So, I’m reading Fantastic Four and one of the characters name-drops our old pal Bulwer-Lytton. Lord Lytton! Immortal purple proser who penned “It was a dark and stormy night…” What was he doing in a comic book?
Well, it was a Mole Man situation and the Mole Man had stumbled on the remnants of some sort of ancient underground civilization. This did faintly register with me and a little Internetting confirmed that Lord Lytton had indeed written a book about underground dudes — The Coming Race.
After reading Lyttton’s the dark and stormy book — Paul Clifford — I figured I would never read another Lytton book. The purple prose was UNBEARABLE. But I thought I would give this underground book a try. So far, it’s as if it was written by a completely different person. The prose isn’t just non-purple, it’s nearly colorless. And whereas Paul Clifford might take 100 pages to have a character cough, this book has you down the rabbit hole in a couple of paragraphs.
Speaking of the FF, I reviewed a graphic novel about a parallel universe version of them over at Guys Lit Wire.
*Steve, I took that One Must Die bit from when Marvel killed off Jocasta. Steve, are you out there? Steve?
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