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The Legend of Luther Arkwright: With an Introduction by Adrian Tchaikovsky

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Following from the last blog post, which looked at the newest Mythras setting, Destined, we're going to take a look at another Mythras setting, Luther Arkwright: Roleplaying Across The Parallels. I'm simply not aware of anyone having picked up the gauntlet it threw down with some of its innovations and achievements of storytelling and layout. I've seen comments about how small the text can be in this version, but my main issue was that that the central spine can swallow the edges of captions on occasion.

Magazine, the serialised parts were completed by the rest of the story and published as first a comic book series and then a graphic novel. This is a fairly text-heavy graphic novel, too, and the only punctuation the author seems fond of is the colon. He stands at the very beginning of a tradition that gave us the likes of Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Garth Ennis — his works were then, and remain now, cutting edge,” Drake said. You get the idea…no, not really—-both novels have more twists and turns than Timothy Leary’s intestines.In 2005 the artwork was digitally remastered by Comics Centrum for an edition in Czech ( Dobrodružství Luther Arkwrighta), allowing proper reproduction of both light and dark parts of "tonal" pages. In addition to possessing his unique multidimensional talent, Luther is a master of psionics and mysticism. Arkwright stands strong on his two feet though, here, ending with a bang as several forces twine together like a cord of jute. In 2014, this publisher released Arkwright Integral, which combined both stories with an introduction by Michael Moorcock, an afterword by Warren Ellis, and plenty of additional material.

The book is 160 pages long, printed on slick, shiny (as opposed to glossy) paper in European A4 size (slightly narrower and taller than US Letter size, if I remember right). Meanwhile, Luther acts as a rebellious agent of the royalists in an England that since 300 years ago is a puritanical fascist dictatorship under the descendants of Cronwell, while the Tsar and Prussia are poised to meddle. Between 1987 and 1989 Talbot completed the story, which was published as a series of nine standard comic books by Valkyrie Press, followed, at readers' request, by a tenth issue, titled ARKeology, containing articles about the history and production of the comic and some extended back story and character information.The sequel features heavier inkwork and more conventional storytelling, but holds up well against its precursor. There exists a multiverse -- thousands of alternate realities only slightly different from each other.

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