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VALERIAN AND LAURELINE SHINGOUZLOOZ INC.

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VALERIAN AND LAURELINE SHINGOUZLOOZ INC.

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Closeout Price! In the style of, and with the endorsement of Christin and Mezieres. Highly Recommended. By Wilfrid Lupano. Art by Mathieu Lauffray. An apparently simple mission – apprehending a speculator-droid – turns into a race against time when the Shingouz drop in uninvited mid-arrest, begging Valerian and Laureline for protection against someone who means to kill them. To the agents’ surprise, it’s an old friend who soon pops up in hot pursuit, guns blazing. The ensuing shoot-out does little to simplify an already complicated situation: our heroes’ favourite information brokers have managed to ... lose Earth in a card game! Quite true to the original series, with very good artwork and complex interconnecting plots separating hero and heroine on their own efforts in putting out all the fires! I liked it.

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An apparently simple mission – apprehending a speculator-droid – turns into a race against time when the Shingouz drop in uninvited mid-arrest, begging Valerian and Laureline for protection against someone who means to kill them. To the agents’ surprise, it’s an old friend who soon pops up in hot pursuit, guns blazing. The ensuing shoot-out does little to simplify an already complicated situation: our heroes’ favourite information brokers have managed to ... lose Earth in a card game! Quite true to the original series, with very good artwork and complex interconnecting plots separating hero and heroine on their own efforts in putting out all the fires! I liked it.

One funny bit has one of the bad guys turning out to be a fan of Laureline, and when living, breathing clones of her are due to turn up for sale, he's first in line. She, of course, is not amused in the least and is going to put a stop to that. There is yet another sub-splot involving the most valuable fish in the universe, that been purchased by a crime syndicate to prove how successful they are. But the fish eats the head off the speculator-droid that Valerian is trying to arrest, and proceeds to disappear. The syndicate of course blames Valerian, and they are going to do him ill if the fish isn't delivered on time.

These creators have done an outstanding job of carrying on with an entirely new story, and I really hope that we see more. These 54-page graphic novels really offer a chance to get into characterization, inter-woven plots and more. It took me two evenings to make it through the entire tale. The artist has even done some wonderful painted, panoramic scenes in space that evoke the later work of Mezieres on the series.

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Item Code VALE01
Publisher Cinebook
Publish Date 2017
ISBN 9781849184014
Binding Soft Cover
Dimensions 9x11
# Pages 56pg
Color Full Color
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