In this edition, Modesty stars in the final three intrigue-filled adventures to be illustrated by Jim Holdaway: The Hell Makers, Take Over and The War-Lords of Phoenix!
Featuring an introduction by Max Allan Collins (Road to Perdition, CSI graphic novels), along with an article by Modesty creator Peter O�Donnell and an exclusive, in-depth interview with O�Donnell, this latest addition to Titan�s Modesty Blaise library is not to be missed!
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The Hell Makers is magnificent - it really shows the bond between Modesty and Willie. All the first part - the trap, the switch, getting up there and the gunbattle - is just setup for the climax where Modesty solves Willie's problem permanently. Again, echoed in a book - though not the solution, as I recall she just talks him through it. On the other hand the method and the effect were different too - it was only the fact that Willie might have killed her due to mind-meddling that was the same. Anyway - great story. Then Take-Over - it's Brookie rather than Tarrant who gets them into this one. And he makes a reference back to Bad Suki, too. This was much more an even fight than most they get into - the enemy are as smart and as careful as they are, but not up to a straight confrontation. Modesty and Willie are tops there. Which makes the last story interesting - Warlords of Phoenix, where they're recruited as combat instructors with a lever to keep them behaving. Modesty figures a nice way to get a message out, and then it's back to straight confrontation - and I have to say, expecting their students to take them down was pretty poor. They've just spent weeks establishing that they know more than all the students¿ Pretty good, but it's Hell Makers that makes this a great book.
The Modesty Blaise Strip first began running in London Evening Standard in 1963 with stories by Peter O' Donnell and art by the late Jim Holdaway. While popular in England and elsewhere around the world, The Modesy Blaise comic strip never had wide circulation in the United States, due in part to its occasional strong violence and nude scenes. Reprints here in the states have been sporadic but recently Titan Books began reprinting the entire series from the beginning. The Hell Makers is the 6th volume in the series. The book features an introduction by writer Max Allan Collins and also includes an interview with Peter O' Donnell. Three complete stories are included. The Hell Makers leads off the book and finds Modesty's sidekick Willie Garvin falling prey to a set-up when he tries to play good Samaritan and help out a women in distress. She turns out to be an operative for a group looking to derail a government scientific project. Willie is captured and given doses of a powerful hallucinogenic drug derived from LSD that gives him horrible delusions. The group films Willie's psychotic rants and shows them to Modesty. They plan to blackmail her into discrediting two American scientists that will cause their project to grind to a halt. The female agent's arrogant attitude incenses Modesty as she swiftly dispatches the cocky agent. Now Modesty, along with help from the CIA has to find Willie and rescue him before his captors realize their agent is dead. Easier said than done, however, as Willie is being held high in a mountain retreat cabin that will take a treacherous climb to traverse. The Hell Makers was a great story. The strips are reproduced with impeccable quality and Holdaway's art is simply amazing. He had a remarkable cinematic ability to capture the action in panel strip format. In 'The Warlords of Phoenix' Modesty and Willie are in Japan training with their old martial arts mentor Kazumi. Their plans to meet Kazumi and his daughter Kimi for dinner later are shattered when Kimi is attacked by her own fiancée and critically stabbed. In a rage, Kazumi kills her once future son-in-law Asada. Kimi reveals she discovered that Asada was part of a shadowy organization known as Phoenix. As Willie and Modesty begin to investigate Phoenix, little do they know that Phoenix has their eye on the pair and soon Modesty and Willie are gassed unconscious and wake up aboard a ship off the coast of Japan. They are taken to a secret island where the Warlords of Phoenix explain that their group will rise from the ashes of a future nuclear war and gain control of the world. The 'Warlord of Phoenix' is notable due to the fact that Jim Holdaway passed away suddenly in the middle of the story and would be replaced by Enrique Badia Romero, who would handle the art on the strip until it ended. Reviewed by Tim Janson