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The Vesuvius Club Graphic Novel (Lucifer Box,#1)

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Mark Gatiss' cult creation, Lucifer Box, as you've never seen him before—in a new graphic-novel edition of his first adventure! On it's first publication, Mark Gatiss' The Vesuvius Club was critically acclaimed as an inspired cult creation. Now you are invited, more intimately, into the world of Lucifer Box, as his first adventure plays out in this graphic-novel edition. H ...more
Paperback, Graphic Edition, 105 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Simon & Schuster UK
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Dillwynia Peter
Jan 31, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm always in two minds about Graphic novels - would I have enjoyed it more had I read it as text??

This one I'm not so sure. It is a fun romp using Edwardian England, a wealthy rake involved in the secret service, and then a load of silliness. There are great lines, and being an adult graphic novel, there is no shortage of blood splatterings or full genitalia. The line work is fine, although my biggest complaint is the excessive use of India ink - I can have problems trying to see what is happen
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Lady Entropy
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ah, Lucifer Box. My perfect imaginary boyfriend: a suave, debonair, mildly depraved bisexual British secret agent, with a memorable name, razor wit, an even sharper sense of humor, and a just equally sharp taste for clothes.

And no, not interested in James Bond. Give me Lucifer any day of the week.

I wasn't entirely fond of the original book because I read it long ago, when I was a little too young to understand it, and it confused me a lot. I gave the book away, much to my pity, but upon revisiti
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Bea
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
this book wasn't even mehhh it got to a point it was already ehhhh, it looked like a mexican soap opera, i don't know if the book is any better, but i'm not interest to be honest, they had the stupidest plot twists and you're like what the hell, and by the end they tried to be steampunk, no, please just leave steampunk alone please. on the good side the art was pretty good, if you want to see pretty good art you should totally pick this up, but he story is kinda sucky, it's basically Sherlock Ho ...more
nina
Yeahhhhh… really disappointed actually. Firstly, the abridgement doesn’t help. The fun of the book (once I finally allowed myself to enjoy it) was an element of self-indulgent meandering and the cut down graphic novel version just feels rushed. I also didn’t enjoy the artwork. It feels like the artist tried for Aubrey Beardsley and then missed the mark - by miles. It feels bare and basic when I was expecting something a little more fun and decadent. Maybe I was expecting something along the line ...more
MissVenomous
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Beautifully drawn and a nice supplement to the novel. But without reading the book first, the sotry makes little sense. I would have preferred that the first part had an alternative story, like it does at the end. I also was missing the action a lot, for example at the cemetery.

Wendle
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
While the story itself is not as in depth as the original book (obviously), the art does such a good job of bringing the character and the action and the settings to life. There is no colour, it is only black and white. This is a shame in some respects, because i would have loved some colour in a few particular panels (mostly the violent ones, i will confess–what’s a blood splatter without a little red?). On the other hand, the black and white provides such a noir, mystery and classy feel to the ...more
Devann
so ....i've had this laying around for probably about five years. i read the novels back when i was really into sherlock [ugh] and then i got this off thriftbooks but never actually got around to it because it seemed stupid to read the graphic novel immediately after reading the regular novel.

anyway fast forward to now and i'm trying to actually read some print books i've bought over the years and i am just ...so underwhelmed. to be honest it's probably not much worse than the actual books. i re
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Vivienne
I loved the illustrations by Ian Bass in 'The Vesuvius Club' above and spotting its graphic novel edition among my late husband's collection I elected to also read it. The art is a tribute to the style of the Edwardian period and also shows the influence of Aubrey Beardsley especially in the erotic scenes that were rendered with a pinch of mischief.

Given I read the graphic edition so soon after the novel it is hard for me to judge how it would work if encountered on its own.

Bill Lynas
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Graphic novels are a tricky thing. Some work & some don't. Having previously read the novel of The Vesuvius Club three times I gave the graphic novel a go & was pleasantly surprised. The story lends itself extremely well to the format & although the novel is edited considerably this version retains all the fun of the original.
Kier
Feb 20, 2007 rated it really liked it
as the first novel by one of the 'league of gentlemen' i had very high expectations of this book, and i was not disappointed at all!!

witty romp (and i really don't use that word lightly, it is very apt..) through victorian london. highly recommended!
Deborah
May 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Beautiful art in this Edwardian mystery where Lucifer Box is hired to get to the bottom of the case of disappearing scientists.
Bethnoir
Sep 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Enjoyed the story and characters, but really some of the drawings were very amateurish, they just didn't work. I'll look out for the books rather than graphic novels in future.
Jon Rob
Jul 04, 2007 rated it did not like it
My high hopes for this book were dashed by mundane, ill fitting poorly rendered art and dull predictable twists.
Could have been magnificent. It isn't.
Kerry
Sep 30, 2012 rated it liked it
It's really good but it missed out one of the best characters, the book is still way better
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Mark Gatiss (born 17 October 1966) is an English actor, screenwriter and novelist. He is best known as a member of the comedy team The League of Gentlemen, and has both written for and acted in the TV series Doctor Who and Sherlock.

Fulfilling a lifelong dream, Gatiss has written three episodes for the 2005-revived BBC television series Doctor Who. His first, "The Unquiet Dead", aired on 9 April 20
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