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Dark Satanic Mills (2013)

by Marcus Sedgwick, John Higgins (Illustrator), Marc Olivent (Illustrator), Julian Sedgwick (Author)

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In a near future Britain science has become distrusted because of environmental disasters and there is a resurgence of a powerful church, one that does not suffer heresy lightly, one that is fascist in outlook. Motorbike courier Christy fails to make a delivery as she stops to help a man who is being attacked for being an atheist. They find that what she fails to deliver is a set of documents with uncomfortable truths about the True Church that the church would do anything to get back. Using the work of William Blake as inspiration and structure with an afterword by the Sedgwicks as to why Blake’s work was so important to them. The art is reminiscent of early 80’s comics and the tone is very similar to [v for vendetta] and Bill Savage in 200AD so felt somewhat nostalgic even though it’s bang up to date. Sadly the story doesn’t quite live up to its promise and being a standalone feels a little rushed. It would have been better as a series I think as it feels as though it needs a little more room.

Overall - Enjoyable enough and I really like the artistic style and Blake references. ( )
  psutto | Jan 17, 2014 |
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Sedgwick, Marcusprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Higgins, JohnIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Olivent, MarcIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Sedgwick, JulianAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
And did those feet in Ancient Time
Walk upon England's mountains green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
On England's pleasant pastures seen?

And did the Countenance Divine
Shine forth upon our clouded Hills?
And was Jerusalem Builded here
Among these Dark Satanic Mills?

Words from the poem
now known as Jerusalem
by
William Blake
The sleep of reason
brings forth Monsters
Francisco Goya
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For Mum, and
in memory of Dad
M.S. & J.S.
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North London. Friday 5:50 pm

Hampstead, Highgate, Finchley,
Hendon and Muswell Hill rage loud...
in London's darkness
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Set in a near-future Britain, Dark Satanic Mills tracks a young girl's journey from the flooded landmarks of London to the vast, scorched and abandoned hills of the north. Framed for a murder she did not commit, the innocent and beautiful Christie has no other choice but to run for her life. Both a cautionary tale and a rip-roaring road trip, Dark Satanic Mills is altogether an intelligent, captivating and thrilling ride – The Wizard of Oz for a new generation, told in exhilarating shades of light and dark.
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Framed for a murder she did not commit, the innocent and beautiful Christie has no other choice but to run for her life. Set in a near-future Britain, this title tracks a young girl's journey from the flooded landmarks of London to the vast, scorched and abandoned hills of the north.… (more)

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