Finally, after putting out other Blake and Mortimer stories out of order, Cinebooks is doing the first Blake and Mortimer story in the usual 3-part format. Yes, this is really #2, not #16. And its the second of a 3-parter, so best to have the other 2 albums.
"Secret of the Swordfish" is set in 1946/49 (not quite clear), but one that is different from our history. If you've read the other albums, you may have seen hints of this story.
In it, just after WWII, it seems that the world is posed on the brink of another war, this from the Yellow Empire based in Tibet! Under the control of a military dictator, the Yellow Empire has been preparing for war! But some of the free nations are not sitting around ideally. In England, they are working on a secret weapon, the Swordfish. This is being lead by Professor Mortimer. Captain Blake is heading up security.
But then, a war breaks out, when the Yellow Empire sends missiles against the world capitals!! (needless to say, the follow-on albums make NO mention of this destruction). This is followed by a blitzkrieg attack by the armies of the Yellow Empire, and it seems most nations fall. (its not clear who is still free).
But Blake and Mortimer get out of England on their way to a secret English base in the Middle East to complete the secret weapon. They are pursued by Col. Olrik, an Eastern European who is the head of security for the Yellow Empire. This is the first meeting of these 3, as Olrik will be a persistent threat to B&M thru most of the series.
In this album they work to evade Olrik and get to the secret base, now accompanied by other scientists. Sadly, the plans are lost and Mortimer is captured. So Blake must both retrieve the plans and get Mortimer out before he is forced to reveal any secrets.
The story continued in the next album as they hopefully build that secret weapon and defeat the Yellow Empire.