Saturday, April 14, 2007

The Legend of Senorita Scorpion - Les Savage

This compilation contains the first three Senorita Scorpion adventures. It also gives some publishing history and detail on where, when and why it was written.

Senorita Scorpion
The Brand of Senorita Scorpion
The Secret of the Santiago

When George Douglas is attacked by Comanches and his mine caves in, you have a classic hidden mine and lost property scenario.

200 years later, with the Douglas family finally having dug their way out, Senorita Scorpion starts raiding.

The blonde, blue-eyed, black masked bandida has a secret it seems, and there is a reason she is targeting the monopolistic land owner of the region.

...she's lightining with a knife or a whip or a gun. Tall, blonde, rides like fury... the monopolist tells Chisos Owens, the man he wants to hire to hunt her down, and a man whose land he also took in the past.

This, to me, doesn't read like it was written in 1944, which is probably why the magazine guys of the time edited his moder modern relationships.

A pretty fair tale.

3.5 out of 5

Anse Hawkman has hired some men to pull a fast one, by pretending to be the mining engineer she has hired to come and deal with a contract for her.

Muscle comes along, and the Scorpion has to try and make a break for freedom to get help from Chisos Owens. A legal more-than-technicality also proves handy.

3 out of 5

The Secret of the Santiago involves a map divided into three pieces, and the hunt to find them all. People are getting quite violent over it, so it seems it involves a lot of gold.

Senorita Scorpion, and her two admirers and friends have to deal with Caballero Negro, the Black Horseman, and his black priest satanist accomplice in a race to stay alive and complete the map.

3.5 out of 5

3.5 out of 5

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