XIII - Volume 1: The Day of the Black Sun
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XIII - Volume 1: The Day of the Black Sun (XIII #1)

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A man wakes up on a beach with no memory of who he is and no clues about his identity, save a mysterious tattoo that simply says, "XIII." But when XIII is attacked by two would-be killers determined to take him out, he dispatches them easily with reflexive military training, which helps him to realize that he is more than a simple man with amnesia. Now, XIII must uncover t...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published February 14th 2007 by Marvel (first published 1984)
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Keely
Beautiful art--it's like a 1970's fashion catalogue sprung to life and pulled guns. the backgrounds and vehicles are particularly impressive: clean and precise as a draftsman's. The story is plucked from the original Bourne Identity, but the writing is much crisper and more moving than Ludlum's aimless, sprawling volumes. I did feel the translation was a bit stilted--not as good as other Franco-Belgian comics I've enjoyed--but it was one of those rare cases in which an interesting, well-paced st...more
Aildiin
The start of one of the most famous modern french-belgium comics.
I read this a long time ago but I am taking advantage of a newly published integrale to re-read everything and catch-up with the story.
Fredrik Strömberg
The first volume in one of the most successful French album series ever. A traditional action/mystery story that seems to have borrowed quite a lot from Robert Ludlum´s The Bourne Identity.

The story in this first album feels very much like a tease. A man is washed ashore with a bullet wound to the head, and when he recovers he seems to have lost all personal memory. Soon he's attacked and hunted by various fractions of what seems to be an international spy network, and in the process he realise...more
Julio
La historia, al inicio, parecerá conocida. Alguien es encontrado y rescatado de una playa. No recuerda nada, ni siquiera su propio nombre o su historia. Sin embargo, muy pronto se descubre talentos impresionantes. Para su sorpresa, estos talentos están ligados al arte de matar. Les suena a Bourne? Bueno, es posible. Bourne (los absorbentes libros por Robert Ludlum) nace en 1980, con The Bourne Identity. Le Jour du Soleil Noir nace en 1984. Quizá alguna referencia cruzada por ahi.

En todo caso, lu...more
Glamdring

Re-read. Previous rating: 4 stars
Drew
Because Jean Van Hamme is part of the group of writers who brought back Blake and Mortimer, I thought I'd check out one of his other efforts. This 1984 book (only recently translated into English) is a slim, opening chapter of what is apparently a longer saga.

The premise isn't particularly original -- a man washes up on a remote beach with no clue to his identity except the number XIII tattooed on his neck. The appearance of assassins kicks off his search for clues, and it slowly appears that he...more
Hugo Resendiz
Novela grafica que bebe del hard-boiled y la novela policiaca. XIII se ha comparado con las novelas de Robert Ludlum de Jason Bourne, ya que ambos comparten su entrenamiento especial y que han perdido la memoria. A XIII lo adopta una pareja de ancianos (que lo llaman Alan, igual que su hijo muerto en la guerra) que lo encuentran mal herido a la orilla del mar y lo cuidan ahi, con solo una foto en su bolsillo y una llave de un banco, emprende el camino para buscar su identidad. Pisandole los talo...more
Radek Vyšný
Parádní a hodně napínavé. Doporučuji
James
This is actually a 3.5 star, a good start to the story of XIII. The art work is good, as well as the pacing. Certainly worth a read if one is getting a little tired of very mainstream comic books.
Mark
I am not a fan of the spy genre, but I found that the graphic novel form was a great way to tell the story. It is exciting and I did not want to put it down. It is more than just a 'spy' story, it is also part conspiracy, and is improved because the reader knows no more about what is going on than the protagonist. I shall definitely be buying the next part of the story.
Mirko Palazzi
Un pezzo di storia del fumetto che era in attesa sullo scaffale da un po' troppo tempo
Yves
Voilà une bonne BD remplie d'action et remplie de mystère. Étant donnée qu'elle est basée en partie sur la mémoire dans la peau, je me doute un peu de ce qui s'en vient. Ce n'est pas quelque chose qui me dérange. Les dessins sont vraiment bien. J'ai vraiment le goût de lire la série au complet.
Federiken Masters
Dec 17, 2010 Federiken Masters rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bornistas, bonderos y comiqueros.
Recommended to Federiken by: Fer Bueno.
Un comienzo más bien normalito para una serie absolutamente fantástica, la mejor combinación de guión interesante y dibujo perfeccionista. Cuando lo relea seguro escriba su correspondiente reseña, y cuando pueda subo la edición en castellano (creo que de Norma) que tengo en LP.
Mauritzvd
Quite an interesting start, but sometimes the storyline depends too much on coincidence. It hasn't become annoying yet, but if the following books keep up this type of storytelling, it certainly will.
Zoli
The comic is quite different from the series, as far as I can tell at this point. But my feeling is it's different in a positive way... I'll definitely continue with this story!
Stephen
While I appreciate seeing any of that great 1970s Euro art translated into English, this didn't cut it with me. This feels a little similar to the Bourne Identity.
Edward Petersen
Not as good as READING The Bourne Identity, but better that watching the Bourne films. And way better than the many "secret agent with amnesia knock-offs.
Miguel Ruz Baños
El comienzo de la historia me recuerda demasiado a el Caso Bourne, veremos como se desarrolla. Por ahora le daré una oportunidad.
Prospero
Il primo della serie; un fumetto dalla storia intrigante: chi ha assassinato il presidente JFK?
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Jean Van Hamme, is a Belgian novelist and comic book writer. He has written scripts for a number of Belgian/French comic series, including Histoire sans héros, Thorgal, XIII, Blake and Mortimer, Lady S and Largo Winch.

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