Adventures of Luther Arkwright

Adventures of Luther Arkwright Across a multitude of parallel universes dark forces operate in the shadows manipulating mankind s histories throughout countless timelines The agents of these Disruptors all work with a single purp

  • Title: Adventures of Luther Arkwright
  • Author: Bryan Talbot Michael Moorcock
  • ISBN: 9781593077259
  • Page: 276
  • Format: Paperback
  • Across a multitude of parallel universes, dark forces operate in the shadows, manipulating mankind s histories throughout countless timelines The agents of these Disruptors all work with a single purpose the recovery and activation of Foxfire, a long hidden doomsday device whose unspeakable power is capable of consuming the galaxy in all its incarnations Standing in thAcross a multitude of parallel universes, dark forces operate in the shadows, manipulating mankind s histories throughout countless timelines The agents of these Disruptors all work with a single purpose the recovery and activation of Foxfire, a long hidden doomsday device whose unspeakable power is capable of consuming the galaxy in all its incarnations Standing in the way of the Disruptors is Luther Arkwright, a human anomaly who exists only in a single universe, a man of vast psychic powers and capable of travelling between the parallel realities to counter the Disruptor s malign influence But the Disruptors are aware of Arkwright and his abilities, and while Arkwright searches the myriad Earths for the location of Foxfire, the agents of darkness race to destroy him and to ensure their unthinkable ends.

    One thought on “Adventures of Luther Arkwright”

    1. This is what I was in the mood for, except I wanted it to be larger and ideally in color. I don't know if the original series run was in a different format, but I could hardly make out some of details, especially in the ephemera-style writings, and reading the blocks of tiny print gave me a headache. This is a fairly text-heavy graphic novel, too, and the only punctuation the author seems fond of is the colon. The lack of punctuation was for a 70s-style altered state stream of consciousness. Phy [...]

    2. What it is: A universe-spanning action adventure where Arkwright hops from parallel to parallel in order to save the multiverse by inducing revolution and drawing out the dominant alien enemy who is seeking to wipe out all parallels via a power gem.The Bad: Overly verbose writing. Mostly hollow characterization, especially of the supporting cast. Art that suffers from inconsistency and poor anatomy and perspective. Monologue upon monologue. Lengthy. Although a lot can be forgiven if you take int [...]

    3. This book is like Lou Reed and the Velvet Undergroung. It's the guy behind the guy. Talbot's book has influenced the face of modern comics so greatly that it seeps into everything. Morrison, Moore, Ellis, Carey, Ennis. . . . They all come from Talbot. And from Arkwright. It's worth a read, for sure. And it's worth and oversized hardcover treatment as well.

    4. While my awareness with British comics is mostly limited to second-hand knowledge of Judge Dredd, I had seen praise for this series and decided to check it out.The book begins with a foreword by Michael Moorcock, which is extremely appropriate. The story that follows reminded very much of Moorcock's New Wave SF work on the Eternal Champion series and the Jerry Cornelius character in particular. The hero is a (somewhat groovy) super agent who journeys to various parallel Earths in a semi-mystical [...]

    5. Mind-bending, freak-ass sci-fi mysticism. Grant Morrison wishes he was this good.*Both this graphical novel (black & white) and the sequel, Heart of Empire: The Legacy of Luther Arkwright (in color) deserve to be in the collection of anyone who likes literary comics. The Adventures of… (first issued in 1990) was just reprinted by Dark Horse, so this is a great chance to snap up both collections.Bryan Talbot writes (sophisticated storytelling, complex characters) and illustrates (beautifull [...]

    6. Hay que esforzarse o tomar muchas drogas para entender este cómic. Pero si haces el esfuerzo, encuentras uno de los cómics más originales que habrás leído. Así que merece la pena el esfuerzo.

    7. Kahtlemata on vaeva nähtud, minu jaoks oli tulemus aga suht ilge ja puine üpriski loetamatu saast. Kunstipool oli muljetavaldav, Talbot on üks kõvemaid hetke koomiksikunstnikke, aga no sisu jahPostmodernistlikku soga täis leheküljed, kus üritatakse miskide sõnade, lausejuppide ja vabade assotsiatsioonidega edasi anda tunnet, päris kompleksne setting - võibolla isegi sest pudrust ja kapsastest oleks lõpuks aru saanud aga no see puine storytelling kattis kõik oma pahahaisulise vaibaga [...]

