Jacobs is dense, smart, and gripping, The art by Jacobs is vivid and fluid. Altogether, one of the better adventures from this series.

Story: Edgar P. Jacobs Art: Edgar P. Jacobs
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Blake & Mortimer Vol. 6: S.O.S Meteors

Blake & Mortimer Vol. 6: S.O.S Meteors

If you were born in the 20th century, you were treated to some of best acting performances of all time. There were actors that are once in a generation. Some of my favorite actors of all time, are no longer with us, like John Candy and Raul Julia. One of those actors made the world smile while the other actor made the world feel.

Another actor, who is still with us, but is more retired than working these days, is Sean Connery. He’s probably best known for his time as James Bond. One of his best movies of all time, one in which he plays an older maverick, is The Hunt For Red October. Then there are some of his not so great movies, like The Avengers, where he played Sir August De Wynter who plans to take over the world with a climate changing machine. In the sixth volume of Blake and Mortimer, our heroes are fighting a climatic threat, one that is obliterating Europe.

We catch up with Professor Mortimer, as he is in Paris, to figure what is causing the atmospheric disruptions when he notices the inordinate amount of rain, affecting transportation, and in effect causing accidents. Meanwhile, Blake is following a case surrounding a mysterious network which lead him to Paris as well. We soon find out that an old foe came out of hiding, as he has joined forces with some French gangsters and a mad scientist, to take control of Western Europe.

Overall, this volume is an engaging story that shows even the most over the top plots can by executed perfectly in the right hands. The story by Edgar P. Jacobs is action packed and funny. The art by Jacobs is alluring.  Altogether Jacobs proves he can tell a story that both well developed and entertaining.

Story: Edgar P. Jacobs Art: Edgar P. Jacobs
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy