By Vance and Van Hamme
The latest episode in this intricately involved and exciting thriller is possibly the most daring yet, with an audacious kidnapping of the President of the United States by one of the leading characters from the series.
The aim is to expose the President's seedy and sinister past by putting him on public trial, but the US establishment aren't going to just sit by and let this happen, especially as they're not even ware of the allegations against him, so a convoluted and daring plan is hatched to achieve it, and once again McLane is unwittingly pulled in to be part of it.
I wouldn't advocate you pick this up as your first dip into the tale of XIII as it covers a lot ground from past issues. Characters, plot lines, settings and conspiracies from previous volumes crop up on every page, expertly woven by Van Hamme into this intricate thriller.
And where this story ties up so many threads, its conclusion suggests that the biggest questions are to be answered soon too - that's until Van Hamme gives things another twist; but perhaps, by now, I should have seen that coming.
This series deserves all the praise it gets - you should be reading it.
And if you enjoyed that: You may well enjoy Van Hamme's Lady S