League of Okay Gentlemen

My periodic descent back into illustrated fiction continued this weekend with the HC collection Scarlet Traces. The premise is a fun one – it’s Victorian England 10 years after War of the Worlds and the English have been able to harness Martian technology for advancement of society. But when bodies of young women start turning up drained of blood, all is not good in Her Majesty’s realm.

Definitely some similarities to League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the terrible movie but great comic also taking place in this era.

My verdict here? Nice art and a compelling premise but some cliche storytelling. Entertaining brief escapism but not enough to pull me back into the medium. Ends with a cliffhanger so we’ll need to see if there’s a sequel.

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