ComicScene Review: Janus Stark

It took a little while for me to realise this was an exclusive book available now from the Treasury of British Comics website rather than a collection for 2020. A 48 page book this is the first in a series of titles to reintroduce characters from the Rebellion archives.

Janus Stark is a Victorian theatre escapologist with an uncanny knack of being in the centre of cases of mystery and intrigue. This collection brings together his first adventures in Smash comic from 1969. The character went on through the merger with Valiant and continued in French comics way beyond his appearances in the U.K. Think Plastic Man meets Sherlock Holmes meets Oliver Twist and you get the idea of the appeal of this character.

I loved this book. It was as atmospheric as the series of Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes thanks to the art of Francisco Solano Lopez. Tightly plotted by the great Tom Tully each six page story brings to life all its characters, the Victorian city and great twist and turn adventures for Stark that all have a satisfactory conclusion. I really enjoyed my hour with Janus Stark and look forward to more.

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