And still they come — the extremely welcome Titan reissues of the classic British comic strip by Peter O’Donnell & Enric Badia Romero. This latest volume (which collects three stories, Live Bait, Samantha and the Cherub, and Milord) in a salutary reminder of just how long the strip ran after the death of its original co-creator, illustrator Jim Holdaway. And — more importantly — just what a remarkably high standard O’Donnell was able to maintain, rarely repeating himself (although, inevitably, familiar plots reappeared), and how much humanity the writer was able to instil in his two protagonists, the durable Modesty Blaise and her sidekick Willie Garvin.

Modesty Blaise: Live Bait Peter O’Donnell & Enric Badia Romero is published by Titan

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