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Modesty Blaise, the cult bad girl and spy created by best-selling author Peter O'Donnell, is back Stories from the classic newspaper strip Modesty Blaise are collected here in the latest in Titan's deluxe library series, including "Samantha and the Cherub," "Milord" and "Live Bait" The inimitable tag-team of Modesty Blaise and Willie Garvin do battle with the darkest elem Modesty Blaise, the cult bad girl and spy created by best-selling author Peter O'Donnell, is back Stories from the classic newspaper strip Modesty Blaise are collected here in the latest in Titan's deluxe library series, including "Samantha and the Cherub," "Milord" and "Live Bait" The inimitable tag-team of Modesty Blaise and Willie Garvin do battle with the darkest elements of the underworld once again, beautifully illustrated by Enric Badia Romero With story introductions that take the reader behind the scenes of Modesty's world, this outstanding collection is not to be missed.


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Modesty Blaise, the cult bad girl and spy created by best-selling author Peter O'Donnell, is back Stories from the classic newspaper strip Modesty Blaise are collected here in the latest in Titan's deluxe library series, including "Samantha and the Cherub," "Milord" and "Live Bait" The inimitable tag-team of Modesty Blaise and Willie Garvin do battle with the darkest elem Modesty Blaise, the cult bad girl and spy created by best-selling author Peter O'Donnell, is back Stories from the classic newspaper strip Modesty Blaise are collected here in the latest in Titan's deluxe library series, including "Samantha and the Cherub," "Milord" and "Live Bait" The inimitable tag-team of Modesty Blaise and Willie Garvin do battle with the darkest elements of the underworld once again, beautifully illustrated by Enric Badia Romero With story introductions that take the reader behind the scenes of Modesty's world, this outstanding collection is not to be missed.

30 review for Live Bait

  1. 4 out of 5

    Stewart Tame

    Having come to the end of my collection of volumes of Titan’s first series of Modesty Blaise reprints, I now turn to the few I have from Manuscript Press. MP published Comics Revue, a magazine that I bought habitually for a number of years. It featured sequential reprints of various comic strips, including Modesty Blaise. Sadly, the production on these books is not as high as on the Titan volumes. They're readable, certainly, but, well, just look at the two strips at the top of page 42. Romero’s Having come to the end of my collection of volumes of Titan’s first series of Modesty Blaise reprints, I now turn to the few I have from Manuscript Press. MP published Comics Revue, a magazine that I bought habitually for a number of years. It featured sequential reprints of various comic strips, including Modesty Blaise. Sadly, the production on these books is not as high as on the Titan volumes. They're readable, certainly, but, well, just look at the two strips at the top of page 42. Romero’s art deserves better reproduction than that. The first story, “Samantha and the Cherub,” starts us during the late 80's run, just into Romero’s second run on the strip. Looking at the list of storylines in the back of the book, it looks as though he left in ‘78, not returning until ‘86. Not sure why. Possibly he just needed a break. Anyway, although it's a completely different decade from the strips I’d been reading previously, Modesty and Willie are in as fine a form as ever. The pair stumble across a kidnapping plot aimed at returning a prominent defector to behind the Iron Curtain, which was still a thing in 1987. The story is notable for me mainly due to the character of Samantha--who is amazing! “Milord” is set in South America. Modesty and Willie get drawn into another kidnapping plot--clearly they’re in a rut. This one is part of a complicated scheme to restore a reputation, and is played for laughs at first. But then things go wrong involving a remarkable series of coincidences, which I’ll forgive O’Donnell for because the ending is so memorable. So, guess what crime is the plot driver in the final tale, “Live Bait”? Apparently the late 80's were the Kidnapper Years for Peter O’Donnell. In this story, the kidnappers plan is to use their victim as bait to get their hands on Modesty for some payback. Yeah. It goes about as well for them as you’d expect. We also get some lovely extended flashbacks to the Network days. I’d almost forgotten how much fun these books are. I should reread them more often. Highly recommended!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Richard Clay

