A quirky little Danish graphic-novel import doesn't quite deliver the goods.
From first glance, the premise of this third volume is extremely intriguing: A debonair time traveler in search of a purloined gem travels between the 19th and 20th centuries, landing in the midst of history—and on the Titanic. Mortensen, the tuxedoed time traveler, is in search of the Red Ruby, a rare and priceless piece thought to be cursed. Along the way, he engages in exciting chases through Versailles, brushes with gangsters and murderers, and many games of chess. Jakobsen’s narrative is disjointed and jumpy, though, and even readers paying close attention can get confused about when and where they are within the story; this seems a silly flaw for a graphic work, which could easily use its visual stylings to locate readers. Though recommended by the publisher for a middle-grade audience, it would be difficult to find a readership in that age range: This would be better suited to a patient, older crowd who could enjoy the noirish feel. With a vague and disappointing ending that leads readers know where and without resolution in subsequent volumes, this episodic offering is wholly unsatisfying.
This ruby is definitely not a hidden gem. (historical notes) (Graphic adventure/science fiction. 13 & up)