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biggrin.gif Excellent... although I prefer the 1970s lineup in the portraits on the wall. Who's the woman in the white shirt and bikini bottoms?

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League of Extraordinary Gentlemen - America: 1988

 

When war-hero-turned-handyman Kesuke Miyagi is found drained of blood, it becomes clear that the occult gang known as the Lost Boys are targeting the only individuals that can stop them from complete domination of America. It's the perfect case for the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen--except that their government contact, Oscar Goldman, disbanded the team in 1979 after they defeated Mr. Han's army of the living dead.

 

Now, disgraced scientist Emmet Brown has to put together a new team to combat the growing threat of the Lost Boys and their leader, a newly resurrected vampire kingpin Tony Montana: Transportation specialist Jack Burton, ex-commando B.A. Baracus, tech wizard Angus MacGyver and the mysteriously powerful femme fatale known only as "Lisa." But will Brown be able to stop the Lost Boys before time runs out?

 

$9.99 - 64 pages, full color - 1 of 2 - Scheduled to ship on April 1, 2011

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Who's the painting to Serpico's left?

Jill Monroe, Farrah Fawcett's character in 'Charlie's Angels'.

 

No, sorry, that's Serpico's right. That'd be Rocky Balboa on his left.

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That's pretty brilliant.

 

I know. I was kinda bummed to learn it was just another 4/1 day joke.

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For a moment I thought that was Snake Plissken but someone had forgotten his eye patch, then I remembered the relevant dates. Shame, that would've been great.

 

Still a great picture though.

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Of course not: it's only a three issue series, so each issue has to be at least twice as late as usual to keep the thing running according to plan.

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Is anybody familiar with this The Mirror Of Love book? I've never even heard of that one.

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I won it by absolutely no internal secret dealing when I organised the Alan Moore panel at Bristol a few years back.

 

It's a nice poetic take on gays and their loving, with superb pictures by Jose Villarrubia.

 

The politcal Moore rather than the parody one.

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Thanks. That's a very clever title if it's about same sex romance as well. The text is more of a dressing for the photos, then?

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Neonomicon seems promising. I picked it up the other day. It's got some Cthulhu sort of weirdness in it.

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It's a sequel to Moore's original updated Lovecraftian addition, The Courtyard.

The Courtyard was moreso Moore trying to shoehorn in a modern day Cthulhu mythos tale as part of the Lovecraftian canon (more nuanced and subtle), while this series seems to be wearing its sources on its sleeve very heavily, but there's some interesting ideas that Moore might explore with this series as pertains to the Great Old Ones.

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I liked the Courtyard so I'll read it. 1st issue was OK but maybe more set up than anything. Does it seem like the whole city is encased in some sort of dome? There were a couple of shots like that which made me go, "Hmmmm..."

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I thought those were shots from "outside". That those scenes were supposed to be another dimension looking inward on our world.

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It's a sequel to Moore's original updated Lovecraftian addition, The Courtyard.

The Courtyard was moreso Moore trying to shoehorn in a modern day Cthulhu mythos tale as part of the Lovecraftian canon (more nuanced and subtle), while this series seems to be wearing its sources on its sleeve very heavily, but there's some interesting ideas that Moore might explore with this series as pertains to the Great Old Ones.

The Courtyard was written for one of those "Lovecraft retro" collections (Grant Morrison was also in this one), so you can't expect it to have been anything other than a pastiche, really.

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The Courtyard was written for one of those "Lovecraft retro" collections (Grant Morrison was also in this one), so you can't expect it to have been anything other than a pastiche, really.

'The Starry Wisdom' - an interesting one. It was intended to take Lovecraftian concerns into new and (post)modern areas, but it was a mixed bag. 'The Courtyard' was one of the most traditionally structured stories, and very much a play on the classic Lovecraftian form and tropes. Other pieces were a lot more experimental and tangential - Morrison's ('HP Lovecraft in Hell') was explicitly Lovecraftian in content, less so in structure. There were also a few old stories from the likes of Ballard and Burroughs, of questionable relevance.

 

The same editor recently published a follow-up, 'Songs of the Black Wurm Gism', which is much more solidly at the experimental/tangential end. It also has something from Morrison (an excerpt from his abandoned novel 'The If', if I remember right), which is rather further out than his previous); and some art from Moore.

 

Both recommended, if you like that sort of thing. But a warning: they do contain poetry.

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