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Created by the award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick and his brother Julian Sedgwick, Dark Satanic Mills is rich with the influences of visionary thinker, writer and artist William Blake and illustrated to exceptional and dramatic effect by John Higgins, colourist for Alan Moore's iconic Watchmen.
Brothers Marcus and Julian Sedgewick last worked together on the Kate Greenaway shortlisted graphic novel Dark Satanic Mills and here they are blessed by the artistic talents of the award winning Alexis Deacon to co-create a story wonderfully told through the interplay of poetry, prose and pictures. Set in London as the V2 rocket bombs wreak havoc and destruction where the intense childhood relationship of the poet and older brother Ellis and the younger artist brother Harry has foundered on Harry’s anti-war and anti- family stance since their father runs a munitions firm. Ellis is home from the front and Harry is desperate for a reconciliation and to share his masterwork Warriors in the Machine- inspired by his nights fighting fires and his nightmarish visions of future wars. After Harry leaves the pub the bomb falls, Harry wakes in hospital with a serious head wound and Ellis apparently lost in the blast. In a state of semi delirium, the lines between reality, his vision of the future and the myth of Orpheus blur. His quest to find and rescue his brother, accompanied by a Jewish refugee girl desperate to be reunited with the parents she has lost, mirrors Orpheus’ journey to the Underworld. This is a powerful, lyrical anti-war fable inspired and given depth and authenticity by the fact that Marcus and Julian’s own father was a Quaker and a Conscientious Objector in WW2. While a fascinating reworking of the myth this depiction of war will speak to young people concerned about the times in which we live and humanities seemingly eternal warmongering.
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal - November 2013 Book of the Month Award-winning Marcus Sedgwick has teamed up with authors and illustrators to create a page turning, apocalyptic story told in a striking black and white comic book form. Set in a dark future with England in a state of physical collapse as the waters rise and cities are destroyed by gangs and political collapse as politicians have been discredited, it tells of a world ruled by dangerous religious sects which violently control all aspects of the citizen’s lives. Christy, a fearless bike rider and fighter for freedom, is wanted for a murder she did not commit. How she must escape on a wild ride across the country but who can she trust? And how can she survive? A roller coaster of a read and thought provoking with it. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Dark Satanic Mills a small number of readers were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'it is thrilling and I love the fact that it is futuristic too. I can tell that a lot of hard work has been put in this book because the pictures and the writing is perfect!' Scroll down to read more reviews...