I read quite a few books over past months, but most of them were forgettable. The best two happened to be about Pirates, and coincidentally tomorrow will be talk like a pirate day.
My favorite has to be Long John Silver. It is a continuation or a homage to Treasure Island by Stevenson, but slightly more gritty and larger than life at the same time. Silver and the doctor Livesey return, and Jim Hawkins is mentioned. This time the protagonist is Lady Vivian Hastings. She is a conniving noblewoman who married her husband for wealth. That wealth has been dwindling as he has spent it and years of his life away in South America looking for ancient treasures of Guiana Capac. With her husband likely dead, Lady Hastings is about to marry a man she has been having an affair with. It all changes when lord Hasting's brother shows up with a message. Lord Hastings is still alive and will need all money left in England to finish his treasure hunt. This throws a wrench into Lady Hasting's plans, but she hatches a scheme to salvage the situation. It involves going to South America along with her brother in law, and she recruits Long John Silver as her ally. Doctor Livesey's chivalry compels him to go too.
Lady Hastings is a very well written character. She is probably among the best female antiheroes or perhaps villains I have seen in comics. She is free from problems plaguing many female characters in American comic books today. Remaining main cast is written very well too, but she steals the spotlight.
Art by Mathieu Lauffray is very good too. It resembles classic European ink and watercolor style you could see in older western or historical comics. Lauffay is very good at illustrating everything, from English castles to Amazonian forest. He is great at showing how initially polished look of Lady Hastings and the doctor gradually degrades as expedition goes on. Things like waves smashing boats to splinters are very clear and easy to read, while at the same time they look dangerous and chaotic. Wind, rain, fog, night, and other things that many other artists fall short at are drawn very well too.