Synopses & Reviews
Before Jules Verneand#8217;s flying machines and H. G. Wellsand#8217;s spaceships, there was Frank Reade, globe-trotting inventor and original steampunk hero. Frank Reade
magazines were the worldand#8217;s first science fiction periodicals, enthralling millions of readers with tales of fantastic inventions and adventures. Now many of the spectacular images from the vintage dime novel series are being reprinted for the first time in more than a century, along with excerpts from the action-packed stories. In Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention
, this lost legacy of Americana is interwoven with a biography of the "real" Reade familyand#8212;inventors and explorers who traveled the world with their helicopter airships, submarines, and robots, and who encountered figures like Geronimo and Houdini. This epic saga is brought to life in the multimedia style of the authorsand#8217; previous volume, the critically acclaimed Boilerplate: Historyand#8217;s Mechanical Marvel
. Frank Reade
is partand#8211;science fiction, partand#8211;alternate history, and entirely exciting!
Praise for Frank Reade:
and#160;and#8220;A retrofuturist visual feast.and#8221; and#8212;Wall Street Journal
and#8220;A stunning multimedia confection of the highest order that creates a detailed and delightful world.and#8221; and#8212;Publishers Weekly
and#8220;The bookand#8217;s allure owes everything to its deadpan prose and hundreds of perfectly faked photos and graphics that replicate mass-media and commercial ephemera of the Victorian eraand#8212;the result of immersive research.and#8221; and#8212;TheAtlantic.comand#160;
and#8220;Portland-based Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett are a husband-and-wife team of multimedia artists who have produced a variety of work. . . . Their new book, Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention, is their best work yet.and#8221; and#8212;io9.com
"After several delays, the latest installment of Moore's pastiche of public domain literary figures is finally here and it's worth the wait. In 1958, two mysterious figures steal the Black Dossier, a compendium of information and articles relating to the league's most renowned incarnation, the group headed by the intrepid Mina Murray. The theft launches a tense chase as the thieves fight to stay one step ahead of thuggish government agents while reading the contents of the dossier, pieces that shed light on centuries-worth of secret and bizarre intrigues. Moore and O'Neill are in top form, crafting a virtually flawless fusion of prose and visuals that's an overwhelmingly dense and exhaustive nod to pre-existing works in media ranging from literature, legends, television and film, teasing the reader in the know with appearances by Orwellian totalitarianism, Lovecraftian abominations, Jeeves and Wooster, Bulldog Drummond, Ian Fleming's famed 'double-o' operative, lusty Fanny Hill and a host of others, capped with a section requiring 3-D glasses (included). Too loaded with content to be fully absorbed in one reading, this is a challenging, adult volume that's a delight for fans of pop culture and lovers of heroic adventure." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"It's hard to beat this thing on sheer ambition. It's hard to beat it on the level of pure artistic striving. It's hard to beat it on the awe-inspiring intelligence that it took to conceive and write this thing. It's just hard to beat....[B]elieve me when I say that this is a clear candidate for book of the year." Troy Brownfield, Newsarama
"[A]n extraordinary production....Moore has outdone himself....[The 3D climax] is one of the most rapturous sequences in all of Moore's work. Which is recommendation enough, trust me, to read the whole book." Kurt Loder, MTV.com
"[N]ot Moore's best comic ever....But there's a certain kind of hyper-referential cleverness at which nobody else is even in Moore's, well, league...and Black Dossier is the apotheosis of fan-fiction, a dumbfounding mash-up of pop culture and pulp entertainment." Douglas Wolk, Salon.com
"The comicbook story is a fairly fun 1950s-style spy tale that is not without its pleasures (a young Bond) and innovations (a 3-D section; glasses are included) but it's far from being as satisfying as previous League outings. (Grade: B+)" Variety
"If you're the type to derive succor from technical brio and steely formalistic ambition, The Black Dossier is a veritable winter's feast, capable of plumping up your brain to survive many a long, dark day." Jeff Lester, The Savage Critics
"As a sourcebook, Black Dossier is stunning in its detail....But then the book ends with one of Moore's typically bizarre phantasmagorical reveries, which doesn't exactly put a thrilling capper on the at-times-impossible material that preceded it. (Grade: B-)" The Onion AV Club
"I did not like this book. There was not enough comic to it....I'm past the point where it's fun to read comics that feel like homework....Stop being so clever, Mr. Moore, and write stories with real plots with your own characters." Comics Worth Reading
"[D]espite its incredible virtuosity, The Black Dossier is a letdown. For all Moore's skill in rewriting other people's work, the main story here, his story, gets short shrift." E! Online
Acclaimed writer Alan Moore once again joins forces with artist Kevin O'Neill for The Black Dossier
a stunning original hardcover graphic novel that is the next chapter in the fantastic saga of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
England in the mid 1950s is not the same as it was. The powers that be have instituted...some changes. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen have been disbanded and disavowed, and the country is under the control of an iron-fisted regime. Now, after many years, the still youthful Mina Murray and a rejuvenated Allan Quatermain return and are in search of some answers. Answers that can only be found in a book buried deep in the vaults of their old headquarters, a book that holds the key to the hidden history of the League throughout the ages: The Black Dossier. As Allan and Mina delve into the details of their precursors, some dating back centuries, they must elude their dangerous pursuers who are Hell-bent on retrieving the lost manuscript... and ending the League once and for all.
LOEG: The Black Dossier is an elaborately designed, cutting edge volume that will include a "Tijuana Bible" insert and a 3-D section complete with custom glasses, as well as additional text pieces, maps, and a stunning, cutaway double page spread of Captain Nemo's Nautilus submarine by acclaimed LOEG artist Kevin O'Neill.
After many years, the still youthful Mina Murray and a rejuvenated Allan Quatermain return and are in search of some answers that can only be found in a book buried deep in the vaults of their old headquarters, a book that holds the key to the hidden history of the League throughout the ages: The Black Dossier.
About the Author
Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett have been collaborating on comics and graphic novels since 1989, including the Eisner Awardand#8211;nominated science-fiction comic series Heartbreakers and the critically acclaimed Boilerplate. They live in Portland, Oregon.