Written by Jean Van Hamme and translated by Jerome Saincantin, with art by William Vance plus a guest spot by Jean Giraud/Moebius, the series has been, along with Lucky Luke, one of the two mainstays of Cinebook since 2010 with a new XIII title appearing every two months as the company showed its dedication to a series which had never been translated beyond book three before.
Due to the non-graphic novel nature of the 13th French book, The Investigation, and it basically retelling the story up to that point, it was not included in the main Cinebook series although the company have plans to publish it in English later in the year.
Cinebook publisher Olivier Cadic and XIII translator Jerome Saincantin spoke to us about the series in 2011 in XIII Questions About Cinebook’s XIII while each of the 18 book reviews are listed below.
• Details of each of the XIII books are available on the Cinebook website along with the first two pages of artwork for each.
• Details of the original French XIII books, and the spin-off series XIII Mysteries, are available of the official XIII website (in French).