Le dernier Pharaon (the last Pharaoh) is the title of the Blake and Mortimer album designed by François Schuiten and co-written by Thomas Gunzig and Jaco Van Dormael. The album is coloured by Laurent Durieux.
The album is released as the 11th album in the “Autour de Blake et Mortimer” series. The release date of Le dernier Pharaon is May 29, 2019. The French and Dutch versions are released at the same time.
The making of this album took over three years. You can find a dossier on this at Blake and Mortimer by François Schuiten.
On May 28, 1952 in the journal Tintin, Professor Mortimer left Horus' room struck by amnesia. Sheik Abdel Razek had erased from his memory any memory of the discovery of the treasures of Pharaoh Akhenaten hidden in this secret chamber under the Great Pyramid of Cheops. From this adventure there remained only an enigmatic ring on Mortimer's finger. Abdel Razek did not give him the key. Sixty-seven years later, François Schuiten, Jaco Van Dormael, Thomas Gunzig and Laurent Durieux will help an aging Mortimer, quarreled with Captain Blake, to discover the secret of the ring.
The 80s. Professor Mortimers nightmares begin the day he studies strange radiation escaping from the Brussels Courthouse: a powerful magnetic field causes aurora borealis, breakdowns in electronic circuits and terrible nightmares among those exposed to it. The city is immediately evacuated by the army and surrounded by a high wall.
Mortimer has been living a gloomy retreat in London since then and Blake has risen in the ranks of the army where he holds important positions. With time, the two friends of yesterday are hardly seen any more. Until the day Blake comes to Mortimer. In the forbidden zone, despite the confinement of the building in a Faraday cage, the radiation suddenly resumed, threatening to erase the contents of all the computers on earth, including the data of the banks and the stock exchange.
To overcome the radiation, the army has designed a plan that jeopardises the future of the world. For Blake and Mortimer, despite their old quarrels, in spite of their age, it will be a question of starting again on the adventure, towards an abandoned Brussels to try again to save the world. And realize that the forbidden zone is not so abandoned as expected.
What they find there is connected with their past adventure, that which had led them in their youth, to the mysteries of the Great Pyramid.
Some example pages of Le Dernier Pharaon:
|2019||Le Dernier Pharaon||French||Les Éditions Blake et Mortimer||92||HC||9782870972809||First edition: 250.000 copies|
|2019||Le Dernier Pharaon||French||Les Éditions Blake et Mortimer||176||SC||9782870972830||Special edition limited to 8.000 copies. Its size will be oblong/italian/“half size” with half of the original page per page|
|2019||Le Dernier Pharaon||French||CanalBD||N/A||HC||N/A||Special edition with frontispiece signed by François Schuiten. Limited to 2.000 copies|
|2019||De Laatste Farao||Dutch||Blake en Mortimer||92||SC||9789067370912||First edition 30.000 copies|
|2019||De Laatste Farao||Dutch||Blake en Mortimer||176||HC||9789067370929||Semi deluxe version in oblong/half size format. First edition 1.000 copies.|
|2019||Blake & Mortimer Spezial 1: Der letzte Pharao||German||Carlsen Verlag||n/a||n/a||n/a||Announced for October 29, 2019|
|2019||Le Dernier Pharaon||French||Les Éditions Blake et Mortimer||n/a||n/a||9782870972861||A bibliophile edition with black & white pages and many other additions. Expected end of 2019|