The Last War in Albion: Book 2

El Sandifer‘s long running blog series chronicling the twin careers of Alan Moore and Grant Morrison has hit the BIG ONE i.e. Alan Moore’s most notable work Watchmen.

Sandifer is an indefatigable critic who examines works in both fine detail and in a four-dimensional 360 degree perspective that takes in the political, social and mystical landscape in which works are written. Her Tardis Eruditorum did this over several years, episode by episode of Doctor Who (plus novelizations, spin-off series and related works). The Last War in Albion is, if anything, even more ambitious.

Book 1 was a challenging read but satisfying. It took in the early careers of Moore and Morrison as well as Britain’s economic and political changes through the 1970s and 80s. Their careers naturally reflected changes in British comic publishing (hence lengthy chapters on Marvel UK and 2000AD and hence chapters on Judge Dredd and Captain Britain) but also British music, popular culture and, inevitably, the rise of Margaret Thatcher.

Book 2 has reached Watchmen and offers a similar mix of social commentary, artistic insight, occult imagining, probably William Blake somewhere and occasional humor.

Read it. It will be good.