    8. nwhytevejournal/2164391ml[return][return]It's weird to think that this is over thirty years old, though not published in book form until some time later. It's also a bit embarrassing that I hadn't read it before, given its seminal importance to the comics genre in the UK. I liked a lot of things about it very much: the interplay between Royalist rebels and Cromwellian puritans, the latter still ruling Britain in the 1970s; the role of Arkwright, agent of order, but not necessarily of good; the f [...]

    9. There's the inevitable parallel to Moorcock's Jerry Cornelius, who was the first in a chain of a whole new skew of fiction for me, in mindblowing read after mindblowing read. I don't think I would have appreciated this book had I read it five years ago. More familiar with Talbot's more contemporary, historical work, I was astounded at the level of his skill. I'd say this is a perfect visual reference for any reader of Moorcock's Cornelius you get an idea of how he moves through the multiverse, o [...]

    10. I'm really not entirely sure what to make of this graphic novel. It was very dense, in multiple senses of the word, and I did get lost more than once. Luther Arkwright can travel without technological aid between the worlds of the multiverse, and he's working with the stable, ordered Earth of zero-zero to try and prevent a weapon that will destroy Earths throughout the multiverse from being found and unleashed.The first thing that hit me here was Talbot's art style. As someone who's only really [...]

    11. I can understand why some might dislike this one. It's fairly complex, at times over-indulging in philosophical rant with a bit more modernist sense of narration that the average graphic novel reader is accustomed to, and the protagonist is, well, basically a superhuman in every sense of the word. But heck, did I like it a lot.I'm just attracted to alternate history as a narrative device and am immediatelly intrigued when an author decides to go down that lane. The world depicted in AOLA is rich [...]

    12. This graphic novel has been sitting on my shelf for years. I picked it up a few times, meaning to start it, but flipped through it a bit and put it back. Finally, I decided to take the plunge. Wow. I'm glad I looked up the book online to get an idea of the plot, as I wouldn't have got much from reading it. Confusing doesn't begin to cover it. And the words god. There were pages that probably took me 10 or 15 minutes to read. A single page! Talbot is a good artist (I've enjoyed his work in other [...]

    13. I don't know that I've ever given a book ONE star before, so this one is really a landmark. The strange thing is that I've had this since it came out, read it a few times and even have the sequel, Heart of Empire. Whether I keep this volume will depend entirely on how much I like Heart this time through.Talbot's always been an artist I admire, but he does tend to be a little out of his depth with his writing. This older book (done, it seems, in the late 80s, though it reads like the mid-70s) is [...]

    14. This book was an undertaking as far as graphic novels go being that it covers English History, Metaphysics, biblical subjects(I mean Luther is basically Jesus) and Hard Science Fiction. I had been reading Marvel Exiles Vol 1 to 10 and finished Stephen Kings The Dark Tower series so I had my head pretty well wrapped around the whole “Multiverse” idea but apart from Elvis Costello’s ‘Oliver’s Army’ and Morrissey’s ‘Irish Blood, English Heart’ I was not that familiar with the Crom [...]

    15. Como qualificar esta obra? Pegando no conceito de realidades paralelas, Talbot mergulha numa aventura cósmico-psicadélica com um certo gosto acídico aos anos 70. O cenário é o de uma vasta guerra interdimensional entre duas facções que se movem ao longo da história dos mundos paralelos, mas a principal acção desenrola-se numa realidade onde a Inglaterra está subjugada a um regime puritano fascista, mergulhada numa guerra civil entre o governo e rebeldes leais à coroa com um apoio geo [...]

    16. A work of ambition and grandeur and in comic book pantheon it is no less than pioneering. There is inconsistent art and it gets consistent as the narrative progresses. Twelve years in the making means that and the pages show how meticulous the art is than the lack thereof. I am thinking the point where the book grabbed me was at the last third exactly where Arkwright ascends to descend, now I am turning back pages and saying No, not there. The ascension is where the unconventional climax begins [...]

