Albion: Origins (Hardback)

Authors: Various
Artists: Various
Titan Books
RRP: 14.99, US $19.95, Cdn $24.95
ISBN-13: 978 1 84576 172 1
ISBN-10: 1 84576 172 3
Available 28 September 2007

Four of British comics' most loved - and most bizarre - characters are collected together under one cover. There's Tim Kelly, a boy who finds the Eye of Zoltec, a jewel which grants him fantastic power; Dolmann, a genius inventor with a legion of crime-fighting toys; occult trouble-shooter Cursitor Doom; and Victorian escapologist Janus Stark...

Kelly's Eye, The House of Dolmann, Janus Stark and Cursitor Doom... If you don't recognise these classic British titles then you are in for a treat. Actually, come to think of it, if you do recognise these titles you are in for a treat as well.

For those unfamiliar with the stories here's a brief rundown of what each series was about:

Kelly's Eye: Thanks to the magical Eye of Zoltec, teenager Tim Kelly has been rendered invulnerable; now he fights injustice worldwide.

The House of Dolmann: A shabby-looking toyshop, The House of Dolmann, contains an incredible secret - a mild-mannered toymaker who fights crime with an amazing collection of puppets.

Janus Stark: Victorian London thrills to the astonishing tricks performed by master escapologist Janus Stark, who defends the downtrodden by any means available.

Cursitor Doom: A former soldier goes for a job interview, only to find a secret world of mystical evil, held back by the mysterious sorceror Cursitor Doom.

Titan has certainly pulled out all the stops to ensure that fans of classic British comic books treated to some serious nostalgia here. Not only that, but they've loving repackaged them too. This A4 hardback collection is sure to take pride of pace in anyone's bookcase.

Nick Smithson

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