Steampunk, in comics perhaps more than in any other medium, has been known to experiment with a type of postmodern literary fantasy in which classic characters and literary tropes are reimagined or explored, usually with a wink and a nod, in alternate version of Victorian London. The most well-known and well-loved example of this is probably Alan Moore and Kevin O’neill’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Equally exceptional, but less widely read, Warren Ellis and Gianluca Pagliarani’s 2008 graphic novella, Aetheric Mechanics reads as an interesting companion piece to Moore’s League series. Both concepts are primarily concerned with the fictional landscape composed primarily of late 19th century and early 20th century English literature, and how that landscape interacts with and informs our conception and perception of reality. However, the two texts address the issue from significantly different perspectives. While Moore uses that landscape to create an original universe…

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