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Rivers of London: Detective Stories

20 Dec

The most recent offering in Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London graphic novels series.

This one is four separate stories linked by the device of Peter Grant doing his final interview to ascertain whether he is suitable to be promoted to Detective Constable. The interviewer, Detective Inspector Chopra, has a little bit of trouble with the magical aspects of Peter’s job:

Chopra: I thought they were…
Peter: Exaggerating?
Chopra: Taking the piss.

We get to learn some interesting snippets from Peter’s past, get to see Lesley BEFORE she lost her face, and see Jaget Kumar, Kimberley Reynolds, Abigail Kamara, and Frank Caffey drawn for the first time. It’s interesting to me that they pretty much look like I had imagined them.

I am now eagerly awaiting the compendium version of the latest in the graphic novels series “Cry Fox”.

The Rivers of London series just keeps getting better and better.  The series is spread across novels, novellas, and graphic novels really giving something for everyone.

Rivers of London: Body Work

13 Feb

“Body Work” is a fantastic graphic novel written by Ben Aaronovitch set in his Rivers of London world.

Miriam Stephanopolous and Sahra Guleed are less than impressed when Peter Grant turns up at the site of a car being hauled out of the Thames.  The last thing they want to deal with is any more “weird bollocks”.  Unfortunately, what they want isn’t what they get.

The discovery of the car and it’s deceased driver starts a fast paced story with extremely Stephen King “Christine” like elements, which at one point involves Peter and Sahra being chased by a pissed off BMW!

The story alternates between being funny and creepy and is a thorough delight.

A word about the graphic part.  Excellent.  The attention to detail is incredible.  One guy is eating a chocolate bar whilst driving.  It’s clearly obvious that it’s a Curly Wurly.  That’s the level of detail.  The artists involved have captured all the characters EXACTLY as I have imagined them, and that is quite a feat.

Cannot recommend “Body Work” highly enough.

Brilliant.

Marvel 1602

9 Oct

“Marvel 1602” written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Andy Kubert is my first graphic novel…and the word graphic is used advisedly.  The novel is set during the last days of Elizabeth I and into the reign of James I.  As torture and execution were common, Neil Gaiman has not shied away from this aspect of the times.

The premise is that something has brought the Marvel universe into being 400 years too early.  The cause has to be found and reversed before the universe is destroyed.  Leading this is Dr Stephen Strange, court magician and physician to Elizabeth I, and her “intelligencer”, Sir Nicholas Fury.  These two are the principal characters, but others rotate in and out, to greater and lesser degrees.

Needless to say, when Elizabeth dies, everything goes to hell in a hand basket.  One thing I did like was the way Neil Gaiman picked up on James’ nasty hypocrisy.  Executing witches for “heresy” whilst chasing pretty young men into his bedchamber.

I grew up on a steady diet of DC’s Wonder Woman, and Marvel’s Doctor Strange (with a little Thor and Loki thrown in), so many of the characters I am only familiar with from recent movies.

You will have fun picking out who’s who.  Some of them are obvious, and others are a little more subtle.

Neil Gaiman’s love of Norse mythology shines through in places too.   There was a somewhat blatant analogy to the oracular head Mirmir.

Fantastic story, with all of Gaiman’s flair and verve, and Kubert’s illustrations were brilliant.

Highly recommended to both history geeks and Marvel geeks.

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