The Complete Crepax Vol. 5: American Stories collects stories that span 1968–1986, such as "The Man from Harlem," Crepax's ode to boxer Joe Louis and jazz. In other tales, Valentina attempts to balance new relationships with lovers Bruno and Effi alongside the domestic life she shares with Phil. Meanwhile, Valentina's rich fantasy life goes Hollywood. Bonnie and Clyde make an appearance, and there are several homages to the silent film era. The first is the wordless BDSM classic, "The Magic Lantern"; and in the second, she "meets" one of her inspirations — actress Louise Brooks!