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Alan Moore dusts off forgotten heroes of our past.
on 8 March 2011
This occurs in a contemporary Britain where 1960's british comic characters(Both IPC and DC Thompson) are real people all living in the same reality.The story begins with a young comic-literate man recognising comic character, Grimly Feendish as a real person being arrested in the street.He shouts his name,and is taken away from the scene by a young woman who has connections with the world of comic characters herself.She leads him into a world of imprisoned heroes, government cover-ups and Top-secret military experiments gone wrong.
The cast of these old characters includes The Steel Claw,The Spider,Tim Kelly(Kellys Eye),Robot Archie,Charlie Peace and probably a hundred others.
The dialogue,detail and reverence for the material are all outstanding,Highlights include the terrifying Captain Hurricane,and the sinister Spider.Some of the more interesting time travelling and magical characters are here too like Adam Eterno and Cursitor Doom.
John Reppion's spikey art with occasional retro pastiches is really effective,as is Moore's clever plot which shows his knowledge and understanding of these old heroes.At the back of the book,we get 32 pages of vintage comics featuring some of the source characters from Albion.
This book stirred memories of the comics that were gone when I was reading my weekly 2000AD and Action,that were only available in junk shops and jumble-sales.Since getting this,I now have about twenty old Valiant,Lion and Vulcan annuals and the Steel Claw ,Spider,and Albion Origins reprints.
Thanks to the Moores for this super treat.