Okay, I admit I've been eagerly awaiting this since seeing it featured in Diamond Previews several months ago. It's not often that I "must" have a comic book ASAP, but this was one of those times.Moore, Alan and Melinda Gebbie. Lost Girls. Vol. 1-3. Portland: Top Shelf Productions, 2006.Summary
: On the eve of WWI, three women named Alice, Dorothy, and Wendy show up for extended stays at a most unusual hotel in Austria. There, they meet and become friends...and tell their histories and "shameful" girlhood fantasies to each other while having lots and lots of kinky sex. Comments
: Don't be deceived, boys, by the lavishly ornate, pastel packaging--you're in for a wealth of lovingly-drawn, hot girl-on-girl (sometimes in strap-ons) action that, at least on the surface, right up to the characters looking invitingly out from the page, seems like pornography. (There's some man-on-man action as well, but it is invariably less provocative, and a good part of it involves Dorothy's bore of a husband whose name is, whaddaya know?, Harold Potter. FYI: The series predates the Rowling books.) Those who like looking deeper, however, will find a wealth of buried commentary about how freedom of speech relates to drawn erotica. Characters ponder the morality of a pedophilia and incest in the hotel owner's "white book" (the three volumes themselves also happen to be bound in white cloth) while engaging in the sort of sex that invites the reader to ponder those same moral dilemmas. And, indeed, the stories of the women, adaptations of sorts that turn classic children's literature Alice in Wonderland
, The Wizard of Oz
, and Peter Pan
into adolescent sexual awakening, desire, and perversion add to the urgency of such inquiry. Some might call this series glorified fanfiction, but I would disagree. Though it may be structured like some (better) fanfiction, this is not about a fan of children's literature wanting more of the characters and the story; rather, this is about exploiting the pre-existing stories for an explicit, transgressive purpose that would not have been as skillfully accomplished had the three women been wholly original. Moreso than any of Moore's other works, in fact. Art history buffs will undoubtedly love the many various styles and homages to period illustrators, as well. And if the conclusions the work draws seem too pat in the end, well, everything's so beautifully rendered and creatively imagined that you'll likely forgive it.Notes
: three hardcovers in a slipcase, 1st editionRating
- A pleasing addition to British erotic literature--and it's literature, alright, not "just" a comic book.