    17. While a bit hard going in the beginning, once I was able to set aside any concept of trying to "get it", and allowed myself to be swept up by the plot, I was amazed. Talbot is not only a complex and cerebral writer but an absolutely fantastic artist. There were pages and panels that I can hardly believe he was able to accomplish without the use of a computer. But even beyond the awesome array of effects and transitions, the storytelling and emotive ability of the work was astounding. Luther Arkw [...]

    18. Upon completion it is easy to see why many consider Bryan Talbot's Luther Arkwright story as a classic of the genre. While I think his tale of One Bad Rat is superior, there is much to recommend here. There is Talbot's highly detailed artwork, and an interesting story that crosses the multiverse. What does not work for me is the Roger Zelazny influence in the writing, the surreal aspects of some sections of the tale (surrealism just does not work for me most of the time). The Michael Moorcock in [...]

    19. I never knew Bryan Talbot was this nuts. Was it the ten years it took him to finish this? Strangely enough, the story becomes more comprehensible towards the conclusion as all the multiverse stuff recedes into the background, and the narrative becomes more about Arkwright's rebirth and transformation. There are hints here of what both Alan Moore and Grant Morrison would later do with much better effect, but considering this was done ten or twenty years earlier, it's still impressive. And Bryan T [...]

    20. This book looms so fucking large over British comics. Talbot takes the Multiverse concept of Moorcock and runs with it. You can see bits of Moore (particularly From Hell and V for Vendetta), Ellis, TONS of Morrison, etc in this work. And you can listen to the audio drama from Big Finish starring David Tennant!It's a very verbose comic, though. Expect to spend a lot of time reading a lot of VERY TINY text.

    21. couldn't follow this at all for the first half of the book - its pretty out there and doesn't rush to explain itself. much more enjoyable once you know whats going on. of course parrallel, multiverse jumping has been done before but this is pretty charming (in the way anything set in england can be charming).ultimately bryan talbot gets to draw other people's stories but doesn't ever write and outsource the art - my point is that he's outstanding artist but just a decent writer.

    22. The sixties new wave lingers strongly over this comics masterpiece. Moorcock’s Nomad of the Time Streams, Cornelius Quartet, Keith Robert’s Pavane, Burrough’s cut-ups, and stream of consciousness combine in a dense, mythic, non-linear narrative with beautiful black and white illustrations. Hugely influential but more than worthwhile on its own. Moorcock always does something interesting with intros and here he provides an essay on post-empire/war Britain.

    23. An awesome tale that in some ways remains simple whilst also being audacious. It is a truly extravagant tale that requires the reader to experience the journey of Arkwright.It forms part of the body of work from the mid 1980s that redefined what readers could expect from comics.Thoroughly recommended.(Originally read as comics.)

    24. Bryan Talbot takes the graphic novel form to a whole new level. The story is time-twistingly brilliant combining myth, history, politics, philosophy, and just enough sex to keep the prurient engaged. The graphis themselves are stunningly intricate.If I had one complaint, it is that these old eyes felt strained by the small print. I should have dug out my magnifying glass.

    25. Conflicted about this. Beautiful, mind-blowingly amazing art and design (as I have come to expect from Bryan Talbot)a story that might have been fresher in 1994a hero I didn't feel particularly drawn toepiphany sexbut epiphany that alluded to, among other things, my favorite song in "Guys And Dolls." So, worth a read? Yes. Worth a trip to the library? Not on its own.

    26. parallel universes, intrigue, rebellions, manipulations - all good things. Luther's personal evolution was graphically and literally done well, but I'm not so into metaphysics and spirituality. More a personal thing than a criticism on the novel.

    27. There are no words to describe this book. At all. I don't even like graphic novels, but I'm on the hunt to buy this one. Seriously. @_@ My knowledge of history and the layout of London really helped me with this book.I have the audio book, but I'd love the graphic novel!

    28. I read Morrison's "The Invisibles" before this, only to realize how much had been "borrowed." Meticulous illustrations coupled with surprising depth and an ambitious narrative structure - way ahead of its time.

    29. It is hard to describe this beautifully illustrated trans-dimensional opus of world-building and synergy between sex magic, parallel dimensions and political duplicity. It is worth reading, twice or three times, to absorb everything it has to offer.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *