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Green Manor: Inconvenience of Being Dead v. 2 平装
- 语言 : 英语
- ISBN : 1905460643
- 尺寸 : 18.77 x 0.64 x 26.09 cm
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The first half of the collection, "The Inconvenience of Being Dead," begins somewhere in Victorian London as an alienist is called to intercede with Thomas Below, an escaped lunatic who has taken a family hostage. Thomas was a waiter at the Green Manor club, scene of a number of bizarre situations: "Child's Play" - Thomas' own story, a good man forced by a murderous businessman to provide a target for a remote assassin; "The Mark of the Beast" - when a man breaks off his engagement, a friend discovers that a condition passed from parent to child is to blame; "Last Wishes" - with time running out, a judge challenges the justice of an execution; "The Centurion's Shadow" - a legendary spear, supposed to bring power to its possessor, brings death again and again; "Voodoo Night" - a party of armchair detectives manfully try to deduce the plot of an abusive husband's murder.
In the second half of the collection, "Murderous Fancies," the alienist is presented with Thomas' notes: "Endgame" - a dying businessman leaves a riddle for his enemy to bring to light; "A Small Crime Serenade" - an insignificant man, who murders strangers upon hearing a tune, passes on his inspiration; "In the Head of William Blake" - postmortem treatments of the famous poet inspire an admirer, but bring paranoia and death to the disrespectful; "Fight To the Finish" - two great hunters are stung to find that even when playing the most dangerous game by civilized rules, it finishes with inhuman ends; "The Testament" - after death, a wealthy businessman controls his family with a maddening inheritance.
I liked "Last Wishes" the story of an old judge who sentences a man to hang but isn't sure that the man is guilty. The clues to the end are all there at the start but the reader doesn't see it all until the final panels - wonderful stuff.
The more macabre story "The Centurion's Shadow" centres around the supposedly cursed Spear of Destiny, the weapon that pierced Jesus Christ's side when he was on the cross.
"In the Head of William Blake" is about the disappearance of a young man intent on seeing the corpse of the poet William Blake and the wild theories that percolate afterward. It's an imaginative story with some excellent artwork by Denis Bodart who does a good job of replicating some of Blake's work.
In all, this is another great collection of well written and well plotted short stories by Fabien Vehlmann. It was an enjoyable read and an excellent comic book, it's a shame the series had to end so soon.
The stories are generally between 6-10 pages long, with a sneaky twist ending, that, more often than not, managed to take me by surprise. The artwork, as noted in the previous review, is straight out of Asterix, adding to the overall enjoyment. The paper-thin framing device notwithstanding, this is a series and a format that could continue as long as the writer's imagination held out. And, judging by the quality of this collection, it is in no danger of exhaustion