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Amoris van Amoras by Willy Vandersteen

Amoris van Amoras (1984)

by Willy Vandersteen

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This story, written in 1984, takes the gang to the South Pacific island of Amoras, a magical place where Wiske is in fact queen as the result of an earlier visit, a new and wonderful version of Antwerp is being built, and there are incidentally no black people. The villains, a woman who dresses as a witch and a bloke who dresses as a Sinister Foreigner, have been evilly building, shudder, modern-style apartment blocks in Antverpia, and lead a gang of henchmen who wear metal flowerpots on their heads (the head henchman has a little flower stuck into his so that you can tell which one he is). Other characters include the ghost of Suske's great-grandfather and a little dog who helpfully pees on things (a line used also on one occasion by Hergé).

Suske and Wiske save the day by befriending the intelligent mortar-munching termites (whose leader is the titular Amoris) which have been unwittingly undermining the foundations of the replica of Antwerp Cathedral on the island (have you been following this so far?); the termites instead are unleashed on the villains' modern apartment blocks, which collapse to general appreciation. What their potential inhabitants may have thought of this is not reported. I suspect that this is a fairly typical adventure, and it is a little more fun than I have made it sound. ( )
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