A friend pushed me into reading "The Yellow Mark" before I'd even thought of trying the others because he said it was the best of the bunch.
I think that’s a very good example of the benefits/ problems of the whole thing, really. I think your friend may be right, as far as the Jacob’s B&M
books are concerned, but as you rightly say, it makes Olrik a less-than-convincing adversary for our heroes.
I read The Yellow M
first as well, and while the art might be first rate, I found the story to be a bit of a plodder; I then read the first two Comcat books - Time Trap
and Atlantis Mystery
, and again I could admire the art, but wasn’t that taken with the stories.
Next I read Secret of the Swordfish
and that was amazingly
dull (even allowing for the fact that I was reading it in French, and therefore some of the problems might have come from my lack of ability).
I’d probably not have bothered with The Yellow M
if I’d read the three volumes of Swordfish
first, and I only read all three of those because I bought an omnibus edition…
So were the books to have been published in order, in single editions, I’d have stopped at volume one of Swordfish
, and gone no farther. I’m not certain that the two books which Comcat chose would have inspired me, but they weren’t an immediate turn off.The Yellow M
, however, at least got me to try others in the series, albeit with a confused idea of why their main villain wasn’t actually much cop.
Alright, I get the message. I'll book a meeting with my shrink tomorrow.
Nah, no need for that: we’ll just get Septimus to apply a little Yellow M
-style Mega Wave mind-control to you with his telecephaloscope…