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Graphic Content – XIII: The Day Of The Black Sun

List Item:  Read half of the 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die
84/501Title: XIII: The Day Of The Black Sun
Jean Van Hamme and William Vance
Year: 1984
Country: Belgium

It’s strange when the list to include just the opening volume of a series. Especially when, in the case of XIII: The Day Of The Black Sun, it’s the beginning of a many volume arc where the first threads aren’t sewn up until book five. Makes me wonder if the list was meant to be about the whole XIII series rather than just the first book – so to be fair to the comic I stopped when there was a natural pause.

As a big fan of Archer, I cannot help but see so much of that show as having derived from some of the characters in this comic series – especially how Archer and Lana look like XIII and Lieutenant Jones respectively. To be honest though, that’s pretty much where the similarities end – although I would love to have seen Archer style animation bringing the world of XIII to life.

If you are a fan of action comics with a complex conspiracy story than this really is for you. Granted, every issue involves our main character from escaping yet another set of captors as he gets closer and closer to finding his real identity and that of the head of the conspiracy, who goes by I. Both of these mysteries are solved a number issues after I stopped reading.

For me, I stopped reading when I did because not only had he arc concluded, but also I was getting a bit tired of all the names and a lot of older white male characters who I kept confusing. Usually I am better with these things, but I think the art-style brought out the idiot in me. Still though, it made for an interesting change in pace after reading a lot of manga.

So, the coronavirus lockdown continues which means the ‘commuting’ time is me on the couch trying to create a dividing line between home me and work me. Not sure where this will leave me and my reading – especially with my new copy of Animal Crossing: New Horizons fuelling an addiction.  Guess we’ll just have to see what strikes my fancy.