Review written by Eamonn
Reams have been written about Alan Moore’s two main stories for Dez
Skinn’s 1980s Warrior magazine. But while Marvelman and V for Vendetta
were tearing up the rule books and redefining British comic books he
also created a third, often overlooked strip for Warrior. The Bojeffries
Saga first appeared in issue 12 and was illustrated perfectly by Steve
Parkhouse. The set-up was deceptively simple as a boring, bureaucratic
rent man attempts to collect long overdue back payments from the family
who live in a nondescript British terraced house.
The Bojeffries are a bunch of madcap individuals including a werewolf, a
vegetarian vampire and a daughter who may be the most powerful being in
the universe. It was as if the Adams family had come to England and
moved into a house on Benefits street. Only four episodes were printed
before Warrior folded but over the years Moore and Parkhouse have
published extra stand alone tales in a variety of other books. Earlier
this year all of these stories were published in one reasonably priced
volume giving us a chance to catch up with this weird oddity.
The early episodes set in Moore’s home town of Northampton are the best
and the most bizarre. The Bojeffries family appear to inhabit a version
of a much earlier Britain with council houses, rent collectors, works’
Christmas parties, and the remnants of light manufacturing industries it
seems that Moore is recreating the life he grew up in during the fifties
and sixties. The later add on tales bring the family into the 21st
century and the world of reality TV and ASBOs. I have to say although
Parkhouse’s art is still marvellous these episodes seem more forced and
have less of the weird wonder of the originals.
Still this is a great opportunity to discover these strange tales from
two 2000AD droids, especially if you get the Kindle version which is
currently cheaper than a cup of coffee.