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The detective has adventures in Franco-Belgian comics form, like a Tintin for a slightly older audience.Fantagraphics is proud to follow up 2010’s inaugural edition of Maurice Tillieux’s classic early-1960s Gil Jordan adventures Murder by High Tide with a new double dip. “Ten Thousand Years in Hell” marks a sharp departure from the moody, urban detective thrillers of Jordan’s previous adventures: Instead, after a feint in that direction, it turns into a rollicking, comedic South American prison escape yarn as Jordan and his assistant Crackerjack, who have followed a case all the way to the banana republic of Xique-Xique, end up in dire straits indeed. The second story, “Boom and Bust,” finds the duo’s countryside jaunt turned into an ad hoc investigation by a spectacular vehicular washout (Tillieux did love destroying cars) and a suspiciously noisy enclosure. And in both adventure the eccentric but lovable Inspector Crouton eventually becomes part of the story, reuniting the wisecracking trio. Even sporting a more free-wheeling, humorous style, Tillieux’s masterful graphics remind the reader why he was considered one of the top Franco-Belgian cartoonists of the time ― indeed, any time. With the resurgence of interest in the Tintin comics, readers eager to explore the work of other cartoonists working in that distinctive cleanly drawn comedy/ adventure register will enjoy the Gil Jordan books. Yes
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Born in 1921 in Belgium, Maurice Tillieux was best known for the sixteen-volume Gil Jordan series but he was also a prolific writer for other artists. He died in an automobile accident in 1978.Review:
“You’ve likely never heard of him, but Gil Jordan―M. Tillieux’s signature creation―may be the comic world’s greatest detective (sorry Batman).”
- The Guardian
“Given Tillieux’s masterful cartooning and complicated but zippy plotting, the book turns out to be more like an hour in comics heaven than 10,000 years in hell.”
- School Library Journal
“Ten Thousand Years in Hell is the type of fiction that can be enjoyed by all ages. Mystery lovers will certainly relate to the adventures of Jourdan and Crackerjack, while kids can easily take to this novel’s humor and carefree attitude.”
- New York Journal of Books
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