Although it is a continuation of the story of Luther Arkwright who can jump between the parallel but slightly different dimensions in a multiverse overseen by benign but ineffective bureaucrats, it is a different beast.
The art work is fully coloured, and with less shading. At times it looks like the precise work of Frank Quitely, other times is garish and generic comic book stuff. The action focusses on a small handful of characters in a slightly steam-punk victorian setting with dark overtones. This dimension is not explored with the delight that others might have taken. Arkwright only appears halfway through the book, and even then remains somewhat peripheral. If I had been reading this piecemeal as a monthly comic, I cannot imagine that I would have persevered to the end. As a book, it is generally entertaining, though it certainly lacks urgency.
If you enjoyed the original, you will want to give this one a try. It is well put together, but for me it felt overlong with dull patches. Ultimately the plot was satisfying and engaging. There is some spoof period material, and some intriguing 'geek' choices for live models and in-jokes.
As with its predecessor, there is some moderately graphic sex, so probably not a book for comfortable reading on public transport.
The origional Luther was a work of genius so this had a lot to live up too. It's good but it's a mile off the first Luther. Talbot has changed his style for one and to be frank it's not a patch on the old black and white stuff he did for 2000AD. The story is more straight foward too but still it's the strongest part of the book. If all this sounds negative it's not really it's just that you compare it to what went before. Worth buying though and a reasonable follow up to the origional masterpiece that took years to produce.
I've been a "fan" of Luther ever since I came across him in Near Myths comic way back in the late seventies. Very original idea which has a great twisting plot with lots of historical characters in different positions and situations. Lots of humour with stunning visuals and a very good read. A must if you like Bryan's work.