Being an Account of the Life and Death of the Emperor Heliogabolus by Neil Gaiman

I admit, even if all Neil Gaiman did was draw a piece of poop that said “Boo”, I’d probably find it brilliant. But that’s probably because despite whatever he’s writing, be it a review or a full length fiction novel, he’s always been able to make something interesting out of it, including this ’24-hour comic’ which he apparently wrote and drew within 24 hours called Being an Account of the Life and Death of the Emperor Heliogabolus.

I didn’t even know such an emperor existed until now, and I thought Gaiman recounted the scandals of what Heliogabolus was known for particularly well. If all my history lessons were written this way I probably would have remembered it better! But it probably helps that Heliogabolus was an intriguing character in his own right, becoming an emperor at 14 until his 18th birthday, when he was assassinated. If you’d like to learn about Heliogabolus, check out this wiki article.

But yes, I did find this fun and quirky and absolutely Neil. If you’re a fan, you’ll definitely want to check this out.

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