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The Vesuvius Club: Graphic Edition (2005)

by Mark Gatiss, Ian Bass (Illustrator)

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An Edwardian secret agent, portrait artist, libertine and cad investigates the deaths of Britain's top scientists.

I actually bought this book on the strength of the Stephen Fry quote: "The most delicious, depraved, inventive, macabre and hilarious literary debut I can think of. More, I want more!" even though he was talking about the novel and not the graphic version.

And it is a unique and funny mystery written by one of 'The League of Gentleman' (a very funny british tv comedy) and obviously a man of many talents. Lucifer Box is our dashing agent, dandy, rake and larger than life main character. Other character names are Bella Pok and Charlie Jackpot and the whole style has an almost exaggerated James Bond romp about it.

The writing is witty, the art is very good and suits the dashing dastardly action perfectly, and the only criticism would be that the novel is not long enough. I understand they edited quite a lot from the original novel to produce this graphic edition; perhaps it was toned down too far.

One warning is that this is a adult novel. There are two scenes that will surprise you, I wasn't expecting it at all and was pleased I hadn't let my kids read this first. Otherwise, a great wee read. ( )
  KiwiNyx | Jun 16, 2011 |
Based on Gatiss' novel; not particularly good, but then neither was the original. Feels a bit like Mark Frost with more comedy and gay characters thrown in. Mildly entertaining. ( )
  mschaefer | Oct 14, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743276000, Paperback)

Mark Gatiss' cult creation, Lucifer Box, as you've never seen him before—in a new graphic-novel edition of his first adventure! On it's first publication, Mark Gatiss' The Vesuvius Club was critically acclaimed as an inspired cult creation. Now you are invited, more intimately, into the world of Lucifer Box, as his first adventure plays out in this graphic-novel edition. Here, Lucifer Box—the greatest portraitist of the Edwardian age and England's most dashing secret agent—investigates a series of bizarre disappearances and plunges headlong into low life and high society. Who is killing Britain's most prominent vulcanologists? What secrets lie beyond the grave? See him…Confront the purple undead. Instruct the mysterious and beguiling Bella Pok. Disguise himself with a false mustache. Face an ominous evil in the depths of a volcano. And come to grips with his new manservant, Charlie Jackpot. A fiendishly unputdownable treat for "the discerning mature reader."

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:10:18 -0400)

When Lucifer Box Esq - dandy, rake, portraitist and His Majesty's Most Dashing Secret Agent - wrote the first volume of his adventures, The Vesuvius Club, he could never have imagined that one hundred and one years later he would end up as an artwork himself. But - like Dorian Grey before him - he has. Inspect Box at home in Number 9 Downing Street (but try to ignore the mess) and in the Turkish Baths. Witness his coach-chase though London, on the path of the murderer of Britain's most eminent scientific brains. Spy on the secrets he uncovers when that path leads him to Naples, including the biggest secret of all - the nefarious (but nice) Vesuvius Club. On reading Mark Gatiss's novel, Stephen Fry exclaimed 'More, I want more!' Well here it is. A book that might just match the wildest dreams of its hero, The Vesuvius Club: The Graphic Edition illustrates Lucifer Box deliciously sandwiched between Edwardian low life and high society.… (more)

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