Adventures of Luther Arkwright (Luther Arkwright Big Finish) Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Mar 2005
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The complexity of the structure, the fully imagined alternate realities he delivers and the sheer quality of the draftsmanship were irresistible.
I have now read all of Bryan Talbot's graphic novels and am only able to communicate in hyperbole - Bryan Talbot is one of the greatest novelists working in any genre in the UK today.
The foreword for this book- a combination of the original three volumes- can be no coincidence. Talbot drew heavily on Moorcock's Jerry Cornellius and ideas of the Multiverse. But this is in no way derivative: the work is absolutely unique. It pulls together astonishing art, collages, typed pieces, beautiful full page spreads and then classic comic book framing. It's violence is brutal in a mad with an air brush way, the sexual content is well handled, and the story is intricate and intriguing.
In short, it's a masterpiece- of both science fiction and of comics. It should be there amongst the top ten ever comics along with Watchmen, Sandman and Maus.
While a few elements of the Arkwright story are a little cliched decades after it was first put on paper, it still works well and the writer of the audio adaption has done a good job of converting the comic into dialog and sound effects; though I could imagine a few parts might be a little confusing to someone who's never read the comic. The acting is good, it's nice to hear Paul Darrow in a role more recent than 'Blake's Seven', I particularly liked the portrayal of Harry Fairfax and Queen Anne, and the mix of adventure, SF, humor and romance kept me following it to the end.
It's well past time someone made a 'Luther Arkwright' movie, but until then this is probably the closest we'll get. I'm sure that if someone does make a movie they could learn a thing or two about how to adapt the story from the audio version too.
The art is sublime and perfectly suited to black and white as is the story. While this isn't as well known as some of Alan Moore and Frank Miller's famous works it definteily ranks up there with them.
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In a parallel world where Imperial Russia and Prussia still flourish and a descendant of Cromwell is Puritan dictator of England a multiverse-travelling spy battles to avert cosmic... Read morePublished 19 months ago by AJ-99
I had all the original twelve books back in the day and then lent them to someone. This volume replaces them. Read morePublished on 17 Aug. 2013 by J. Anthony
For me, Bryan Talbot was the workmanlike artist who took over from the sublime Kevin O'Neill on the 2000AD strip, Nemesis in the Gothic Empire, I can still feel the disappointment... Read morePublished on 15 April 2012 by tallmanbaby
I read "The Adventures of Luther Arkwright" as a student way back, picking up the comics as they came out - brilliant. Read morePublished on 19 Aug. 2011 by Dr. Mark W. Stephens