Many a splendid endeavour regarding the reprinting of classic comic strips has come to grief before completion — most recently, an attempt to recreate the classics 1950s EC Comics in large format colour editions faltered for a while, though this series is thankfully back on track. So it is particularly encouraging to report that Titan’s laudable attempt to reprint in handsome format all the classic Peter O’Donnell Modesty Blaise adventure/espionage strips is not only continuing apace, but is now even starting to look like it has completion in sight. And while there are arguments one might have within artistic fields about who is the best, few people will argue that Modesty Blaise is unquestionably the finest comic strip ever written (not to mention the fact that it is complemented by the author’s series of exemplary modest novels.) This latest collection (of three strips) showcases some brilliantly plotted adventures for Modesty and her tough colleague Willie Garvin with writing that is as nonpareil as ever, even if Romero’s art by this stage was starting to look at such time. Nevertheless, an essential acquisition for those who have been collecting this series.
Modesty Blaise: The Young Mistress by Peter O’Donnell & Enric Badia Romero Is published by Titan Books