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Heart of Empire, or The Legacy of Luther Arkwright

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  238 ratings  ·  7 reviews
In a future alternatereality Earthone existence in a swirling maelstrom of parallel worldsa vicious totalitarian British Empire reigns supreme. But in Rome, the dying Pope sets into motion a dark plan to place the throne of Britannica under papal controlby any means necessary. And while such temporal machinations threaten the world's political and social stability, a monst ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published March 4th 2008 by Dark Horse Books (first published 1999)
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Personally, I liked the first book better; it showcased the raw talent and imagination of Talbot. But Heart of Empire, as a sequel, is a greater work. Talbot brings a decade of technical and storytelling skill to bear. Painted with a bold and glorious palette, the pages practically leap out at you.

Talbot has to deal with the construction of a history permeated with the myth of Arkwright and the iron fist of the Queen. Despite England's shining grandeur, it is a dark place behind the scenes. Cert
Not great, but a hell of a lot better than its predecessor. It's funny what a decade or so can do for a creative artist, and I don't think I've ever seen a clearer example than the strides Talbot made between the first Arkwright book and this one. The overwriting is gone, saved solely for characters who tend to run on a bit as characters (in fact, Luther himself criticises one of them for rambling so excessively, and is stung right back for his own verbosity). The art is considerably clearer, du ...more
This sequel to Bryan Talbot's quite obviously Moorcock-inspired and absolutely wonderful graphic novel The Adventures of Luther Arkwright opens and mostly takes place in Para 00.72.87, a good while after the events in the previous story. There is a clear steampunk sensibility to the work, mixed with the alternate time-lines/dimensions, as it is set on a future alternate-reality Earth.

The Empire under Queen Anne (Empress of the World and former consort to the missing Luther Arkwright) is going in
A linear and less pyrotechnic sequel to the Adventures of Luther Arkwright but packed with allusions to history, pop culture, and literature. A symbolic rewrite of English history in the style of Moorcock, Ackroyd, or Blake. Oppression, decadence, racialism, protestant catholic division, imperialism and fascism are all touched in the wild adventure. The malevolent empire of Albion that was birthed by the revolution in the first volume (cue The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”) whose heart (many c ...more
Peter Dunn
Gosh it has taken me a while to get round to buying this considering I read and loved the original Arkwright comics when they were first printed.
This sequel has some beautiful artwork, particularly the full page tableaux - though it is a bit too gory in some places for my liking. What is a little disappointing is that Arkwright’s character seemed a bit - well simply two dimensional and flat in this book, which is kind of ironic considering the multiverse setting of the book. His daughter was mu
The involved story of an alternate dimension where England is an empire ruling most of the world, there's a new kind of superpowered human in town, and famous figures have very different places in society. Fascinated by the choice to have Elizabethan fashion and language back in vogue. I enjoyed that the characters were extremely multidimensional and imperfect, but I also didn't really connect with any of the characters. Enjoyed the lushness of the imagined world, but I'm not quite as obsessed w ...more
This was a fun read with great images and interesting, complex characters. Part historical, part steam-punk-esque, part science fiction, it was all good.
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Talbot began his comics work in the underground comix scene of the late 1960s. In 1969 his first work appeared as illustrations in Mallorn, the British Tolkien Society magazine, followed in 1972 by a weekly strip in his college newspaper.

He continued in the scene after leaving college, producing Brainstorm Comix, the first three of which formed The Chester P. Hackenbush Trilogy (a character rework
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