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VALERIAN AND LAURELINE The Future is Waiting

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VALERIAN AND LAURELINE The Future is Waiting

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Book 23. Another new story by the original creators! By Pierre Christin. Art by Jean-Claude Mézières. After the events of The Time Opener, Valerian and Laureline reverted to childhood, and are now living with Mr. Albert on 21st century Earth. But in a universe where time travel is a reality, words like "after" or even "now" can be somewhat … hazy, and elsewhere, in other times, our young but nonetheless adult agents are still working tirelessly to maintain a galactic peace threatened as always by greed and the thirst for power.

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After the events of The Time Opener, Valerian and Laureline reverted to childhood, and are now living with Mr. Albert on 21st century Earth. But in a universe where time travel is a reality, words like "after" or even "now" can be somewhat … hazy, and elsewhere, in other times, our young but nonetheless adult agents are still working tirelessly to maintain a galactic peace threatened as always by greed and the thirst for power.

This was supposedly done to accompany the film, even though the series had been "wrapped" up earlier. But it gave the creators a chance to give us three new stories that take place, before, during, and maybe even after the series. You be the judge.

Pipelinecomics.com has a very good take on the entire series (on their website) and especially on this, supposedly the final, final book in the series:

"Yes, if you’re a Valerian and Laureline fan already, there’s no reason not to read this book. It’s not ground-breaking work by any means, but it is an enjoyable romp through a familiar universe. Think of it as a victory lap at the end of a successful campaign that lasted nearly 50 years. There’s some fun nostalgia in it, the fun chance to see more of Mezieres’ art, and Christin’s chance to provide commentary on the world around him through a thin science fiction filter. The final page, I’m guessing, might be a little controversial for some readers. Of course, the original ending to the series was controversial for much the same reason. There’s just no pleasing everybody. I’m happy to let Christin decide to do what he wants to do, no matter the reason."

"In the first story, Valerian and Laureline get involved in a bit of space diplomacy, splitting up to try to keep both sides happy with a wily plan behind all their actions. Valerian heads down into the guts of the Point Central to enlist the aid of the hellish characters who live there. Laureline handles the more delicate diplomacy of dealing with the Rubanis. She’ll appeal to their leader’s sense of greed to get the job done."

"In the second story, we see a Schniarf doing what Schniarfs do — Schniarfing things up. (Wait, blue skinned alien creatures who refer to themselves in the third person and use their species name as a verb? Are these supposed to be Smurfs?!?)"

"In the third short, Laureline returns to the world of the Caliphon, the boy she and Valerian were protecting in the awesome 16th and 17th volumes, “Hostages of Ultralum"  and “Orphans of the Stars". His father still rules his world with an iron fist while the boy isn’t quite getting the education he needs nor the clear line of succession plan he deserves. Valerian and Laureline intervene to try to create positive change. It backfires, and so they split up to try to save the world. It’s a cute story with the return of some characters and places that will make you smile." - Pipelinecomics.com

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Item Code VAL23
Publisher Cinebook
Publish Date 2019
ISBN 9781849184359
Binding Soft Cover
Dimensions 8x11
# Pages 56pg
Color Full Color
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