Modesty Blaise
Cry Wolf

Author: Peter O'Donnell
Artist: Enric Badia Romero
Titan Books
RRP: 10.99, US $16.95, Cdn $22.95
ISBN-13: 978 1 8402 3869 3
ISBN-10: 1 84023 869 0
Available 20 October 2006

Modesty Blaise and Willie Garvin, her partner, are lured into a faked kidnapping plot - but when a real kidnapper strikes, all hell breaks loose in
Cry Wolf. Also included Take Me to Your Leader and Highland Witch, this collection features an introduction by the band Sparks, story introductions by Modesty creator Peter O'Donnell, a selection from Romero's sketchbook, plus a rare interview...

Cry Wolf collects together another three classic Modesty Blaise strips. The first tale, Take Me to Your Leader, sees Modesty and Willie on the trail of a UFO mystery. When a number of witnesses see a space vehicle land on an island and witness a number of unexplained events it is obvious that we have been visited by aliens from another planet... or is it. Despite a world famous professor, who is a nonbeliever, having witnessed this strange phenomenon Modesty is not so sure. Will her digging reveal the truth?

This is, to my mind, by far the best story in the collection. There is actually some real mystery here and I really was unsure as to what was going on. Surely there weren't really aliens landing on earth, but then with so many witnesses, and so many strange happenings, there was no way it could have been a hoax.

In Highland Witch the duo have to save a young girl and her family and receive more than a little help from the Highland Witch; and finally in Cry Wolf, Sir Gerald Tarrant tries to hoodwink Modesty and Willie with a false kidnapping, but when a real kidnapper strikes all hell breaks loose.

Extra content in this collection comes in the form of an introduction by Russell Mael, of the band Sparks, on how he almost wrote the theme tune to a Modesty Blaise TV series in 1981 - a series that was never made; an interview with Peter O'Donnell; a collection of drawings from Enric Badia Romero's sketchbook; and introductions to each tale by O'Donnell.

Another cracking collection for Modesty fans.

Nick Smithson

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