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4.0 out of 5 stars Great classic Bande Dessinée, 23 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Blake & Mortimer Vol.11: The Gondwana Shrine (Adventures of Blake & Mortimer) (Paperback)
The modern sequels written by Sente and drawn by Julliard of Blake and Mortimer are as outstanding as the ones written by E.P. Jacobs.A clear line drawings, a lively and interesting plot, well constructed characters and settings in different places around the world, makes this comic book a great choice for those who prefer classic French comics to those of comic heroes produced at a mass scale.
The story is about a strange and lost civilization discovered by an ethnologist who suddenly turns mad. Mortimer, with the help of Natasha and another friend, departs to Africa to try to solve the mistery. The end is unexpected and curious so, on the overall, I would recommend this comic and other from the same series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting Euro adventure comic, 15 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: Blake & Mortimer Vol.11: The Gondwana Shrine (Adventures of Blake & Mortimer) (Paperback)
This is my first visit to the world of Blake and Mortimer, originally a spin-off from Herge’s Adventures of Tin-Tin, but continued by a subsequent creative team. The main characters are British, and it is set at an undisclosed time, but probably in the 1950s, as the aircraft on show are all propeller-powered. There are continuing sub-plots between volumes, and there is quite a major one here, which I didn’t realise until the climax of the adventure; which didn’t detract from the main story at all. This is an interesting adventure, which stretches out from London to Africa, with a side-order of Antarctica, relating to the previous adventure. Throw in angry Hippopotami, wild elephants and hungry lions, scuba expeditions in remote African lakes, and even a dirigible chase, and we have an old-fashioned adventure story that I didn’t know were still being created. I shall be hunting down more of these volumes in my local libraries immediately.

THE SPOILER ZONE
The story opens with a German scientist in Africa discovering a cave exposed by low water levels in a lake, and finding mysterious relics, one of which he escapes with when native guards find him and chase him. Professor Mortimer has just received the analysis of some specimens recovered in Antarctica in the previous adventure, and upon investigating, finds there is a relationship to the German professor’s discovery. A quick expedition to Tanganyika is organised, and accompanied by a couple of companions, our Professor is soon off. Meanwhile, a mysterious stranger who has been shadowing him makes contact with Captain Blake of MI5 and is soon following the Professor’s trail. Why is Captain Blake helping a mysterious stranger follow his friend Professor Blake? And are there really remains of a civilisation that preceded the dinosaurs hidden in a cave underneath an African lake?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true and remarkable continuation, 8 July 2012
This review is from: Blake & Mortimer Vol.11: The Gondwana Shrine (Adventures of Blake & Mortimer) (Paperback)
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.

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!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to find!?!, 25 Dec. 2012
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I found these very hard to find in English and these are perfect really good, dad has also looked for them and I'm really happy to find them for him good story, good Christmas!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read, 2 May 2014
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This was an enjoyable mystery. The plot is densely packed with detail, twists and turns, which are outstanding in that they stand up on 're reading the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 Oct. 2014
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all very nice I am very happy about amazon service too. thank you
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just plain fun., 23 April 2012
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This book is probably best summed up as a fun romp. The story is old-fashioned (in the good way) and the pictures wonderful. EPJ created the characters, but the new writers and illustrators have moved the series on and, I think, taken it to a new level. If you like the Indiana Jones films, this is probably the sort of book you'd like.
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