The series Mobilis of draftsman Christian Durieux
and scenario writer Andreas seems promising.
The edition of the album, like all other books in the Blitz series, has been given a lot of effort.
Unfortunately, it could be better, and in Kortrijk they still have not looked hard enough for
someone who could make a decent translation into Dutch. To my knowledge I have never
"een tas thee gedronken", or had "een vieze haar in de staart".
Although reading Heurts
gave me some idea. These minor details do not make reading
an album a pleasant undertaking and they take the speed from the story.
Specially if it concerns the beginning of a new series, creating the conditions for the
actual story. The story is set in the second half of 1992.
The inexperienced writer Ross Nevada has trouble getting his debut novel published.
This is followed by one setback after the other: his girlfriend leaves him,
the original manuscript of his debut disappears without a trace, and his mailbox
mysteriously keeps filling up more and more. Ross hitches a ride from an ufologist
but is kicked out of the car in Nowhereville. At the end of Heurts
(semi)religious manuscript is delivered to him and he receives the assignment to
write the biography of a billionaire. In the meanwhile somewhere in the South East
of the US a UFO is discovered.
So far the abstract of the story, or really the lack thereof. The first part
of a series is always hard. The loose wires that should eventually form the the story.
Moreover, the end of the album is not a cliffhanger that makes me yearn for more.
The story has more shortcomings. For instance, why should we be interested in the
problems of Ross Nevada? The only possible explanation is that he is named after
the well-known American town Rosswell, where so many weather balloons crash.
Undoubtedly, Nevada will be associated with the aliens in the newly discovered UFO,
and, knowing Andreas, will be part of the crew of the vehicle. Unfortunately we have
seen an earlier and more successful expression of an alien among men. And nobody is
waiting for a mix of Rork and the X-files. Not even the solid, yet soulless drawings
of Christian Durieux
will help. Heurts
is not a must-have. Maybe the rest of the Mobilis
series will have some quality, but I fear the worst.