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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent spy/adventure/action story, 18 Mar 2014
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Mr. Mice Guy (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: XIII (english version) - 2 - Where the Indian Walks (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.

The first 46-page instalment sees the, possibly clichéd nowadays, opening chapter, with a mysterious figure washed up on an 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…

The second instalment sees our hero looking into the past of the man in a photograph that he has taken from one of the killers in the previous instalment – Captain Steve Rowland – and discovering that the captain, a special forces expert apparently died in a helicopter crash, though it appears that our man has the same fingerprints and looks identical to him (something he didn’t notice when looking in a mirror, apparently). His commanding officer sends him home to investigate his disappearance further, where Steve finds his father in a wheelchair and paralysed, married to his young, blonde nurse, and the family estate being run by his father’s brother. You can see where this is going, can’t you? Anyway, after it has gone there, Steve sets off to find his widow, following another clue from the previous episode. When he does find her, it turns out that she also knows about the conspiracy, and has further mysteries to confuse our hero, who is captured by the forces of law and order before he can delve further, and quickly sentenced to life imprisonment on a framed murder charge.

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 an off to the library shortly to look for the next episode.

Further Reading
XIII Vol.1: The Day of the Black Sun (XIII (Cinebook))
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