Happy to have Last War in Albion back. It’s a hard project, and there are days I really don’t know how believable it is that it will reach a state that can be called “finished,” but my do I love it when things come together in it.
Last Tournament in Albion also proceeds apace. Here’s the bracket after round one. Some impressive upsets there; I remain gutted that Alan Moore’s A Disease of Language, containing what are probably the two works of his to have most influenced me, got ousted by yet another BBC series with a dodgy sewer monster. And speaking of Neil Gaiman, a stunner as Coraline is ousted in a coin-toss finish by a Kieron Gillen work I might as well have sixteen-seeded, except I threw a Steve Moore novel on that I thought was even more obscure. That’s The New Games Journalism, his manifesto for what games criticism should be.
Yes, you read that right. Coraline got ousted by aesthetics in video game journalism.
Also intriguing is the Fossil Angels vs Pop Magic! matchup, which ended with a narrow victory for Beard over Bald, and the surprisingly brutality of the first round to Warren Ellis, who was unable to get anything save for Transmetropolitan into the second round. He often did well – 45% for Nextwave against Animal Man, 43% for Gun Machine against Supergods, and 42% for Planetary against The Wicked and the Divine – but came up short save for his 65/35 drubbing of Grant Morrison’s anti-Invisibles, The Filth.
Anyway, second round match-ups have probably begun over on Twitter by now. Both today and tomorrow will have on-topic Moore vs Moorison matches; today pairing Morrison’s 2000 AD superhero strip Zenith against Moore’s Warrior strip Miracleman, tomorrow an all-Superman battle. There’s some really weird ones like League of Extraordinary Gentlemen vs Phonogram and Young Avengers vs Swamp Thing. And next week’s got Watchmen vs Promethea and the discovery of whether Kieron Gillen can knock out “The Doctor’s Wife” in a battle of the things it would really be an indictment of The Last War in Albion if won.
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