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Graphic Novel Review

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Modesty Blaise
The Scarlet Maiden


Author: Peter O'Donnell
Artist: Neville Colvin
Titan Books
RRP: £11.99, US $19.95, Cdn $24.95
ISBN: 978 1 84856 107 6
Available 25 September 2009

The dark underworld of espionage and crime is lit up by the fatal charms of the gorgeous Modesty Blaise - high priestess of pulp crime and goddess of cult thrillers. Adventurer, spy, smuggler, racketeer and all-round bad girl, Modesty is as stylish as she is smart, as lethal and beautiful as a Japanese fighting sword...

The Scarlet Maiden collects together three classic hard-to-find stories: ‘The Scarlet Maiden’, ‘The Moon Man’ and ‘A Few Flowers for the Colonel’.

A scuttled pirate ship hides a wealth of secrets waiting to be discovered in 'The Secret Maiden'; Modesty's past returns to haunt her when she becomes involved with a sleeper agent in 'The Moon Man'; and in 'A Few Flowers for the Colonel', Modesty and WIllie must brave a revolution to rescue a kidnapped nun.

This collection also includes new introductions by the strip's author Peter O'Donnell as well as a look at Lawrence Blackmore's continuing feature on the strips that ran in the Glasgow's Evening Citizen.

As always, an interesting slice of classic comic strip action at a reasonable price.


Nick Smithson

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