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Fantagraphics is proud to follow up 2010’s inaugural edition of Maurice
Tillieux's classic early-1960s Gil Jordan adventures Murder by High Tide with a
new double dip.
"Ten Thousand Years in Hell" marks a sharp departure from the moody,
urban detective thrillers of Jordan's previous adventures: Instead, after a feint
in that direction, it turns into a rollicking, comedic South American prison escape
yarn as Jordan and his assistant Crackerjack, who have followed a
case all the way to the banana republic of Xique-Xique, end up in dire straits
indeed. The second story, "Boom and Bust," finds the duo's countryside
jaunt turned into an ad hoc investigation by a spectacular vehicular washout
(Tillieux did love destroying cars) and a suspiciously noisy
enclosure. And in both adventure the eccentric but lovable
Inspector Crouton eventually becomes part of the story,
reuniting the wisecracking trio.
Even sporting a more free-wheeling, humorous style,
Tillieux's masterful graphics remind the reader why he was
considered one of the top Franco-Belgian cartoonists of the
time — indeed, any time.
Praise for the previous volume:
"[Murder by High Tide is] excellent,
...showing off the strengths of the Eurocomics tradition,
with its sprawling narratives spread across small panels,
mixing cartoony characters and elaborate backgrounds."
– Noel Murray, The A.V. Club
"[Murder by High Tide is] a ton of fun
and the full-color art, beautifully produced and fairly bursting with sweat beads, stink lines, and other
emanata, is an animated delight."
– Keir Graff, Booklist
"...[T]hese insouciant, stylish, and thrilling dramas should appeal to readers of all ages. If they don't hook a whole new batch of bande dessinée fans, France needs to take back the Statue of Liberty in a huff.... If Spielberg is looking for a second franchise after Tintin, he couldn't go wrong with Gil Jordan." – Paul Di Filippo, The Barnes & Noble Review
"...Tillieux's plotting and deft hand at action, figures, and environments make Murder by High Tide a thrilling read." – Garrett Martin, Paste