David Ellioth Hanneth Solomon (Soda) is a lieutenant of the New York Police Department. Soda started his career as a ghost writer but this was no success. When an enemy killed himself during a fight with him, he decided to join the NYPD to become a cop just like his father. When Soda moved to New York he told his mother that he was going to be a priest. His mother Mary wouldn't want him to become a cop and he never told her the truth.
When Soda's father died, his mother decided to move to New York to live with Soda at 416 Church Lane. From that time on Soda dresses up as a priest when he left home and changes his clothes in the elevator (they live at the 23rd floor). He changes back into his priest costume when he returns from work. Even after performing this act for one and a half year mother Mary suspects nothing.
Other important characters in this comic are Soda's partner agent Linda Tchaikovski, the helpful sergeant Arthur Babs and police chief "Sugarcane" Pronzini. The first two books were drawn by Luc Warnant. His work was continued by Bruno Gazotti. The great scripts are written by Tome (real name Phillipe Vandevelde, image), the man who is also responsible for the scripts for Spirou and Young Spirou. Stéphane Debecker is responsible for the colors in the comic. The fourth Soda album received the price for the best foreign comic at the Dutch comic festival De Stripdagen in Breda in 1993. The fifth book was a nominee for the same price at the next festival in 1994.
The books that were issued in this sequence are:
The English title translations are my own. I do not know if the books have been issued in English.
Together with the fifth book of the French issue a booklet with the title Confession new-yorkaise was issued (thanks to Jocelyn Legault for this information and the French titles). You can also view a page with sub-titles.
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