West Land | Price: INR 250 | Color | Size: A4 | Laminated/HardCover
Finally, we have the much awaited review on the CineBook's Blake & Mortimer series here at Comicology, which was part of the batch of issues distributed in India by West Land, on July 2008. It's another classic series from the Franco-Belgian comics era, a product of one of the famous European Comics visionary Edgar P. Jacobs. It first appeared serialized in the Belgian comics magazine Tintin from 1946 (from the very first issue), and was subsequently published in book form by Lombard, due to its growing popularity.
It's story about two British men, Philip Mortimer, a Top Scientist; and Francis Blake, an Army officer, and follows their adventures through their science-fiction mixed detective investigations, even to an extent some historian legends, like the lost continent of Atlantis. I wonder why the series wasn't named as Mortimer & Blake, as he is the main character in much of the adventures. Let's look at the background and earlier work of Edgar Jacobs, which formed a base for his famous Blake & Mortimer series, before we review the instalments from CineBook.
|B&M 1: The Yellow "M" |
|B&M 1: BackCover |
Pages: 72 | Published: Jan 2007
Let's come back to the Blake & Mortimer series released by CineBook with their distribution network in India in 2008. There are 3 issues which are part of this pack, let's look at the synopsis of each of the titles, and their respective French Originals. All these 3 issues were written and drawn by Edgar P. Jacobs himself.
1. The Yellow “M”:
A mysterious crime wave is sweeping London and nothing, from the Bank of England to the Crown Jewels, is safe. The identity of the criminal is unknown but Londoners are beginning to fear the symbol that is left at each crime scene, the Yellow “M”. Enters Philip Mortimer, and Blake to solve the mystery.
|B&M 2: The Mystery of the Great Pyramid : Part 1 |
|B&M 2: BackCover |
Pages: 56 | Published: Nov 2007
2. The Mystery of the Great Pyramid Vol.1:
Professor Mortimer, accompanied by the loyal Nasir, is in Cairo pursuing his study of Egyptology. With the assistance of his old friend, he deciphers some papyrus that was recently discovered. His archaeological exploits soon turn out to be far more dangerous than he expected, as he calls on Captain Francis Blake for assistance but, as it turns out, Blake is the one truly in need of help.
3. The Mystery of the Great Pyramid Vol.2:
When news reaches him that Captain Blake has been assassinated by agents of Colonel Olrik at Athens Airport, Professor Mortimer vows to avenge his friend and sets out to discover the whereabouts of Olrik. Mortimer’s investigation leads him to the Great Pyramid where he begins to unravel the secrets of the Chamber of Horus, secrets that will lead him into the darkest depths of the Great Pyramid itself.
|B&M 3: The Mystery of the Great Pyramid : Part 2 |
|B&M 3: BackCover |
Pages: 56 | Published: Jan 2008