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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent spy/adventure/action story, 18 Mar. 2014
Squirr-El (The Metropolis, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: XIII (english version) - 3 - All the Tears of Hell (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…

This third instalment sees our hero, Steve, in a maximum-security prison for the criminally insane, after being framed for some murders by his step-mother. The Mongoose, the head of the assassination conspiracy, has got a man on the inside who is going to kill Steve. Meanwhile, Steve’s former commanding officer in the US Army, who is now chief of the General Staff, has met with Colonel Amos, who has been investigating the assassination of the US President that our hero is believed to have committed, and is sharing information with him. It turns out that Steve may not be Steve after all, but Ross Tanner, another special-forces operative, who has disappeared. Colonel Amos is still determined to use Steve, or Ross, or whoever, to uncover the conspirators, and General Carrington sends his aide Lieutenant Jones, to break in to the prison to get Ross out. Fortunately, Ross manages to meet her half way…

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))
XIII Vol.2: Where the Indian Walks
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