Staff Picks (July): Lucky Luke Volume 66 — The Promised Land

 

When you think European comics, you might tend to think books by Moebius, Bilal, and, for younger readers, Asterix, but there is so much more. Cinebook has been around for decades promoting series from Valerian to Blake and Mortimer and the classic series mixing humor and the old west — Lucky Luke.

I came across Lucky Luke in a “real” bookstore looking for anything comics and there, on the shelves with Asterix and Iznogoud, was Lucky Luke from Darguard. I had to try them and continued to buy them whenever new volumes became available.

Lucky Luke was a man with a sense of justice and a trigger hand that would put Terence Hill’s Trinity to shame. Luke always seems to do the right thing even giving up his trademark cigarette to be a better influence on his young readers.

Now this particular volume caught my eye as Luke is asked by a friend to escort his family from Poland to their new home in the west. It’s difficult enough but to be Ashkenazi Jews traveling with their Torah — Oy Vay! The story reads like a companion story to The Frisco Kid, another story of a naïve young Rebbe trying to find his way to his new congregation dealing with new cultures and trying to remain faithful to his own. If you take the humor of the movie featuring Gene Wilder and Harrison Ford and decide to make a graphic novel, then Lucky Luke and The Promised Land is its lanzman.

Cinebook does some great graphic novels and hopefully with the Valerian movie their line of books will get the notice they deserve. With 66 volumes over the last fifty years, I hope that Lucky Luke also gets the spotlight it deserves.

Steve Leaf

Publisher: Cinebook
Item Code: JUL171634
Release Date: 10/18/17
SRP: $11.95

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