Over the Rainbow
And so our dreadful Summer rolls on. And as you may know,
Hound has been attempting to escape the rainy day blues via
his books, DVDs and blu-rays, and he's already made a particularly
diverting armchair trip to
Haythornsthwaite with Sam and his Magic
Ball. Well, now, he's gone further. All the way to the Hindu Kush,
in fact, with Julius Chancer and the rest of the magnificent
in Garen Ewing's extraordinarily immersive, finally completed,
three-part British Bande Dessine, "The Adventures
Chancer: The Rainbow Orchid".
If you're a regular Toonhound reader you'll know that The
has been following the progress of Garen's rip-roaring comic
story for quite some time.
But we'd better refresh things before
we start, so we'll remind you that this dashing
is presented in three parts, published separately at
if you're Amazon-bound) but
soon to be amalgamated into one standalone volume. Julius
Chancer follows in the footsteps of such classic European
as Tintin and Yuko Tsuno. But, although he is fashioned in
same ligne claire style, Julius' adventure is completely,
British. It's packed full of beautifully observed period trappings,
there's a colourful assortment of Poirot-esque toffs and colonials,
a delicious femme fatale, a dash of old Hollywood glamour, and
stiff spoonful of Rider-Haggard fantasy. And as you can probably
tell, this reader has lapped up every panel. What's more,
bought all three parts of this magnificent adventure direct
with additional sketches on the preface pages. And they
really are books to treasure.
The wait between the three publications has been hugely
frustrating, but it's excusable, because this kind of intense,
refined storytelling takes a serious amount of time to
Just how many hours has it taken Garen to get this far?
Suffice it to say, being able to read the tale in one sitting
a joy, and it gets this reader thinking that the story will
better as one straight volume, where you can keep track of
myriad characters more easily. The cliffhangers between the three
parts aren't that "cliffy" or "hanging" anyway,
if truth be told.
Even so, in one volume, or three parts, Julius Chancer holds
throughout, dogged and determined even when everyone around
him is double-crossing, or dirty dealing, or just plain bereft
And the fantasy is so skillfully restrained - it's never too
our heroes search for a legendary lost realm in the Himalayas.
Garen's thought through all the language and the codices.
It really is high adventure, of the very best kind.
Where will Garen and Julius be taking us next? -
The Hound can
not wait to find out!...
The Rainbow Orchid