Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Modesty Blaise: The Gabriel Set-Up

I have finally read the first Modesty Blaise comic strip. As expected, the continuity is different from the novels but the characters and the general scenario are identical. It is fascinating to see how Peter O'Donnell writes the same characters, the Intelligence duo, Modesty and her sidekick, in the two different media.

I do not agree with Mike Paterson in his introduction that there is a "sexual tension" between Modesty and Willie. Completely unexpected and welcome was the second introduction by Peter O'Donnell, describing his World War II encounter with the original of Modesty. It would be good if the unnamed girl had survived and read the comic strip.


  1. Paul,

    Thanks for the nice review.

    It would be great if you can write a tad more, elaborating the plots and what fascinated you in a particular story.

  2. Thanks, man. I just write impressionistically about comics, though. My more considered thoughts are on other blogs, mainly Poul Anderson Appreciation.