Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Modesty Blaise: The Girl in the Iron Mask by Peter O'Donnell and Enric Badia Romero

First things first, for those of you that are new to Modesty Blaise (like I was before reading this); here is a quick introduction. Modesty stories originally appeared as comic strip cartoons in the London Evening Standard in the 1960s. Created by Peter O’Donnell, the stories have had worldwide success, including a film and TV version of the character, and a current serialisation on BBC Radio 4. Hailed as the female James Bond, Modesty Blaise is sexy, intelligent, rich and super cool; taking out the bad guys in pure style. 

Modesty Blaise: The Girl in the Iron Mask is the latest in Titan’s archival series featuring some newly collected strips and with art from long-serving Modesty artist Enric Badia Romero. Three tales make up this kick-ass volume; Fiona, Walkabout and The Girl in the Iron Mask. 

In Fiona, when Modesty travels to Asia to volunteer at a struggling hospital, she finds herself facing up to an old adversary who is manufacturing illegal drugs in the area. Then, in Walkabout, Modesty enlists the help of Aboriginal friends to help bring Mafia mobsters to justice in Australia. Finally, in the title story, Modesty is forced to endure a terrible ordeal at the hands of twin madmen and must use all of her skills to get out alive. Modesty Blaise is truly an extraordinary heroine; sassy and glamorous, as well as touch and capable in the face of danger. 

In this volume, each story has an excellent introduction from Modesty Blaise expert Lawrence Blackmore which set the scenes perfectly. The artwork is exceptional and fits the storylines handsomely, what with all the exotic locations and the stunning figure of Modesty herself. Whether you love classic British comics, enjoy crime thrillers or are new to all of the above, Modesty Blaise is an unforgettable character and the graphic novels of her exploits are definitely worth a look.

Paperback £11.99  ISBN: 9780857686947

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