by Alan Moore, Leah Moore, John Reppion (WildStorm, 2006)

I'm not the target audience for Albion.

Albion -- plotted by Alan Moore and written by his daughter, Leah Moore, and her husband, John Reppion -- is a new look at old British comic-book characters. After flourishing decades ago in long-defunct titles such as Smash!, Wham!, Valiant and Lion, this odd collection of heroes, villains and in-betweens vanished into the annals of comic-book history -- until Moore decided to unearth them for a last bit of fun.

In Albion, characters such as The Spider, Captain Hurricane, Robot Archie and the Steel Claw weren't just funny-book creations; they were real, and eventually a fearful England had them all captured and secretly imprisoned. Now, someone thinks it's time they were free.

It's all well and good, I suppose, and I'm sure this book is a fun-filled blast from the past for anyone -- including "Introduction" writer Neil Gaiman -- who grew up on these characters and carries a smidge of nostalgia for them. For the likes of me, with no clue who these people are or what they can do, it's a confusing jumble.

Take it for what it's worth. If you're the sort who would like this sort of thing, then you'll surely enjoy it. If you're not, you won't. Seems simple enough, really.

review by
Tom Knapp

22 January 2011

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