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Monday, October 18, 2010
My Take On: The Secret History - Books Ten and Eleven!
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Comic Books - New


My 'Take' On:

The Secret History:

Book 10 - The Black Stone

& Book 11 - Nadja

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Above Photo:  The Front Cover of The Secret History Book Eleven: Nadja!
At the Top Left: The Front Cover of The Secret History Book Ten: The Black Stone!
At the Bottom Left: The Logo for Archaia Entertainment LLC, Publisher for this Series. 



TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3259:

I met several creators at the 2010 Comic Con International: San Diego in July at the Archaia booth.  I've already posted a few blogs on those creators and the comics / graphic novels so far in this Blog, as seen here.

However, one series that I haven't blogged about yet is 'The Secret History'.  Not that it was an oversight...It's that I usually don't blog about series that I've come into reading that are more than halfway through.

However, I'm going to make an exception with this one. That's because I really 'dug' what was going on in Books Ten & Eleven!

Here is what I missed in Books One through Seven, and is being presented here to help You  as well catch up as to what this series is about:

The Secret History:  Books One through Seven

Four immortal brothers and sisters entrusted with ivory cards in the dawn of prehistory by a dying shaman, and told never to use the cards together. Four immortal brothers and sisters, four archons, leaping through time, consumed in an epic struggle to influance and shape the history of Western civilization. From Moses’ challenge to the Pharaoh to the origin of the Grail myth; from the Pope’s extermination of the Cathars to Nostradamus’ travels in Italy; from the Spanish Armada and the Great Fire of London to Napoleon’s conquest of Egypt; and finally to the Angel of Mons appearing over the trenches of World War I: a secret occult history of the world told in seven chapters.


Here is what Book Ten is about:

The Black Stone - 1926: Curtis and Lawrence try in vain to recover the black ivory, but the Road to Kor is closed to them thanks to Ibn Saud, the new master of Arabia. Meanwhile, in the Soviet Ukraine, Itzhaak fights alongside the partisan anarchists, and then flees to Siberia. He moves along the Tunguska River, on the same track followed 17 years earlier by Rasputin, with Baron Sebottendorff on his trail.

(W) Jean-Pierre Pecau  (A) Igor Kordey (Cover) Manchu & Olvier Vatine.

Retail Price $5.95 U.S.  Page Count 48 pages

Format: perfect bound, 6.875" x 10.25", full color.

This is what Book Eleven is about:

Nadja - 1940: WWII is underway. While Curtis, in command of a squadron of Spitfires, is plunged in full into the Battle of Britain, the Archons attempt to combine forces to fight against the men of William of Lecce.  But it seems the Fifth Archon is about to win the game and bring Europe under his yoke!

Note: Credits and other info same as for Book Ten.

So what is 'My Take' on these two volumes in the twelve volume set?


Since I received only books Ten & Eleven for possible review, I was a little hesitant to read these first.  So I stuck them toward the bottom of my 'To Read / Possibly Review Stack'.  Which is why this review is a little late in going to press.

However, the two covers really intrigued me.  First because I enjoy reading history, and second because the artwork and the promo text on the back of each of these volumes really grabbed my attention!

I wasn't disapppointed in either volume.  Yes, it was a little tough to pick up what had happened in prior volumes...But with placing the fictional storyline into a well documented historical storyline...well...I was hooked!

When I say well documented, it is also full of references that are spelled out in sidenotes as to times, places, and people.  Very well researched and I enjoyed reading the fictional characters being inserted in with historical characters to have interaction with.

The interior artwork flows very well, even though on some pages there are heavy text dialogue balloons.  

The colors mesh well with the illustrations.  The whole period piece is represented well in both volumes. 

I really became involved with the story and have noted to myself to look at the other volumes in the future. 

My comic book grade for this publication is a VERY FINE / NEAR MINT  (VF/NM) 9.0 on a 10.0 comic book grading scale.

Here is the link to Archaia so that YOU can purchase either the single volumes or the collected works so far.

Here is the Facebook Fan Page for Archaia, which I suggest YOU 'like' also to keep up with what this publisher is presenting next.

My thanks to Archaia for bringing this series to my attention!

PLUS: My thanks again to all of YOU reading this blog and our archived blog posts, now over 3,255 total posts in number! I do appreciate your continued reading and support of this Blog!

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Updated: Monday, October 18, 2010 6:36 AM PDT
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