The Adventures of Blake and Mortimer : The Yellow "M" v. 1 Paperback
Illustrated by Edgar P. Jacobs
The |Yellow Mark| is a criminal that has London enthralled in his exploits: holding up the Bank of England, robbing the imperial crown and many more.
The Home Office asks Captain Francis Blake to discover the identity of the man who hides behind the Yellow Mark.
Blake immediately calls upon his old friend, Professor Philip Mortimer, to help him unmask this mysterious criminal.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 48 pages, colour illustrations throughout
- Publisher: Cinebook Ltd
- Publication Date: 11/01/2007
- Category: Comics and Graphic Novels
- ISBN: 9781905460212
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Review by karinnekarinne
I figured out whodunnit about a third of the way into "The Yellow M" but still enjoyed the story, which is one of the marks of a good mystery for me. I loved the artwork and the feel of this comic.I can't help thinking of Blake and Mortimer as a sophisticated Scooby Gang, which is a comparison that doesn't really make sense. It's not a negative, though -- I'd definitely read more of their adventures.
Review by adpaton
Serial villain Count Orlik has more lives than any of the serial killers fond in Friday 13th or Halloween: no matter what Blake and Mortimer do, they simply cannot get rid of him. The Yellow M has a convoluted plot involving a mad scientist taking hias revenge on those who trashed a book he wrote 30 years before:
Review by Michael.Rimmer
Edgar P. Jacobs was a contemporary and colleague of his fellow countryman, Hergé, assisting the latter with some of his Tintin stories. Comparison is therefore inevitable, and it is to Jacobs' credit.Jacobs' artwork has the same clean lines as Hergé's, but his figures are drawn more realistically, without the elements of caricature found in the adventures of Tintin. Having only read <i>The Yellow 'M'</i> at the time of writing this review, I found the narrative style somewhat denser; there is none of the slapstick found in Tintin, little in the way of humour, actually, with the action being played seriously. There are no talking animals, apoplectic sea-captains, bungling detectives or comically absent-minded professors. The writing is seemingly aimed at an older, if still juvenile, audience than Hergé went for with Tintin. Accordingly, and with an 9-10 pages in which to expand the story, I found this first foray with Blake and Mortimer much more satisfying than most of the Tintin albums.Written in the 1950s, there are a number of stock tropes which, depending upon the reader's viewpoint, will be found either stylistically comforting or clichéd (I obviously incline to the former). Blake is cast in the same mold as Dennis Nayland Smith from the Fu Manchu stories: a capable and influential establishment figure with a military background. Mortimer is the epitome of British scientific know-how, akin to Professor Quatermass. The villain(s) are a blend of Fu Manchu, Fantômas, Rastapopoulos, et al.The story involves an evil mastermind terrorising the country, stealing (part of) the crown jewels, bent on a mysterious vengeance plot, manifesting seemingly superhuman powers and generally outwitting Scotland Yard at every turn. The action is well-paced, if somewhat formulaic: comfort-food for the brain.The English translations of the Blake and Mortimer stories have been published out of the order in which they were written. Consequently, a few characters appear with little or no introduction, as we are expected to have met them previously. Also, some minor plot elements refer back to the earlier stories. None of which seriously detracted from my enjoyment of the story, if anything whetting my appetite for more.