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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! The Collected BoJefferies Saga, 7 Feb 2014
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I wasn't sure what to expect from this old Alan Moore strip. I've never been convinced of Moore's rare attempts at outright comedy, and despite his many other strengths as a writer, it's always been his weakest area for me. Yes, there's moments of genuine hilarity scattered around his other works, but those moments often work best because they're sandwiched between something more serious. It's rare that Moore should dedicate an entire series to frivolity and simple fun. (Although it does have a satirical side, to be fair.)

Long out of print, and largely unknown to most fans, this series harks back to 1983, and Warrior magazine, the same era as V for Vendetta. Despite my reticence, I've always wanted to read this series -- being one of the largest bodies of Moore's work to remain out of print for so long, and also one of the most unusual for the writer.

The BoJefferies Saga has a curious, but interesting tone; "Monty Python" meets "The Addams Family" meets a British council estate, and I'm very happy to report that it is, to my pleasant surprise, wickedly funny. The series has a successful low-key irreverence that regularly put a smile on my face, and that's accentuated by Parkhouse's subtle artwork. Reading it made me realise that most of the time that comedy is done successfully in comics, it's written and drawn by the same hand. As soon as someone else gets involved, subtleties and nuance are often lost, leaving something very heavy-handed and unfunny. It's great to report then that Moore and Parkhouse pull together in the same direction here, and are just about as successful at conveying its comedic subtleties as any self-drawn series I can think of.

This new TopShelf edition, while being incredibly reasonably priced (especially the Kindle version -- wow!), includes all original 15 stories, as well as a brand new, never before seen, story written by Moore in (I think) 2009, and totals 96 pages. It's the version that those who of us who have been wanting to read this series have long been waiting for -- and, I guess, also perfect for everyone else, too.

If you're looking for something light and enjoyable to dip in and out of, I heartily recommend this -- especially for the price.
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Initial post: 4 Mar 2014 08:58:50 GMT
Sandman says:
You say you have never been convinced by Alan Moore's attempts at comedy -- have you read DR & Quinch? Brilliantly funny collection from 2000AD of the 1980s, with superb art from Alan Davis

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Mar 2014 23:56:51 GMT
Yes, I quite enjoyed DR & Quinch, too.

Posted on 13 Apr 2014 15:05:47 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 Apr 2014 15:06:33 BDT
M P Hall says:
Rare attempts at comedy? Really? All his stuff is permeated by comedy-sometimes very obscure and dark -That's one of the reasons he's such a great writer. This book is funny-but I think Top 10 or Promethea have just as many jokes.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Apr 2014 23:11:34 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Aug 2014 11:43:51 BDT
Promethea and Top 10 are not comedies, despite the moments of fun in them (especially Top 10 -- which was often hilarious). Moore has very rarely created outright comedic series.

Also, to seriously state that Promethea as the Bojeffries Saga is bewildering. Promethea is often very serious.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Apr 2014 07:03:36 BDT
M P Hall says:
I see you have rewritten your review now. Makes more sense.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2014 11:08:10 BDT
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