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 dose of classic stories. “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.
The second story, “Boom and Bust,” finds the duo’s countryside jaunt turned into an ad-hoc investigation by a spectacular vehicular washout and a suspiciously noisy enclosure. Tillieux’s freewheeling storytelling and masterful graphics remind the reader why he was considered one of the top Franco-Belgian cartoonists of the time — indeed, of any time. Readers of all ages who are eager to dig deeper than Tintin and explore the history of other cartoonists working in that distinctive, cleanly drawn comedy/adventure register will enjoy the Gil Jordan books.
"Ten Thousand Years in Hell is the type of fiction that can be enjoyed by all ages. Mystery lovers will certainly relate to the adventures of Jourdan and Crackerjack, while kids can easily take to this novel’s humor and carefree attitude." — NY Journal of Books
"Given Tillieux’s masterful cartooning and complicated but zippy plotting, the book turns out to be more like an hour in comics heaven than 10,000 years in hell." — School Library Journal
"You’ve likely never heard of him, but Gil Jordan—M. Tillieux’s signature creation—may be the comic world’s greatest detective (sorry Batman)." — The Guardian