By Vance and Van Hamme
An awful lot has happened in the story of XIII so far, so it's gratifying to see the first two pages of this thirteenth volume turned over to a comprehensive recap of the saga so far (which perhaps works better than the entire recap volume we were expecting). And let's face it, it's been a complicated, intriguing and exciting ride, so you'd be forgiven if you've not been keeping track of every twist and turn along the way.
The man once known as XIII, Jason Fly, now finds himself being charged with the kidnapping and murder of the President and is without his allies. The new President has gone back on his word to protect Fly and new enemies seek to use his disadvantaged position to get themselves out of their own mess.
When Fly is sentenced to life in a secret prison he is in little doubt he will get there alive, and sure enough an attempt is made on his life. However, another force wants the honour of sending Fly to the grave, so he's saved from one assassination only to find himself the centre of a manhunt in the Californian wilderness.
Despite the two pages of recapping that help get the story straight in your mind, there are further twists and revelations here to cast doubts on Fly's identity and past. Vance and Van Hamme keep the pressure on and the adrenalin pumping, making this a genuine must-read.