Modesty Blaise - the Double Agent Paperback
Part of the Modesty Blaise series
Features the classic stories The Wild Boar, Kali's Disciples and The Double Agent - in which the head of French intelligence is kidnapped; Modesty and Willie face a dangerous cult; and Modesty's double causes all sorts of mayhem!
This volume also includes a tribute to Peter O'Donnell by fans like Neil Gaiman, and a second feature on Neville Colvin's art with never-before-seen sketches!
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 104 pages, b/w comic strip
- Publisher: Titan Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 22/04/2011
- Category: Comics and Graphic Novels
- ISBN: 9781848566743
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Review by jjmcgaffey
The intro is largely an eulogy for Peter O'Donnell - various people telling how they knew him and how he'd impressed them. Some interesting stories. Then a discussion of Neville Colvin, the artist for these stories.Then the comics themselves - three stories, starting with The Wild Boar. Simple and neat - the adventure is very straightforward, the setup - how Modesty becomes aware of the kidnapping - is interesting. Nice to see Rene again, and Giles Pennyfeather for the first time (in the strip); the story is very like The Silver Mistress. Next is Kali's Disciples; another interesting story. It's a little lacking - like The Black Pearl, their actions are a little too - scripted - for my taste. Other than that, very nice. It's interesting that both Modesty & Willie and Inspector Chatterji came to the same conclusion, separately - Kali's Disciples were finished in any case. The jewel and its ending was - weird. Nice bit of flashbacks to early Modesty, too. Then the last one is the title story, The Double Agent. I like it - serious attempts to psych out Modesty that simply fail. Well, not entirely - she is confused at several points - but not to the extent they need. I'm almost sorry for Gemini, though. Three good stories.
Review by burnit99
The first collection of "Modesty Blaise" reprints that I've seen since Peter O'Donnell's death, and thankfully this book has some tributes to O'Donnell written by fellow pros and co-creators, including Neil Gaiman and Romero (who to my relief is not the artist for the stories herein). There is also a tribute to Neville Colvin, who to my mind is the next best Modesty Blaise artist after the short-lived Jim Holdaway. The stories themselves are uniformly excellent. "The Wild Boar" is a standard action story, but features Giles Pennyfeather, one of my favorite characters from the novels, in the strip for the first time I know of. "Kali's Disciples" is a fascinating adventure in India that involves Modesty's old spiritual teacher, Sivaji, and opens a rare window into her past. "The Double Agent" is the most unlikely, but most fascinating story, featuring an enemy agent's effort to get revenge on Modesty by creating and training a perfect double to frame her for Tarrant's murder. This story also features my favorite of Willie's lady friends, Maude Tiller.