    'Samantha and the Cherub' is the classic story of a thick Hell's Angel and his terrifying-but-hilarious little sister. It's unmissable. But 'Milord' sees the whole Modesty and Willie myth reach a new level when they take on the South American snuff movie trade. By the end, Willie thinks it's all over between him and the Princess. This one is absolutely riveting and it shows just how serious 'mere' entertainment can get, while never straying into pretentiousness. Possibly O'Donnell's finest hour.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bill Williams

    The Modesty Blaise strips are a master class in both the comic form and suspense writing. Three stories are collected in this volume and the stories have a common thread. Modesty and her sidekick Willie Garvin work to rescue kidnapped people lost in London, the jungles of South America and on a tiny Italian island. Great stuff.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Charles

    The three stories in this collection demonstrate Modesty and Willie at their best, challenging their opponents and besting them any way they can. To emerge victorious, they must take great risks, using all their cunning expertise when battling great odds. The title of the collection is from the third story, where a very bad adversary from their past has kidnapped the daughter of one of Modesty’s former female associates. The name of the man is Malik and he demands a ransom to be delivered by Mo The three stories in this collection demonstrate Modesty and Willie at their best, challenging their opponents and besting them any way they can. To emerge victorious, they must take great risks, using all their cunning expertise when battling great odds. The title of the collection is from the third story, where a very bad adversary from their past has kidnapped the daughter of one of Modesty’s former female associates. The name of the man is Malik and he demands a ransom to be delivered by Modesty. It is clear that Malik has no real interest in the money, his goal is revenge. This story demonstrates the respect and loyalty that Willie has for Modesty. When she orders him to leave with the girl after Modesty is shot, Willie does not hesitate to navigate the boat to shore. All the while swearing vicious revenge if Modesty is killed. The second story is one that has the return of the obnoxious Guido Biganzoli, he knocks on the door when Modesty is in the act of enjoying a hot bath. At first she is ready to boot him out of her room, but when he explains that it is a case of trafficking naive young women for the making of sex tapes and an occasional genuine snuff film, Modesty is all in. Outnumbered and outgunned against ruthless killers, Modesty, Willie and Guido best the bad men and free the women sex slaves. The first story is one that has a light-hearted bent. Samantha is a feisty girl that invites Willie to her martial arts class. When the woman that Willie is driving back to a dinner rendezvous with her husband and Modesty is kidnapped, Willie and Modesty take it very personally. With the aid of Samantha and her gang of kids on bikes, they are able to track the kidnappers down. Samantha is portrayed as a young version of Modesty, a fact that both Modesty and Willie recognize. One of the lightest moments is when Samantha is bossing her biker older brother and he follows her emphatically delivered instructions. The Modesty Blaise character first appeared in 1963 at a time when women characters were generally expected to scream and faint at the first sign of danger. She was strong, intelligent, powerful and determined, a character that blazed trails for other women characters in fiction. Modesty is also beautiful and sexy, something that she exploits on occasion when she needs the advantage. This is a great book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lindig

    Enjoyed it, as usual. PO'D can do no wrong (heh) and I love his sense of humor. My 1st edition copy has a different cover: shades of green, MB half-face on right edge, author/illus. on bottom left. Hmmm.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dominick

    Three stories from 1987-88. Blaise is a former crook now involved in vaguely-defined activities involving crimes of various sorts, but on the side of the angels now. Not bad, and less cheesecake than the Blaise reputation would suggest, but still an odd sort of hypocrisy about it. Mediocre.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    Kidnapping in London and a cool judo kid. The complex ethics of paying ransom in Venice. And (possibly the most disturbing MB tale yet) snuff films in South America. Still, as superlative as ever.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Louise Culmer

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tina

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sissy Van Dyke

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rodney

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rob Rundle

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mirabile dictu

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shyue Chou Chuang

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jon Hansen

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ken

  18. 4 out of 5

    A J Plews

  19. 4 out of 5

    Boon Goh

  20. 4 out of 5

    DANIEL

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mike Burchette

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brett Bydairk

  23. 4 out of 5

    Simon White

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shaun

  25. 5 out of 5

    Michael Rhode

  26. 5 out of 5

    David

  27. 4 out of 5

    Max Worrall

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mia Tasic

  29. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Monk

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brett

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