Too cool to kill
By David Page
Эписоде 9.1 the Octobriana Seduction Progs 1113-1116
Story: Dante and Viktor are sent to find and kill the murderer of the head of the Parisian spy network and to recover a list which exposes high ranking Romanov spies. While investigating the last place Henri Stashinsky was seen alive Viktor is entranced by the floor show of the bar. The mysterious and seductive Octobriana.
Viktor falls head over heals for her and pulls Dante into an elaborate plot to garner her attention after she makes it clear that she only beds the greatest heroes of the age. There is a tense moment between the brothers when it is clear octobriana is trying to put the moves on Dante.
Dante and Viktor are arrested by the obese Inquisitor Abakumov, head of secular security, and St Joan Delacroix, Mother Superior of the Righteous Sisters. Abakumov offers to drop the charges if Dante and Viktor leave Paris by noon the next day, but St Joan invites Dante to attend confession in Notre Dame Cathedral.
Dante tries to get Octobriana to see viktor and appears to succeed. He runs to Notre dame hoping to get into St Joans pants but finds her being tortured by Abakumov.
St Joan has Henri’s spy list. Abakumov says Octobriana is an assassin hired to kill Romanov operatives. At Octobriana’s place Viktor is threatened and taunted by Octobriana Viktor snaps and begins transforming, the shadow of a giant bird falls across the horrified Octobriana. Dante rescues St Joan and hurries to save Viktor. But he is fine and Octobriana is missing, just her hair left behind.
Foreshadowing: Viktor lives in a birdhouse and Octobriana is dispatched in a nasty way….hmmm…
Dantes kill count: Dante inadvertently kills Abakumov…still counts as a kill though.
Total Count 26
Dantes lay count: I am counting St Joan; it would have been more shocking if he didn’t tap her.
Total count: 16
A few words on…Octobriana
(The original Octobriana)
Octobriana is kind of a Russian wonder woman and the spirit of communism…or so we were led to be believed…
The character of Octobriana was born of an elaborate hoax. Written by a man called Petr Sadecky, Octobriana and the Russian Underground told the story of how he had been involved with an underground organization that spanned the Soviet world and called itself Progressive Political Pornography, or the PPP. In reality he stole the artwork from other sources and the entire book was one huge hoax.
The characters trademark status is cloudy at best. She is believed to be in the public domain because it was always assumed that she was created by an underground organization in Soviet Union. This is obviously false but the character has appeared in other comics since (Most famously in Luther Arkwright) and everyone seems to have forgotten her true origins.
The Octobriana in this story is a tribute to the character and is definitely not the original.
David’s final notes: This is the beginning of a short run of stories in which Dante gets into an adventure with or because of a sibling in the Romanov family. The focus is on Viktor. The lone wolf of the family. He is also one of the cooler siblings. The story itself is a nice fun one.
Эписоде 9.2 Masque of Dante progs 1125-1127
(Special thanks to Pete Wells of http://2000adcovers.blogspot.com/ for scanning this for me!)
Story: 2668 AD. At Kronstadt Manor in Kalingrad A masquerade ball takes place. The event is to celebrate the engagement of Russia’s most eligible bachelor, Tomas Kronstadt, to Lady Constance Bovary. Everyone attending wears exotic masques that hide their identity.
Kronstadt dumped Nastasia to wed Bovary, enraging the Romanov bitch who vows to kill him. Kronstadt owns a controlling interest in Gorky Communications. The Romanovs are losing the propaganda war due to the Tsar’s alliance with media dynasty the House of Bolshoi.
Kronstadt has agreed to sell his share of Gorky Comm. to the Romanovs, giving them a propaganda platform of their own. He must remain alive until the deal is done. Dmitri orders Dante to stop Nastasia killing Kronstadt. Easier said than done as she can create the deadliest poison in the empire thanks to her crest ability.
Dante encounters Bovary and finds out she is his sparring partner from the hotel Yalta countess de winter. Dante tries to warn Kronstadt of the twin threats but sends his enforcers to deal with Nikolai, but Dante eludes them thanks to his Gentleman Thief mask. He finds De Winter in the manor’s communications chamber, bringing forward the sale of Gorky Communications to midnight so she can embezzle Kronstadt’s earnings. Natastasia arrives just as Dante and De winter kiss…
Nastasia has added poison to all the food and drink, reducing everyone to a vomiting mess. She kisses poison into Kronstadt’s mouth, killing him. The countess has already disappeared with the money yet again and deal goes off without a hitch…everyone wins…except for Kronstadt.
Foreshadowing: That business about propaganda and the telecommunications companies…they won’t crop up again…will they?
David’s final notes: Charlie Adlard does another Dante and this one is miles better than the original episode. His art here is kind of reminiscent of his current walking dead work except in colour obviously. This time however his lovely art wasn’t tinted in shit colour and thus looks much better. The story itself sets up something Dante is going to have to deal with soon…propaganda. Nastashia is a wonderfully nasty creation and her final line is both hilarious and chilling. A nice fun story which also manages to continue the countess de winter storyline in a surprising way.
Next: I was dreading this one Dantes tour of duty continues with a significant appearance from Konstantine and his journey to the house of sin with Andreas…do not be shocked if this episode is later…got a lot of girls to count…
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