Blake & Mortimer : Oath of the Five lORDS v. 18 Paperback
by Yves Sente
Illustrated by Andre Juillard
Death in the present re-awakens a dark time in Blake's past. 1919. Colonel Lawrence - Lawrence of Arabia - has an unpleasant meeting with an MI5 agent who confiscates his manuscript of The Seven Pillars of Wisdom. 35 years later, Oxford is shaken by a series of burglaries at the Ashmolean Museum, at the same time as Blake learns of the death of an old friend.
The captain begins an investigation, while Mortimer looks into the thefts...But what dark connection does all of this have with Lawrence or Blake's own past?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 72 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: Cinebook Ltd
- Publication Date: 06/05/2014
- Category: Comic strip fiction / graphic novels
- ISBN: 9781849181914
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Review by iansales
I’ve been impressed with a couple of Sente’s scripts, more so than I have anything written by series creator Edgar P Jacobs – chiefly because Sente manages to stitch his stories into real history. And so he does in this one, and it’s particularly effective. The story is essentially a murder-mystery. The titular lords are a secret society, created decades before to safeguard a pamphlet written by TE Lawrence but which he was never allowed to publish. Someone is bumping off the lords and stealing their portion of the pamphlet. It’s up to Blake and Mortimer to learn the identity of the killer/thief before the pamphlet is all together lost and the five lords all murdered. It’s not a very complex mystery, though Sente still manages a few bits of sleight of hand with his clues. I thought this one of the better entries in the series.