Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,

July Books 39) Albion

39) Albion, by Alan Moore, Leah Moore and John Reppion

Having known Leah and John for a year or so, I thought I should actually read what they have been writing! Albion is a British riff on the resurrection of old superheroes in today's world, being busted out of the Scottish castle in which they have been imprisoned since their original comics were cancelled the government turned against them. It's generally good stuff, with some nice touches - how did Margaret Thatcher really survive the Brighton bomb? And one particularly nasty character grumbles, "The world's gone soft! See where your Teletubbies have led you?!"

It is supported by a good deal of material on the characters, including several complete original stories, as they appeared in Valiant, which I confess I don't remember ever reading myself (and which ceased publishing before Leah and John were even born). Also this is the second book I've written up this morning to have a recommendation from Neil Gaiman, who unlike me is old enough to have read the comics first time round and contributes an introduction.
Tags: bookblog 2007, comics, writer: neil gaiman

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