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The Gallows Bird by Peter O'Donnell
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A quartet of fine Modesty Blaise stories, all reprinted in other books I have, but this is a larger, nicer printing. Unfortunately, the quality of the strips reprinted here varies somewhat, and then there's Romero's artwork; he's never been my favorite Modesty Blaise artist. The 3rd story, "The Wicked Gnomes", features Maude Tiller, my favorite of Willie's ladies. ( )
  burnit99 | Dec 1, 2009 |
Four stories in this one, and one error. The first story is The Bluebeard Affair - the caper is pretty small but there's some nice twists to it. Nicole being Rene Vaubois' niece, the circus, Rosa and her 'brothers', the nasty stepdaughters and their end, Modesty's method for saving Willie - nice all around. Oh, and Chloe's contribution(s). Then the title story, The Gallows Bird - interesting pair of villains, though I wish they (Titan Books) had been able to use the original artwork. What did Willie say to the girl? The villainess is quite thoroughly nasty, and she got painfully close to signing Modesty off. They were pretty helpless in the final fight, but then Modesty and Willie had surprise on their side that time. Then comes The Wicked Gnomes - Maude Tiller back again, and the next episode of their futile attempt to get together. Two odd things here - why did the man try to shove Willie back instead of talking? Stupid. And similarly, why did Tarrant insist Maude come back to London with him? Necessary for the conclusion but out of character. This is also where the error is - strip 3097 is printed twice, once where it ought to be and once in place of strip 3194, after the fight on the bridge. Hmmmph. For some reason that strip doesn't have a number on it, only a date, and someone slipped up, I guess. Then the last story is The Iron God - an interesting setting, a stretched-all-out-of-reason setup, and a neat ending. O'Donnell mentions at the beginning that the end is unique - I think he meant that they were saved by the person they were helping. I don't think it's unique - there's at least one other where Willie would have been dead but for an innocent's intervention - but very rare, yes. Decent, good, good and good. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Nov 13, 2009 |
A decent enough Modesty Blaise adventure, unfortunately with Romero artwork, with Modesty's hanging sandwiched in the middle of the story. ( )
  burnit99 | Feb 15, 2007 |
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Featuring brand new story introductions by Modesty creator Peter O'Donnell, plus a rare interview with him, this addition to the 'Modesty Blaise' library is not to be missed.

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