What a great work these "new" authors (Van Hamme, Yves Sente) and illustrators (Ted Benoit, André Juillard, ao.) have given us with these new albums of the adventures of Blake & Mortimer. We are of course dealing with some of the most gifted writers/illustrators of today, famous for many great series such as Thorgal, Skarbek etc.) and one could maybe be afraid that this just would turn out be an opportunity to commercialise a legendary (but discontinued) album serial, but on the contrary.
This is born out the deepest respect and love for the work and all these new albums are marvellous - it is like the serial never stopped. And one thing I really admire is that they have stepped into the present day in their way of presenting the stories, but still kept true to its original concept and atmosphere. I'm marvelled how they can come up with these new great stories, what an imagination and insight.
My personal favourites in the new serial so far, is the first three albums: The Francis Blake Affair, The Voronov Plot and The Strange Encounter, but I think that all the new albums from these great writers are superb. I for one, am exited to see if they will leave out their primary, and always present villain Olrik, in some of the next coming albums, that would be a nice change. The only album, in the original serial, who didn't have Olrik in it was "The devilish Trap" (title freely translated from its French title - this album is unfortunately not translated to English), so it was actually done before.
So in short - what a truly wonderful and most welcoming idea, to continue these great classics, in such a high standard of quality - BRAVO!!!