Last War in Albion is an ongoing feature of this site, currently running on Mondays. It is an ongoing critical history of the British comics industry focused primarily on the magical war between Alan Moore and Grant Morrison. Its primary narrative runs from the publication of Grant Morrison’s earliest professional comics work in 1978 through to the present day, although its style is characterized by frequent digressions both forwards and backwards in history.
The structure of Last War in Albion is an ongoing serial, with each entry following directly from the end of the previous one. Topics are often covered over two or more posts. Jumping around will thus produce some confusion, although hopefully a pleasant and entertaining level.
The nature of this project means a lot of crawling around through the archives and trying to piece together timelines of decades old events. This at times requires tremendous practical help, and several people have provided various forms of material support in writing this project. To wit, I would like to extend special thanks to Meredith Collins, David Dovey, Ben Hansom, Andrew Hickey, Pádraig Ó Méalóid, Lance Parkin, Alex Reed, Matt Feltman, Roger Whitson, Anna Wiggins, and, of course, Jill Buratto.
The blog versions of Books One and Two were written prior to Morrison’s use of they/them pronouns.
Chapter One: Animal ManMarch 29, 2021Goals, Motivations, Fears, Desires (Book Three Part 1: Silver Age Animal Man, Morrison’s First Arc)April 19, 2021De-Imagine Detroit (Book Three Part 4: Justice League International and Secret Origins)April 26, 2021The More Material Comes In The More Confusing It Gets (Book Three Part 5: Secret Origins, Morrison’s Politics)
Chapter Two: Arkham AsylumJune 28, 2021Ultramenstruum (Book Three, Part 13: Bohm and Tarot)July 5, 2021He Seemed Forever Anxious (Book Three, Part Fourteen: Alice in Wonderland, Aleister Crowley)July 13, 2021An Electric Surge of Pure Testosterone (Book Three, Part Fifteen: Arkham Asylum, Arkham Asylum)
Chapter Three: The Crisis RenaissanceAugust 25, 2021The “Help Yourself Society” (Book Three, Part 20: St. Swithin’s Day, The New Adventures of Hitler)September 1, 2021The Worst In The History of Humanity (Book Three, Part 21: Morrison and Controversy, Dare)September 6, 2021A World That Was Once Rama (Book Three, Part 22: Gaiman’s Business Sense, Rogan Gosh, Tank Girl)September 20, 2021Breeding, Darling (Book Three, Part 23: Drivel, Steed and Mrs. Peel)September 27, 2021An Unusually Determined Suicide (Book Three, Part 24: Bible John, Third World War)October 4, 2021For Sweet Fuck All (Book Three, Part 25: Troubled Souls)October 11, 2021Husks (Book Three, Part 26: Insiders, Skin)
Chapter Four: Peter Milligan's Shade the Changing ManOctober 18, 2021Anything Nasty About The Sicilians (Book Three, Part 27: Skreemer, Shade the Changing Man)November 16, 2021A Literal Death Trap (Book Three, Part 30: Milligan’s Batman, The Road, Shade the Changing Woman
Chapter Five: Doom PatrolJanuary 10, 2022Radical and Aggressive (Book Three, Part 35: Crawling From The Wreckage, Experimental Film)March 10, 2022It Came True (Book Three, Part 40: The Beard Hunter, LSD and The 1992 US Presidential Election)March 28, 2022Some Sort of Pulse of Accelerated Time (Book Three, Part 42: Catastrophe Theory, The Empire of Chairs)
Chapter Six: Garth Ennis's Hellblazer
Chapter Seven: The Summer OffensiveAugust 5, 2022I Knew I Would Be Judged (Book Three, Part 52, Inferno)August 22, 2022A Good Year For Bastards (Book Three, Part 53: Morrison and Millar’s Judge Dredd, Maniac 5)October 17, 2022Living Under a Bridge and Doing Drugs (Book Three, Part 54: Mark Millar’s Sonic the Hedgehog)November 14, 2022Nobody Cares About Anything Anymore (Book Three, Part 55: Big Dave)November 21, 2022No Way Forward (Book Three, Part 56: Really and Truly)
Chapter Eight: V For Vendetta, Part TwoJanuary 9, 2023They Seem Like Nice Boys (Book Three, Part 58: V for Vendetta Book Three, Movie Development)January 23, 2023The Devilish Nature of His Studies (Book Three, Part 60: The V for Vendetta Novelization)February 6, 2023Rats With Guns (Book Three, Part 62: Occupy)
Chapter Nine: Brought to LightApril 17, 2023Sunburn Tatters (Book Three, Part 65: American Splendor)May 8, 2023The Great, Warm, Red-White-and-Blue Beating Heart of This Beleaguered Country (Book Three, Part 67: The Christic Institute)
Chapter Ten: Big NumbersSeptember 4, 2023Striplights and Software (Book Three, Part 70: Shopping Malls)September 18, 2023The Agency of a Talking Anteater (Book Three, Part 71: Big Numbers #1)