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Superstar comics scripter Moore made much of his early reputation by refurbishing hoary old superheroes with new trappings. Here he's up to the same trick, but Albion is unlikely to have the same impact, since the figures revived are from British boys' adventure comics of the 1960s and 1970s. The setup: the Spider, Grimly Feendish, the Steel Claw, and Captain Hurricane have been imprisoned by the government for decades, and now one of their daughters is out to free them. Obviously, the nostalgia factor that likely will make this a hit with British comics fans won't be in play on this side of the pond. Furthermore, Moore came up with only the plotline and left full scripting to his daughter, Leah, and her husband, John Reppion. They are capable but not in the same class as the elder Moore, who would have smoothed such rough edges as a critical lack of character development. Shane Oakley's visual approach dispenses with the dated looks of the original comics, but his decidedly modern style sacrifices clarity to flamboyance. Gordon Flagg
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"* "This is The X-Files, except the government isn't covering up an alien invasion but a colourful and dangerous world of heroes and villains." - * "A whole generation grew up relishing the adventures of IPC's fantastically macabre superheroes and the cultural significance of their comeback is enormous." - Andrew Sumner, IPC" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: WildStorm (December 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401209947
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401209940
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,030,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Kirshenblatt on May 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have to state for the record that before this, I was not familiar with any element of British comics aside from anything mentioned in passing by Neil Gaiman. So when I began reading this story, I went into it with essentially no knowledge of any of the characters, or their place in British imagination.

The book begins with an Introduction by Neil Gaiman talking about how as a child he first got into the world of British comics, the characters he finds fascinating and also being an active reader during the time that British comics themselves went through several different changes. The important thing here is that it seems that even in their country of origin, many of these comics died out ages ago.

This ties into the plot of Albion itself: Albion itself apparently being one of the oldest names ascribed to the British Isles and perhaps the imagination behind it. It begins with an old man in a hospital bed dreaming. It continues with a young man named Danny who -- fittingly enough -- is an aficionado of old out-of-print British comics with its strange and eccentric super-powered characters. It is only after the arrest of a very well known criminal and his meeting with a mysterious inventor-woman that Danny begins to recognize the link between the comics he relates to so much and the reality that exists around him. He also starts to understand just why his comics became out-of-print and ... what exactly happened to the characters involved.

The style of comics illustration involved in this undertaking was a very interesting choice. Most of the graphic narrative is composed of a series of very sharply defined square and rectangular panels with very stark-lined drawings of the characters.
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Format: Paperback
A fabulous graphic novel by Alan Moore and his daughter Leah, it is a love letter to the classic comic books of England. What's that you say, you didn't know England had comic books? Well of course they did! They just weren't the usual fare that was coming out of America at the time. The English comics were more centered on person's with gifts and abilities or using their regular human traits in the service of mankind. Take for example Captain Hurricane, a great mountain of a man who during WWII charges into battle with nothing but his fists and his loyal batman (soldier-servant) Malone at his side to quell any Nazi rumblings that are bothering the boys on the front lines.

Mind you, since this is a graphic novel that has Alan Moore's hand in things the characters that seem so carefree and innocent are more hardened and bitter in this story. But at the end of the book there is a fabulous treat, reprints of multiple stories from the classic era of British comics featuring many of the characters that were featured in some form or fashion in the graphic novel.

For fans of Alan Moore's work, this is a must-have. For fans of comic book history who are looking to add something new to their library and gain some knowledge as well (the reprints have text at the bottoms of the pages detailing the histories of the characters and the magazine/company that published them), this is a must-have. And for the average reader who is looking to break into comics but doesn't want to spend a lot of time and money on anything from the big two (DC and Marvel) then this is something that you can enjoy and pick up again and again without worrying about if you missed anything besides a really good story with awesome artwork.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Babytoxie on December 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
I was thrilled when I heard back in 2004 that DC would be taking on the IPC characters from British comics. While I had never read any of their original adventures, I was familiar with their thinly-disguised versions in Paul Grist's excellent JACK STAFF series. As a result, I had a soft spot for the Spider, the Steel Claw, Robot Archie, and others, and I was very happy hearing that they would be in the extremely capable hands of comics superstar Alan Moore. Alas, that's not quite what DC gave us. While Moore did help to develop the plot, his daughter Leah and her husband John Reppion are the actual writers, and I feel that they aren't up to his level of craft.

The story involves a mystery behind various British comics heroes and villains: that their "fictional" adventures are true, being based on people whose existence has been erased from the public consciousness. It has the feel of a Silver Age DC Earth-one adventure, in that actual British writers and artists are incorporated into the story, acknowledging that these characters are real. I'm a sucker for storytelling that blurs the line between fantasy and reality, so this worked very well for me; however, there are too many problems that kept me from enjoying it overall. A big issue I have with this story is the lack of references as to who these characters are. As DC is an American comic publisher, it would seem logical that a large amount of effort would need to be put into character development in order for the story to appeal and/or make sense to American readers. Well, you won't find it here, nor is much provided in the selection of classic reprints that make up the final section of the book. L.
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