Sunday, February 7, 2016

Crossover of the Week

April 1987
Reporter Mattie Storin interviews Michel Kerjean, leader of the Judex Society, a security business dedicated to battling crime and corruption on the Channel Island of Jersey. The Society is named after a masked crime-fighter in Paris, before the War. Detective Sergeant Jim Bergerac of the Bureau de Etrangers intervenes when a group of Judexes at Diamante Lil’s café become rowdy. An older detective named Teddy Verano helps him deal with the Judexes. On returning to the Bureau, Jim is greeted by his secretary, Peggy, who tells him Chief Inspector Barney Crozier wants to see him. Jim asks his former father-in-law Charlie Hungerford what the Law and Order committee plans to do about the Judex Society. The real Judex tells Jim Kerjean created the Society to discredit the vigilante, who he blames for the death of his grandfather, a criminal named Morales. Kerjean is backed by BlackSpear Holdings. Jim mentions his relationship with Susan.
Short story by Nigel Malcolm in Tales of the Shadowmen Volume 11: Force Majeure, Jean-Marc and Randy Lofficier, eds., Black Coat Press, 2014. Mattie Storin is from Michael Dobbs’ novel House of Cards, which features the appointment of a fictional Prime Minister of Great Britain, Francis Urquhart. Therefore, the Mattie Storin in Malcolm’s story must be the CU counterpart of the character seen in Dobbs’ book, which takes place in an AU. Michel Kerjean is the grandson of Robert Morales (née Kerjean) and his lover Diana Monti, who died in battle with the title character of Louis Feuillade’s 1916 film serial Judex. Detective Sergeant Jim Bergerac, Diamante Lil, Peggy Masters, Chief Inspector Barney Crozier, Charlie Hungerford, and Susan Young are from the British police drama Bergerac. Teddy Verano is a private eye featured in books by Maurice Limat. BlackSpear Holdings is the name by which Paul Féval’s criminal society the Black Coats is known in the 20th and 21st century, as seen in fiction by Jean-Marc Lofficier.


  1. It's interesting that this story has a character from a series about a fictional British Prime Minister. I just read the first Scot Harvath novel The Lions of Lucerne (you included one of he later books in the series) where a fictional President is kidnapped. I imagine that a lot of the political situation. I don't know if you could do that with House of Cards since I haven't read it.

    A lot of books in the Stony Man series have 9/11 style terrorist attacks that would cause serious sociopolitical changes. One even had a doomsday device in orbit that destroyed several cities. This is never mentioned in any other book. I tend to write that novel off as completely fictional.

  2. Much like the comics, these series greatly exaggerate the damage done by the battles and schemes if the villains

    1. Of course, but I'm pretty sure that particular book would have to be an AU. There was an episode of Lupin the Third where he battles Fantomas grandson (they changed the characters name in the English translation), who in James Bond fashion melts the ice caps and floods the Southren Hemisphere. Millions die. It's never mention until the bad guys shows up in a later episode. But Lupin always has a loose continuity.