10174NY Observer: Super-Inklings on the way
- Oct 2, 2003In a message dated 10/1/2003 12:23:50 AM Central Daylight Time,
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> The League of Extraordinary Nerds
> It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s … a group of crime-fighting Oxford dons!
> November will see the debut of a new comic book from G.I. Joe publishers
> Image Comics. Heaven’s War focuses on the Inklings, the scholarly cabal that was
> centered around Chronicles of Narnia author C.S. Lewis, Lord of the Rings
> scribe J.R.R. Tolkien and poet and War in Heaven novelist Charles Williams. The
> group, which used to meet at the Oxford pub Eagle and Child, shared an
> interest in theology, philosophy and fantasy.
> Heaven’s War imagines that the writers were up to something much more than
> Guinness-fueled navel-gazing. According to an advertisement in the Previews
> catalog published by Diamond Comic Distributors Inc., the book will be set in
> 1938, with the world hovering on the brink of World War II when "a secret
> angelic battle is waged in the heavenly realms to determine mankind’s fate." The
> Inklings are pitted against the infamous occultist author Aleister Crowley,
> who "plans to manipulate those angelic struggles and thus shape the world
> according to his will."
> In order to stop him, the Inklings "must decipher a landscape of sacred
> geometry to intercept Crowley at the threshold of heaven."
> We’re not making this up.
> What prompted the desire to turn a group of dead fountain-pen-wielding
> scholars into superheros? It could well be Image Comics’ attempt to cash in on the
> success of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Alan Moore’s D.C./A.B.C.
> comic about Allan Quatermain, Captain Nemo, Dr. Jekyll, the Invisible Man and
> Mina Murray (née Harker) from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, who band together in
> 1898 to save the British Empire from evil. Extremely successful as a comic,
> League was adapted into an eponymous movie starring Sean Connery that was
> released this summer to mostly negative reviews and bad box office.
> Eric, a marketing manager at Image Comics whose voice-mail messages promised
> to return calls "as soon as superhumanly possible," did not, in fact, return
> —Rebecca Traister
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