CINEMA PURGATORIO

Movies and Moore

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews - Moore and Kevin O’Neill are cur­rently work­ing on the fi­nal vol­ume of The League Of Ex­tra­or­di­nary Gen­tle­men.

Alan Moore may have left main­stream comics far be­hind, but he still hasn’t given up on the medium it­self. Most of his comics work now comes via in­die pub­lish­ers Avatar, and his lat­est project for them is an am­bi­tious one – this monthly black-and-white an­thol­ogy.

Moore has as­sem­bled an im­pres­sive spread of writ­ers – in­clud­ing Garth En­nis and Kieron Gillen – and he’s also con­tribut­ing a story each time. This first is­sue shows that their “Cinema Purgatorio” tales are go­ing to be un­set­tling film­based hor­ror sto­ries, car­ry­ing the same grotesque, bru­tal tone as later League Of Ex­tra­or­di­nary Gen­tle­men ad­ven­tures.

The rest of the con­tents are a mixed bag, how­ever. The black-and-white vi­su­als from a se­lec­tion of artists are con­sis­tently imag­i­na­tive and spec­tac­u­lar, but not all the writ­ers are yet de­liv­er­ing eight-page chap­ters that feel truly sat­is­fy­ing – ex­cept for Gillen, who steals the show with the Mad Max-meet­sPoké­mon ad­ven­ture “Mod­ded”. Cinema Purgatorio has got­ten off to a slightly un­even start, but hope­fully the strong cre­ative back­ing will soon see this an­thol­ogy find­ing its feet. Saxon Bul­lock

“And come and colour me in!”

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