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J LHLS Archives: October 2004
Sunday, October 31, 2004
The Mirror of Love
by Alan Moore and Josť Villarrubia
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
Reviewed by Kathryn Ramage
When I first heard about this new edition of the epic poem by Alan Moore (of Watchmen, From Hell, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen fame), I thought that it would be a graphic novel. It isn't - but it is a remarkable visual experience.
Moore's poem was first published in 1988 as part of AARGH!, Artists Against Rampant Government Homophobia, an anthology of comic art in protest against Britain's Clause 28, which prohibited local authorities from "promoting" homosexuality. The poem is a history of gay people, and perceptions of them, from the beginning. ("Leviticus condemned most sexual practice as unclean, including that between two men. / This was designed to snub the Canaanites, whose male priests practiced sodomy. / Had they been cannibals instead, how different might things be.") In its initial publication, the poem was illustrated by a love affair between two hermaphrodite angels, mirror images of each other. The title of the poem, The Mirror of Love, is taken from an 1895 Aubrey Beardsley print of the same name, and which also features an androgynous angel. [more]
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