So I’ve just recently finished reading Bryan Talbot’s ‘Adventures of Luther Arkwright’ (the Dark Horse collected edition). It’s the sort of comic that you just have to talk about afterwards, and I’m hoping to find a receptive audience here!
In short, it’s blinding. So many ideas, such marvellous art, weirdly compelling characters (some of whom are only in it fleetingly), and I suspect massively influential on a lot of British comics creators who read it as it first came out.
It’s also super dense and difficult to follow, to the point that I tried to let it wash over me rather than trying to stay on top of the overarching plot. I wouldn’t recommend trying to read it in one go, but I’d definitely recommend it.
Did anyone here read it in small doses wherever it was printed first time around? That must have been something both astounding and frustrating, as I gather it had a tricky publication history, to say the least.
For 2000 AD fans, there’s obviously a fair bit of overlap with some of the tone of Nemesis: the Gothic Empire (which Talbot drew, presumably hired on the strength of his Arkwright work). But I reckon there’s more than a passing love for Luther Arkwright in the work of Grant Morrison and definitely John Smith, to pick just two names (Invisibles, The Filth and Indigo Prime, I’m looking at you). There’s a staggering mix of politics, history and sex along with widescreen hyper-cool action.
Why isn’t it more widely known / read?