Originally Posted by binswhacker
Well, I've only got to "Het vonnis" yet and I haven't read any of his other work yet. Is it worth checking out?
His work is exceptionally good imo; enormous production with a very divers and high level of stories. I don't know all of it of course, but I'll give you an introduction to what I'm familiar with:
He has a couple of other series as well. Of those Largo Winch
is the most comparable to XIII in terms of stories, characters, etc I'd say. Not too comparable either though, as it's, for a start, about the adventures of a young billionaire so already the concept is pretty different to XIII's
It's a lot more financial and complex in terms of themes as well. In this series two stories form a unity each time.
It suffers a bit from the same disease as XIII at the moment though, meaning that the level of the last few volumes was a bit lower.
Then you have Thorgal
, where Rosinski, whose style I like a lot, makes the drawings. Thorgal is completely different to XIII or Largo Winch. Placed on a background of vikings in Scandinavia it combines elements of Scandinavian mythology, sciene fiction, fantasy... It's a bit strange at first, difficult to get into in a way, but all in all I like this series more than Largo Winch. Here he also works with the principle that a couple of volumes form kind of a unity, but the number of them varies.
Both Thorgal and XIII are one volume away of completion of the series actually. After that Van Hamme will quit writing the scenario's, but the drawers will go on with another scenarist normally.
Another, more recent, series is Lady S.
. Here the story is about a woman and her mysterious background, and the themes are more modern and geopolitical. Also recommendable. For Wayne Shelton
Van Hamme only wrote the first two volumes, but after that the level sank a lot. It's like James Bond meets the A-Team; a war veteran sells his services in stories with a lot of action, exotic locations,...
He has also wrote some seperate stories, most of it is less know. I can recommend:
. Again a coorporation with Rosinski. A Far West-story without any Indians; really good.
- De Bloedbruiloft
. This one is pretty known, and Deruddere made it into a movie some time ago. It's a coorportation between two legends of the Belgian comic book world, Van Hamme and Hermann. Also very good.
- Verhaal zonder helden
and Verhaal zonder helden: 20 jaar later
which form a unity.