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XIII (english version) - 1 - The Day of the Black Sun [Kindle Edition]

Jean Van Hamme , Vance
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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A man washes ashore near an old couple’s house, barely alive. When he comes to, he has forgotten everything, including his name. The only clues to his identity: a key sewn into his clothes, a bullet wound to the head… and the number XIII tattooed on his shoulder. A meagre start to reconstruct one’s self.

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Initially serialized in Spirou magazine in 1984, XIIIA" was created by Jean Van Hamme, the author behind ThorgalA" and Largo WinchA"-the latter in comic and book form as well as on the big screen,A" and William Vance, illustrator of the bestsellers Howard Flynn,A" Bruce Hawker ,A" Bruno BrazilA", Bob MoraneA" and Marshall Blueberry.A"

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars XIII - Bourne to be wild 21 May 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
At last the XIII set of 19 books from Cinebook has got underway. I've been anticipating this one for a while because I'm aware it is very popular abroad. As with the Bourne trilogy the fascination lies around wondering who this XIII guy really is and why everyone is after him. It is difficult to gauge in one book how on earth this is going to stretch out for 19 editions but looking at the title pages of the remaining 18 books it clearly is going to be a long and complicated ride for Mr XIII, whoever he is! Certainly I shall be buying further volumes for the time being as I was dragged into the story on this first volume with loads of questions still to be answered and the feeling that, well, anything can happen.
I like the drawing detail given to secondary characters especially the evil or nasty ones when they get their comeuppance, usually despatched by XIII.
The only problem to put up with is the delay in waiting for the next episode to arrive. Arrgh!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent spy/adventure/action story 10 Mar. 2014
By 50 Squirrels of Grey TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an excellent action/adventure story, with very good artwork, which, while being ’European’, is also very reminiscent of old-fashioned American and British newspaper strip artwork, the sort of thing we used to occasionally see in American non-superhero comics many years ago.

This first 46-page instalment sees the, possibly clichéd nowadays, opening chapter, as a mysterious figure is washed up on the almost deserted American shore. The man has been shot in the head and cannot remember anything about his past. A couple of killers turn up looking for him, and he gets a clue which leads him further on into the plot, until he finds out just why people are after him – he was apparently involved in an assassination…

It may sound old fashioned, and it reminded me visually of the old James Bond newspaper strip – though this is in colour – but it was interesting enough to make me want to read more; so I shall be off to the library in the morning to look for further episodes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent spy/adventure/action story 10 Mar. 2014
By 50 Squirrels of Grey TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent action/adventure story, with very good artwork, which, while being ’European’, is also very reminiscent of old-fashioned American and British newspaper strip artwork, the sort of thing we used to occasionally see in American non-superhero comics many years ago.

This first 46-page instalment sees the, possibly clichéd nowadays, opening chapter, as a mysterious figure is washed up on the almost deserted American shore. The man has been shot in the head and cannot remember anything about his past. A couple of killers turn up looking for him, and he gets a clue which leads him further on into the plot, until he finds out just why people are after him – he was apparently involved in an assassination…

It may sound old fashioned, and it reminded me visually of the old James Bond newspaper strip – though this is in colour – but it was interesting enough to make me want to read more; so I shall be off to the library in the morning to look for further episodes.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting plot, but... why so expensive ? 17 Mar. 2004
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Format:Paperback
Code XIII is a really fascinating story. Once you start a book, you can not live without reading the following one. No wonder why it's got such a success in some other contries.
Everything starts with this man without a past, who can't remember anything. The only clue about his identity is the number XIII tatooed on the back of his neck (or on top of his ear, I don't remember). Quickly, some mysterious killers are after him. Little by little, as he finds out more about his so-called identity, he realizes he is engaged in a very complex political plot.
The story is set in a modern country, which looks like the United States and you will find a lot of similarities between the fiction and the history of the last 20 years.
Van Hamme is an excellent storyteller, the characters have a real density and the suspense doesn't stop. It seems the book will never finish and it is somehow frustrating, as you want to know the end but you are never sure about the real identity of the main character.
Although I am not a great fan of the drawings (a question of taste), the design is lively and very well done.
To conclude, if you are a graphic novel person, you will enjoy that book for all its qualities, and if you're not, just try! It is a great thriller, as good as a novel (unfortunately, you have to spend all your pocket money).
One more point: Van Hamme is also the author of Thorgal (fantasy book, one of the best, set in the Vikings time) and Largo Winch.
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