Diaries Ready: The Legend of Luther Arkwright publication date announced

Next July sees the debut of The Legend of Luther Arkwright, the long-anticipated sequel to previous adventures of multiverse-spanning antihero Luther Arkwright by Bryan Talbot, to be published by Jonathan Cape Graphic Novels in the UK and Dark Horse Comics in the US.

The cover of The Legend of Luther Arkwright has been designed to accompany the one for Grandville: L’Intégrale.

The Legend of Luther Arkwright by Bryan Talbot - Cover
The cover of The Legend of Luther Arkwright has been designed to accompany the one for Grandville: L’Intégrale

Bryan, who completed the book just two weeks ago, just before his signing appearance at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, has teased a few of the pages from The Legend of Luther Arkwright on his official web site, and thanks to his webmaster, James Robertson, his Facebook group, too – and while only glimpses of what’s to come, his many fans are suitably enthused – including me. So, be ready for a grand new adventure…

Working in the comics medium for over 30 years, Bryan Talbot’s stories have been published in over 20 countries and he is the winner of many comic awards – including an Eisner award, the Prix SNCF and several Eagles. Recognised as one of the most influential British comic artists, he is perhaps best known as both author and artist on his creator-owned projects, including The Adventures of Luther ArkwrightHeart of EmpireThe Tale of One Bad RatAlice in Sunderland and the brilliant steampunk detective saga, Grandville.

It’s taken Bryan two years dedicated work to create this adventure, the first new Luther Arkwright story for twenty years. Running to 234 black and white story pages, the new book will feature an introduction by SF writer Adrian Tchaikovsky, and we’re told it represents a different kind of adult adventure to the previous two Arkwright stories, while maintaining total continuity with the Arkwright mythos.

Set fifty years after previous events, The Legend of Luther Arkwright sees Luther pursued across multiple historically divergent parallel worlds, both utopian and dystopian, and facing a far superior adversary. Arkwright battles to save humanity from mass destruction; his only edge is his experience and force of will.

The Legend of Luther Arkwright by Bryan Talbot debuts on 14th July 2022 and can be pre-ordered now | ISBN 978-1787332324 | Pre-order it from AmazonUK (Affiliate Link)

Bryan Talbot is online at www.bryan-talbot.com | Bryan Talbot Facebook Group | Twitter

Check out Bryan Talbot’s other works on AmazonUK (Affiliate Link)

The Comics Journal published a great interview with Bryan Talbot last year – read it here

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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  1. Definitely looking forward to this, having first encountered Luther all the way back in Psstt! magazine (admittedly age revealing).

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