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The British Comic Book Invasion: Alan Moore, Warren Ellis, Grant Morrison and the Evolution of the American Style.


The British Comic Book Invasion: Alan Moore, Warren Ellis, Grant Morrison and the Evolution of the American Style

Jochen Ecke



273 pages


Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy; 64


Challenging traditional ideas about the British Invasion of US comics, the author examines whether it was an actual phenomenon, to consider how the emphasis on innovation and subversion in the British invasion emerged and how to identify originality and novelty within this mode of comics practice, as well as how the poetics of the British Invasion differ from that of the US comics mainstream at the time. He discusses key processes in understanding a comic book from the US mainstream of the 1970s and 1980s; new wave serials like Pat Mills and Joe Colquhoun's Charley's War and Alan Moore's Marvelman/Miracleman, as well as Moore's arrival in the American comics mainstream; and the second wave of the British Invasion, with analysis of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's Preacher, Warren Ellis and John Cassaday's Planetary, and Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's Flex Mentallo. He illustrates stylistic continuities, differences, and evolutions in these comics and their historical and material context of production during this period, showing how most of the British Invasion comics do not renounce the comics mainstream, but rather consist of a set of narrational strategies codependent with the mainstream. (Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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Date:Jan 1, 2019
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