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Aetheric Mechanics

Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Aetheric Mechanics by Warren Ellis.

Ellis tells a tidy little story here, reminiscent of the work he used to do on Planetary, but without the attraction of continuing characters. Pagliarani’s black-and-white art is full of detail, with a limited variation in line weight, which makes it slow to take in; but it suits the mood and subject-matter of the piece, set in a “1907 London” of antigravity airships, videolinks, and war with Ruritania. Ellis’ usual talent for dialogue is evident in the Edwardian banter. Ostensibly a murder mystery, the story eventually becomes something else. [via]

Freakangels, Vol 6

Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews Freakangels, Vol. 6 by Warren Ellis and Paul Duffield.

Warren Ellis Paul Duffield Freakangels Vol 6

This collection concludes the FreakAngels series in what seems retrospectively to be the only possible way. Warren writes what he has to, pretty entertainingly, and Duffield’s art is in fine form. The adoptive FreakAngel steward Alice becomes absolutely key to the story, while the mutants themselves are sequestered in a basement areopagus.

The whole series is an excellent coming-of-age science fiction story for a mature readership. [via]

Nemo

Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews Nemo: Heart of Ice (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill from Top Shelf Productions:

Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's Nemo from Top Shelf Productions

 

I was reminded once or twice while reading this book that Warren Ellis’s Planetary is a more effective 20th-century version of Alan Moore’s 19th-century League of Extraordinary Gentlemen than the latter’s own actual later League books are. Still, I enjoyed Nemo: Heart of Ice. It’s a beautiful hardcover on heavy stock at the price you might pay for a small trade-paper collected volume. The colors are especially beautiful, bringing out O’Neill’s art to great effect.

The story is both a sequel to Verne’s 20,000 Leagues under the Sea (with Nemo’s daughter Janni as the captain of the Nautilus, as established elsewhere in the League continuity) and a prequel to Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness, all wrapped up in “science hero” competition and animosity. It’s a quick but enjoyable read, and makes a curious little annex to the sprawling series by Moore and O’Neill. [via]

 

 

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Freakangels, Vol 5

Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews Freakangels, Vol 5 by Warren Ellis and Paul Duffield, from Avatar Press:

Warren Ellis and Paul Duffield's Freakangels, Vol 5 from Avatar Press

 

The story continues to develop interestingly in this volume of FreakAngels, and there’s a little breather from the violence in the earlier parts. The emphasis here is on the FreakAngels’ further exploration of their psychic potential, and a certain amount of reconciliation from their earlier conflicts.

Some of Duffield’s art seems a little rushed by comparison to what has come before–some of the figures are a little out of shape. [via]

 

 

The Hermetic Library Reading Room is an imaginary and speculative future reification of the library in the physical world, a place to experience a cabinet of curiosities offering a confabulation of curation, context and community that engages, archives and encourages a living Western Esoteric Tradition. If you would like to contribute to the Hermetic Library Reading Room, consider supporting the library or contact the librarian.