By Francq and Van Hamme
With Largo Winch, Van Hamme has notched up yet another highly successful and inventive series to go with the likes of XIII and Thorgal. This time he's tackling the world of big business and, in these current times where boardrooms and executive practices are under the microscope, you can't help but read some segments with a wry smile.
The book starts with the death of Nerio Winch, a majority shareholder to an enormous group of companies, The W Group, following a fatal plunge from his penthouse apartment orchestrated by an individual who clearly knows him but who we don't get to see.
The story then moves to Istanbul and an incident in a shop designed to frame an innocent young man. This is Largo Winczlav, a man with no apparent direction in life taking in the sights of Europe. But there's more to Largo than meets the eye, hence the attempt to set him up - he's the heir to the W Group and now worth $10 billion.
And Largo is no waster either. He's capable, he's intelligent and he can look after himself, and it's going to come as a shock to those that are attempting to remove him from the field of play.
Van Hamme is the master at this kind of storytelling, confounding expectations and melding action, intrigue and suspense to create a a veritable riveting read. He's backed up in this instance by yet another top drawer artist, Philippe Francq, who's rendering of Largo's world makes this, in turn, a top drawer comic. Who'd have thought the world of big business could be so exciting.
And if you liked that: Grab a copy of Van Hamme's Lady S