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on 24 November 2007
I'm so glad Cinebook started issuing the Blake & Mortimer books in English. These books are great, old-fashioned adventure stories, carefully thought out and rich in detail. The Mystery of the Great Pyramid is an intricate mix of police procedural drama and supernatural themes in a fantastic setting. The translation by Clarence Holland is smooth and captures the mood of the time in which these books are set.
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on 11 December 2009
If the previous album in this series "The Yellow M" can be likened to a 1930's thriller. These 2 albums "The Mystery of the Great Pyramid" have a lot in common with the 1930's adventure serials, a style later made popular by the Lucus and Spielburg's Indiana Jones Films. As you read it you can imagine it being an a plot from an Indiana Jones film. The ever deeping mystery, the regular sequences and fights, climaxing with a mystical/supernatural final confrontation. And on that level these 2 albums really work, assisted by Jacobs beautiful artistry. As a previous reviewer has said, it lacks the humour of Tintin and the over use of Text boxes tends to slow the narrative. Despite these small complaints it is a great read.
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on 22 November 2012
If you love the claire ligne style of Hergé, and a slightly more adult thriller, then this is for you. The characters are well-drawn, in every sense, and the plot exciting. There is a lot more text than in the Tintin albums, but if you love to read as well as look at pictures, that shouldn't be a problem. I was delighted to discover Blake & Mortimer, and I will be collecting the rest of the series.
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This is my latest visit to the world of Blake and Mortimer, courtesy of my local library system. This is a comic-album series set in the 1950s, and was originally a spin-off from Herge’s Adventures of Tintin, but continued by subsequent creative teams, and new stories are still being produced today.

The main character in this volume - the first to follow the original serial that began in the first issue of the European ‘Herge’s Adventures of Tintin’ comic book in 1946 - is Professor Blake, a top British physicist who is on holiday in Egypt, where he is indulging one of his many hobbies - Egyptology. He has been invited by the curator of the Cairo Museum, an old friend, to come and view some new papyrus fragments that appear to reveal the possible existence of an undiscovered tomb of one of the most mysterious Pharaohs - Akhnaton - and which has been hidden away in a secret chamber of the Great Pyramid itself. However, Colonel Olrik, having survived the previous adventure (involving World War III) is now busy running smuggling operations out of Egypt, and has come to hear of the discovery, and is intent on getting it for himself.

There is a lot of running around in 1950s Cairo, involving tailing of suspects, attempted assassinations and kidnappings, police raids, and the like, but there is also a lot of standing around in museums and talking too, so don’t expect an Indiana Jones adventure - that comes in the next volume - part 2.

This is an entertaining ‘period’ drama, expertly illustrated in the European style made familiar by the Adventures of Tintin, from which it is descended, but it can feel a bit slow compared to later episodes, when the creators get into their stride.
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on 5 November 2012
In the adventurous vein of Tintin, which is not surprising considering that the author & artist EP Jacobs was a long-time friend of Herge and collaborated with him on several of the Tintin volumes; with lots of plotting, double-dealing and twists. All of Jacobs' narratives are longer and don't quite 'flow' like Herge's Tintin adventures - who seemed to capture the essence of every scene with the minimum number of words. Jacobs tends to provide long speech bubbles which sometimes have a hard time fitting into the scene, but do however still create atmosphere and suspense.

All in all a grand Egyptian treasure-hunting adventure with a bit of mysticism thrown in!
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on 6 July 2014
A gripping "boy's own' read' in the old style, say, Biggles meets John Buchan but the binding tends to disintegrate in sweaty paws..
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on 4 September 2008
Having read all the translated blake and motimer stories so far ive enjoyed them to some extent but there is something missing which great art doesnt replace.i think its the fun and humour that captain haddock and snowy bring to herges books.Also theres so much too read in blake and mortimer stories that therefore dont make the storylines that easy to understand or keep up with and all to many times a bit like the cliffhanger serials of the 40s somehow with a paragraph blake and mortimer are free.So all in all I will still buy all those that are reprinted but dont expect to many laughs
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