Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Modesty Blaise: The Hell Makers Paperback – July 1, 2005
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
"A handsome series...wonderful artwork..." -- New Statesman Magazine 28th November 2005
About the Author
Peter O'Donnell has written in many media, but since he created Modesty Blaise, which was first published in 1963, it has achieved international success. There has even been a film and a TV version of the character. Jim Holdaway contributed to a host of comics including Comic Cuts and Mickey Mouse Weekly, and remains one of the best-loved Modesty Blaise artists. Enric Badia Romero has worked for 2000 AD and is the long-term artist of Axa.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
I'd urge anybody who's even slightly inclined to enjoy mystery stories to read any of the Modesty Blaise series.
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. The strip originally ran from March to August, 1969.
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. They want to recruit Willie and Modesty into their ranks. Bet you can guess what their response will be! 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.
I really have to give credit to Titan Books for reprinting this classic material that many of us here in the states never had the opportunity to see in its original run. The strips look great and the bonus articles and interviews make these collections that much better.
Reviewed by Tim Janson
Captivity and escape is a standard theme in the Modesty Blaise series: one of them gets caught and incarcerated and the other breaks him/her out, or both are in a fix and cooperate to escape. The imaginativeness of their escapes is very entertaining and the adventures are page-turners. A fairly rare thing in comics is plot and counter plot, where each side outthinks the other, but we get that in one of the adventures (in which the reader also gets an advance introduction to the word mafia before it gained wide currency). There's a very sixties flavour to the series, but as it segues into the seventies, it acquires a new artist, with Holdaway dying prematurely and Romero replacing him.
The reproductions are excellent for the most part, but some are spotty, including the first few days by the new artist. Blaise's face has a more delicate beauty and more character in Holdaway's hands and the first artist has a better command (so far) of landscapes, but Romero surpasses him in two areas: giving Modesty sexy poses (especially in the pivoting of her hips) and in the fighting sequences. Also, the second artist, a Spaniard, Latinizes Modesty's face.
There's an introduction over several pages at the beginning of the book, plus short intros by O'Donnell to each episode. Like the Gabriel Setup, I plowed through this issue... maybe a little too fast. It's that entertaining. Unbeatable bedtime reading. Go for it - my money's where my mouth is: I have more on order!