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Heart Of Empire: The Legacy Of Luther Arkwright Paperback – March 4, 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse; 2nd edition edition (April 2, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593077262
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593077266
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,381,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. B. Guernsey on February 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've read a lot of graphic novels and this is in my all-time top 10 list. Beautiful line artwork, really intense colors, good plot and dialog, and a bawdy sense of humor. I liked this even better than the first Luther Arkwright books, and could be read without reading the first books beforehand.
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After devouring "The Adventures of Luther Arkwright," I wasn't sure it could get any better than that - but Talbot's follow-up has proven a worthy successor. You can visibly detect the advances in the artwork - bold, bright colors, smooth lines - a pleasure to look at. The story fills in a lot of gaps and answers a lot of the questions I had about the first one (which at times could be confusing, but nonetheless brilliant) and provides a lot of insight into the lives of the characters. I love the undertones of religious and political commentary, but meanwhile staying sexy, imaginative and engaging. Overall, a great read.
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When Bryan Talbot was putting Heart of Empire onto paper he may have not realized that he was cementing his position as one of the comic greats. The reason I say this is that Talbot has created a sequel to The Adventures of Luther Arkwright that matches the original. This is a very hard feat to accomplish, often when a writer tries to create a sequel to a seminal work it pales in comparison, just look at Joseph Heller's Closing Time or Frank Miller's The Dark Night Strikes Again. However this does not happen with Heart of Empire. The main reason that this does not occur is that Heart of Empire is not a direct sequel of The Adventures of Luther Arkwright. Heart of Empire instead acts as more of a spiritual sequel with Luther's daughter Victoria as the protagonist. By separating the two books Talbot allows himself to go in a separate direction both thematically and artistically. First off Heart of Empire is a lighter story with constant humor and a little less drama. The art reflects this, with vivid colors and a little less complex line work. All of this combines to make a very different book than The Adventures of Luther Arkwright but one just as fulfilling. So overall I cannot recommend this book enough for it is truly a worthy successor.
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When Bryan Talbot was putting Heart of Empire onto paper he may have not realized that he was cementing his position as one of the comic greats. The reason I say this is that Talbot has created a sequel to The Adventures of Luther Arkwright that matches the original. This is a very hard feat to accomplish, often when a writer tries to create a sequel to a seminal work it pales in comparison, just look at Joseph Heller's Closing Time or Frank Miller's The Dark Night Strikes Again. However this does not happen with Heart of Empire. The main reason that this does not occur is that Heart of Empire is not a direct sequel of The Adventures of Luther Arkwright. Heart of Empire instead acts as more of a spiritual sequel with Luther's daughter Victoria as the protagonist. By separating the two books Talbot allows himself to go in a separate direction both thematically and artistically. First off Heart of Empire is a lighter story with constant humor and a little less drama. The art reflects this, with vivid colors and a little less complex line work. All of this combines to make a very different book than The Adventures of Luther Arkwright but one just as fulfilling. So overall I cannot recommend this book enough for it is truly a worthy successor.
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