It’s been a while since I posted some old-fashioned comic art, so here’s a particularly good cover from Bryan Talbot’s magnificent character-driven sci-fi extravaganza, Heart of the EmpireHotE is a sequel to The Adventures of Luther Arkwright, a much more experimental and weird book, but it stands alone both as a solo work and in the annals of comics history so far as I’m concerned. Talbot’s an incredibly gifted draftsman as you can see here but no single page or spread is going to give you an idea of the breadth of the story, in which the Restoration has come centuries late and Glorianna is a terrifying, vampire-like monster.

There’s a big new gorgeous edition of the whole saga just out from Dark Horse, if you’re so inclined.

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Sam Thielman is a reporter and critic based in Brooklyn, New York. His blog is, his twitter handle is @samthielman, and if you can't find him you should check The Strand.

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